I was riding back from work last friday and not 2 minutes from home I went down on the pavement all by myself (luckily, I didn't hit anything). I was going up a hill and just at the apex, a car in the oppostite direction was waiting to make a left turn so I was careful to pay attention to him since he could have cut me off. Unfortunately I didn't pay enough attention to what was in front and when I got to the top of the hill, it descends sharply and every single car in front of me was at a dead stop (even though there hadn't been anyone in front of me for some time). Given the shape of the hill I couldn't see them until I got to the top. I jumped on the brakes, but locked up the front and down I went on my left side. Luckily I had slowed down and must have been doing only about 50-60K at the time (say 35 mph) which is what I usually do when I get close to a car who could potentially cut me off.
I got a little road rash on my knee and my shoulder is very stiff, but it's all getting better by the day. I'll break it down to a lack of experience on my part. The Versys brakes quite harder than the beat up Boulevard 650 we used in class. I've only been riding since last September and with winter and all, I only got my full license 3 weeks ago. I try to be careful, but this one is still my fault.
Luckily the bike was in good enough shape to ride home and I've only got about 3-400$ worth of aesthetic damage on it. The gear change lever I've bent back into shape, but will replace anyways. Aside from that everything works fine. That being said. I've been looking around for parts suppliers and the prices on some of the stores in my area are ridiculous.
Anyone know of any better sources?
Last edited by onewizard; 10-01-2018 at 01:16 PM.