Slide out, OK, bike bruised
I've waited to post something about my recent spill until some of the dust had settled and I knew what the repair estimate would be. Damn if I don't now fit the mold of the new rider who drops their bike. Wounded pride.
Coming home from work a few weeks ago I was in the slow lane on the freeway crawling along in traffic when a car was stopped halfway into the lane. Cars were going onto the shoulder slightly to go around, and I followed suit. No problem at first, and then when turning to get back onto the lane I didn't know their was a f*&%ing 2" gap between the shoulder asphalt and concrete freeway and my front wheel slipped out and I went sliding. I was doing about 15 MPH, and so not too bad, and was wearing full gear as always.
Luckily, everyone stopped, and I low sided and the bike slid away from me. It happens so damn fast, as everyone knows. I was fine, and my full suit took the abuse and will be replaced. Only a hip pointer because my Olympia suit didn't come with hip padding. My helmet touched a bit and was scratched, so it will be replaced too. I got up and walked the bike off the highway and waited forever and a year for the tow truck to come.
It fell on the left, and has the usual damage. Nothing wrong with the frame or engine, but cosmetics and fork scraping. Estimates for repair are $4400 with tax. Insurance covers. Lots of little things, and I tell you, I am so glad I had the Givi side bags because my feet and legs were protected by the bags taking the weight of the bike.
I was truly fine. A bit of a sore neck. Now, no signs of it happening.
One story I want to tell is that while on the side of the freeway I had two motorcyclists stop to check on me. One of them, man, this guy was like an angel. He stopped, checked me out, checked my bike out, made sure I was good, lightened my spirits and then flew away on his ride. Just made my night, that guy.
So yes, I have learned to be MIGHTY careful about road edges. Didn't teach that in my MSF course!
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