One of the scariest events riding my Versys was the day I brought it home. I had essentially no experience (at least none in recent decades) on a motorcycle except for the MSF beginners course a month before. Of course, they talk about counter-steering in the MSF course, but it is hard to experience it on the little 250s provided while riding at slow speeds.
On my way up the "main hill road" I approached a right-hand curve. I did not take a good line and was concerned about oncoming vehicles. So I tried "turning" to the right, but I was going fast enough that the handlebars did not move the way I wanted them to. Nowadays I would just press out on the right bar and lean farther into the turn, but there were a few moments that first day that I thought I was going to go head-on into a car.
I was not going excessively fast by most measures. For example I was riding below the speed limit. Yet I was clearly riding past my abilities at the time.
A co-worker of my wife just died on a motorcycle. I count my blessing that I got to ride a couple of hundred miles today (and for work). I need to remember to always work on my riding skills since I do not know when I will need all of them to stay out of danger.
When it comes to havoc, no one wreaks like me! - Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz
I will never be good and that's not bad. - Ban-Anon