I'm a bit more safety
gear conscious this week than I was last week..
I put my KLR down at about 10mph.. First time I've "dumped" a bike on the street since July of 1984..
I was turning to the left, and saw that the road to my right was no longer closed.. Hard braking, not looking where I was going, and a 1' square patch of gravel on top of black top resulted in a fast slam to the pavement.
Stupid mistake.. I ride all my bikes like they're GP racers, including the KLR and the Wing. I've ridden well over 350,000 motorcycle miles in my lifetime.. I've ridden track days in the US and Canada. I've taken the MSF ERC course 4 times and have been asked to be an instructor during the last 3 classes. I've taken the slow evasive motorcycle manuever training by the Florida State Police, and I've always been the fast guy in control when the corners get tight..
Very little damage to the bike or myself, but that's because I was wearing my gloves, boots, helmet, jacket, etc. Ended up with a sore kidney and a sore shoulder, as well as a slight scuff to my helmet and a small tear on the shoulder of my mesh jacket. Slight tweak to my left pannier that was easy to bend back..
Came away with a new appreciation of safety gear.. And a reminder of one of the first things they teach you in ERC training.. Look where you're going!!
And now I'm the guy who falls down at 10mph because he didn't see the tiny patch of gravel..
If nothing else, it was a damned good slap upside the head to remember my training when riding at a increased pace, which I was up to about 50' before this happened.. I typically ride 10-15 over the speed limit and corner speed signs are usually just a suggestion to me.. 25 typically means 50, 35 means 65, and anything above that's completely ignored. (But 15mph usually means they're not kidding, and get your butt down to 25).
Up until this corner, I was riding by myself and having a blast!! Tons of tight corners on roads that I've ridden several times, which is what bit my butt this time.. I was EXPECTING the road to the right to be closed, as it has been all summer. It wasn't, and I changed horses in the middle of the stream.. Problem was, my new horse had gravel under it..