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Unhappy Gone Down (Twice in Two Weeks) Now Feeling Down

At 51, finally got blessing from better half, and got my first bike ('09 C50C). Recently been through MSF and was trying hard to do all the right things.

#1) Accelerating from stop light, car cut between me and car in front of me and hit his brakes (I assume to not to hit other car). Closing fast, I hit the brakes hard, back locked and seemed under control until I crossed crosswalk paint, wiggled hard and went down high-side. Only bent engine guard and scratch windshield. I sprained knee and toe (and pride, as it was city rush hour traffic).

#2) 10 days later, pulling off road into gas station, didn't see sand in transition (same color as concrete) and went down again hi-side. Little more damage to engine guard and broke two ribs (and a little more pride).

Feeling down because I was enjoying the experience sooo much (should of done this years ago); but I'm finding my self gun shy and paranoid.

Here's some of the lessons I've learned:

1) I'll never ever ride without a helmet. Hit my head hard (even though slow speeds) both time and I'm no worse for wear.

2) Wear the gear. I have a hi-viz textile jacket elbow and should pads. Body slammed both times and only thing that doesn't hurt are my elbows and shoulders.

3) While the ass in the car put me in a dangerous situation, my inexperience in emergency stopping probably lead to me ending up on the ground.

4) I looove the community of riders. Both time I went down, only people who came to my aid were other riders. Bless you all!

5) Engine guard saved my right leg both time.

I'll get back on the horse that's thrown me twice (only after I replace the engine guards). I was fortunate that both incidents were at very low speed. My body is telling my head it doesn't like the pain of falling and the risk of a higher speed accident. Only been riding for 5 weeks and don't want to turn back now.
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Sorry to hear you went down...sounds like you've learned and making some good decisions to accept the risk we all take! Ride with a full face (by law and choice) and armored jacket everytime! Had a run in similar to your first but kept it up at least. Better skill at emergency breaking would have prevented any collision! Ride safe and keep the rubber side down!

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How many miles riding do you have under your belt?
If less than 1000 I want to recommend you ride in the rural areas away from traffic for a month.
Other than deer I mostly fear cage drivers. I have all but stopped riding my bike on Friday afternoon. To many drunks.

I'm glad you're getting back in the saddle. WELCOME TO THE FORUM. Takes a real person to make their first post about an accident.


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maybe you should have went with CBR250R or some smaller,lighter cc bike first...(average age of CBR250R riders in forum poll was 45 years old).....then transitioned to the 800cc boulevard after a year or two? I got my cbr 3 years ago after not riding for almost 18 years...then bought my boulevard a few months ago...havent went down yet and hope I never do...

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welcome and a tip of the hat for your sharing your unfortunate recent experiences...it happens...some fare better than others...for the most part it sounds like your pride got hurt the most...take the positive from it and realize you now know how quick it can happen...be it from others bad judgement or something as innocent as road conditions. Many people never find the time to take what they learned at msf to continue to practice after they start riding figuring the riding will give them the experience they need. True for certain parts but not for the things you really need to be prepared for...swerving and emergency stops...things you can practice occasionally at your local high school parking lot or similar on early sunday mornings...good luck...it could have been alot worse.

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Hang in there and get a set of Cobra bars.

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Glad you are o.k. I have been riding for 27 years, and I still practice emergency stops. Find an empty parking lot and practice emergency stops at different speeds. It will save your life. It did mine.

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Glad u are ok!!! Take your time, you are a new rider. I had my finance' riding around a Hugh parking lot for her first 50 miles riding. Getting use to starts, stops, shifting gears, cornering, looking through turns ect. You will be fine just take your time.

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Inexperience played a huge part in both of your wrecks. You're lucky to have walked away with relatively minor injuries, especially sans-helmet.

Unfortunately, the only way to get experience is to practice. You practice by riding. Which is dangerous because gravity is a cruel mistress who must be obeyed.

Take some time to gather your wits and try it again. Find an empty parking lot and practice panic maneuvers including hard braking. Learn to slow yourself without locking the wheels. It just takes time and patience to get good at it.

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How are your tires on that 09? Are they brand new or are they too worn? Might want to look into getting new ones along with new Cobra Bars if they are old.
This bike isn't too big for you. It just takes some practice as others have said. Play in parking lots for a while and then take back roads for a while longer.
Having said that, I started out my first ride on the super slab, so I don't practice what I preach.
Glad to hear that you aren't letting these two incidents get the better of you.

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