Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
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.