Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: 2006 Bonneville T100
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New Orleans
So I fell yesterday....
I was leaving my driveway in front of my house doing about 3-5 mph and I loss control on some gravel and laid myself and my bike down. I am mostly ok, scraped and bruised knee, sore wrist (currently in a brace/support) and hurt pride. As for my bike (which I've had for three weeks) I bent the right brake handle and broke the right front turn signal. I had on a jacket, so fortunately my skin is ok.
These are the things I've learned.
1. I was feeling a bit too comfortable with the bike and my skill level. I should have walked my bike into the street and taken off on the straight-away, but I decided to ride it onto the street. This was an error in judgment on my part. I am not good enough to make the turn that I was attempting to make especially with the gravel that sits at the front of my driveway. This was stupid and I've learned my lesson.
2. Glad I wore a jacket. It was relatively warm outside (about 75), and I thought about not wearing the jacket. Glad I did.
3. My bike is pretty heavy, but I was able to get it up by myself with relative ease. This makes me feel little better about the potential for having to pick it up in the future.
4. If you fall, take a few minutes to get your bearings. I didn't feel any pain or any injuries, so I picked my bike up and continued to go where I had planned. When I got to the gas station, I noticed a little spot of blood on my pants. It was that exact moment that I felt a small stinging sensation on my knee. I raised my pants led up and discovered I had scraped my knee a bit. Not badly, but it surprised me that I hadn't noticed it before that. My wrist started hurting about 1-2 hours after I had made it back home.
5. Ride to your skill level.
Now a question for all of you experienced riders out there. What should I have done differently, and what things should I check on my bike after a fall like this? The bike seems relatively unscathed. The only damage was the brake lever and the turn signal. Other than that, I didn’t even see any scratches on it.
Thanks and ride safe!