... and it finally happened to me too - first crash - nothing serious though!
I am ok, but my Green
Me: a dirty pair of jeans, scratched elbow, light pain in my left shoulder and my left foot. The worst however - heavily bruised ego!
My Bike: Headlight broken, speedo & tacho are dead, housing cracked, headlight holding bracket bent, dislocated gas-tank, deep scratches in the paint, left side of the tail section cracked and scratched, bent exhaust brackets and more scratches... I will definitely request support from y'all folks to help me find a thing or two after assessing the damage in more detail.
Cause of all of this: entering a 100+ degree lef-hand curve at 15 mph and then forgetting to search for the exit of the curve... I looked straight, and there I went - straight into the ditch! Gravel covered by leaves on the side of the road did not help either!
Anyway, I am alone to blame in all of this. It was not a rookie mistake, but a beginner's one - should've known better!! The rider behind me could not believe his eyes! He said that I entered the curve just right and then I forgot to keep at it...
There's a funny side of the story: I wanted to keep the secret from my wife (that is not possible BTW) and I went and bought new jeans and cleaned up at a friend's house. I rode my bike to work where I usually keep it in a shop and left it there. When I came home I asked my wife if she loved me - immediately she answered with a question - What did you do this time?!?!
Obviously she knows now, and for 45 minutes I had to listen to the
"this-is-why-you-should-have-listened-to-your-mother-and-never-got -that-thing-in-the-first-place" lecture followed by the "you-are-selling-that-damn-thing-and-you're-buying-an-SUV" lesson...
She still hugged me in the end and told she was glad that I'm OK.
I will take an MSF couse as soon spring comes around. Why did I have to wait for so long to realize this - I do not know. I thought that my 10 years on-and-off riding experience was enough, but it definitely was not the case today. It is not the years, but the miles that make a rider.
Safe riding out there fellow Wrist Twisters!