As embarrasing as it is, I just have to post this...
Laid the bike down for the first time this morning on the way to work. Rule #1 of colder weather riding: Take it easy on cold tires!!!!!!!! I was at a stoplight waiting to turn left. Light turned green, and I followed the car in front onto the 4-lane road. He went s-l-o-w-l-y to the far right lane, and I wanted to stay in the left lane to get around him--which would have been fine if I'd not turned at a tight angle. A little too much throttle and she went right out from underneath me... How efin' stupid! Luckily, I was only going about 15 mph when it happened. The bike slid about 15 feet. I got right up (adrenaline is a great stimulant) and picked up the bike. Pushed it to the side and it fired right up. The damage report: bent handlebar on left side, ruined left-side mirror, left front turn signal assembly out of whack (but still blinking...), scuffed up left-side case cover, and scuffed up left-side rear cowl. Injury report: road rash on left knee. Thank God for riding gear!!!!!
Servicehonda.com, here I come... How tough does Honda make the internals? I guess it's good that it fired right back up. How worried should I be about that?
This is why i like this forum! Good stuff to remember! Glad to hear that only your ego got brused. Also, don't forget about about proper inflation. Winter is here, even in California...check those pressures, and inflate to specs in your owners manual or the plaque on the swing arm. If the tires arn't inflated correctly, they can overheat and could fail/wear out sooner than properly inflated tires.