Ok. This is going to be long. On our Sunday ride yesterday we all decided to go a different route out through the woods and country roads. It was absolutely amazing. I was keeping up with the 1k's through all the twists and turns through the woods, and we stopped to take a break at some church out there. We were talking about how awesome that road was and how the 9'er surprised them. My tires showed that I have about 2mm before the rubber starts to roll over the edge, and the veteran riders in my group were pretty impressed with my progress since I first joined them.
I forgot to zip up my pocket after that break. BIG mistake. Stuff started blowing out when I was going about 30-45 into the triple digits down the straight away. I payed too much attention to that than the road... I was going way too fast for the corner that I thought was sharper than it was. I could have easily made it, but my mind told me to "BRAKE!!! BRAKE!!! BRAKE!!!" Instead of leaning into the perfect left sweep I was straight for a hay field. I figured since I had slowed down so much that I would just ride into the field til I came to a stop then get back on the road... Nope
there was a small ditch then a nice little jump deal on the other side. I went airborne and when I landed; the bike went one way, and I went the other. I was flipping, cartwheeling, somersaulting, and stop drop and rolling all over the place. I was at first thinking, "I'm so dead", but after I stopped I just said
and jumped to my feet then ran the 15 yards to my bike and said
. Picked her up and started her. Said THANK YOU numerous times to God that I'm not dead, and my bike still runs.
I was very fortunate to be wearing all of my gear (I almost didn't wear my jacket cuz it was 98 degrees yesterday). All that was damaged was my handlebars, a few small scratches on my tank which can be buffed out, and my rear cowl that can't be buffed out. My buddies helped me somewhat straighten the left side of the handlebar, just enough so I could bear the shameful ride home for 2 hours.
Now for a question. I was waiting on getting the Renthal Ultra Lows when I bought a thousand worth of extras for her, and now I'm very happy I didn't! I put on the Galfer lines, and I don't know if they'll be the right length if I get the Renthal's. Should I just straighten the stock bars, get new ones, or the Renthal's?
P.S. I really want the Renthals