TL;DR: Lost focus and low sided at ~45mph. I am okay;few scrapes. Bike is okay and rode her home; small tank dent and misaligned handlebar. Brand new windscreen destroyed but for the better. Made me realize I like highway riding without one.
First and foremost, I am 100% okay. Just a few scrapes on my hand, elbow, and hip. My bike is okay too with the exception of a lot of dust, a slightly dented tank, misaligned handlebar, and my brand new windscreen was in pieces.
So here is how it happened. I was cruising on the 154 through the Los Padres National Forest on my way to Solvang, CA. I was taking a very slight right sweeping turn and when I should've straightened out of my turn to start the slight sweeping left, I lost focus. I was enjoying the view of the mountains/canyon to my left and in doing so, I didn't lean enough to the left to negotiate what should of been an easy turn even for a beginner. My photographer mindset overtook my riding/road focus. I felt really comfortable on the easy section and made the mistake of letting my focus wander to looking at the view and thinking about how nice of a shot it would be.
So when I realized I ****** up, I had dropped onto the gravel going about 45mph, started braking so I wouldn't fly down into the ditch and trees. That is when I laid her down to the left and the brush stopped the bike from going down the ditch. Don't know how far down the bottom was (maybe 20 feet) but the brush stopped the bike right away. All I remember after laying down was contacting the ground, tucking my arms in, and rolling a few times. I was able to get up right away and after a quick self assessment, I realized I was okay and only had some minor scrapes.
A driver behind me saw me go down and pulled over to help me pull my bike out. To my surprise, the only damage to the bike was a slight dent in the tank, a slightly misaligned handlebar, and a sticker turn signal control (sticks when turning on right signal).
After collecting myself, I checked all the controls on the bike (clutch, brakes, shifter, signals) and everything worked fine. So I turned her around and road about 40 miles home. On the ride home, everything on the bike felt normal. No weird vibrations or noises.
1. No matter how nice the view is or how straight the road is, stay 100% focused on riding
2. Wear protective gear.
3. I prefer riding on the highway with no windscreen.
As I sit at home typing this and drinking an ice cold beer, I'm thankful this crash very very minor. I replayed everything in my head and know exactly what I did wrong. Weird thing was I was shaken up one bit. Heart wasn't racing, mind was clear, and wasn't nervous one bit to get back on and ride home.
Here's what I was wearing and it's current condition:
Bilt Techno 2.0 helmet-Not one scratch. Head never hit the ground.
Bilt Techno jacket- Abrasions on the right sleeve, right shoulder blade, and middle back.
Bilt Leather gloves- Abrasion through the left palm.
Pants- American Eagle jeans...no tears whatsoever...wicked surprised but then again, I didn't slide on my lower side.
Shoes- Steve Madden leather high top dress boots. Not motorcycle specific shoes but the leather side it's job.
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Googlr Drive folder https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-B...76aWTf4TZmuF_h