I’ve been avoiding this site like the plague, but I figured I’d share this - I’ve crashed it.
I lucked out, though. I’m not hurt. I was going into a left hand curve on a two lane road. Going the speed limit. I noticed some gravel in the center of the lane and there was a car coming the opposite direction towards me, so I went to the outside of the lane. Well, apparently I was going too fast. I maintained control off the pavement and in the gravel on the narrow shoulder. I slowed down to about 15 (from 45) before I hit a little hump for someone’s driveway and went over. I landed in someone’s front yard. The bike was partially in the road and partially in the gravel/grass on its right side.
Bike held up okay though. Brake pedal is bent and needs replacing. Bars are bent and need replacing. Forks might be tweaked slightly. My brand new exhaust is scratched and dented (fuuuuuhhh). Other aesthetic stuff - headlight cover and mirrors are scratched. Front brake lever scratched. No scratches to the tank or body work though.
I feel like I’m going through the stages of grief. But I’m still in the anger phase. So pissed at myself for letting it happen. Pissed at the timing. It’ll be weeks before I can get it to the shop. Will miss most of the Spring riding probably. Insurance will probably go up. [any advice on insurance would be helpful. Is it worth making the claim? I’m assuming my rate will go up even though I was the only one involved...?]
And then there’s the mental part. The anxiety about riding again. I have a wife and two young daughters. I love my bike and love riding, but I’ll be honest - when I got home I hugged my wife and cried like a baby. She didn’t (because I kind of undersold it and my bike doesn’t look bad from a distance), but I did. I want to keep riding, but the longer it takes to get back on, the more anxious I’ll be about it.
I just figured I’d share/vent with you guys. This is my first bike and my first crash. It could’ve been much worse. I’ve definitely learned from it. But it has got me in a funk mentally, that’s for sure.
Last edited by heymanitsdan; 04-03-2018 at 12:17 PM.