I had a few minor scares this season that could have all ended poorly. Without experience we don't know what to look for and a wake up call can be around every corner if we're not prepared for the obstacle, condition, or situation's appropriate response.
My worst experience was a front flat early morning at speed. I was heading to Kamloops and a full inspection of the fluids, lines, pressure and a quick look at the tires was good. Ten minutes down the road at speed I felt drag on the bike. The feeling was similar to a strong headwind or loss of power and I dropped speed to check over things.
The deceleration and weight shift resulted in violent steering nearing a tank slapper and I immediately hit the throttle. I tested the front brake at speed and the steering shuttered while the back was OK to use. I very slowly leaned over and rolled to a stop by the curb. As the bike lost speed the steering needed to be held tighter to maintain a path as the sidewalls came off the bead and the rim rolled on the ground with little rubber between. I could not seat and inflate the tire so it needed a tow. I was informed a staple penetrated the tire and the bar connecting the spikes came off and sunk into the tire over time. A fast ride in a cold morning probably caused the tires to swell enough for the flat and I have been very thorough with my tire inspection and a center stand became a high priority. After this blowout I don't think I rode for a couple weeks.
What have you experienced and what lesson did you take from it. I would love to hear about incidents that occurred recently and what you took from it.