Got my number picked today.
Heading up over the Cascades for a run with a few other BCSBers, and lowsided just the far side of Marblemount.
Now with all the banter on the site the last few days about newb riders pushing their limits…………I fully expect the flaming to commence about 20 seconds after I post this.
Wouldn’t consider myself a newb. Maybe by some standards I guess, but I’ve been on the street 5 years, and a little street time many years ago, and a childhood full of dirtbiking. About 55-60,000kms under me the last 5 seasons. Took ART at the BC Safety Council in 2009. Had planned on doing it again in the spring – you can make that official now.
I’m fine with whatever flaming is coming my way, as I did a dumb thing, and paid a small price for it. I say small because I am basically unharmed, no scrapes etc…….I think I landed somehow on my back in the ditch. How I missed the 2 BASKETBALL sized rocks that were laying there I’ll never know, and how I managed to plant the landing short of the rock wall, I’ll never know either. Whoever was watching over me today: to you.
I post this in the hopes that it will remind even one more person to GEAR THE HELL UP. Seriously, quit making your shitty excuses, and gear up. Any excuse for not wearing full gear is a shitty excuse. I shudder to think what I’d look like without my full face lid, full leathers, Sidi ankle boots and proper gloves. I’d be picking gravel out of my ass for months, and that’s if I was lucky. [end /rant]
I must not go further here without thanking the crew I was riding with. Karen, Stuart, Mark, Steve and Brent. I am forever grateful for your help. There was a guy across the road who saw the whole thing happen. He and another couple of tourists were there right away as well and helped us pull the bike out of the weeds.
Upon review of the video, it was a left hand decreasing radius turn. One in which was I a bit hot to begin with. The pace of the ride was fine for me I think, but it only takes one corner to tighten up on you like that and POOF. Peanut butter and rhubarb sandwich time.
- As I came into the corner, I think I had a decent line. Problem is I was at the upper edge of comfortable speed going into it. Add in a decreasing radius and that’s it.
- I remember thinking part way through the turn that I wasn’t going to make it, so I did what I could to slow down without laying it down early – on the pavement. You can see a guardrail on the right of where I slid though. We looked on scene, and the marks go about 1-2’ past the end of the rail. Holy shit it would have gotten ugly if the bike had caught it.
- lastly I remember landing, and the first thought through my head was – where’s the bike, and holy shit I hope it doesn’t land on me.
Like I said, flame away if you must, I’m a big boy and can take it. But for the sake of my and other readers benefit, make it constructive. Let someone learn from it.
With the thoughts of the poor souls who lost it all 10 years ago today in the USA, and thoughts of the many riders who took their last rides this season, I feel blessed somehow to have been able to ride my bike home, and kiss my kids and wife when I got here (Steve, I assume you did too?). Albeit with a sore shoulder and a bit of general tightness.
The bike is in reasonable shape considering. Thanks again to Mark and Stuart for taking care of things for me while I cooled out. Checking brakes, wheels, loose parts etc….I’ll post a few pics when I get the strength to go take some, but some nice gashes in the fairings, broken fairing under the oilpan. Couple of dings in the rims which I’ll get checked out properly.
Now the news all you hungry wolves are asking…..is there a video? Yes. There is. I’m on a temporary laptop, so had to download an mp4 editor. Ended up with this POS one that – at the last possible opportunity – tells me there will be a watermark in the middle of the screen. It also has sped up the video a bit too. Yes we were moving, but not to the extent that the Youtube version shows.
So, without further adieu………….