I crashed my VFR yesterday. I was riding up on Cypress Mountain and took a 20 mph switchback and lowsided the bike.
When the bike and I went down, I saw my beautiful VFR slide away from me and thought "This can't be happening". Then I slid along the asphalt, loose and relaxed and insulated from any sensation of pain, and thought: "The gear works!"
Then I slid to a stop in the gravel beside the road. I got up, did a quick check for injuries, and was relieved to find that I didn't have even a scratch or bruise on me.
My bike unfortunately continued to slide off the road and into a muddy ditch, adding insult to injury. The left side of the bike was severely scraped up, and the shift lever and left Helibar were bent, so the bike was unrideable.
A guy on a R6 stopped to help, which I appreciated. Thanks!!!
Eventually a tow-truck and a cop car showed up, and the tow driver was another biker who had wiped out on that same corner two weeks before. He couldn't believe I did it at the exact same spot. He thought I might have hit a small patch of sand on the road, though I couldn't see anything.
I would like to be able to blame the accident on external factors, but I couldn't see any oil or sand on the road. I went into the corner at a reasonable speed but it's a decreasing radius and I think I just gave it too much throttle 2/3 of the way through the corner and lost traction and went down.
I feel mixed emotions about the accident. I'm pissed at myself about the bike, but I'm grateful that I was uninjured. I read about Bog's accident in Thursday's Vancouver Sun, and it sounds very similar to mine, only he hit a concrete barrier. I was lucky, there was no barrier on my corner, just gravel.
My Arai helmet, Aerostich, Held gloves, and Sidi Vertebra II boots all held up wonderfully. The helmet only got a nickel-sized scrape on the chin guard, but it reaffirmed the benefit of a full-face helmet. The Aerostich got a couple of holes on the elbow pads and one knee pad...so I'll have to get it repaired. The Held gloves got beat up but stayed intact. The rivets in the palms were scraped and a couple popped out. I'll buy a new pair. The Sidi's got scraped up but are good to go.
At the risk of some hypocracy, I'd just like to remind everybody to take it slower and safer out there. I thought it was OK to push it on a road I knew well, but apparently that's not the case.