Yup, I went down today. In the rain, making a right turn from Boundary northbound onto Hastings, went for a gap in cross traffic behind a Miata. Just as I pulled behind, the bus at the curb started to pull out, Miata hits the brakes. I hit the brakes, front wheel goes out, down I go.
Zero damage to me, other than bruised ego (I was fully geared, nothing even showing a scuff).My windscreen is now missing a big chunk, my brake lever is missing the knob, the front fairing was a little cockeyed, and the right clip-on slipped in (last two I fixed). Thankfully my lower fairings are hanging in the garage.
Hello! it's raining, don't use the front brake hard when leaned over in the rain. This I already knew intellectually, but it is clear that I needed a practical reminder. Progressive brake application... obviously not what I used. I went down with lotsa space between me and the Miata, I didn't need to brake so hard and still could have stopped in the space available. But I just grabbed the brake, I need to get to the parking lot to practice emerg braking like I've been meaning to.
But a better lesson... don't be in such a rush! The gap in traffic was big enough, but only if nothing else happened. It would have been no more than 30 seconds before I had the green light. I also had seen the bus and predicted that it would soon leave the curb, but that obviously didn't enter into my decision to pull into traffic.
So that's my story...first crash at 5000km (now I can vote on the poll!). Probably not my last, but I intend learn from this and all other experiences.