i managed to become a statistic by having an accident within the first 10,000 kms by screwing up a corner - i had about 9900kms under my belt when i went down.
it happened on mt st helens and happened on a corner near the bottom. i went down in a downhill corner marked at about 25mph if i remember correctly. the turn was pretty unremarkable, maybe the slope was a bit steeper than previous ones but nothing major. basically i lost my nerve going into the corner and didnt commit to the turn. i entered the corner with a bad line and instead of leaning i pulled the bike straight up and tried to slow down before hitting the shoulder. didnt work of course and the back tire kicked out and i was down. wasnt hurt was just like 'oh shit i cant believe i just did that.' amazingly enough nothing got bent. sheared off the turn signal and broke a couple fairings so all in all pretty fortunate.
having a couple days to reflect:
- i was feeling tense for a better part of the day and i should've probably turned it back a couple notches. i hung back from the rest of the group because i could not keep up with them safely so i just took it at my own pace. hindsight says i should have probably gone even slower
- usually i feel the most confident in corners when i have the balls of my feet on the peg and get off the seat slightly. not dragging knees but just shifting my body weight. as others on the ride who were behind me can attest to, that wasnt happening for most of the day. i relaxed more after i was in the back but the corner i went down on i firmly remember being on the seat. if i had been off the seat, i think i would have been more confident about the corner because i would've commited instead of waffling and ending up in the shoulder with my bike on the side.
i went down on the left side. managed to crack the nose, main left fairing and took off the light. didnt have frame sliders which would've probably helped. engine cover is a bit scratched up also. small scratch on the rear. no damage to the tank or anything else.
joe rocket pants held up pretty well. there is a small hole above the left pocket. there doesnt seem to be any other abrasion damage on it otherwise.
on the elbow of my fieldsheer mesh jacket there is abrasion as well as a few small tears. i dont think i was going too fast when i went down. probably about 40 km/h i would guess. slid for 2-3 m (guessimate from the debris field from my fairings)
boots were fine as was the helmet. head never made contact with the ground. boots probably did but i dont see any rash on it.
reflecting on the gear - i chose to bring the fieldsheer on the ride because the armor is a lot more solid than my joe rocket meteor 4. i would not want to slide on mesh on any part that does not have a lot of padding. those who are looking for mesh gear i would suggest to look for something with better armor than the joe rocket dual density foamies or if you do go with them, upgrade the armor to the CE stuff with plastic and foam.
i dont know why manufacturers do not have full circumferance zippers on all gear. i met fish antlers (not the most popular character around here but he was a nice guy in RL) and he told us a story about his buddy in full leathers without a full zipper who slid on his belly and his jacket rode up. he ended up with rash all over his stomach or something. my jacket rode up a bit and i got very minor rashing on the side.
shoulder/elbow/hip/knee feel a bit sore. some definite bruising but nothing major. again i think i would've been worse off in my JR jacket
for those interested in the damage to the bike and damage to the gear there are some photos in my gallery.
anyway i count myself lucky. i picked a fairly good corner to be have a brain fart on and came out with nothing but a couple broken fairings and a few bruises instead of a trip down the cliff walls of mt st helens. mechanically the bike is alright too. a tow back from mt st helens would've sucked a lot. so while lady luck gave me a good kick she managed to miss the crotch and just give me a good one in the ass