Anyone who red my introductory post a month ago may recall me saying how recently buying a modern bike exposed my lack of skill, even after 10 years of crashless riding. Well, I paid some tuition in the school of life last week while trying to get home.
After having my computer re-mapped by Nikola @ British Italian Motorcycles last Wed. night, I was heading home Eastbound on Hwy 1. Not really hurrying, but doing about 10 clicks faster than the cars. I was in the slow lane at the North Road overpass, picking my way through traffic, and a driver in a 70s pickup changed into my lane, right in front of me (and I mean right in front of me. I have no idea how he was able to do that without me anticipating it, but I was going 15 to 20 quicker than him, and in my effort to avoid hitting him, I must have locked 'em up and lost control. Down we go. Slid for a while, and near as I can figure it, hit the concrete lane barrier on the right side of the highway. The bike continued down the freeway (rather quickly, too) on it's right side. The truck driver evidently saw me go down and stopped, so the bike piled into the back of his truck.
You know that ball that your upper arm hinges on? Well, I broke that into 3 pieces as well as breaking it off the bone itself. Thought I had only tore a muscle 'till i got to the hospital. Anyway, I've now got some pretty good hardware in my arm. Month or so off work, couple of months of therapy and I should be good as new by November (when I'll be shopping for some armoured riding gear)
Nikola's already been to ICBC to assess the bike (thanks buddy) and says the damage is pretty much cosmetic only, and should be an easy fix.
What I've learned:
1. experience is no guarantee you can't be hurt.
2. Hamilton's law: the more expensive you're bike, the more likely you are to damage it (can't crash the crappy 25 year-old yamaha, oh no...., gotta be the shiny new one)
3. leather jackets are excellent for sliding, but not so good at impact.
4. Royal Columbian has excellent orthopaedic staff - if you're gonna wreck, do it near there.
5. typing wth your left hand only takes a lot longer.
Feeling lucky, yet stupid.
Thanks for listening.