We all know the old saying, "there are 2 types of riders. Those who have fallen and those who will."
Well, I now belong to the "fallen" category. Let me explain:
My buddy and I are out ripping along 116 Avenue near King Road in Surrey, I'm about 10 feet behind him. (lesson #1, leave a bit of reaction room for potential accidents) We are riding at a nice pace. Yes, faster than the speed limit, but still in what we have determined to be a safe range (insert negative opinions of our riding "talent" here). My buddy begins the turn left onto King Road and I see his rear tire skid out from underneath him slowly. (There was still a bit of debris on the road from that windstorm last week). Before I knew it, my buddy high-sides himself. He is thrown in front of his bike and to add insult to injury, his bike runs into him causing the bike to finally settle on the ground and skid (along with him) down the pavement about 20-30 feet.
Now, I am going too fast to steer short and take the inside lane and I can't keep going on the line I had chosen because I would hit my buddy if I did. So I am left with no choice but to steer wide and choose the ditch. So, I step on the rear brake and purposely cause my rear wheel to skid, I start lowering my bike down on it's left side. Of course, these type of situations cannot be fully controlled and I soon lose any semblance of control that I had: As my bike is skidding and I'm lowering her onto her left side, I hit the curb causing my bike to immediately flip on the opposite side and, I soon learn what it feels like to "high-side" a bike. End result: I end up doing my best impression of superman for about 15-20 feet through the air and then land on a thankfully soft, mossy patch of grass in a water-soaked ditch. I quickly dust myself off and head down the road to ensure my buddy is okay. With the exception of a sore shoulder, my buddy seems to be okay. As for myself, my hip and left hand was sore. I guess I hit my hand on the windshield as I was being tossed from my bike.
Now a bit of a background on us: My buddy has been riding for 10 years, mostly crotch rockets and he has been involved in racing in the past.
Me: newbie as of mid-last year.
Now I want comments. Good and bad. I know I have made mistakes and my buddy knows he did too. My hopes are that someone will learn from our mistake.
When it was all said and done my buddy and I just stared at eachother and laughed. I had never been so happy to listen to him last year when he told me I should get a cheaper, used bike for my first ride because the likelihood of me crashing it is higher when I am a newb.
Speaking of which, does anyone know where I can get my hands on a right-side fairing for a '97 yzf750???? I just phoned a few yamaha dealers and I have been quoted prices between $660-$730 + taxes. Any other routes I can take to save some coin?