May 12, I low-sided my Iron Butt Rally finishing Wing on a bumpy left hander, by simply doing a few things wrong. Although during my dirt riding apprenticeship, some 35 years ago, I was made familiar with the look of dirt on a "close up," basis, it's my first crash on a street motorcycle.
What I learned:
Although I had been on that stretch of asphalt a mere 30 minutes before, I wasn't paying enough attention.
My entry speed was too high, for the motorcycle I was riding, and thus, it was just too fast. Period.
I knocked my helmet on the ground, taking out about a "toonie," sized chunk fo the finish. At the motel, I removed my communications gear, and threw it out. Partially because I didn't want to schlepp it on the plane, but also because I knew I wasn't going to wear it again.
The importance of riding gear was reinforced in a graphic fashion. I slid to a stop unscathed, except for a 2" bruise that showed up later that day, on my right upper arm.
My ribcage was very, very sore, from landing on my arm (a riding Dr. I know told me to never, ever, hold your hand out, but rather, take the weight with the shoulder. Frankly, my hands were on the bars when I toppled over, and I didn't remember a word he said, until afterward, on the massage table, but I understand his reasoning. The hand/wrist/forearm is a considerable injury, if that's what is going to happen).
The benefit of the appropriate type of therapy will aid, and speed, the healing process.
Crash to cash was 8 weeks, the insurer was great, and I pose some unusual insurance issues, given the motorcycle, where the crash occurred, and the fact I'm in the insurance business. My adjuster was young, but skilled, informative, helpful throughout, and I'm sure has a long and rewarding insurance career ahead of her.
My ego still smarts. I made a mistake, and destroyed a motorcycle.
I had no idea how my inattentiveness would affect people I know, and ride with, to such a degree.I've learned that some friends, wives and significant others have turned to their riding friends to say, "If Michael can crash, with his experience....you better be more careful."
That is all.