Well, had my first motorcycle wreck. NC 66N, just past Moore's Spring Road. Blind right hander after a short downhill... This road has been gradually degrading, and is an abnormally coarse aggregate in a oil-and-stone or tar-heavy asphalt format... Ridden it quite a few times, and was taking a buddy there for the first time.
I was leading, and in full riding gear. He was on a XR650 with tee and a custom helmet I'd just painted him. I decelled down the hill and made for the apex when the "rough patch" (which typically has about the same grip as the rest) ended up being a gravel patch about 12" long and lane-wide. Front slid out into a classic low-side. Luckily my buddy saw me go down and avoided the gravel.
I ended up laying in my lane with bike in the oncoming lane on its' right side. I managed to get it up and to the shoulder before any traffic came by. The slide razored my shoelaces into 2" bits on right foot and shoe came off, but it was a mid-top racing shoe that did its' job of protecting that ankle bone. I'll post some pics of damage to the bike. Somehow my left thumb bore the brunt of any bodily damage (strained), but avoided real road rash. Have some abrasions from my jeans repositioning themselves too quickly...
Otherwise, helmet is toast and jacket too, but they did their job.
DON'T do what I did next: Rode home without police report.
Although I called the cops and got a report, it was only because the cop was nice and I managed to convince him I wasn't lying because I'm an ordained minister...
Anyhow, bike's at the local dealer for "crash damage appraisal". They called today and said the amount will be $16xx, and I'll have a $500 deductible. On the plus side, my riding gear will be covered too.
All said, be careful in "off season" riding. I was being "normal" and not blasting the road, but I've ridden that road aggressively in the past.. And wear all your gear. It saved me a trip to ER, and me going down saved my unprepared buddy from getting messed up... And call the LEO from the site and don't ride home -- even it the bike runs ok and it's only 10 mi.
My and the ceebee will live to ride another day....despite the cops warning to sell the bike.