So it was her second ride of the year. Nothing fancy or exciting, just a quick run to Walmart to pick up some oil for vehicle maintenance. We went down the state highways on our way to town and were making a ride of it. I was in front on my DL650 and she trailed on her (my old) CBR250R. The turns were going smooth and she was taking to it like a fish to water.
From my view in front she was exiting a smooth turn behind me and just went straight. No other explanation, she went straight off the road and I watched her go down and the bike slide into a pole. I turned around in a panic, and a couple other bikers that were trailing almost beat me there. She was getting up and shaking it off and I was trying to run a visual check to see anything not moving right since she was already up. She assured us all that her pride was the only thing injured, but I still checked her neck and eyes before getting her out of her gear. Her elbow has some scrapes and a cut, and a knee too. Nothing bad.
The bike? Well, it lost all the plastics on the shift side, but was still functional. I gave it a test ride and everything works. In fact she insisted on riding it home to a VERY upset mom. You can imagine how that went. Now to gauge the costs and get her bike back together. Oh and hang the fairing on the garage wall! My daughter insisted that she had graduated from the riders that are waiting to go down to the "have been down" club with me. Now, will she get a stitch in her elbow and join that club (never had stitches before either)?
Wear your gear out there! If she had not been, I doubt this would have the tone it does.
Edit: As I talk through with her, it has become obvious what happened. She became "target locked" on the pole after her rear skipped a little on a tar snake. She remembers staring at the pole and thinking, "Don't hit it". I let her know that anytime you have the urge to look where you don't want to go, resist and look where you do. The bike will follow your eyes.