Join Date: Dec 2016
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First wreck, thankful it wasn't worse
Hello everybody! I would like to share my first wreck experience.
A few weeks back I went out with two of my riding buddies to cruise some back roads. And by cruise, I mean cruise. We weren't ripping through these roads by any means. If anything we were going under the speed limit. Anyways. These roads are very familiar, being that I ride/drive them almost every day. I was riding in front, and came around this blind turn. At the bottom of the turn, there was a huge wet spot that covered the road at the exit of the turn. I noticed this half way through, and took the turn a little bit tighter and straightened the bike out before I rode through the wet spot. After the turn, the road went slightly uphill, and is straight, so I checked my mirror for a second. When I did, I did not see my buddy behind my, and I could not tell if he had made it through the turn. So I started to apply the brakes to pull over. As I was doing this, I checked my mirror for a second, one more time before I pulled over. Doing so, I did not notice that I had drifted in my lane towards the edge of the road, and hit a patch of gravel which caused the rear wheel to lock up and slide out. My rear wheel slid sideways, before it caught the asphalt, which caused me to high side into the ditch to my right. I landed with my right arm out, and dislocated my elbow. When I realized what happened, I was on my stomach (elbow popped back into place) in the ditch. At this point, my buddy (who was behind me) had pulled over and was checking me over. I could not tell if my arm was broken or not, but I remember telling him I thought it was broken. After about 20 minutes or so of sitting on the side of the road, I got up and tried to take my jacket off, which at this point my elbow was so swollen it popped the elastic snap-button off of my jacket because it was so swollen. I had movement in my elbow, although very little. I ended up picking the bike up and straightening out the bars and rode a very painful ride home.
Overall, I can now see what I did wrong, and how I can prevent that in the future.
things I did wrong:
1. I applied the brakes without a full visual of what was ahead, and while checking my mirror
2. I opted to pull over in a spot where there was no shoulder. I should've slowed down safely and found a driveway or shoulder to park.
For those that are wondering, yes, I was wearing gear! Armored leather jacket, helmet, armored gloves, etc.
Damage to the bike was minimal. A very small scuff on the tank from the mirror breaking off and hitting the tank, and a few scratches on the exhaust.
Very thankful to be okay and back on two wheels, and to come to the realization that a wreck can happen in a split second, and I need to be extra cautious and aware of my surroundings when I am riding.
Stay safe out there!