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An unintentional dismount.

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Recently I had a unintentional dismount. In other words I took a spill on my 2008 wing. I was riding down the street with no traffic behind me or coming from the other direction. A woman ran out from the curb without ever looking in my direction. I was going about 30 mph. I tried braking hard, layed on the horn and even shouted for her to get out of the way. At the last moment I did the little swerve movement you learn in class. It worked and I just missed hitting her. However the combination of the swerve, braking and tires that were due for replacement led to my rear wheel sliding out from under me and the bike going down on its left side.
I came down hard on my left side. The bike slid about 60' and I rolled and slid about 30'. Fortunately a police officer was there and witnessed the entire event. She was calling an ambulance before I came to a stop.
I was surprised that even though I wasnt going that fast things went flyying. My eyeglasses went flying, no surprise. My wrist watch band broke and that sailed off. My left shoe broke the lasses and sailed off as well.
My helmet, gloves and leather jacket did their job. I remember hearing the helmet hit yhe ground. My left glove was abraided on the back of the hand but no injury to my hand. I got some heavy road burn on both knees but my pants showed no damage.
My hip and ribs were very sore but nothing broken. Four days afterwards it looked like I was wearing a pair of navy blue bike shorts due to the bruising.
I had originally thought I would hop back up within a week but it took at least 4 weeks really. I no longer bounce back like I once would I spalt now.
By the way there is no damage to the wing. The protective bars did what the were supposed to do. So did my helmet and leather.
I am back riding. I put new tires on, new breaks pads on front, fixed the leaking fork seal and changed the oil. It was all due and not as a result of the spill.
I have about 1000 miles on since the spill. I have a healthy respect for the protective gear and now Im looking into hip pads becausevthat hurt the most. Im just glad it was early n the season. It rained alot and I wouldnt have gotten out that much any. Way. Wear your protective gear it does help.
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I am glad you weren't hurt worse Bob and thank goodness you weren't dressed as per your Avatar, I can only imagine how much worse it would have been for you, if you had been. :sadguy:

It just goes to show, how even in a relatively safe situation, things can go so terribly wrong,most often thanks to someone like this inattentive woman.

We have had a few days of sunshine here just recently and I am amazed that even on our busy roads, some folks still choose to ride around in shorts and T shirts. I can almost guarantee that those people have never experienced a spill on a bike. If they had, they wouldn't be riding in clothes like that!!! :shock:
My avatar is an old picture. As you get older hopefully you learn. I'm a lot older and I have learned a little bit. I used to ride without helmet a lot. The more I read and saw got me wearing mine more and more. I had a real problem with comfort. It just got too hot. Then I found a device from Two Wheel Cool. It fits in your helmet and increases air flow. What a difference it makes. A side benefit is it eliminates helmet hair almost completely. That is important because image is everything, right.

Well you proved to yourself how invaluable wearing all the gear is so good on you for moving to wearing it. :claps::claps:

Every woman on a motorbike will be clamouring to find out more about any devise that eliminates "Hair by Honda" I know my SOH would love to hear more about that!!! :shock:
Thanks for that Bob, bookmarked for later on.
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