Well I did it, I took my first fall off my Beauty. I was surprisingly calm after it happened. We just got back from Americade 2005 in Lake George New York. Up there for a week, my husband TRAILERED HIS, I had to throw that in. The ride up & back was long & hot.( Baltimore to New York)
We went to our friends house to unload her bike from the trailer (who had to trailer her's due to hip problems) I rode in all kinds of conditions up there, rain, twisties, hills, gravel, etc. No Problem!! I get within a few miles from my home & did it. I LET MY GUARD DOWN , I GOT COMFY!
I learned my lesson big time. It happened so fast.
I saw my husband up ahead pulling the trailer, coming up to an intersection & red light. Lots of traffic. I was looking in his side mirror to see if he saw me approaching the light, I didn't see the dried weeds & vines on the street, as I braked behind the trailer I went into a skid & off I went. I was more concerned about my bike, gas was pouring out, I heard a man shout turn your gas off. People came from everywhere to help get the bike up. A lady pulled up & said I'm a paramedic are you OK?
I didn't feel anthing at the time, I just wanted to get the bike up & check for any damage, just a few scratches to the Crash Bar. If u don't have a Crash Bar, I advise u to get one. It saved a lot of damage to my bike.
I got back on my bike & it started right up(Yamaha 650 V Star).
I saw my husband up ahead standing outside his truck, he didn't know what was going on. I waved to him to go ahead. About a mile up the road I felt my right knee & arm in pain & my left shin was throbbing so bad, I pulled off the side, my husband pulled over too. I came off my bike on the right side, my arm & knee took the brunt of my weight, my left shin had a big hole & was bleeding where it hit something. OUCH!! I was hurting real bad, but was ok to get my butt home & get fixed up & a shower, which I needed. I looked a mess & didn't smell much better from the long hot ride from 8:00am til 5:00pm in the hot sun.
I'm still a lil sore, but it didn't scare me from riding. It taught me a lesson.
Don't get comfortable when you're close to home.
Now I'm getting ready for the MAWMR in Gettysburg PA June 22nd -26th.
Hope some of you go too, it'll be my first time. deb in Balt MD