Hey guys. Been back on the bike for a few days now. I haven't ridden in 5 years. I took the MSF class when I got my license back in 2009. So I am basically a beginner again.
I have been tooling around southern Arizona on backroads trying to get back into the game, and get the feel for my (new to me) Vulcan 900 Classic. I remember a lot of the course, and feel I am getting my confidence back on the bike. I have not had any issues, and was working on leaning into turns today as a tight turn caught me off guard yesterday and I had to lean father than I anticipated which gave me that weird oh shit feeling.
I feel I know what I need to work on, mainly looking through turns, and feeling comfortable leaning the bike. My main focus today was being sure to set my speed, and making sure I was in the appropriate gear, and throttling through the entire turn.
Everything went well today, but I came to a point where I needed to turn off the road I was on and onto a side road. I set my speed and gear, and was ready to steer the bike through the turn, but at the last moment noticed a lot of sand on the road directly in the path of my turn. As you can imagine, I focused on it, my turn turned into shit and I went wide. I bounced the bike back up with my right foot and regained control. As I rode off I figured no harm, no foul, and thanked my lucky stars.
So I want to see what you guys think about the situation, or what advice you would give for someone when it comes to target fixation or other unexpected hazards on the road like sand or loose gravel. I guess I should have tried to slow it down more and ease through that turn. Being as I recently moved to AZ, I should expect and be on the lookout for situations like these (and wear sunscreen as I learned the hard way, my arms are sore).