I've heard over and over about it's not an if
about dropping your bike, but rather when
. I was NOT one of those guys that said it won't happen to me, but I was hopeful.
So, I picked up my new bike last Saturday - been riding every day and feeling confident in the handling but know I needed some practice on stopping smoothly. Well, today I left work and about a km away, noticed a strap loose on my jacket. Rather than trying to fix it while riding I decided to pull over. They had just finished some road work on this stretch and there was a paved shoulder to pull off on. I didn't realize though, that the shoulder had quite a slope to it (wasn't there before the roadwork). I stopped and in that same motion the bike leaned to the right - I couldn't stop it and over it went and threw me clear. A quick roll and I was up on my feet again, but the bike was at about a 10 degree angle past horizontal on the slope... shiny side down.
I should have seen that - but I was stopped and over before I knew it.
A guy in a truck coming the other way saw me go over and stopped, along with a guy on a bicycle - both big dudes and both offered to help. It took the three of us to right the bike. The right mirror was moved out of position and I scraped the brake lever and brake fluid reservoir. There's a dent in the tank - right by the Vulcan logo with a couple of minor paint chips, but then a bigger chip on top where I believe the handlebar hit it on impact. AND the handlebar is not aligned now.
I didn't see anything leaking or anything broken so started it up - no problem. Checked it over again, dusted myself off and rode home. Friday afternoon before a long weekend - nothing is going to be open again until Tuesday. I feel ok to drive it to a local shop for a check over but don't want to go too far on it before it's checked out by someone who knows more about it than I do.
I feel like an idiot for letting this happen. I knew better but... lesson learned the hard way and it'll cost me too. Just hope it isn't too much.