(Re-)Learned a valuable lesson today. Wear properly working gear, head to toe.
I stopped at a stop signed that was sloped to the rightside of the road. I came to a stop and put my feet down only to find no footing on my right side. I ended up dropping the bike. Things happened faster than expected.
Thinking about what happened... couple of things dawned on me.
1. I suffered no scrapes on my hand, although I landed on my hands. Also, I had a small bruise top of my left knee. No scrapes. Could have been bigger as my knee slammed against the concrete. Lesson learned: Wear full gear. Incidents involving slow moving/stopping could still hurt. Walked away with no scrapes, thanks to armored gear. In a faster situation, it could save your skin (literally).
2. I must have stopped about 50 thousand times without falling. But I fell today on full stop. How did I manage to slip and fall? Thought about this after the fact... I think two factors contributed to this: 1)I was not paying attention. Pure and simple. As I have stopped and rode for while, I started to get confident (especially my ability to stop... on flat, incline, dry, wet, even on emergency stops). Normally this would not have me slip, but I ignored an important rule: Wear properly working gear. My boots were not in working condition thinking about it now. I've been meaning to get a new pair of boots, as my current pair is starting to run lean on the treads, and it is not be re-soled. Unfortunately, it took a spill to drive that point home, all parts of the gear should be in good working order.
I guess I will be buying a new pair of boots. This time, I will get a pair that can be re-soled.
I normally wear:
Fullface modular helmet
Leather Jacket with armor built-in
Gauntlet style gloves with armor and padding
Bohn Armor underpants with armor
Blue jean for riding made with kevlar
Riding boots with oil/slip resist (except today)
2010 vn900c se
Riding in foggy/rainy San Fransciso
Last edited by Tiefighter; 12-10-2011 at 10:51 PM.