And yet another newbie oops...
I posted about practice, practice, practice and then what do I do? Wrecked my Harley in a slow speed left turn at the intersection in our small town. This happened 6 weeks ago today. I was unable to just get back on and ride home because when she bucked me off, I severely broke my left leg around the knee and also my big toe. Minimal road rash because I was wearing jacket, gloves and helmet (90 degrees outside that day) but it tore my jeans up on the side of my thigh so I had a bit there.
However, the longer I sit in this wheelchair the more inclined I am to not ride again. My stepbrother (the only person I know who rides) asked me at the hospital if I was going to ride again and I said sure I am! But now I am not so sure of that. It has not been pleasant having this forced "vacation" as I am in a non weight bearing soft brace so am unable to be very mobile. The "accident" still bothers me. It goes through my mind when I am trying to go to sleep. I do not know what happened to cause it and that makes me really nervous about riding again.
This is what happened: I was coming up to the intersection and had a green light. There was one car coming towards me and I slowed to see what it was going to do. They turned their signal on to make a left turn so I proceeded to make my left turn. Just as I got into the intersection I heard a siren. I got nervous about getting out of the way and I remember fumbling for the shifter.(I had made the turn and was going straight by then) No idea why I would do that as I should have already been in first gear. Then I was no longer in contact with the seat of my bike! I was in total disbelief as I crawled to the sidewalk to sit down. I didn't even know at that time that I was hurt. I was pissed off that I had wrecked my beautiful bike and felt really, really stupid for doing so. The riders who happened to be on the sidewalk at this time said "she gave it too much throttle". So that is the only thing I have to go by. Did I pop the clutch and give the throttle a little twist? I wasn't going fast but my bike goes pretty good just in the friction zone. I just don't know. It happened really, really fast. I was going fine then I was on the ground in the blink of an eye. Scary. Too much power in a bike for a newbie? (Harley Sportster 1200) So there it is. I had only been riding about 9 months when this happened. Took the MSF course and failed in October 2011. Practiced in parking lot for 6 months before getting my endorsement at the DMV in April 2012. Was riding back to work from lunch and back home (about 10 miles round trip) for practice. The longest trip I did was 26 miles round trip to one of the neighboring towns so I didn't have a lot of seat time in yet. I had about 300 miles on my bike. Oh yeah, the bike is fine. :)