First Time Putting my Bike Down!
Well, it finally happened! This morning I put my bike down, while commuting to school by myself, for the first time. Here's the scenario: I bought my first Harley about two months ago. It is a 2003 FXD and I love it! The bike is the largest I have owned and is a bit heavy, but the center of gravity is pretty low and I felt like it had perfect balance. Well, this morning at the top of a hill with a curve I stopped slightly to adjust my wheel for the sharp, turning decline. Right at that moment a car came up the hill so I stopped all the way and my wheel must have been turned too far and my bike just kept tipping! It was such a slow tip at first I didn't even realize it was happening! Thankfully I had a good gripe and was actually able to slightly hold it up (this also helped it fall more slowly). As luck would have it, a young man was crossing the street right as this happened and I was able to call him over to help me lift it.
From what I can tell, the only damage is a bent foot peg, a small (nickle size) scratch on my pipes, and a bruised knuckle on my hand. Thankfully no considerable damage or injury.
My question to fellow riders: how do you get over the embarrassment and anger? I was so mad at my self as I have been so cautious with my new bike! I feel like I dropped the ball and it could have been much worse. I'm also now wondering if the bike is too heavy for me. What if this would have happened and I wasn't able to sort of catch it? Also, this is the first time I have ever laid a bike down and I have been riding on and off since I was 17! Should I consider a lighter bike or is this the kind of thing that will just eventually happen to most riders?