(Marshville, NC, USA)
Well ladies - it happened. My husband and I took the Motorcycle Safety Course at the local community college last weekend (he is experienced, but hadn't ridden much in several years). Tuesday, I went to the DMV and got my endorsement. Yesterday, we set out for my first "real" ride, and about 10 miles in, I layed her (and me) down!
Hindsight ... I was starting off from a stop sign, turning left onto a back-road "highway". As I started off, my bike kinda bogged down, so I gave her a little more gas and I think I let off on the clutch too fast with the wheel turned. Next thing I knew, the bike and I were down, half on the road, half off, in a curve! I jumped up and immediately started trying to call my husband (who was ahead of me & had disappeared over a hill), shaking like a leaf ... all while looking out for vehicles coming around the curve and trying to pick my bike up (which was a futal attempt). Carl realized quickely that I wasn't behind him and turned around to check on me. He righted my bike, checked it out to be sure nothing mechanical was messed up, and told me to get back on (gotta get back on that horse - even if it is an iron horse). We rode back home, took a break, and then went out again. This time, we went to the school parking lot down the street and I practiced stops/starts until I was comfortable, then took out again for a ride around town ... which was MUCH better.
Results ... not near as bad as it could have been. I've got some pretty good road rash on my left forearm, shoulder and knee (I was wearing jeans but a sleevless top). Even though I was wearing biker boots (brand new $90 boots that now have a scuffed toe!), my left ankle was extremely tender and swollen last night and I couldn't put any weight on it. I had decided that if it was still sore this morning, I would go for an x-ray, but it's MUCH better today.
Lessons learned ... 1) wear proper clothing (good boots probably saved my ankle and good riding gear probably would have saved my skin), 2) get comfortable with your bike, especially "riding" the clutch, before going on the road, & 3) get back on that horse!
Y'all be safe out there!