I've commited the ultimate sin!
30,000 miles on the street (ish) and it finally happened....I went down!
What makes it the ultimate sin is that the wife was on the back!
Everyones fine (except my pride), thanks for asking.
So heres what happened....We were out for a nice sunday ride on a twisty I had never been on before. I over-cooked a corner, jumped on the brakes and ass end tried to pass me. I reeled that back in again, but was still going a bit too fast for the up-coming corner...so on come the brakes again. Rear end tries to pass me one more time. This doesn't really concern me, as I have lots of off road miles as well. I get the bike hauled down to a speed I can take the corner at and release the brakes to get bike to track...and snap, high side and we're birds!
Anyway, a few bumps and bruises but we got up and even continued our ride.
Bike, pegs scratched, Givi bar very scratrched and bent into plastic, Givi top box survived although it has some good scratches and there was dirt inside. Front plastic (around the headlights) has a decent scratch in it, front fender has small scratch, handguards, mirror, and blinker pretty much toast.
All things considered I could not have gotten out of that one easier. Oh, I landed on my shoulder which hurts, but I am convinced is much better than it could have been due to TourMaster transition 2 riding jacket.
So why did it happen...short answer, riding too fast. Long answer, these bikes are very top heavy and when we add a passenger they get worse. I was not prepared for the difference in sliding characteristics from other bikes I have owned. Not that I was trying to slide, I wasn't...but when it happened I thought I could pull it out. Guess not. Anyway, be careful out there guys. I have a LOT of miles under my belt. I have commuted for years on a bike, I have done the sport bike thing, I ride off road (also a lot)...and it still happened. All I am trying to say is that you are NOT indestructible. It is easy for me to look back and say it was my fault because I was riding to fast (I was), but who among us can really say they have never gone a bit faster than they should?
One last thing, wife had a smile on her face later (and I didn't get catch any %^*%*), gotta love that girl!