Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: The Islamic Republic of Ohio
Day Full of Bad Luck
I took this week off from work so that I could enjoy riding my new wee strom and install a new MadStad mount and centerstand. Of course the wife also had a honey-do list as she can't stand the thought of me having a whole week of fun playing with my new toy. Anyhow, Monday was the honey list and yesterday was the center stand and finnish the honey-do list. Since I installed the new stand I went ahead and put the bike on it last night.
This AM I have a job interview in a small town 25 miles away and I figured I would take Scarlett and enjoy an early morning ride in the country. Running late, I pushed the bike off the center stand and forgot to put down the side stand prior to attempting to mount the bike. The bike didn't drop like a rock, I managed to get my knee under the seat and break the fall. The L front turn signal and the clutch lever were the only parts damaged the fairing and other plasic parts were untouched. The turn signal literally exploded but only the tip of the clutch lever broke off. A little electrical tape and I'm ready for my interview. Now because I'm late I push the speed up to 78mph, according to the State Trooper, but he has a kind heart and when I explain the dropped bike, the interview, and how late I am he gives me only a warning.
As I pull away from the Trooper and accelerate onto the freeway a dumptruck piloted by some ignorant SOB cuts me off. He pulls in front of the bike by only 3-4 feet. The truck is about 1/3 full of gravel and yes it's spreading gravel like roadsalt all over the road in front of me. I keep control of the bike but I an feel gravel bouncing off the front of the bike, helmet visor and my 4 extremities. I arrive 25 min late for the interview.
Once we are settled, the first question is why I was late. When I explain the details of my morning this Nazi of a manager says that a man of my age should not be riding a motorcycle anyway. I promptly responded by telling this woman to get F'd and left the room.
So, bruised bike, no hope of a position with that company, and about $50 in new parts for Scarlett. Believe me, I realise that I was very fortunate to escape with only cosmetic damage to the bike and some bruising to my pride. The more I have reflected on this morning I became aware of how lucky I was to have not been injured or worse. And after thinking about it I will leave the turn signal and clutch lever as they are for a while to remind me to slow down, be careful, and enjoy the ride.
Have a safe day everyone.
'05 GL1800A-The Banana Hammock
Target fixator extraordinaire.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” ― George Carlin
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