My Turn to Crash
Yeah, taking a 20mph, 90degree turn at 35mph is generally not a good idea.
Realized I was in the turn too hot and going wide, cut the throttle slightly, got back on the throttle, leaned more and then next thing I knew bike and I lowsided and then slid maybe 20ft into a thankfully shallow ditch.
Me: Bruised elbow, slightly sore knee and self confidence splattered across the corner of Sunset and Northwoods. Fortunately, the ouchies were minimal with no road rash, or broken bones. The armored jacket definitely saved my elbow from serious breakage! ATGATT!!!!
Gear: AGV textile pants are toast; side of left leg is worn through. Marsee jacket has slight hole in sleeve and is likely salvageable.
Bike: Left side is trashed. Bent rear sub-frame, broken shift lever, broken left turn signal and numerous scraped parts. Total cost: $4,100! That price will bring the bike to showroom condition; including replacing all visible and hidden parts that have even minor cosmetic damage. Fortunately, insurance is paying for all but the $250 deductible. Whew!
Mistakes I made were:
1. Entering sharp curve too fast.
2. Looking down at road and side of road instead of through the turn.
3. Cutting throttle mid-turn.
I think if I hadn't done 2 and 3, I might have saved it, or at least been able to straighten it up and ride it into the ditch.
Anyway, no sympathy wanted. Just hope you all can take this info and learn from it.