Houston: Road surface dropped! WTF?
I was on my red Vstrom at about 630 am on Saturday headed to my first Track day at MSR. I was in 2nd from right lane and it was dark, so I didn't see that the road surface had separated from Lane 2 to 3 with about a 6 inch drop off for about a 100 yard stretch. I was changing to lane 3 and I guess I must have to correct back to the left; dumped it at about 40, I think. Thank God I was wearing ALL of my gear. As soon as I stopped I got off the road and did a quick self eval. Even worse, a guy on a Harley had it happen to him about 10 seconds behind me. Thankfully HPD was right behind me and they helped me and the other guy out.
Bikes crash guard did it's job, so the damage is minimal. I picked it up and made it to the track, but it definitely affected my aggressiveness on the track. I had to hang it up before lunch as my left side was really hurting and I went to the ER for some Xrays - nothing broken, just a deep bruise.
Lessons (re)Learned: Wear all of your PPE, ALL of the time. Don't ride at night if you can avoid it (that was the first time I've ridden at night in years). As far as skills go, I just don't know. Maybe I had too much weight on the front but it happened so fast I thought it was a front tire blowout at first.
I would definitely be open to how to avoid this one again. It really whacks me out.