Learning from my mistakes
Got a procedural question for you. I was out riding last night, and although I've had the bike for a year, I've only been able to put any miles on it over the past few weeks. I am still a very new rider, and thought I would ask some of you old hats what I did wrong.
I was in town, and needed to make a left to get gas. Unfortunately, there was a pickem-up truck in my blind spot and I couldn't slow to let him past me in time to make the turn. So I did the next best thing. Went to the next intersection, got in the left turn lane and made a U-turn to double back to the gas station.
The turn lane was level, but the cross street was uphill to the left. The turn light turned green, and I began my turn, obviously from a dead stop. As I turned, I was slow enough that countersteering didn't feel like an option, but I didn't get it tight enough in the turn, and was headed for the shoulder. I tried to tighten my turn, which inadvertantly caused me to roll on throttle. The back wheel broke loose, and I felt the back of the bike start to slip out from under me. (I was probably only doing 5-10 mph at this point). I backed off the throttle and put my foot down (which was definitely something that the instructors in MSC said was a no-no), and got myself straightened out...And didn't drop the bike.
My question is what did I do wrong, and what should I have done instead? It was scary from the perspective of what would have happened had there been oncoming traffic.