Mainly for the benefit of those who are new (or relatively new) to riding, I thought I would share how I crashed my bike last Tuesday afternoon.
Exiting an interstate at rush hour, I came down the off ramp and was about to merge onto the adjacent (underpass) road in a right turn, when a lady in a car pulled out to my left front.
Although she was (in truth) not too close for comfort, I apparently grabbed too much front brake, locking them up.
On our bike (or any bike without ABS), if the front brakes are locked up at a decent (or greater) speed, and the front wheel is at any real angle away from straight ahead, the bike will slide out from under you
, resulting in a "low side" crash.....
Currently, I'm recovering from some road rash on both forearms, and a sprained (very swollen, with different shades of black and blue) right ankle. Other than that, I'm ok.
The bike, however, is a different story.
The damaged parts that kept the bike from being rideable have been replaced, thanks to a local friend who offered some spare parts of his (a rear brake pedal, and a right side foot peg). The right saddlebag will need to be replaced, and also the front fender. The worst news for the bike--this crash bent the front right fork.
Anyway, I hope the above helps others avoid the same. It can be very easy (in certain circumstances) to grab too much front brake too fast. If you do, you will
The other lesson to this story is: dress for the crash--not the ride. As a newbie or a rider, you may think, "bad things only happen to others." But the simple truth is, each time you go out for a ride, the odds go up that something will happen that will truly test your riding skills, in an unexpected way.
I gather the best way to help prevent this type of crash is to simply practice over and over stopping the bike from different speeds in a paved, vacant space, to learn how the brakes feel up to (and including) a lock-up. While practicing, if the front brakes lock, release them immediately
. If the rear brakes lock (while braking in a staight line), keep them locked
--this avoids a "high side" crash, which is even worse.
Note that in a "panic" situation you will only do correctly what you have practiced. If you have not practiced correct techniques, then you only have pure chance working in your favor.
Hope all this helps.....