Not even a bruise or any soreness.
I laid down the motorcycle this morning. A truck in front of me braked hard for a pedestrian and when I followed suit and swerved slightly to avoid hitting him, I hit a patch of gravel and the bike went right out from under me. I landed on a grass berm at the side of the road and slid about 15 feet on my right side. Lovely grass stains on my only decent pair of jeans. Now I need a new pair for casual Fridays.
The bike suffered relatively minor damage. A silver dollar sized scrape on the muffler, the plastic decoration on the gas tank ground away, the brake cables scraped a bit, both mirrors damaged, and the alignment of the front fork is off.
I drove it back home (3 miles) and took the train in.
Seriously, I have NO injuries, but it could have been much worse. Where I landed on the berm was two feet beyond the curb. Had I landed two feet earlier, I would have slammed my rib cage into the granite curb at about 25 mph.
Yes, I know I'm very lucky. Yes, I'm going to be much more cautious when driving near the side of the road.
Friday, August 7, 2009
First of all, let me assure you that I am completely unharmed
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I am glad to hear that the only casualties are your jeans! Try OxiMagic or Zout sprays on the grass stains--both are great on organic stains. Good thing too that you were so close to home.ReplyDelete