Friday, August 7, 2009

First of all, let me assure you that I am completely unharmed

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.

1 comment:

  1. 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.