Crashed my new scrambler
I’m embarrassed to say to say I crashed already, 3 days after buying my bike, last night. I have 120 miles on the odometer, so the tires aren’t even broken in. That could have helped in the crash. I was riding up to a stop light, old school light colored cement slabs for road, and an unseen 2” height change between lanes. I casually moved from one lane to the next while slowing down, I don’t usually turn and brake, and not sure why I did here. I didn’t even feel the road pull my wheel, I was just hurtling towards the ground in an instant. It was a violent hit, and my leg was still under the bike. The bike didn’t shut off for what felt like a minute, the spinning back wheel kept me from kicking it off me for a second. I seemed to take all the hit in my ribs, and couldn’t breathe; I couldn’t stand up.
A dude ran up and asked if I was ok. I said, “yeah,” as I was trying to catch my breath. He replied, “no you’re not, do you know how I know? Cause you’re lying in the middle of the road surrounded by honking cars.” Lol true.
The fire dept showed up really fast, sooner than I could get up, so they took me in to check me out. I’m ok, just bruised and embarrassed. The bike was towed since I was in an ambulance. It cost $200 to get it today, cause the cop on scene didn’t call a AAA tow truck like I requested; he needed to clear the road and it took too long I guess. There are some minor dings on the fork head from the clips on the tow truck, but nothing bad.
I demolished my new Carolina boots, they aren’t steel toe, and a lot of the impact and leverage was on my foot; but the boot protected me. The helmet took a pretty big hit but my head is fine. I always ride with boots, gloves, and helmet. I’m really glad it was nighttime and I had my jacket on, too bad they cut it off me. It was an expensive jacket, but like the other gear it did it’s job.
More good news is this bike is designed in such a way, all the weight of the lying bike is supported by the peg, handlebar, and front wheel. I’m attaching pics to show how minimal the damage is. Harley’s get wrecked if they fall over standing still, this thing wiggled its way out of significant damage.
I had blinding pain in my side as I headed to the tow yard, but as soon as I got riding again, I felt like a million bucks. Now that I’m home I can’t move. Lol