As some of you know I recently had a little bit of a spill while pottering around the countryside on my motorbike. It was a silly crash, that could have been avoided, but thats what lifes all about – experience.
Now, I wasn’t riding fast, honestly, and I think that was part of the problem. Approaching a right hand bend, I slowed down too much and the bike drifted out towards the left – a crude way to explain it would be under steer… which you cant really do on a bike. In any case I ended up on the verge along the road with the bike bucking and rocking around. I almost had things under control, and the bike back on the road, when looming upon me, I spotted a large, thick, telegraph pole.
The choice was clear, ditch the bike off into the bushes, and jump off onto the road… where I landed on my face and right shoulder… quite hard. Thankfully, being a sensible type of chap, I had my flip face helmet closed, and visor down. Right now I’d have had no face had I been a MORON wearing an open faced helmet. Yes, people that wear open faced helmets are morons… its a fact… don’t argue with me… you’ll just be wrong. The impact of my face hitting the ground was so loud that the people in the house a few hundred yards away, came running out to help me. The impact with the ground was also nice enough to break my arm – so off to hospital I went.
My humerus was broken in two places, but luckily not displaced, and has, three weeks later, fully healed. My arm is still quite sore, but movement is returning slowly, the doctors have said it will take at least another 6 weeks for the soft tissue damage to heal.
Looking on the bright side, it could have been worse, if I’d hit that telegraph pole, that would have been it, game over, etc.
This hasn’t phased me, I will still be riding, when your clock runneth out, the reaper commeth – so theres no point worrying about it! I had the bike out for a little bit for the first time since the crash today, mainly to scope out the damage properly, and take some pictures.
Minor damage, I don’t think I’ll repair the fuel tank, mainly as I don’t think its possible without simply replacing the tank. Plus it will help to serve as a reminder, and add character to my bike 🙂 One of the mirror mounts is also bent, and the bike needs a general clean up, to liberate it from bits of grass and mud still clinging to it.
All in all, compared to how things could have gone, both the bike and I came away from it all very much in one piece 🙂