Post by klickitatal on Jun 28, 2016 11:43:17 GMT -8
Failure to negotiate the turn while traveling at an acceptable speed (45-50). Yellow caution sign a 30 mph left turn. I have learned the technique of rolling on the throttle into the turn even before leaning the bike or pressing down on the bars- from Keith Code books. It has helped me a lot from where I would enter the turn with no inputs or slight brakes and then just turn (slowly) and throttle out late. I have been riding much smoother since doing this slight roll-on to settle the suspension and evenly go through the turns and at a more rapid pace-although the smoothness and control are my goals and not speed.
Had a great time riding this weekend and felt smoother and controlled in all the riding up to that turn.
I think it was just a lack of focus from the 100% needed to something less. Felt a slight wobble and chopped the throttle, stood the bike up and ran off the road. Into the loose gravel and dirt and could not steer back to the road. Panic braking for sure. If I had just leaned the bike further in I would have easily made that corner, but when I feel that back slip over a tar snake, rocks, paving lines- I chop the throttle and I realize this is one of the survival instincts from fear-which ultimately bring about the crash that I am fearing in the first place.
The guy who stopped and called it in was a local first-responder and he said that he sees 3-4 crashes a year on that turn. It has more than the normal amount of crown slope to the right while being a left turn. Most others if not banked to the left seemed a flatter profile in the turn. I think this was all I felt in crossing over the crown as it sloped away to the right. Not trying for an excuse- just to understand what I felt that spooked me.
Rode the bike up an embankment (rocky) and as it stopped it fell onto me to the left and flopped me into the ditchline. Bike in a difficult upside down position and I could not right it. Had no leg strength and thought I may have fractured a hip or pelvis. Rode to the hospital in an ambulance and while in pain there was no fracture in the X-ray. Just very tight back and leg muscles and bruised but not broken ribs.
I am extremely grateful to Alan and Alan who came and got me from the hospital and got my bike back from the tow guy. Took their day up and ended up getting into GP late. I don't know what I could have done otherwise that would have cost me a lot more in time/pain, and money. After a nice night of rest I spent 6 hours on the Greyhound to Portland where my wife met me and drove me back to White Salmon.
I guess that is not all that succinct, but I will post more about where I go from here and I would appreciate any thing that any of you would share with me in terms of suggestions. I really feel like I am a cautious rider with moderate skills who does not push out to the edge, but to have crashed twice in 6 years and only 30,000 miles is not great. My wife certainly thinks I should give it up and it worries her a great deal when I am out. I really do not feel that way even now in pain and with the loss of the bike.