sometimes the shit hits the fan...
KNock wood I've never put 'er in riding on the street:
once I did something assinine and dropped my YZF while doing on oil change - I couldn't see the oil level sitting on it, and instead of throwing it on the swing arm stand (because my friend borrowed it) I decided I would wedge a section of 2x4 under the kick stand just to level it and check the oil level....goddamned thing was in slow motion - it stood up, I got off the bike and it stayed put...so i thought - like in a slow motion movie it seemed like it was moving EVER so slowly...thought maybe I was seeing things - a split second later she was tipping and I was under it low to the ground checking th oil level...adrenaline shot up so fucking fast I pushed against it, it STILL hit the gruond and I grabbed up the front brake and stodd it up no problem - I got extremely lucky that I was under it in a position to kind of hold it and still not get hurt. zero damage. word.
2) was riding the YZF out of a friends cul-de-sac in queens (74th street, like 5 blocks from GCP) down the walkway towards the street, a little friggin girl that lived there goes flying out on her scooter - luckily I was only going abou 2 or 3 mph...I turned onto the grass to avoid hitting the little bitch, and as I felt the wheel slide out I had the bright idea to try and throw a foot down dirtbike style- sadly (as we all seem to know) streetbike tires just don't hook sideways on grass- leg down or not...I did a prince-like split, FREAKED when I saw the bike laying on the grass stood it up and jumped back on...stopped on pavement brushed myself off and checked the damage - very lucky, only a very minor scuff on the stator cover and some dirt on the bar end... My bad, sort of.
3) did the grass thing on my virago many moons ago...actualy first incident ever. I used to store the bike in my dads backyard and to get it back there I had to carefully ride a short grass path which turned into the brick patio in the back. must have done it a thousand times - slow and careful, no drama. this time for whatever reason she slid QUICK and down i went. actualyl had to laugh - it was only my already beat up virago - felt stupid. picked it up and went. oh well.
been very luckyhowever - I've had plenty of close calls- some clearly my fault for over exuberance and stupidity or not paying enough attention...though mostly the fault of even more careless cagers who never give a **** - and regardless, the bike always loses
there is one bottom line here: KNOW YOUR LIMITS AND RIDE WITHIN THEM - that's theonly way to avoid alot of potential disasters.