I had to comment on a story @ HFL (http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2011/04/and-sometimes-you-crash/). Thought that others may be interested to read, and I wish that I understood this or someone had told me early on when I started riding, so here it is:
I’m a bit late commenting on this one - but I’ve gotta say that I don’t agree with the comment that crashing is ‘an inevitability’, I know you qualified it with ‘pretty much’, but still - I’d even go so far as to say that’s a dangerous way of thinking, especially for anyone new to riding.
I used to wonder why police would write a ticket for a motorcyclist who has just had a single vehicle accident. I mean there’s no one else involved - and it’s like a kick in the guts, I mean a ticket? You’ve just had an accident!
But it makes perfect sense when you look at it from a “OH&S” type angle. If you’ve just crashed on the road - you’ve utterly failed to operate your motorcycle in a safe and competent manner. Some will say “but there was gravel mid-corner…”, but that’s the point - it’s our job riding on the road to identify hazards and avoid them so we can operate our vehicles safely, and be safe.
Don’t get me wrong - I’ve had a few stacks, all low speed novice mistakes, one caused by what can only be described as absent-minded stupidity. So I’m not saying that anyone who crashes is a bad rider, or unsafe per se. We’ve got to accept that a crash <em>can</em> happen, but then do our best to make sure it doesn’t. (Hope for the best, plan for the worst and all that.) But in the event of an accident the most important thing is not to make the same mistake twice…
I just had to say something in case readers got the wrong idea and came away thinking that if they ride they’re gonna crash. And yes I do know of one guy who has never crashed (it’s not an urban myth, I’m sure there are others out there).
Glad to hear you’ve come out of it okay. And I think it’s a good thing to talk about crashes so that others can see our mistakes and hopefully avoid doing the same thing themselves.