Hopefully this will be the worst crash I will ever experience. Since any worse and I would very likely be dead.
I was heading south to LA, and I was traveling on Hwy 101 about 30 miles north of Santa Barbara when I felt a slight loss of power, as I glanced down at my dash to see what might be happening, I felt the rear wheel of my BMW locked up. I fish tailed for 30 or 50 feet before being high sided off the bike. I remember clearly earth, sky, earth, sky as I tumbled down the road, I also remember thinking “this could be really bad”. I slid to a stop in the middle of the road which is 2 lanes in each direction at that point. I immediately was looking for oncoming cars, and seeing people stop was reassuring, but I tried to get up and move immediately. My left leg said no, so I crawled/dragged myself toward the green… Once there I propped myself up against the railing took a deep breathe and took stock.
My left leg hurt but was not too painful, same with left arm/wrist, bike was laying in middle of road not burning, and I was conscious and alive.
Over all a win.
Several cars had stopped and were directing traffic and someone came over to ask if I was ok. I said yes and then who I found out later was a paramedic supervisor had arrived and repeated the question. By this time I had taken off my helmet and removed my earplugs so I could actually hear them clearly.
I watched as two guys tried to move the bike, and found the rear tire locked up, they needed three to get it too the side of the road.
Edit 12-2013: Here’s what I think happened years after the fact.