Ten years ago on this day I had my first “real” motorcycle crash. I say first real crash because I had dropped the bike over a couple of times, once at almost 20mph by misjudging the road side surface, but never a real crash on pavement and serious damage to the motorcycle.
You can read my blog post about my thoughts, and I’m not going to lie it was a bit grim. I was seriously thinking about no longer riding. I was real close to giving up on motorcycles after that accident. My confidence was shot and my bike pretty banged up as well. It was not going to be rideable for a while.
Obviously I got over it and continued to ride, through much worse crashes too. However, I learned things from the crash that I’ve carried with me since then, good lessons that I needed to learn, even if the teaching of them was a little rough.
One lesson that I didn’t learn from this crash, but learned later, is that while crashing sucks there is always a lesson to be learned from the crash. This is because when riding a motorcycle it’s always your responsibility to avoid the crash. Even if it’s clearly the other person’s fault. You have to notice that person texting, and always make sure you have an escape route. It’s your life on the line, so pay attention and keep learning. Because like my dad likes to say “It will do you no good to be dead right”.