Yesterday I felt like a god on two wheels. This evening I felt like an amateur. I left work and was running a few errands. I passed through the center of ASU campus through a sea a gridlocked cars. I take the bike lane because…well a motorcycle is a bike right? I stop at a pedestrian traffic light in the bike lane which is sloped to the right. The light turns green and I do my normal left/right check for people blowing the light. I start accelerating as I see a bicyclist from the left running against the light. I apply the brakes and as I do the bike’s weight shifts to the right, and the ground seems to be sloping even more now and I can’t do anything to keep her upright. I hop over the bike and stumble to my feet as the bike goes over. The opposite end of my headphones are fixed to the IPod that’s mounted on the bike and the cord snaps easily without even jerking my head. At least I confirmed my theory of what would happen.
Like I said, I stopped at a pedestrian traffic light, which means there were lots of…people. From the faces I remember, it looks like the bystanders were more worked up than I was. I took off my gloves and tossed them aside. A guy asked if I was ok, and I waved him off and said I was fine. It’s easy to freak out in this situation and rush to the bike and do something even more stupid. No reason to freak out, letting the bike lay on the ground for another 10 seconds won’t make any difference.
“Just take a deep breath Bill.”
The sloping road which caused the drop in the first place was now a thorn in my side as I lifted the bike back up. I found a good grip, used my legs and got her back on the rubber side. Now I just have to throw my leg over to get to the shifter so I can…*CRASH*. She fell over again, so this time I took up the help a guy offered and had him stabilize the bike on the crooked road as I hopped back on. I started her back up and rode up onto the sidewalk so I could collect myself and take a closer look at the damage. Just some scuffs on the frame sliders and a broken peg feeler. No big deal.