Well me and my best friend decided to go for a little ride today at Telegraph canyon a canyon around here in San Diego. Well anyway my friend rides a 02 ZX6R and I have a 99 TLR. Well we both have been riding for about 2 months and I am sorry to say he is much better than me. He is just one of those guys that is a natural. He is dragging his toe and crap like that already, after not even getting on a bike before his. So we went through once and he was waiting for me at the end and said " what took so long" and I was like " oh yeah well go I will be on your ass" Well I was for a while. Until...... He gets a little ahead of me and I decide to make up ground in a straight ( that is the only way I ever catch him 1000 to 600 ) Well I normally stay between 3rd and 4th. So I get on it in the straight and get up to about 130 then let off to slow well I forgot I shifted into 5th and if any of you guys ride a V twin you know how much it slows you down when letting go of the throttle. So since I was in 5th instead of 4th it didn't slow me as much as expected. So I go into the turn hot i mean real hot like at 100. Well I start to gas and lean but am in too high of a gear. So off the road I go missing a wall of rock by about 2 feet from my shoulder and start hitting rocks on side of the road. So I figured I would just try to ride it out well since the turn was ending I made it luckly. So after getting my heart out of my throat I pressed on at first slow then I figured what the hell the tires are hot so I got on it again but this time I made sure of my gear. Take home message know what gear your in ride within your capabilities and WEAR YOUR GEAR!! ALL OF IT!!