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I knew it would happen eventually, and today it did. I crashed into a ditch on Santa Rosa Creek Road, just 1/4 mile from where the road straightens out and joins hwy 46. I'm not hurt, just a few scrapes on my left knee, but my poor bike. It isn't bad, but all of the scratches and cracks just make me sad.

Here's what happened. I was going around a pretty slow left hander in the outside lane at about 20mph. There are a bunch of crack repairs all over the road that are made of really gummy soft rubber cement type stuff. The back end takes a step out and I stand the bike up some so that I don't lowside. I straightened up too much and was drifting toward the edge of the road, thinking, "just turn a little more and you will stay on the road." I fixated on the edge of the road and off I went, into a small ditch where I promptly fell over.

No major damage to me. The bike is now missing 1 turn signal, one mirror, 1/4 of the windscreen, and has a cracked tail fairing. My poor bike. Worst part is, I have no money to fix it.

weird thing, bad thing, the last time I went riding with the guy I went with today, he did something similar on his bike into a gravel pit. Maybe we weren't meant to ride together.
 

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Bikes are replaceable, you are not. Glad to hear you came out of this ok Tom. Just make sure you don't hit up AaronZ18 up for replacement parts. :p
 

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sorry to hear about your crash, and your baby getting scratched, but all that really matters is that you'r ok...
 

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Forget fixing it! All the hardcore riders have a little road rash on their bikes. :D :D j/k
 

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Lesson learned, target fixation works! Keep riding, and try harder to keep the rubber side down. :D You'll be alright.
 
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