Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Santa Barbara, CA, USA
ever have a no crash, no breakdown bad day on the bike ?
I sure did yesterday. I planned to go to Monterey for the night and took time off from work, I went up old San Marcos road, took the pass to Foxen Canyon rd. and was enjoying myself, my plan was to cross Santa Maria and take Hi. 1 to Monterey. About halfway through Foxen Canyon road I made a mistake and took a corner too fast, no crash and the bike easily handled it but it was beyond my comfort zone, a few more corners and I take a completely wrong line and end up in the oncoming traffic side of the road, luckily I never even saw another car the entire length of Foxen Canyon. A few corners more and I am going into a corner way too hot and instead of braking gently I slam on the brakes hard enough to kick the ABS. I also hit gravel because I stayed too close to the right side of the road on a few corners. Now this is a road I drive 4-5 times a month I know this road and I am making mistakes all over the place.
I get into Santa Maria and I stall the bike at the first light, I have not stalled a bike in near forever, next light I stall again but this time I know why, I was trying to take off in 3rd gear from the light, I never went back to first (don't know why I stalled the first time I was in 1st).
I am not feeling good about my riding and instead of continuing I take the 101S to get back home, on the freeway I find myself coming up on cars so fast that I have to brake to not hit them and I wait until the last second to hit the brake, it was like I was seeing the car coming but it was not registering until the "oh poop" moment, I could not wait to get home, my wife was surprised to see me at home and my co-workers surprised to see me at work today.
I can't explain it, I did not feel sick, I was not tired/sleepy, I felt fine, good weather, great bike and as far as I know I was not thinking about the price of tea in China, I just was not paying attention to my riding. This morning I was feeling good on the bike again and damm it, stalled it again at a light. Been riding since the mid-1970's and I can't remember something like this, its like I was not on the bike, at least my mind certainly was not...I only put 150 miles on the bike and I was glad to be off of it. Going to try again tonight but this time with the wife.