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Yup, doing a three-point turn around in the driveway, I grabbed the front brake and over she went—front wheel went under the lattice fence. I was unable to right it alone. I had to call AAA!

Seriously, my first thought was, "I am too old for this!" Not at all, now I'm looking at the 2018 R nineT Scrambler. Oh, yeah.

Su
Haifa, Israel
Sunday, November 12, 2017
When learning to ride my first bike, a Kawaski 440, I was stopped with both feet firmly on the ground and I dropped one of my gloves. Instead of putting down the kickstand I tried to bend down and pick it up. Once the bike was a couple degrees passed vertical I couldn’t hold it and had to lay it down.

Sheri Harvey
Lapeer, MI
Sunday, November 12, 2017
I dropped my Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 three weeks ago on my maiden voyage. Ironic thing was we were on our way to a nearby parking lot to practice my right turns which I did not do well on my test (but still passed). Handled my first right turn fine, but on the second right turn I let out the clutch too fast; the bike sped up, got too close to the concrete median, hit it, spun, and threw me off 8 to 10 feet. I was knocked unconscious and I was told I bounced a few times on the upper right side of my body and ended on the other side of the median. Luckily there were no cars on the road at the time. I was wearing a half helmet, jacket, gloves, jeans, and hunting boots. The helmet was scraped on the right side, the jacket was scraped on the shoulder and elbow areas but no holes, and both gloves on the knuckles were scraped down to the plastic. Nothing on my jeans or boots. I was lucky to come out with hairline fracture on my left thumb, heavy bruising on right hip, right shoulder, right elbow (inner and outer), small scrape on elbow, right forehead, and left knee and sore back.

My friend said she has never seen an accident this bad on a right turn, it's usually just a tip over. I guess when I go down, I go down big.

I'm grateful for the gear I was wearing. The change I would make is getting armor for the jacket, which when I received the jacket wished it came with it and thought of ordering it. I would also like a modular helmet. I did try on my son's modular before this ride since we wear the same size, but my glasses would not stay on straight.

Gina Wilson
Grand Prairie, TX
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Editor Response
I'm glad you're ok, Gina. You've learned the importance of having good gear the hard way. I hope you share your story with others so they can learn from your experience.

The MSF changed its curriculum a few years ago and now places heavy emphasis on those tight right hand turns because your experience is a common crash (and near-crash) scenario. New riders still learning clutch control when starting out need to use extra caution when making right-hand turns where they can potentially go wide, right into oncoming traffic. This is something to practice over and over again.

Please read this article that addresses those tight right turns and may offer some tips that you haven't heard yet.

Good luck, and ride safe!
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
I have a nice 1.5 inch engine guard on my bike, and is has more than paid for itself a few times. Twice in a hotel parking garage where the back tire just slide out at a very low speed on a wet ramp. The chrome guard stands out on the blacked-out bike. Well worth the cost and I like the look.

Michael Setzer II
Barrigada, Guam
Sunday, November 12, 2017
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