As much as I hate posting motorcycle crash vids, this one’s got merit because it shows exactly how NOT to take a corner. You can’t tell much from the normal speed footage at the start of the video, since the crash happens quickly. Watch the slow motion footage (which starts at about 1:04 in), and you can see exactly what this rider did wrong. I’ll make a few guesses here: he was a returning rider and hadn’t owned the Buell for long. He entered the turn faster than he was comfortable with, so instead of leaning the bike over further (and he had plenty of lean angle left), he hammered the front brake. The wheel locked, the tire broke traction and Mr. Knee met Mr. Pavement up close and personal.
If you think that jeans and cross trainers are good enough protection for riding, this video should convince you otherwise. Since the crash happened in front of a sheriff’s officer, there was no way to beg off medical attention. In the long run that might be a good thing, since that knee lost a lot of skin, and infection is a very real possibility if a wound like that isn’t treated right away. Despite all the on scene drama, the rider was OK and was able to get the bike home with assistance. That road rash is going to hurt for a while, but not nearly as much as the bill from the first responders.
So how do you avoid a crash like this? First, don’t ride above your ability, especially if you’re wearing blue jeans and tennis shoes. If you find yourself too hot in a corner, the last thing you want to do is hammer the brakes; instead, try more lean angle. Unless you’re dragging metal on pavement, chances are you can safely tighten up your line a little more. Don’t fixate on a point in the turn, but instead look through the turn, where you want to be. If running off the road is inevitable, try to get the bike up and pointed in a straight line first, then get on the brakes hard. You’ll still crash, but you may be able to scrub off enough speed to avoid serious injury first. Sometime, the best choice is just the least worst one.
Source: You Tube, rnickeymouse