drharveys Posted October 23, 2007 Share Posted October 23, 2007 The third weekend in September I trashed my BMW R1150 RS. I was riding with a buddy, and I led for the first tankfull. We chased around on some of Missouri's finest twisties, and then he signaled for a gas stop. We decided to forgo the planned barbeque run for quick dash back to join the open house at our new BMW dealer's shop. So it was a quick gas stop, and Jim took the lead for the ride back. On one of the next stretches of twisty, I missed a curve. I perceived that I was coming in hot, and then experienced brain freeze. (More on that later.) I slowed down and rode into the roadside ditch. I suspect I wasn't going faster than 10-20 mph at the time. The bike hit the ditch, took out a sign post and came to a rapid stop. I did a forward somersault over the bars, landing on right shoulder, rolling onto my back. As I lay there in a heap, I did a quick check -- "Fingers all wiggle, toes all wiggle, and nothing really hurts. Oh, almost nothing, my shoulder is pretty sore. Is that all? Shouldn't I hurt really bad? No, I don't, so one more check and I guess I'll roll over and get up..." Which I did. Slowly to ensure that nothing else was hurting. Then I looked at the bike. I think I turned off the engine, but I really don't know if it was actually still running. A guy in a pickup stopped to help, confirmed that I was in surprisingly excellent shape, and we started to get the bike up and out of the way. He commented that it was harder to lift than his Harley, but that was mostly because of how it had lodged in the ditch. Another pickup stopped and the two and a half of us (I was only able to use my left arm) finished the job. About this time Jim came by, checked me out again -- shoulder had full range of motion, but didn't like being in certain positions, otherwise OK. Thanking the "pickup" crew, we set off for home on Jim's bike. Now, getting back to the brain freeze: What would cause an experienced rider who had spent the whole morning properly riding twisties to screw up and miss that curve! I know what I should have done -- countersteer and lean the bike over hard. If anything, I should have missed the curve in the classic lowside slide. Other good choice -- hit the brakes hard, then let off and countersteer. Heck, I could have gone for maximum braking and probably made the stop in the middle of the road! Why did I just apply mild braking and head off into the shoulder ditch? BECAUSE I WAS DEHYDRATED AND HYPOGLYCEMIC! I hadn't had much breakfast, and at the gas stop I didn't have anything to drink or eat. I also didn't go to the bathroom. Let's see, cool day, not thirsty, but not having to go -- classic situation for being dehydrated, having a low blood-sugar level and not being aware of it. First sign of the condition: brain fog! Just sort of drifting into a habit of riding, not being aware of the ride. I was just fogged enough to not access all my riding knowledge. Link to comment
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