Small accidents. They happen so quickly, and often times without much thought at all. In the blink of an eye the slightest distraction can cost you financially. The worst part is that it’s not a matter of skill, or how long you’ve been riding. I should know, as I’ve recently made a very absentminded and stupid mistake. The worst part is it’s going to cost me a pretty penny to fix this momentary error in judgement.
It all started with a late night gym session. I’d just had a tough leg workout, and I was tired and ready to leave. I hopped on my bike and my legs legitimately felt wobbly. I should’ve taken a moment, but no, I wanted a Gatorade; I needed it. I drove off to the local CVS, and pulled into the parking lot in record time.
I turned off my engine, unhooked my helmet, then proceeded to drop my bike. I know, I know. I couldn’t believe it either. I just knew I put my kickstand down; the amount of confidence was high on this thought. Nonetheless, I was wrong. A fellow rider witnessed the entire thing, and promptly helped me lift my bike. I continued to berate myself for my absentmindedness, while this kind man reassured me this kind of thing happens to every rider at some point.
His words of reassurance didn’t really kick in until about two days later. I needed more time to come to terms with my mistake. It hurt so much. Not physically, but very much emotionally. My feelings were legitimately hurt, but everything appeared fine upon first inspection.
Unfortunately, the next morning I discovered an oil drip when I went out to the garage. I called my mechanic for advice right away, but he assured me it was probably just displaced fluid from the drop. If it was still leaking in a few days, I was instructed to take it in. Needless to say, that’s exactly what I ended up doing. It turns out I cracked the generator case.
I essentially had two options: replace the case all together or a patch job with epoxy. Of course, I went with the cheaper option; epoxy. I didn’t even get two miles away from the shop before my left foot was covered in oil.
I had to face a tough truth; my stupid mistake was going to cost me big time; $260 to be exact.
A hard lesson was learned; one I’ll do everything in my power to never repeat. My only piece of advice is to always be present when on your motorcycle. Always.
Stay safe in these streets!