Originally Posted by Michael Moore
I'm curious which part of the Code book came into play with your accident. I agree it is definitely worth a read.
Glad to hear the gear did its part!
Sorry it didn't have a better outcome in terms of how you landed.
No I didn't mean the Code book had anything to do with my accident.  The Code principles did have a big part in laying the foundation for the development of my sport riding skills though, and I think they are invaluable building blocks that everyone should read and understand.  My accident was truly a freak situation.  The 'direct' cause was an absolute crap gearbox on the first generation Honda F4 (99), which they redesigned the following year.  It was a false neutral nightmare and I got one entering a 25 mph lefthander (two lane, trees on right, no shoulder, no margin for error) at about 50mph at full lean, downshifted rolled on the throttle and...nothing.  Scary feeling.  I had one shot to get it back in gear and 'maybe' make the turn.  Couldn't do it, so I did a stoppie, flip, crash.
What I do realize is the 'indirect' cause of my accident was (don't take this the wrong way) that after lots of track days and practice my skill level had advanced to a point where I was too comfortable doing speeds on the street that don't belong on the street in an environment where there are so many uncontrolled variables and lack of margin for error.  The really sad part about my situation (there were many sad parts) was that I realized this about 2 months prior to the accident and discussed it with my wife after I had a ride where I was comfortable dragging my knees through turns while at the same time enjoying the view from the ridges.  I knew it was only a matter of time.  Literally the day before my accident I went out and bought a trailer and decided to only do track days from then on.  My bike was already set up for the track.  Buddy calls, says one more ride, I say sure as long as we don't do the group ride, as it's too slow...
You live and you learn.  Can't change the past.  I do regret that I didn't listen to my own preaching about keeping what belongs on the track on the track.  And that good safety gear is a must.  I know it's hard for many people to afford it, particularly when the siren song of pipes and other bling is out there, but the first dollars anyone spends, even before the bike, should be for quality, good fitting safety gear.  Even if you want to cry when they're cutting off your $2,000 set of custom fit leathers.  As we all know, hospital bills cost much, much more than that.
Final thought. As horrible as my accident and recovery were, there were some really positive things to come out of it that I wouldn't change for the world. Sitting in a chair for months on end gives you time to reflect on your life and get a new perspective that you can't always get until you are forced to step back from your obsession(s).