Alex Kersten profile picture Alex Kersten 2 months ago 21
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Falling Off My Motorbike Was A Painful Reminder Of Inexperience

I dropped my new CBR500R last week because of inexperience and complacency...

Remind me later
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I’ve been riding a Honda CBR500R for a few weeks. It’s light, nimble, great to look at and super economical, with the two-cylinder, 47bhp 500cc motor averaging 84mpg. Best of all for me, though, is the fact that I can almost flat foot when stationary, which helps stay stable. Except when you screw up like I did…

Picture the scene: Jack (aka the bloke who got pushed sideways by a Royal Mail lorry late last year) called me to tell me he’d broken down in a new car we’d bought for a video, so muggins here suited up in my bike gear (including my new Spidi Air DPS airbag jacket) and went on a rescue mission.

My Spidi airbag jacket cushioned my landing nicely. The CO2 canister inside can be swapped out, meaning it's not a one-use airbag jacket
My Spidi airbag jacket cushioned my landing nicely. The CO2 canister inside can be swapped out, meaning it's not a one-use airbag jacket

After spotting Jack stranded on the side of the road, I attempted to get behind the stricken car on a slightly raised section of road (maybe an inch higher, so I thought…).

Turns out I was wrong; the kerb was bigger than expected, and upon mounting it at a 45 degree angle, the front wheel slid out, throwing me off the bike. At this point, two things happened: My airbag jacket (which is tethered to the bike) exploded, and people in the surrounding area gasped loudly.

Falling Off My Motorbike Was A Painful Reminder Of Inexperience - Bikes

The damage? The end of the clutch lever had snapped, the gear linkage was bent and the paint was scratched. I was mostly fine, just frustrated that I’d let inexperience get the better of me.

The lesson? Avoid kerbs, always wear decent protective gear, and never get complacent. I only ticked off one of these things, and landed on my ass, so learn from my mistakes.

Falling Off My Motorbike Was A Painful Reminder Of Inexperience - Bikes

I’ve since been given another CBR500R (black in colour this time), which you can see above. I’ll let you know properly what it’s like as a daily rider at a later date, but initial thoughts are that it’s all the bike you’d ever need!