Sunday, August 7, 2011
What happens when you are going 35 MPH and you get a flat on a scooter?
Answer: MsScooterButt sore, learned and burned.
I have been enjoying this summer going here and there on my scooter. Friday we went to the mall and in this pine tree were 3 crows talking. I told my daughter...I hate when birds come up out of nowhere and start making sounds like that. Crows are especially a warning bird in my life.
All week prior, I was wondering if I should inspect my tires, because I wondered what would happen if I had a flat and I got about 2500 miles on this set....I got my answer!
So at 30 mph on full throttle trying to get faster, the rear end fishtails slightly and I start losing control. It got progressively harder to control. I slowed down as much as it would let me as I readjusted my steering to go with the fishtailing to stay straight. I was still in motion, but just about stopped as the front end just would not let me stay straight and jackknifed and then set down on the left side. I slightly scraped and slightly hit my forehead to the pavement. My left ankle, elbow and a bit of my thigh have shallow road rash. The big problem was the rib cage again. You have a 250 plus hit the ground and the bones do complain. I have had my ribs fractured before and sure enough this time again. Did get xrays to confirm that there were not any broken bones like arm or shoulder...
It happened fast, but it felt like forever. I am convinced that when I am dying I will always say "Oh Shit" and then "Fuck"...No deep meaningful words to record...When my head barely hit the pavement, I thought..."helmet". I got up right away with the wind knocked out of me and the cars of people who stopped all shocked. I gave my daughter a call and got a ride to the friends I had just left and showered up and went to see if there were broken bones.
I was told long ago that when you ride a motorcycle the odds are you WILL drop it. Well...I had got so confident that I was preparing to get a real go fast motorcycle. I was looking in Craigslist and even went to the Harley dealer and sat in one and thought "I could handle this baby, but not the price". I had decided to get a 250 Honda Rebel for next season. At this point, because of the spill, I decided a convertible will give me the air in the hair and wide open road feeling. FOUR wheels.
I had time to think that if it was my front, tire, I would of probably flipped at 30 plus mph. And the night before I left the scooter at a friends because I did not have my clear safety glasses for night riding. My daughter was going to ride it home the day I had the flat, but got busy. A friend offered to bring it home, but I wanted to ride. I am glad it was me and not my daughter. She probably would of crashed harder and faster and hit her head bad. It definitely was a learning experience. And I am safe, but sore.
Better news: I ordered a Do Life T shirt and got it today! I am going to wear it to the "Rock The Falls" concert. It is the first real outdoor local concert with headliners "Skid Row and Poison". I am not a diehard glam rock fan, but in this town full of Rednecks, it is a very popular band on the local classic rock channel.
The tickets were given to me by my adopted Amazon daughter Amanda (6 ft 1 qualifies here as Amazonian).