March 6th. wasn’t a good night for me. I’m alive and was sore for over a week. Happy that my riding gear did its job and even happier I was wearing most of it. For anyone who’s interested in what happened keep reading. Im not a writer but I’ll start by describing what I think happened. I fell through a black hole and made it out in 1 one piece. Mad Maxine (2001, R1200GS Triple black), not so much..... According the the state patrolman I slid 205’ (60 yards) on the pavement before coming to a stop in the ditch confused about what/how everything just happened. My 90 minute commute ended about 38 minutes after it began. It was around 10:30pm, foggy with lots of deer. Being aware of unfavorable riding conditions. I was, what I thought, more than alert that evening. I was in the left lane Heading out of town on a 2 lane state highway. I was traveling 60-ish mph. I went to switch lanes from the left to the right on a freshly paved blacktop road with what appeared to be complete new bright lines painted and was a nice road to travel. I put my signal on (there weren’t any lights behind me for a while) I looked over my right should to double check that no one was in my blind spot. When I looked forward all I saw was sparks spinning fireworks . I hit the ground and was aware that something had gone wrong. Everything slowed down for me and I remember most of the wild ride. I knew I was no longer upright or on my motorcycle and sliding down the road for what seemed like FOREVER... bumpiest. ride. ever...... I came to rest 1/2 on my face and on my right shoulder with my butt sticking up in the air. My visor (rarely ride with it closed) had been torn off at some point. My communication system was found I’m the woods by the state patrolman. I did get up momentarily and saw my motorcycle upside down and cars in the grass and in the median. I laid back down once I realized I wasn’t in the middle of the road awaiting a car to smoosh me. Two people came running over to me. I thought I possibly hit an animal or something (Twas dark out) The woman said she saw me go down. She said that the different heights of the new, uneven lanes was hard to manage in a car. At night, with new blacktop, and bright lane markings, I hadn’t even realized there were uneven lanes. It looked flat to me and there were no immediate signs of incomplete road work. The firefighters were the first of many flashing lights to arrive. A firefighter came up to me and ran me through a list of questions. The ambulance showed up shortly after and I was told to go let them check me out. All were super nice people. I drank and bottle of water and probably said whatever was on my mind (there was a lot going through my head). I thought I was dreaming “wow for what I think just went through, I thought it would hurt more.” I wasn’t sure the extent of my crash until other emergency workers started opening doors prepared to view the worst, and were surprised to see me talking. The firefighter asked me how I felt. My first feelings was embarrassment for sure. Some of my gear has over 100k miles on it, it’s been worn on 3-4 different motorcycles over the years and has been cross country and everywhere past where most people ride. I now feel very lucky to be alive. My protective gear saved my hide and probably my life. I’m sharing this experience with all of the people who care to know. RIDERS & PASSENGERS When I left work I was wearing $2,600+ worth of protective motorcycle gear. Buy and wear that shit it WILL keep you alive and don’t think that name brand gear is safer. Helmet = Shoei Multitec modular helmet with Sean SMH10 comm unit Leatt neck brace = https://www.leatt.com/shop/moto/neck-braces/stx-road-888.html Aerostich made in America roadcrafter classic goretex suit. All armor in suit except hip pads. https://www.aerostich.com/suits/two...men-s-roadcrafter-classic-two-piece-suit.html Aerostich elk skin roper gloves https://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-competition-elkskin-ropers.html Vans sneakers = my legs would have done better with Sidi boots. Fuck how “cool” you look while riding a motorcycle. Budget, wear, understand why and how proper protective gear is designed to fail in the event you dismount your motorcycle at any speed. Never let your guard down. Always look twice and execute your maneuver as if your life depends on it. Im on a ‘08 R1200RT. Where those “cool” folk hang out. FTW, Stevil Kenevil.