I'm a new rider, only a few weeks on my first motorcycle in Thailand – a beautiful brand new Honda CBR150R and only a few weeks old, until that fateful day at least. I was riding downtown traffic in Bangkok, winding my way around early morning city traffic I was doing fantastic.
Unfortunately overconfidence combined with a lack of experience meant that I was approaching a corner that tightened into a much small street a little too fast, before I knew it I had locked the brakes, at least I think I did, traveled far too wide, over a manhole cover and grassy verge before hitting the curb.
I'll always remember the sound of my new Honda CBR150R smashing into the tarmac and gouging its way along the road, with me close behind. As I continued on my not so lucky way down tarmac I span around to see a large pickup truck bearing down on me, I raised my feet so as not to go under the bumper and hoped for the best.. I eventually cam to a stop – after getting up, dusting off, and waiting for the insurance guy I got home to assess the damage. The brand new Honda CBR150R F/I was a write-off, but thankfully I wasn't – luck is of course a factor, but crucially I was wearing adequate protection.
People have to be free to make a choice regarding their own safety – personally I wouldn't get on a motorcycle wearing a T-shirt and shorts, but at the same time I wouldn't want to stop anyone from doing so if they wanted to, it's not for me to decide for them. But I hope that more people start wearing adequate motorcycle gear and protection.