Yesterday, I tried to ride my bike. It's way more bike than I can use, even on the best of days. It's a very nice bike, in other words. Or, to be quite frank, it's a bike much nicer than I should be riding - I simply lack the skills and experience.
Well, I can't ride it. I can't safely ensure I can hold it up with my left leg if I need to. I can't reliably put my left foot back at that raked angle to use the peg on that side. The splayed angle of my legs is uncomfortable. The bike can only really be ridden leaning forward a great deal and that is severe discomfort on my left femur. (I'm not calling it my hip! Old people break hips. I smashed a femur!)
So, I can't safely ride it. Which means trading it in or selling it. I should be able to get $15k for it, easily. An R 1250 GS is only $18.5k, after customizing it. I just bought an M6, so the dealer will treat me well as I've bought two cars and a bike through them before.
Anyhow, the gist of this keyboard smashing is that I'm forced to admit that riding my current bike is unsafe. It's not easy to come to grips with. It's a bit of a smashing of the ego, but I already knew it was too much bike for me - even with my leg in perfect working order.
Which leads me to this...
Ride safe, folks. Chances are, there's such a thing as a bike too fast and powerful for you. There's such a thing as a weight that is just too much for you to throw around. Sometimes, riding safe means putting your ego aside and just accepting reality.
Anyone want to buy a low-mileage (It's just a whisker under 8,000 miles - I checked yesterday) 2015 Panigale 1299S? I'll even put it in a shipping container for you, if you pay $17k. I'll toss it into a Pilot truck, if you want. I should probably go get some pics and toss it up on one of the bike forums. $15k and you own it. $17k and I'll deal with the shipping company and pay shipping, including insuring it during transportation.