Motorcycling isn’t a way of commute, it’s a way of life.
It takes balls to embrace it, and while most people can’t, some of the lucky few do. They say, “Once a rider, always a rider”.
However, you don’t just become a rider the day you mount the saddle. It takes time to get there. It takes time to feel like those two wheels are a part of you, and not a machine that can kill you!
If you end up falling before you’ve truly acquired the spirit and essence of what it is to be a rider, you’re at risk for the most unfortunate thing that’ll ever happen to you. You may lose your confidence, and you may never want to get on a bike again. A decision you’ll be glad you didn’t make, if you get yourself back up, again. Here are 5 things you’ve got to do, to make a complete comeback from a fall.
1. Be Practical
While some may lose their confidence, others may pretend that nothing happened at all. If you’re the latter breed, before you proceed in that direction, just make sure that actually nothing has happened. Concussions and head injuries can affect you for a time longer than you can think. So, if you feel dizzy or fuzzy time and again, understand that the time hasn’t come for you to mount the saddle again, yet. Be patient.
Similarly, soft-tissue damage and broken bones also severely limit your ability to ride safe. So, don’t start riding again, until your body is completely healed.
And the same goes for your ride. Don’t hit the road, unless all your mechanical and electrical systems are back in order.
That’s not to say that you overthink about the incident or keep reliving the moment you crashed. But, the essence is to learn from the fall you’ve suffered. Make something positive out of the negative that has happened. Try to go over what exactly happened, how it happened, what were the events that led up to it, what could you have done to prevent it, and how you’re going to deal with it, if something like this were to happen again.
Crashing your bike and hurting yourself is a sad feeling. And one of the key elements of dealing with an incident of grief is to accept it. If it wasn’t your fault and sheer bad luck, acknowledge it, accept it, and come to terms with it. And if it was your fault, accept it. What has happened has happened, all you’ve got to do is make sure that it never happens again.
4. Act of God
If it was a crash that happened out of a bizarre incident, something like a deer just ran into you, or a light pole fell in front of you, understand that these things happen. There’s nothing you can do to stop them. Staying alert is your best option. It wasn’t your fault. It isn’t a danger of riding the two wheels. It’s sheer fate, and it could’ve happened to anyone, driving anything.
5. Take Control
Whether it was somebody else’s fault, or your own. There’re always things you can do be better prepared for the next time. Take advanced riding lessons. If you crashed after not having ridden for a long time, sharpen your skills. Get your game back. Use the crash as an opportunity to amke yourself a better and a more experienced rider.