New Bike - Went down on Sunday
I am 28 years old and have been riding motorcycles in the dirt and on the street since I can remember. I have had dirt bikes and sport bikes in the past and wanted to get back into the hobby.
A couple of weeks ago I purchased a 2007 Vstar 1300 tour and was loving it after taking off the windscreen. It has 2100 original miles on it and was covered in the garage. I went everywhere on it and was getting comfortable. I went on a bunch of short rides with my girlfriend on the back and she was loving it as well. She has been riding dirt bikes her whole life and her family rides so she is a seasoned street passenger.
On Sunday, we (my girlfriend and I) and my buddy (riding a Victory) started in Fair Oaks, California and road to Ione, Commanche, and all over the back roads. We decided it was time to head home and jumped on Twin Cities Road to head back to HWY 99. Everything was great. The road is long and very straight and I was following him at the speed limit. All of a sudden, the back of the bike kicked out and we were wobbling. There was no way to save it so I mashed the breaks and put us in the grassy shoulder. We went down at what I think was about 35mph.
I am a huge proponent of All the Gear All the Time so we were both fully suited up with full face helmets. We both got up and walked away. She has a sprained shoulder and I have a couple of broken ribs from hitting the handlebars. We both know it could have been a lot worse.
My question is, has anyone on a Vstar ever had this happen? I went back to the spot where is happened and did not find any gravel or oil. I also have never had this happen on any other bike. I had checked the tires and pressure before the ride.
Any input would be appreciated.