Thank you for that. I write up stuff like this, because it may help someone else who is getting involved in riding. Some, can actually learn by reading -- some, by example. Personally, I have frequently had to learn it myself. I hope to reduce that for others. I don't like seeing the same mistakes I have made, because I KNOW how preventable much of it is.
Almost everything I write about applies, no matter what the design of the two wheeled gizmo is. Scooter, to dual sport to touring barge, to cruiser along with sport bikes.....
Physics don't care what you were on in the moments before you aren't any more.
When you realize that the very best baseball players in the world can't swing a bat faster than about 60 MPH --- that should give some scope to what happens if you decide to pummel yourself with trees due to parting company with your bike at speed.
If you jump out of a second story window....... you will hit the ground at 25 MPH.
Sliding at speed on uneven terrain is not a pleasant experience. getting hit by rocks, the curb, a mailbox...... whatever speed you are doing, you are quite literally beating yourself up at that rate. consider it a mugging by a pro baseball team, maybe with some football players adding to the 'fun'.
Even if the slide is on a 'smooth' surface -- that's all a matter of degree. If there are no elevation changes, you will remain in contact longer, friction will be higher, and you will face more abrasion. Something is going to give. Far, far better for that to be something other than your person.
It is well recognized that loss of some percentage of your skin will result in infection. What many do not take to heart is that this can lead to a lethal situation. Small amounts of minor road rash is seen as a badge of honor in some circles......