Hello everybody I'm MaFiA from the city of Chicago in Illinois & I'm pissed.
I got into motorcycles at the end of April this year. The urge literally came seemingly out of nowhere. Well not exactly out of nowhere, because what sparked it was when my girl asked me "have you ever thought about riding motorcycles?" Which was a funny question because before she asked the answer was something like "Nah not really" but after she asked I could NOT stop thinking about them. I'd read up on them every day, watch YouTube videos, visit bike shops, etc every single day and i could not hold a conversation without integrating motorcycles somewhere within them. I was having bike fever.
Fast forward a month later and I took the safety course, got my M endorsement on my license, and bought a 2015 Kawasaki ZX-6R with 2 miles on it. It's the 30th year anniversary edition too so the paint job is (was) beautiful.
Same day I bought it, I go to get gas. It's pouring down raining and I have to go up a slight incline before I can decline into the station. On my way down from the incline, my front tire gets stuck in mud and the bike tips over. I was literally walking my bike, so the damage was minimal. Nothing but a scratch on my exhaust, and I planned on buying an aftermarket muffler anyway so no biggie.
Fast forward to literally 2 nights ago. I've been riding like a boss for a few weeks so I'm getting overly confident and riding like a dumbass. I'm talking squeezing between cars on the expressway doing 90+mph, hitting turns with my knee near the ground, everything. I'm stroking my own ego n shit like wow for a guy that just learned to ride a month ago I sure am doing the damn thing!! So some friends and I hit the beach. The parking lot is sandy as all hell but I had no idea how much traction is lost when riding in sand (shame on me). Basically as I'm leaving the lot I hit a turn harder than the sand allowed and straight lost control and tipped over. I was in a parking lot so I literally was only going like 10mph but the scratches on my bike still have me sick a whole 2 days later. Still not showing any signs of feeling better for a while either, which is what convinced me to sign up and share my story.
This literally isn't even a case of "newbies shouldn't start on a 600" unless you want to mention the fact that my bike is heavier than a 250/300 which made it harder to regain control or whatever but alas, what's done is done.
I'll post pictures when I get home so yall can tell me exactly how bad I screwed up. Yes I plan on investing in frame sliders but I also need to know about how much I'm going to have to spend for my stupid mistakes. Seeing as how it's a special edition paint job I don't even see a side fairing for sale for the paint scheme I have...Im guessing it would just be cheaper to get it painted, especially since the scratch and the scrape is fairly small, but the scrape is going into the green black AND white of the detail. Please help me guys idk what the hell I should do and honestly this whole ordeal has killed my riding spirit. Not that I'm scared to ride or anything because I'm still confident in my ability but both of my mishaps was under 10 mph and just really unfortunate events that were completely avoidable. I feel like a screw up and I don't have the money to repair my otherwise beautiful bike. I have about $200 to spend and I'm 99% sure that's not going to cut it.
I know you guys can't tell me much without the pics so I'll post them ASAP. Sorry for the long read but I really need advice from the more experienced. I paid $10,600 out the door for this beauty and Ive damaged my investment in less than a month! This shit hurts