I took my first big fall while riding offroad, but I’m cool with it

Or what did I learn from crashing my motorcycle in 5 easy steps

TL;DR: I bought a trail bike because of a commercial I saw for a completely different bike, I took offroad classes, I felt and I dropped the 240 kgs bike on my foot. But I’m okay and happy with the experience.

Offroading on my Benelli TRK 502

Step 1 —falling victim to #marketing

— Hi everyone, my name is Tudor, I am 37 years old and I have never been camping.

Step 2— decide to go all-in (-ish)

The last year was pretty crazy and it brought up a new perspective — for me at least: all the things we take for granted can be taken away in an instant. Without warning. So it’s more important to live in the present. To not try to relieve a long gone past or make plans for a future that may never come. Live the moment. A phrase that can be articulated as either Carpe Diem or YOLO, depending on one’s IQ.

My Benelli TRK 502

Step 3— teach me, master!

Since I have never done any offroad riding. Nor that much regular riding, to be honest, I decide to get some classes. After looking around, I find Dostrial — a Barcelona-based company that organizes motorcycle trips to Morocco and trail courses in Catalunya. After a quick chat with the instructor over Whatsapp, we agree to do the course. The scheduled date is 4 days after getting the bike and less than 6 months after getting my license. All in!

Step 4— everybody falls the first time…

Fast forward six weeks. I rode the bike more than 1000 km already. I am ready for a second try. I talk with the Manel and we agree on a date and to rendez-vous directly at the camp since I now know the way.

It’s too much. I accept defeat. I push my chin in my chest and let go of the bike.

At some point, we’re going up. The hill seems too steep and there’s a corner at the top. I’ll go slow, it’s better. I ease on the gas a bit. Bad call, as I am just passing a ditch. Gravity is a bitch and now it’s pulling me backward. I feel the bike wiggling out of balance. I’ll just give it more power, that will do it. I squeeze the throttle, but now it’s too much. With its newly found torque, the rear wheel loses grip on gravel. I give it even more gas to exit the ditch. It works and now I’m out.

Step 5— dust yourself up and try again!

After 5–10 minutes, the situation became clear: we’re on a mountain top and one way or another, we need to go back. And walking while pushing the bike is not really a solution.

Trust me, I used to be an engineer!