Good evening everyone, I just thought I would share a quick story about the lessons I learned this week. We have all heard the saying "There are two types of riders, those who have fallen and those who will." Like many new riders I always thought the saying was cute, but didn't apply to me. After passing the MSF class without much trouble and putting almost 1000 miles on the bike I was starting to feel very comfortable on the bike and trying to improve my skills. As too many of us know the line between daring and reckless is quite narrow and gravity is the sworn enemy of the motorcycle. To make a long story short, my beautiful black and yellow cbr300ra is in need of about a thousand dollars worth of repair, which is depressing since it wasn't too long ago since its first oil change. Of course with every mistake there is a lesson to be learned, and I believe I have learned 3 important lessons that can benefit riders both new and seasoned. The first and probably most important lesson is to ALWAYS wear proper safety gear, if I were wearing anything less than full gear I would be in a lot of pain right now. The second is to always analyse your ability to ride and don't try pushing your bike past your limits. The third and final lesson is to respect the limitations of physics, because gravity and traction rule with an iron fist and are not forgiving. I am going to visit my mechanic tomorrow to find out how much this "tax on stupidity" is going to run me, but in the end i'm glad that I live to ride another day with a healthy respect for what just a moment without judgement can do. I hope my experiences can help others to make good decisions and enjoy the sport safely.