Out tonight with my mate, been thrashing round the great country lanes around were we live, enjoying the cooling rush of air. Going into a bend (my mate in front) he locks up, misses the corner, and plants it in the bank.
I was actually going in hotter than he was, as he got an overtake opportunity earlier down the road and I was playing catchup. As I watched the accident unfold in front of me, I was shouting in my helmet "let the brakes off" (obviously he couldn't hear me), because I could see what was happening, and all he needed to do was let off, and he would have got round.
I made it round the bend and pulled up 50 feet down the road, on a slope. Turned the RC off popped it in gear and put the stand down, went to get off and the bike rolled forward off its stand and fell on top of me.
We must have looked a right pair, me stuck under mine, and him looking like he just ploughed a field with his head.
Anyway we managed to get the RC off me and this time made sure it was actually in gear.
He was okay, but his bike has taken a fair bit of damage to the front end, and my left mirror broke off when the bike went over on me. Luckily no other damage to mine, but his has a twisted front end, smashed upper fairings, broken intake and scratched tank. His is a truly mint ZX10R, and he was wearing his new Taichi leathers, which seemed to fair pretty well all things considered.
We headed back at a slightly more moderate pace; he's got a lot of work ahead of him, I just have to find a replacement mirror.
Just goes to show you how easy it is to make a small mistake with big consequences. Both of us have 30 years riding experience, but it is still easy to panic in a situation like that, and react in the wrong way.