Post Master General
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Bowling Green, VA
I Ride: '09 ZX6R
Locking the back brake and sliding the rear around, almost certainly means you didn't use anywhere near as much front brake, as you could have.
This sort of crash is fairly common when a rider is self taught. I speak with that experience.... Between 1985 & the present, I have had an accident on very nearly every motorcycle I have owned. Seems to happen about every 20,000 miles or so.
I can say that the first serious-ish crash in '85 was nearly identical to what you've described. A series of fortunate circumstances resulted in me and my best friend walking away with skinned knees, elbows, and palms. Any other day of the year, I would have killed my friend stuffing him headfirst under a car at 40 mph. No helmets, or other protective gear.
I decided that I could not explain what happened. As a result, I took a training course from MSF, so I could learn about why. I won't bore you with details -- we've had a good number of instructors participate on the forum, any of which would very likely say the same thing I have.
Target fixation, lack of scanning for threats, not having a plan for what to do if things go south.... The list goes on.
"Basic stuff fellas. Use your head for something other than to break your next fall." Words to live by