Today I decided (unwisely) to try and race a Farang riding a Harley Davidson Sportster (a red one) from the canal road intersection in Chiang Mai. We set off from the lights engines roaring. All was well as his clunking machine (fast though it was!) couldn't weave and wend like only a CBR 150 could. As we rode north on the canal road I left him behind. However approaching the dogleg bend (before you get to 700 year stadium) I'd seriously fcked up. My speed was way too high to take the second part of the turn safely. I had two choices, either stomp on the brakes fully and take the impact straight on (from the canal wall), or try and ride it out the corner. I chose the latter reckoning a straight on impact would through me over the wall! I'd just managed to make the corner 3/4 but my leg, pinkie finger and right foot got a damn good 'polishing' from the canal road wall! The impact nearly had me half off the bike and over the canal wall! Right trainers, worn through, right trouser leg ripped, right glove is a bit holed. Leg is intact (no bones broken) but a bit scraped below the knee. Bikes got a few wee scrapes on the front fairing but nothing more! If the wall was lot rougher it would of been worse. The Harley dude rode on by as if nothing even happened while I fended off the canal wall! Ho hum, off I rode with my tail between my legs to the pharmacy I think in the next few days I'll be looking at buying some proper racing protection. The whole experience has taught me a few lessons out there. One of them is not to race 800cc harley riders and watch out for those tight corner turns. I've always maintained the heat factor out here restricts it's usefulness but having met the canal road up close I'm having a change of heart Gotta watch our speed on those corners brothers, they are a widow-maker if you get them wrong.