I disagree this was too much bike. 40 mph is not indicative of too much bike. He could have a moped and do 40. If he'd been doing 80 mph I might agree with that assessment. A few of us said above skill limits. Here why I said this. For one, he's trying to catch and keep up with other riders. For two, he was over concerned with rocks in the road and the only alternative he had was to let the rocks force him to change his line.Target fixation, maybe. Panic is what I saw, you froze at the controls, no turning and no braking inputs. You had plenty of time and room to stop and or turn. You didn't look where you needed to go to escape you looked yourself into the wreck. My opinion. You go where you look, when you look through the turn you go through the turn.
Also I think you may have too much motorcycle for you're experience /talent level. I personally started out with a Honda S90 as my first street motorcycle then a Yamaha 125 Street twin, then a 305 Honda Superhawk. My point is start slow learn the craft crawl, creep, walk, run. Know you're limits. Oh and limit riding with buddies. Unless y'all show a Huge amount of self control it's best to learn alone.
Some of the banter comes from us old men who have nothing better to do than create what we consider a humorous response and it turns out to appear as an insult. If we were face to face you would be able to interpret the humor for what it is, well meaning sarcasm. Think of how you and your Jarhead friends talked to each other. If it was like when I was in the crotch we were not gentle. If we would have talked nice to each other our fellow jarheads would have beat the crap out of us.Thank you! THIS is an intelligent response! haha. I will definitely shake it off, and yes Im glad it wasnt worse. I came from the dirt at an early age, always wore full gear, still doing the same thing. I smacked my head pretty hard that day, and crushed my shoulder. Gear definitely helped!