Lots of riders wrongly believe that 35 years experience makes them infallible. They know it all, right? Wrong!
Doesn't work that way unfortunately. I've been riding since age 12 or so ... now 66. How long is that?
But on bad days I'm still a proper **** up.
Happens to the best of us. What keeps my head on straight are two things:
Organized Track Days
Riding Off road
Although neither activities happen on a public roads ... BOTH have an amazing side affect of crossing over to road riding. Sadly, I haven't done a real track day in years. But I do still ride off road ... which really sharpens me right up when I get back on the road: Better bike control, better lines, quicker reactions, and MUCH better Brake and avoidance (rather than locking her up and sliding into that car in front of you)
Track days are even more amazing! After a track day (ride in Novice group if you've not done it) and getting some coaching I am totally beat, exhausted beyond belief. But the next day, back on the road I have such a sense of calm and total control. I ride smoother, see more and make better decisions.
I feel like I'm riding in slow motion. Everything is calm and easy.
Try one or both techniques if you get the chance. I did track days after a very bad accident over 10 years ago, did this on advice of a friend. I did not see the connection or realize just how effective it could be ... until I did it.
Amazing result, restored my confidence and got me away from being a "nervous Nelly" like I was after the accident. Nervous Nellies screw up, make mistakes and make poor decisions. Don't let that happen to you. Get on the track ... have fun! Learn the limits of your bike! You don't need a sports bike or racer, nearly any bike will do.