Rocks hurt when they find a soft spot.
Decided to sneek in a quick dirt bike ride on Saturday in an area called Taskers Gap which is rather notoriously rocky before I had to go to work. Riding my fairly new to me CRF250X. It's quite a bit more nimble but also twitchier than my well set up and steering damped KTM525. Was on a faster section of rocky fireroad and caught a rock with the front which threw the front one way and the rear the other and unserimoniously slammed me into the rocky road bed quicker thasn I could blink.
Took a hard shot to the ribs as I hit the deck and felt the wind escape my chest. Once the dust settled I continued to lay still for a minute doing a mental checklist of my important parts. All was good except CRAP my ribs hurt and it was hard to breath.. My riding buddies quickly gathered and got my bike upright. After a few minutes my breathing was better and I was starting to think perhaps I had just gotten the wind knocked out of me. Picked myself up and felt a crunchy clicky feeling in my lower rib cage and decided to call it a day. It was a long ride back to the truck and by the time I got there I was certain I had busted a rib.
Drove myself to the ER and after much poking, prodding, blood tests, x-rays & Cat Scans they declared two broken ribs and some blood in my urine from a bruised kidney though nothing got poked by a rib that would need any special attention. I'll be off the bike for a few weeks it looks like. All and all broken ribs aren't as bad as I thought they would be. Painful? heck yeah, but not completely debiliating like I thought they might be.
Gear - I was wearing full gear from head to toe. My torso was protected by an A-starts compression suit. Unfortunately it's one weak spot (as with much of the dirt bike gear on the market) is side rib protection and that's exactly where I took the hit. I have a couple of different under jerseys already on order that have decent side impact protection to remedy that.
Bike Set-up - I haven't gone through this bikes suspension as I should have and I'm spoiled by the KTM and it's setup suspension and damper. I'll be adding a steering damper to the 250 and going through the suspension before taking it into fast rocky sections again.
Personal Judgement: I had mentioned earlier in the day I didn't really trust the 250 as it was setup for fast rocky sections and might bail on hitting the fast rocky stuff... but I hit it anyway. It pays to listen to ones own advice...
Damage to bike and gear - Trivial. Gear held up great, I have one small tear in the side mesh of the compression suit. Some rash on the plastics, a bent right foot peg, and my left cyra guard is slightly mangled but fully functional (and did a great job protecting the clutch lever, etc).
I'll be out again soon. My only words of wisdom escpecially for us older guys that can't afford spending too much time healing is if you think your gear has a weak spot address it and don't ignore that little internal voice that has years of experiance dealing with your bad decisions. LOL.