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Old 03-02-2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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Crash With Gear

I'll feel better when I quit hurtin'.

. I'm severely hurtin', but not severely hurt.

Nolan N102, Teknic jacket and gloves, Fieldshere Mercury pants and Tour Master boots. I believe they saved my life. Basing this on the assumption that even light abrasion markings on ballistic Cordura nylon removes skin. 75-80% of the coat and pants are abraded, right knee shredded to knee guard. Without the gear I would most likely have both knees broken and skin shredded, left elbow broken and shredded, my entire back and butt skinless, right front shoulder and arm skinless, both tighs.

Somehow I got on top of my helmet. Scratches some deep some not from my right ear with the most wear right at the top air vent. No scratches on the lower part or back of the helmet. Either I went in head first, but not enough damage to helmet of neck for this theory. I think that maybe in the slide I did a head over heals flip with the helmet striking the road.

I have a gash at the end of my left elbow, a 2" rash on my left kneecap. Right lung contusion and 7 broken right ribs (3 displaced) and a pulled pec muscle. Sundry others little sore spots have surface on day 3. Can't lay in a bed from chest pain and couldn't get up out of a bed if I got down. Sleepin in the recliner.

Launched high side from the bike around 50-60mph and slid rolled tumbled 75-100' or so. Bike slid into a vehicle so I got a Following To Close Ticket. Sheriff told my wife they had to give me something since another vehicle was involved.

Don't remember hitting the road, just the back in stepping out. Came to laying on my back, really hard to breath. I could hear cars driving by and wondering why no one had come over to me. Seemed like a long time. My left palm was hurting and I took off my glove. When I move my hand a guy came over and asked if I was OK. I wonder if they though I was dead and didn't want to look. Cars were stopped on the road for me to slide by,

Without my gear I don't believe a 60 year old man could survive had that damage been to my body and not the gear.

Guys, Do-rags, beanie helmets and chaps really aren't protection.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:45 AM   #2
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Lucky you had the gear on!

Broken ribs suck, do NOT get a cold!

Any idea what caused you to go down?
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:48 AM   #3
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Good Lord man, I'm glad you survived. Sounds like a pretty horrific crash. Any ideas what happened? What lead up to this?

I'm glad the gear did its job. I had a 60 MPH high side myself so I get exactly what kind of damage can come from it.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:23 PM   #4
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Wink Old guys rule!!!

But OLD GUYS don't heal fast - good to hear you were prepared wearing the GEAR.

Godspeed on your recovery!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for sharing. It was probably painful, literally, to write what you did.

The message stays the same. Gear makes all the difference.

Heal well, then ride well.
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:25 PM   #6
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Do not watch the hangover 2. Or any comedy. What happened? Glad you're still with us.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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Are your ribs broke in back? When I had 4 broke in back I got an incline thing from the drug store to sleep on. Didn't fix the sleeping but it helped. Probably a lot like sleeping on a recliner.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:20 PM   #8
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Are your ribs broke in back? When I had 4 broke in back I got an incline thing from the drug store to sleep on. Didn't fix the sleeping but it helped. Probably a lot like sleeping on a recliner.
Yes, all seven are on the right rear.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:35 PM   #9
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That sounds like it was this || close to being a bad one. My ribs hurt just reading this and I am only 53! I hope that didn't make you laugh.
I recommend staying on the bike next time.
I hope you recover soon.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:22 PM   #10
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Wow!
Remember, Old guys rule! At least that's my wife tells me. She also thinks nothing says "I love you" like a pistol grip shotgun. I guess Old women rule too!
Get well soon.....
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:37 PM   #11
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Holy Dinosaur Dumping

Wow. You got put through the blender, but good. You might now look like a beat-up pinata, but you deserve KUDOS for having some gear that saved your rear. Can't wait to learn what led to such a dismal dismount.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:02 PM   #12
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Wow. I'm 64 and do wear gear all the time but I do not always wear my Hit Air Vest. Sounds like you could have really benefited from one. Sounds like I ought to wear mine more often.

consider: safermoto.com
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:11 PM   #13
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Thanks for posting the story -- here's to a speedy recovery!
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:24 AM   #14
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Your injuries remind me of my own a few years ago. It's hard to sleep for more than a few hours in a recliner, unless you have a better one than I do. I wish you the best in your recovery!
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:58 AM   #15
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My birthday present this year 2-1 was when the traffic stopped in the construction the car behind me didn't quite. She hit her right headlight on my left luggage rack threw me sideways into the gaurd rail.Tour master jacket arm guards took shock to arms helmet kept my face off the metal.no broken bones just felt that they threw my 64 year old body at the ground.I have a klr 250 and homemade racks. my brother in law made them .I thought he made them too heavy untill I saw the car got more damage then my motorclcle
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