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Old 04-26-2014, 09:08 PM   #61
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"he got the wind knocked out of him" and a broken collar bone, and two cracked ribs. Now I know why Lt. Dan doesn't want to go ridin' with us anymore
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:12 PM   #62
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Here ya go Blur! With those cracked ribs, you could use a good laugh

Hell Hill part 1 ( I'm going home ) from James Bean on Vimeo.
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:20 PM   #63
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Here ya go Blur! With those cracked ribs, you could use a good laugh

Hell Hill part 1 ( I'm going home ) from James Bean on Vimeo.
I love that!
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:16 PM   #64
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Holy crap man. I didn't realize who was posting this until I saw the #29 on the back of your helmet. I was #25 and in your group. If anybody know what the hell they are doing off road on a BMW, it is this guy. He friggin' won the BMW GS Trophy Challenge back in September.

So how will this affect your participation in the Trophy event? I guess this is why they have two alternates.
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:46 PM   #65
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Holy crap man. I didn't realize who was posting this until I saw the #29 on the back of your helmet. I was #25 and in your group. If anybody know what the hell they are doing off road on a BMW, it is this guy. He friggin' won the BMW GS Trophy Challenge back in September.

So how will this affect your participation in the Trophy event? I guess this is why they have two alternates.
The biggest question I've had to answer is whether to get my collarbone plated and screwed. I met with my ortho today. In a nutshell, I could either wait a few more weeks and very likely have a healed up collarbone or just get surgery and know for sure that the plate is holding my collarbone in place. The doc said that surgery would allow me to get back in shape and back on the bike faster. So, I decided to go with the surgery. It's scheduled for this Thursday.

The qualifier was fun, wasn't it! It would be so cool to have a couple days of bike games at the Performance Center every year, wouldn't it!

Thanks for checking up on me :)
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:53 PM   #66
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The biggest question I've had to answer is whether to get my collarbone plated and screwed. I met with my ortho today. In a nutshell, I could either wait a few more weeks and very likely have a healed up collarbone or just get surgery and know for sure that the plate is holding my collarbone in place. The doc said that surgery would allow me to get back in shape and back on the bike faster. So, I decided to go with the surgery. It's scheduled for this Thursday.

The qualifier was fun, wasn't it! It would be so cool to have a couple days of bike games at the Performance Center every year, wouldn't it!

Thanks for checking up on me :)
Planted and screwed - we've got riding to do my friend
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:20 PM   #67
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:04 AM   #68
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Planted and screwed - we've got riding to do my friend
Lessee...... surgery Thursday, physical therapy Friday..... looks like I'm free Saturday!!! Where ya' wanna meet?


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Old 04-29-2014, 06:13 AM   #69
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Lessee...... surgery Thursday, physical therapy Friday..... looks like I'm free Saturday!!! Where ya' wanna meet?


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This would be funny if it wasn't for the fact that there is a small part of you that is seriously considering it....
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:17 AM   #70
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This would be funny if it wasn't for the fact that there is a small part of you that is seriously considering it....
And that "small part" you're referring to is my brain.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:31 PM   #71
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Your brain should know, the more grey hair you have. The more things hurt!
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:34 PM   #72
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Hi Blair!

Thanks again for the lift home! 11 hours in the truck for you. I REALLY appreciate it!
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:45 PM   #73
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The biggest question I've had to answer is whether to get my collarbone plated and screwed. I met with my ortho today. In a nutshell, I could either wait a few more weeks and very likely have a healed up collarbone or just get surgery and know for sure that the plate is holding my collarbone in place. The doc said that surgery would allow me to get back in shape and back on the bike faster. So, I decided to go with the surgery. It's scheduled for this Thursday.



The qualifier was fun, wasn't it! It would be so cool to have a couple days of bike games at the Performance Center every year, wouldn't it!



Thanks for checking up on me :)

Right decision bro. I did the same thing last year. I remember waking up after surgery and immediately feeling like everything was lined up again, and my back felt straight. You're in for about 8 weeks of recovery, and it will take a while to get your stamina back. You may need some PT afterwards to get your shoulder loosened up as they tend to freeze up from being in the sling. Any questions, pm me.
Good luck.
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To cut or not to cut

Maybe of interest; I had a similar off to yours but off an MTB when the handlebar hooked a bush that leapt out into my path (I too was not paying full attention and not riding particularly hard). I dumped hard on my right side (maybe a bit like you) at about 35km/hr and took 3 broken ribs, a punctured lung and broken collarbone (3 places and only discovered after a few days in hospital). This was late in Feb 2014. I am 59; ballies don't bounce.

The original ER doc wanted a pal of his to operate on the collarbone but I asked for a second opinion from an orthopedic specialist who'd seen me before. His comment was to only operate if the bone is displaced otherwise treat "conservatively" with a sling, care and physiotherapy. His view on plating was that he didn't want to operate while there were healing grazes on the shoulder for risk of infection (by the time they had healed the collarbone would have partly bonded and may need re-breaking), you do get you mobile quicker but the screws can loosen and you may need another operation to remove the plate.

I opted for the sling and did intensive physio and worked with a biokineticist. Started stationery bicycle after about 3 weeks. Now, 8 to 10 weeks later I have been doing 8 hours a week or so of cycling training for a 270km 3 day MTB stage race (Sani2c) in early May.

I reckon I am back to my peak fitness (which doesn't say much) but with minimal discomfort from my injuries. I've done quite a bit of single track and fallen once with no consequences really (TBG). My shoulder, ribs and breathing are fine (not the limiting factor). Now if only I could do something about my legs and bum!!

My right arm is still a bit weak and I haven't ridden my dirt bikes (KTM 525 and 640Adv) but more due to other commitments than lack of physical ability.

So you should be on track for September. Good luck.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:49 PM   #75
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I have no idea why the FB didn't work the first time. A friend of mine who is in the fortunate position of getting to ride these awesome wetheads called me to see I was doing. After I described my injuries, he asked how it happened. I started to tell my story and just before I got to the FB failure, he interrupted and said "I know what you're going to say but tell me anyway" when I told him the FB didn't work on the first attempt he said "yep, it's happened to me on 4 or 5 occasions" He went on to say that he always rides in open areas and has always been able to stop without it becoming a problem.

I'm taking the bike to a local dealer Tuesday. The manufacturer is sending an investigator down to try and figure out what happened.

I've always been a huge supporter of the marque and I want to help

anyway I can to try and head off what potentially could be a big problem for me and others in the future. I want to have confidence in my bike!!

Unfortunately, I'm not expecting them to find a problem. I've got 5000 miles on the bike and this is the only time it's happened. That said, a braking system that works 99.99% of the time isn't good enough.

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Can you recall what I first told you about how this a happened when we met please? I would appreciate you writing down what you remember about how all this happened. The two guys I was riding with have both told me they remember me saying my front brake didn't work on the first attempt.



ABS was off. However, after hearing the experiences of my friend and after experiencing the problem myself (and having a week to think about it), I think it was the abs system that didn't allow the FB to pressurize initially.



On the contrary!! Thank you for the Input!

I appreciate the advice on the surgery as well. I need to get fixed up quick! I got an event in Canada this September that I'm competing in. I'm on the USA GS Trophy team.


And to lighten the mood, here's the video of the single track we did earlier in the day, if you're interested :)


Trail 82 from James Bean on Vimeo.
Wow That's incredible riding!! I have a "big bike" as well maybe I will be like you guys some day! Really cool stuff.
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