Crash on The Dalton Highway

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  1. kman311

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    So I am in the first week of my 3 week adventure to Alaska on my new 1290 SA. On Wednesday afternoon I decided to take the Dalton up to Deadhorse. So I left Fairbanks around 3:00. I arrived at Coldfoot about 8:00 and everything was going well, other than a little rain here and there. About the last 36 or so miles before Deadhorse they were working on the road. I only had about 25 miles to go and was trying to finish around midnight. Well at 12:10 AM I hit a fairly large rut in some soft ground. The bike immediately pitched to the right and I hit the ground hard at 50 mph. When everything stopped moving I was under the 1290. I managed to kick it off and stand up. Followed by an immediate fall to the right as my knee gave out. I sat on the bike for a couple minutes and watched to trucks drive around me barely slowing down. Luckily the next two drivers stopped and helped me stand the bike up and move it to the side of the road and then they left. I re-attached the right pannier that had been ripped off and the other parts that I could find. I could hardly stand but managed to get on the bike and continue on to Deadhorse because I had to get gas to make it back to Coldfoot. I assumed I was going in the right direction but I guess I got spun around in the crash. I ended up going 25 miles in the wrong direction before realizing what I was doing. I made it to Deadhorse around 2:30 AM and then turned back. It took me until 5:30 PM to make it back to Fairbanks riding at a much slower pace. Quite a long night.

    Went to Urgent Care Friday morning, they suggested an MRI and an orthopedist. Orthopedist diagnosed the problem as a torn PCL, torn meniscus, ACL twisted out of position etc. Told me there is no way you could ride the motorcycle back to Iowa. So I am going to store the bike here and hopefully I will be well enough to pick it up before the snow starts.

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  2. Revontulet

    Revontulet Been here awhile

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    Blimey man, you must have been in a hell of a lot of pain. I once suffered similar injuries from a skiing accident - not funny at all. Get well soon!
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  3. Dorito

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    Super duper bummer. You might want to look into Medjet assist before you go back up again. They would have flown you home and trucked your bike to home. Hard to say if the knee injury would fly commercial or private. I had a friend with a head injury that they flew home on a private leer jet... just him, a nurse a pilot.
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  4. The Haymaker

    The Haymaker Testing Newtons Laws......

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    Glad you're "ok". Last year I awoke in a gurney and was told I was getting put on a 900 mile lifeflight . I asked who was going to take care of my bike and gear and the response was "It's gone, dude. It burned. It's all gone."
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  5. ThatGuy

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    Man that sucks! I've torn an ACL and it's no fun ride. What arrangements have you made to get home/bike?
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  6. JettPilot

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    Hi Kman311,

    Most experienced ADV riders recommend not to ride at night, now you know why... I hope you get to continue your trip again soon. If you do, learn your lesson, get up early, and plan daytime riding.

    REALITY: Even with good headlights on your bike, large ruts, and road condition are much easier to see and judge in daylight. This accident did not need to happen.

    Mike
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  7. JettPilot

    JettPilot ADV Rider

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    I remember that story, you absolutely ignored the problems / close calls you were having on that gravel / dirt road. The dangerous conditions were obvious enough that your friend saw that chances of a crash were 100 % and quit, chose not to take the trip down that road. Not only did you ignore what you own bike was telling you, you also ignored your friends warning also and continued on to your near death experience. I will post a link to your report so that others can find it and read about it.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/saga-on-the-trans-taiga.1108254/

    These TWO examples of loss of control crashes that did not need to happen. Two trips that could have been the best experience ever, but tuned into really bad things due to very poor judgement.

    1. Ride during the daytime, what fun is riding ADV at night when you cant see the country you are riding through anyways ???

    2. If you are having close calls in gravel, bike feeling unstable, LISTEN to what the bike is telling you. You may be able to ride out of the instability / swerving pretty well in gravel, but you will NOT get lucky and ride out of it 1000 out of 1000 times on a very long gravel highway. Slow down, or just don't ride it.

    Mike
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  8. The Haymaker

    The Haymaker Testing Newtons Laws......

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    Yep, so follow Jetts advice and only ride asphalt, at noon, on the summer equinox, to Starbucks.

    But don't buy anything, it is bad for you, and don't breath, there is risk in that.

    Actually , please take plenty of risk. He can send a few pages of scrawled notes from his Things Worthy a Soapbox binder, because it gives him a chance to use his scolding adult voice and feel more importantererer.
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  9. Woody2627

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    Are you still posting your drivel?
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  10. ozmoses

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    Concussion??

    A torn ACL, while not the end of the world, can suck.

    The PCL can be a bitch; will it require surgery?


    Heal up,OP!
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  11. kman311

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    Yes, surgery will be required. In fact the Orthopedist that I saw in Fairbanks said the swelling will not subside until the surgery is completed. I am hoping to find an Orthopedist on Tuesday and get the surgery scheduled this week. I am not sure on the concussion. My helmet was scratched up a little on the back and a lot on the front right. Maybe that is why I went the wrong way at first?
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  12. kman311

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    Not to be a smart ass or nothing but you realize it does not get dark that far north in Alaska at this time of year. The picture wwas taken at 12:18 AM. I would have never been riding that road in the dark
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    I have not made any arrangements yet. I have it posted on U-ship for auction. I have only had one reply so far and that was shipping on an open trailer. I am not sure what would happen to the 600 liter dry bag with my riding gear and camping equipment that is tied to the seat. When I was sitting in the hotel lobby in Fairbanks I started talking to a group of Goldwing riders. They quickly pulled out their Goldwing "Bible" or contact book and found another Goldwing rider in North Pole that had a shed I could keep the bike in as long as I needed to. Whether that was only a couple months or until next spring. The guy even offered to bring his trailer over and pick it up. I parked the bike in his shed, had lunch with him and his family and then they gave me a ride to the airport.
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    Glad some stepped in to give you a hand. I'm down in Anchorage and could give you hand of something needs to get down here.
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    Just what I was going to post, you beat me to it.
    Nothing smart ass about it at all, some need to look at a globe and check the calendar before posting.
    Heal well and fast.
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    As others have already pointed out, it happened during daylight hours, which don't end until sometime around the middle of August up there. :D

    Perhaps another bit of advice might be - when riding on the farthest north highway in the U. S., don't take the advice of someone living near the farthest south point in the 48 contiguous states. :wink:

    That can be a problem on a big, fairly heavy, good-handling bike - they may be just telling you "Don't worry, I have everything under control", until they suddenly shout "Oops! We're in trouble, you take over".

    That I have to agree with. When I saw "50 mph" in the OP, it immediately revealed why there was so much damage to the rider. A crash at half that speed might have resulted in a scratched bike and dirt-covered rider and little more. The initial loss of control might not have even occurred at a much lower speed. Fresh fill, especially when it is pit run gravel (fresh out of river beds) is not uniform and can present a multitude of surprises.

    Hopefully, others will read this report and heed the lessons it teaches. But probably not. Crashes up there, especially on the last 50 miles or so at the north end, have been happening for years as riders seem to see the destination and hurry to get there, thinking the worst is over. Actually, that stretch has been some of the worst surface for a bike for decades - a good place to slow down and be sure of getting the whole distance upright and on two wheels.
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    HaH! foot, meet mouth
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    Meet any cute nurses?
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    Glad you are ok.
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    Gravel direct from a river bed would be rounded - like marbles,. It needs to be crushed for use in roads, railway ballast, etc.
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