Crashed My K1600GT

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by GeoAggie, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. GeoAggie

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    Well, I suffered my first motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon after nearly 20 years of riding with essentially no close calls. I was riding through some very curvy sections of hwy 82 north of Spavinaw (ne OK) when I came to a slight uphill section and three slow moving vehicles. I glanced at the surroundings and figured I could sneak by quickly. I passed the first car instantly but the second vehicle, an older pick-up truck, cut me off and rolled down his window to yell something. He pulled back over but I was focused on him and looked up to see a truck in front turning left. It was too late and I cut left and collided with his front end. I remember parts flying and and hitting the ground on my left shoulder and the side of my head. I rolled at least once and remember trying to push the bike away from me as we slid. Fortunately, the big GT ended up to my left and side and never contacted me during the tumble. Gear - Shoe Neotech helmet, long sleeve shirt with KTM riding skins jacket, Kevlar jeans with Aerostitch Darien over pants, Sidi boots and summer gloves. No road rash whatsoever - I did suffer bruises over much of my body. I rolled over on my knees to collect my thoughts and immediately pictured my wonderful family - wife, 8 year old daughter and 6 year old son - wondering WTF am I doing. I stood up and walked around to shake things off (old football term ;-) but felt pain in my right hip. The driver of the pick-up truck was yelling something at me but I waved him off and asked to be left alone since I was hurt. I took my helmet off and was relieved to see no major damage but my vision in my left eye was hazy off to the side.

    The ambulance arrived quickly and we took off for a 11/4 hour incredibly long trip back to Tulsa. My vision returned to normal quickly during the trip. We spoke with my wife by cell to assure her it was ok and the tests at the ER were negative (CT scans for neck, head and x-rays for hip). My neck muscles are sore but it could be from being uncomfortably tied to the board for so long. I haven't been able to move my hip much and the latest x-rays show possible fracture. A bone scan is scheduled for tomorrow. My vision is fine and no headaches. The hip is feeling a little better and I'm hopeful it's only soft tissue damage. I have been running a low grade fever but its probably the trauma.

    We found the bike and its being shipped back to Tulsa BMW for inspection. I kind of hope the GT is totaled and I get to start over with a new bike. I have other bikes to look at while recovering. My one lingering thought is why - why did I put myself in that situation with an aggressive pass. I'm generally a cautious rider who takes safety very seriously. Obviously, I also question why I'm riding right now with two little kiddos. It made me so sad to think of their life without Dad. But, it is part of who I am and it speaks to me to ride and focus on being in the moment. I thought I would share the story with those who could take something positive away . . .

    Jeff
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  2. wannaklr

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    Dang. Glad you are ok.
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  3. Mr. Magoo

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    Glad you're ok! We all make mistakes. Thanks for passing this info on. Sorry about the GT. It's one nice bike. It's amazing how fast you can run out of real estate on the whisper jet. Get well Soon!:1drink
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  4. TT RDHS

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    +1!
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  5. Velociraptor

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    Sounds very scary. Glad you came out with nothing broken! Live and learn.
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  6. Cakeeater

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    Good luck on your recovery.

    Sounds like the pickup truck driver in the middle was trying to do you a favor by warning you the lead vehicle was turning.

    I test rode a K1600gt. Great bike, not for me, because I knew I'd ride it too fast.

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  7. Woland

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    Shit happens, be glad it wasn't worse and learn from it.

    One such lesson ought to be don't pass unless you KNOW its safe to do so.
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  8. mrbreeze

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    we have a lot in common. My name is also Jeff. And I totaled my beloved ST1300 on June 1, 2011 - a date that shall forever live in infamy, at least for me.

    Don't be too hard on yourself. You were smart to wear the gear, but as you can see, it will not prevent bruises or broken bones. You made one bad decision in the heat of the moment. I did too, we all do sometimes. It's just that most of the time we get away with it.

    It will probably be a life changing event for you. You start to realize what is important, and what isn't. You start to see the potential cost of your decisions.

    Get back on a bike, asap. I didn't replace the ST for almost a year, but as soon as I was physically able, I rented a bike just to make myself get back in the saddle. These days I am riding a Kawasaki Nomad, and loving life in the slow lane.
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  9. 2tallnwide

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    Glad you're going to be alright, it's definitely a rude awakening. Thanks for posting as well, we all need reminded occasionally, I know I do anyway.

    Had my first get off in a long time last month, just my complacency, and lack of attention. Fortunately it was slow speed, and the only things bruised were my crash bars, and ribs. A cheap lesson for me no doubt.

    Hope you're able to get back to riding again soon.
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  10. NateLePain

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    Sure glad you're ok and hope you find yourself back on two wheels soon.

    nlp
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  11. uraberg

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    I've been in a similar situation, and I learned one thing really quick.

    When traffic is moving slow, there usually is a reason for it. Hang back, relax, and pass when you've positively determined that you can.

    It sounds pedantic, and it is actually more to remind me, than to convince you.

    Glad you made it out in one piece.
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  12. oalvarez

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    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Jeff, i'm so sorry to hear of your mishap, it feels like yesterday that we spoke regarding the purchase of the GS. The recap of your story was a heartfelt one, and i can very much relate in regards to the wife and kids. I'm up in the canyons every weekend, and going on a longer ride this Saturday, and like you, sometimes wonder what the hell i'm doing what i do. Life. :1drink

    Feel better ol' friend...... :deal
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  13. GeoAggie

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    Thanks for all of the positive comments. Most of what I'm hearing from the office s negativity. I will post some pictures of the bike sent from the dealership. It appears the right side of the engine case was crushed on impact. Also, all of the damage is on the right side confirming my impression that the violent impact sent the bike and I hurling sideways where the bike stayed to my front left sliding down the grass.

    The guy in the pick-up was likely warning me and if I would have just played it cool and set back no doubt it wouldn't have been as painful. However, he also distracted me and slowed me enough to catch the next truck's front end.

    I have a bone scan tomorrow morning so I'm hoping there is no fracture in hip. Anyone healed on here from such an injury? Everything on the Internet is oriented towards 70+ year olds and at 49 I'm hopeful for a little quicker healing potential! I'm usually a guy who recovers quickly even though the worst I've had is a broken rib.

    MrBreeze - I appreciate the encouragement and kind words. I'm kinda glad I wasn't on my beloved ST1300 as I wasn't convinced I was going to sell it after purchasing the GT. I just want a sport tourer thats cooler to ride in the summer. The ST is still my all time favorite as it does everything without fuss or drama and I have reduced the heat felt while riding.
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  14. n8dawg6

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    re: the decision to pass ... those decisions happen quickly. I've asked myself the same question even when a decision didn't result in a close call (what COULD have happened?). You can't always do everything perfect when riding these things, there's unavoidable risk. The bad result is nevertheless more experience to have in the bag, and it'll make you a better rider.

    Hope you have the quickest recovery.
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  15. Contevita

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    That sucks. Glad you're ok.

    No broken bones and no road rash good gears pays off in the long run. I'm sure you'll get back on the road again soon.
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  16. GeoAggie

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    Thanks again for the encouragement's guys.

    Obie - good to hear from you. I still can't believe it happened either. In fact, I was sliding down the road thinking "no freaking way, not me Mr. Cautious and Deliberate in Action" ;-). The lighter GS may have gotten by quicker . . . But that new motor is awesome in the GT. The negative is the overall bike's weight. Since once I heal I may add a bike, has anyone added 'lower' bars to a MTS? I'm looking for a lighter sport touring bike but I need to lean forward a little and the Ducati is bolt upright. Maybe flat bars? Thanks for responding and be safe.
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  17. apessino

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    Crashes happen - there's always a reason... the important thing is to survive and let it go. :D I am very happy for you that you escaped this one with only minor injuries (gear rocks!).

    Last time I crashed (November 2009) I was hit by a 16 year old that had gotten his license that morning (!) and had 4 same age friends in the car (illegal). It was 100% his fault (no shiet... he drove DIRECTLY INTO me after crossing 3 lanes including a merging lane!) and still... I had taken off in rather "spirited" fashion from the previous light and was alone on a big 5 lane road - if I had been just a bit slower (or faster :rofl) the moron would have missed. Worst thing of all: I was on my way home to load up the truck to go to the track the next day! Grrrrr....

    Anyhow... I was wearing full gear (two piece race suit, back protector, gloves, race boots... the whole monty) - I tumbled several times but the only injury I had was a slight pain in my left foot which was sandwiched between bike and car when he hit me. I didn't think much of it and went home without going to the hospital. Within a few hours my foot was swollen huge and hurt like a great mother of fuck. The next morning my wife took me to the doc and I got xrays. I figured it had to be broken for sure given the amount of pain... but it was not. Or rather, the doc said that if there were fractures they were so small they wouldn't be visible in the xrays. Nothing much to do... the foot hurt for a few days (I wore a brace), within a couple of weeks it was mostly OK, in under a month I was back riding. I am guessing something similar is going on with your hip - it'll take some time but you'll be back to new before you know it... :deal

    As for your next bike, here's your chance to get the most perfect all-around motorcycle in the world: :D

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  18. GeoAggie

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    That's a sweet ride apessino! I'm not sure however my low bike could take the position for hours at a time. I wish . . . The 2013 GT is in blue and looks fantastic. It appears time will be on my side.

    Your story confirms that ATGATT is so very critical. I had removed the hip pads to my Darien over pants for comfort. Go figure, now I have a hip injury.
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  19. Foot dragger

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    Yeap,shit does indeed happen quickly sometimes. Ive had some sort of streetbike since high school,long time ago to keep it simple.
    Ive survived on dumb luck and dirt riding skills help lots.

    I was passing a truck on a dirt road in Nevada. (Like the man said,if cars are moving slow there is a reason)

    I got to the front of the truck at about 55mph and a cow that had been backed up to the fence on the right (I never saw it)

    Said cow sprinted out in ft of the truck at the very last second,I hit it the second I saw it,no time to do anything.

    Left handlebar and side of bike hit cow,I launched over the bars after pulling the bar mount bolts out with my upper leg,then I sailed/slid/bounced for a ways down the road,maybe 60 feet with the bike tumbling along with me.

    All of a sudden Im laying alongside the road with a DRZe laying on my legs,the truck guy was ready to call for a life flight.

    I had a smushed finger tip from the clutch lever coming back from the cow strike,thigh hurt lots.

    Eventually I got up and got on the bike and rode away,went back to camp,had a beer and relaxed for the rest of the day. It was a pretty scarey deal.

    I was so stiff and sore all over my whole body,it hurt just to sit there, I got up and rode the next day for 80 miles till my riding buddy did the endo of doom in a snow bank,we called it a week at that point.

    Ive felt lucky ever since that day,hasnt slowed me down one iota.

    I had layers of gear on,didnt get a scratch from sliding down a gravel road at speed.
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  20. Foot dragger

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    If I leave out 1 piece of riding gear when I trailride,thats where I get nailed,its pretty much automatic.
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