Crashed My K1600GT

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

  1. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    Thanks for sharing this. This morning I passed several slow moving cars.. Nothing happened, the person in the lead was just slow. Next time there will be more to think about. Which is good.

    Glad you are mostly OK, and hope there are no fractures or tears. Most everything else heals.

    Rod
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  2. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    Regarding the hip injury... I suffered a pretty good one during plebe year, crashing and burning off the parallel bars to the gym floor... missed the mat.

    Bounced up, hurting like a big dog, but trying to "John Wayne" the pain. Continued through the day's classes, but by the post-supper lecture, I could not sit down. Sent to the ER, where X-Rays indicated no fracture. (This was prior to the days of CT and MR. The head nurse may have been trained by Nurse Ratched... she had no sense of humor.)

    Evidently the bruising allowed blood to pool near the ball and socket joint, locking it up. Spent the next couple of days flat on my back, getting ultra sound treatments to break up the pooled blood.

    The Supt. dropped by the hospital, and when he came to my bed in the large, open ward, I laid at the proper position of attention and saluted.

    GEN Knowlton cracked up laughing.

    Got better and continued... I hope you'll have the same healing success that I did.

    No problems since, and it's been 40 years!?!

    NFE
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  3. _Davi_

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    Don't be too hard on yourself...with almost any bike vs a cage, passing is such a simple and effortless joy that we get complacent. Live and learn! And keep riding ASAP.
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  4. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    First sorry for your mishap, but thanks for posting the experience, helps us all.

    I had the k1200GT 07 for a while, and know how easy it is to get lulled into thinking every pass is going to be easy.

    On the MTS12, I had one for a year and 9k miles. I hated the wide bars, so proceeded to make them narrow, but found I could only go 1/2" off each end due to all the stuff needed lots of space to mount on the flat straight part. You could gain some space by dropping the turn signal/handguards for something else, but still not easy. Think the flatter you go, the tank gets in the way during lock, also front windshield/dash area.
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  5. go4mini

    go4mini Been here awhile

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    Hey GEOAGGIE- Glad to hear that you're OK, sort of. Wanted to let you know, on May 12, 2012, I was riding my R1100RSL when a driver turned in front of me. He said he never saw me! Totaled the bike, 4 broken ribs, collapsed lung, radial fractures of the hip socket. 12 weeks of no weight, 4 weeks of 50% weight, then therapy. While I was no weight, a friend and I went to WI and I bought a 2007 R1200GS. I'd go out in the garage and look and polish. The day the Dr. told me "no more crutches", I went for a 30 mile ride. A little hard getting on and off, but it felt great. I have ridden since I was 14, and I'm now 61. First major accident. I've since ridden over 900 miles, with the longest being about 150. I'm glad I got back on. I've always been careful (ATGATT), but now I'm even more so. In fact, I just ordered a HI-VIZ jacket! If you love to ride, get back on, and for god's sake, be more careful.:clap:clap
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  6. eric2

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    October 1st was my 7th year anniversary of the very same accident. Riding aggressively tried to pass a line of 6 cars going about 10 mph under the speed limit. By the time I got to the last car I was moving out, then the bluehair in front put her left turn signal on and turned left in front of me.

    I don't know if me or those magical servo brakes were screaming louder as I headed straight for her door, but I had some room to work with and got more with a panicked left turn. Gave the space back offroading through a bar ditch and pecan trees disguising the produce stand the bluehair was going to visit. I finally made contact with her left fender and tore her bumoer off but I had bailed out over her hood by then and was only going 20mph or so.

    All told the damage to me, the GS and the caddy was relatively minor and I was lucky to only get a couple tickets for my stupidity, my insurance company (dairlyland) fixed everything and didn't even raise my rates.

    Live and learn. I'm a bit gun shy passing more than a couple cagers now. :deal
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  7. GeoAggie

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    Wow, that was quite a recovery! Glad you're doing well now and back on the bike. I'm currently waiting on the results of the bone scan and hoping for the best.

    Jeff
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  8. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    This is a pretty common cause of accidents, and it sucks. I've had close calls doing exactly the same thing, and it seems like rural farm roads that I generally consider the safest places to be riding are the most dangerous when it comes to this kind of pass. It's almost better to make it very obvious to the vehicle in front of you that you intend to pass, and usually they'll just wave you by.




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  9. hankgs

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    You have been very fortunate in your 20 riding career- It just shows you (us), that we can get into the "mode" of moving at a fast pace and your mind is telling you to continue onward- no matter what. This is a good lesson for all riders, newbies and vets to always read the road a-h-e-a-d of you...
    Thanks for your story and get well soon!
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  10. Gimpinator

    Gimpinator This is my Mom's cat

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    GeoAggie -

    Sorry to hear of your mishap. I've had a few lapses in judgement over the years, but fortunately haven't been punished yet. I do reflect after the fact though and burn the mistake into my memory.

    On the subject of broken hips, I'm pretty much an expert. I've done it twice to the same hip and I'm around the same age as you. Both times were impact trauma from sports. The first involved fracturing the socket (acetabulum). I was lucky and the bones stayed in place so it healed in twelve weeks with no weight bearing. The second was a break in the femoral neck. (Google Floyd Landis' hip break - same type of impact for me.) This one was bad and required big screws right away. I'll be done healing after nine months, so the doc says.

    Hip fractures are EXCRUCIATING! If you're walking around today, you should be optimistic.

    Best of luck to you. Sorry to hear of the demise of such a beautiful bike :cry
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  11. GeoAggie

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    Damage to K1600GT . . . . . with only 1400 miles :cry

    I haven't posted pictures in a while.
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  12. GeoAggie

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    Update . . . After a confusing week of tests the MRI show three non-displaced fractures - femoral neck, pelvis and hip socket. I have an appointment with hip orthopedist next week finally. So far, no surgery, just no weight bearing. If no fractures are seen on X-rays then passive treatment.

    I'm still playing the accident back in my mind. Any one of 3-4 decisions/events that I could have changed would have prevented the accident. But, I can't wait to ride again :-)
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  13. DavidBanner

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    my thoughts exactly. sometimes (most of the time) people are moving slowly for a reason. go buy a lottery ticket...take a break...or even quit riding...or even ride whenever you feel like it...whatever you do, make sure it's right for you. good luck.

    big danger here is the multi-car pass...sure, the first one is easy...but you build up a head of steam if you're accelerating all the way. you can easily be doubling the prevailing speed (in your haste to minimize the time on the left) then end up with no more outs and no ability to stop in time if there's an obstruction. my personal strategy for multi-car passes is to keep the speed differential down to 10-15mph plus. that way if anyone ends up wanting to pull out, turn, or whatever...i'll still be able to abort the pass and duck in. if there isn't space due to oncoming traffic...patience tends to work.

    DB
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  14. GeoAggie

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    Good strategy, thanks for the insight.
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  15. GusinCA

    GusinCA Been here awhile

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    I haven't read all the posts, but here's my take.

    I'm 42, a stay at home dad to an 8 year old daughter.

    Been riding for 33 years, never had a street crash.

    But I can tell I'm not as quick with the reactions as I was in my 20's and 30's.

    Now I ride a small WR250R dual sport 99% off road. I bring the bike to the trails on a rack on the back of my van.

    This was I still get to enjoy riding, without the much larger dangers of the street...
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  16. DavidBanner

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    also...we might be prepared for someone to slam on their brakes....say an average car stops in 120ft from 60mph. that same car can make a left turn across your path (while you're passing) and your separation distance is GONE in an instant because they are converting their movement from "same direction" to "across your path"...without slowing down much.
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  17. cliffy109

    cliffy109 Long timer

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    The ability to add hip pads is a major reason I selected the Darien pants. My previous pants were Olympias which do have a pad and they saved me from a hip injury back in 2010. I would not own pants without them. I'll bet you never take them out again.
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  18. GeoAggie

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    I bet you are right . . . . on every ride from now on :D

    Jeff

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  19. biodieselandon

    biodieselandon Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear a fellow rider is ok. It's a scary thought to think about a bike that big skidding next to you.

    Less than a month ago I hit a deer on my 2013 F800GS at ~60 MPH just a week after I bought it. Once the bike and I finished sliding I was able to pick it up and ride it the last mile to my house. No major injuries just a little belly/knee rash. You are very lucky to be able to say the same. I couldn't imagine hitting a car. I have always been an advocate of proper riding gear and I am even more so now that I think about how bad it would have been if I was only wearing jeans. Sorry about your bike but like everyone says to me, bikes are replaceable. Good luck on your recovery!

    -Landon
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  20. xrguy

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    very glad you are ok! i am also in tulsa, so i understand the ride on 82N and what a twisty road provokes somebody to do. great to see you were in full gear and have such a high spirit about riding and your family :) i just had a baby 2 weeks ago, and my riding has definitely changed since. seeing her beautiful little smile keeps me under the limits and both wheels on the ground to make it home safely. these tulsa "drivers" are absolutely insane!
    recover quick buddy! we will have to do a ride one of these days
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