Crashed My K1600GT

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

  1. GeoAggie

    GeoAggie Adventurer

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    I will take you up on that offer when I'm back to riding, thanks! No more agreesive passing for me. Looking back, I think I became a more aggressive passer during my time in Denver where the roads were so much fun but full of tourists. I let my guard down and starting making more offensive moves as opposed to my typically defensive, alert style.

    Jeff

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  2. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    I just moved from a Triumph Sprint ST to a Tiger XC for this exact reason. Could it have been avoided? Sure. Did you make a poor judgement? Yes. Would I have made the same mistake on my Sprint? Probably. These bikes just beg and plead to just go,go,go. They handle so well it just begs you to test it's limits. I am 42 yrs old as well. I am not as young as I once was and don't heal nearly as quick. My kids are in high school and college so their dependence on me doesn't weigh as much as it use to when I ride. But I know this scenario could have happened to me on more than a few occasions. Now the XC is pretty spirited as well, but there are limits to what it will do.
    Glad your ok. I'm sure it gave you a lot to ponder.

    Brad
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  3. Rick G

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    Glad you are OK and will heal. Your bike can be replaced however your Kid's father can not. Learn from your mistake so that you will not repeat.

    I had an accident about 10 years ago making an aggressive merge onto an interstate and I walked away relatively unscathed and my bike was repaired. I learned a valuable and costly lesson. Just as I recently learned another costly and valuable lesson when I dropped my Bonnie on some gravel. I just hope that we are able to learn when these things happen instead of the grisly alternative.

    I am considering taking the experienced riders course this spring for a refresher and confidence booster.

    Good luck to you,

    Rick G
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  4. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    There must be a template for your accident. I think I have seen the same scenario here a bunch of times. Ride up on a slow moving car or cars, decide to pass only to find they were slow because they are turning left.

    Heal quickly!!!

    You can try riding like you are building your defense case. What would accident investigators find? Can you speed, pass on double yellow, do everything the Hurt report says causes accidents and not have an accident yourself? Not saying you did all that stuff just that when there is an accident they investigate, make their report and move on. It doesn't matter that you are a really good rider. Mistakes were made and a failure occurred.
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  5. JDK111

    JDK111 Been here awhile

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    IMO the big danger here isn't the multi cars - it's the approaches (accesses) on the left side of the road of the road you're traveling down. On secondary 2 lane roads, you have to be really cautious going past even a single car if there is ANY possibility of it can turn left..... especially if the blue hair driving it is driving 20% under the speed limit.
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  6. GeoAggie

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    Yes, agree. I did a quick scan before passing the first car and there were apparently no access roads. Sadly, the side road was dirt and the grass shoulders masked its presence. I didn't see it until on the ground looking back. . .

    I'm healing quickly but 5 more weeks until weight-bearing rehab!
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  7. reepicheep

    reepicheep Been here awhile

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    Had a fractured pelvis (bottom of it) as a result of "assault by corolla", so I can share my experience with that part of it.

    The prescription for it is more or less "sucks to be you". For the first month, it is "it REALLY sucks to be you". For the next month it is "sucks to be you". For the third month, it still sucks to be you, but it is SO much better than the previous two months that it feels like "good" in comparison.

    Tramadol is a "less narcotic" narcotic. But don't believe them when they tell you it isn't a narcotic. IHMO. Too late now, but avoid advil in the early stages of a break, it can interfere with healing.

    A year later, I could still feel it under particular circumstances. For the pelvis fracture, walking on it and moving it helps healing. The Ortho just said walk as much as you can tolerate the pain for physical therapy. Not sure if your hip fracture changes any of that.

    Now, maybe 18 months later, it still feel it when sitting on hard surfaces and when the weather changes (like today in fact). But it's an annoyance, not debilitating.
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  8. Cale_Kat

    Cale_Kat Been here awhile

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    I'd rather pass fast moving cars than slow moving cars. Slow moving cars have generally slowed for a reason.

    Hope you heal quickly and enjoy many safe rides in the future.
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  9. 2aRover

    2aRover Been here awhile

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    Man, I have to say, "Thanks for sharing." What you did is one of my intrinsic weaknesses.

    I have no self-control and know it, so I've always owned slow vehicles: '64 F250, Series Land Rovers--nothing that go like stink when I shower down on the loud pedal. The bike, though, man it really goes. The other problem is where it fits. I think to myself all the time when in slow traffic that I could fit between those two cars, or between that car and the median, or that I could make that pass. The reason I don't do it is because I continually read Face Plant. I know that I'm focusing on fitting between two cars, and not why the cars are going slowly, or that it's illegal, or just plain dumb. This forum continually keeps me reset.

    Glad you're going to be okay and, really, thanks for sharing. You may have saved my butt today. :clap
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  10. GeoAggie

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    You are very welcome, as I learned some valuable lessons too that I will remember from now on. I'm really looking forward to riding again, but 6 weeks in on the 12 week process. Of course the Oklahoma fall has been unusually warm and wonderful!

    Jeff
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  11. stripple

    stripple Runnin' Hard

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    Bit of an old thread, I just saw it while looking for K1600GT info. I'm glad you're ok, and I'm really glad that you posted this. These bikes go like stink and I know that I often get a bit impatient and use that power to get around slowpokes that I have little patience for...

    Your post is a good reality check that it can bite you in the ass sometimes. Thanks for the reminder. You never know who you might save by sharing your experiences.:wink:
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  12. GeoAggie

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    UPDATE - Went for my 12 week update and the Doctor has released me to walk without crutches and begin rehab. I'm very excited and anxious to regain strength and flexibility . . . . and of course ride. I took my ST1300 out for a quick 30 mile jaunt which felt both natural and a foreign at the same time. Hope this thread serves to remind people of not taking situations for granted. I made a series of poor decisions in sequence and paid the price. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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  13. rat110

    rat110 Has a Zombie House

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    Thanks for sharing your story, and I hope you make a full recovery quick!
    Its amazing what you learn from your mistakes, and how you can sometimes step aside from your 'normal' riding habits and do something dumb.
    I purchased a vfr800 a month or so back, and pulling out of a side street I decided to let her rip. Not something I would usually do. Well, the back tyre let go on some sand then gripped really fast, heaving the front wheel up, up and away. Having next to zero experience in the mono department I had no control.

    I ended up over the centre lines with a car coming towards me. I snapped the throttle shut and heaved the heavy bike over. We missed eachother. I shit my pants and all the "what if" questions were racing through my head.

    I left the bike in the shed for a few days, ad dhad a serious thinking session about what the fuck I was doing. Something out of charachter nearly killed me.
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  14. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I'm glad you are recovering and were not injured worse in your crash.

    Feels timely to me to read this thread today. On my ride this afternoon I got stuck behind a line of three cars driving from 40-45MPH in a 55 limit. I SO SO SO wanted to pass and had plenty of room and could see nobody coming and the VFR would have been by in an instant, etc.

    I forced myself to hang back because the vehicles were big pickup trucks behind an SUV. I could not see the lead SUV's tail or signal lights and I had nightmare flashes of the SUV turning left as soon as I executed the pass. No thanks!
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  15. CHAPIN

    CHAPIN Been here awhile

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    Not pedantic at all, in fact one of the best advice I've read regarding motorcycle safety.

    This most have probably could have prevented an accident I had. Probably the worst one for me mentally since I had my wife ridding pillion.
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  16. engineman

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    10 Yrs ago I wrecked a Suzuki on a cow and demolished my left arm. 14 fractures, nerve damage, plates, pins, yada yada yada. In all the excitement nobody noticed I also broke a chunk out of my hip socket. My wife remembers me complaining about it in the hospital but thanks to the morphine pump I don't remember anything. Long story short, the hip bothers me a lot more now than the arm ever does. May have to do surgery to pull out the bone fragments. In other words, make sure they fix it now.
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