Crashed the KLR and fractured my ankle.

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  1. jacob_ns

    jacob_ns advklr.ca

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    I had a one off opportunity to work in a different place that happened to be quicker to get to if I took some trails instead of the tarmac, so obviously I took it.

    On the return ride in the afternoon I washed out the front end at about 50km/h. I laid next to the bike for about 10 minutes contemplating life and coming to terms with the fact I might have broken my leg. I finally reached for my phone, knowing full well I had no service, and ended up recording this video although at the time I'm not sure why.

    I ended up self-recovering and riding out the 5km to the tarmac.

    Here's the video!

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  2. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    I hurt just watching! The terrain does not look that difficult
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  3. FredBGG

    FredBGG Long timer

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    :thumb:thumb Two thumbs up!

    I hit a deer at about 60mph hitting a deer and got on the bike and rode home. Welcome to the "Crash and Ride Home Club"

    Glad your "almost" OK!
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  4. jacob_ns

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    The drop happened about 15 feet back, this is where the bike and I ended up.

    That said, it's not particularly hard. I was going too fast down the hill and came too hard on the front brakes into the turn.

    Oh, and two weeks into the injury I've discovered that opiates are no joke. I had a prescription for 20 Percocets that ran out two days ago. They were awesome, but talk about withdrawals! There's a good reason I'm awake and posting at 3am instead of sleeping. I now understand why many opiate addictions begin with prescribed pills.
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  5. Mayomoto

    Mayomoto Ultralurker perman00b

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    Holy crap man, welcome to the tough guy club. Amazing what the body is capable of when you are in a bad spot.
    I wanted to crawl through the screen and help you pick that pig up. Hope its healing well.
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  6. LostInPA

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    Sorry you got hurt man. Glad you made it out ok.

    Time to get that Spot or InReach. I bring mine even when cruising the country roads. I could go in a ditch and nobody might see me.
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  7. TorontoDude

    TorontoDude Been here awhile

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    no milk crate? please
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  8. jacob_ns

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    I'd been back and forth about buying one, it sealed the deal for me.

    I had one on the bike for a rally this fall and used it when a teammate broke his leg. They're good pieces of equipment.
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  9. BigGuy

    BigGuy Been here awhile

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    What is the prognoses on your ankle, did you get a cast? Surgery needed?

    Hope you heal completely and quickly, you are one tough MOFO
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  10. ACR

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    People from the east don't need to apologize for swearing, it's part of the culture! Glad you were able to recover and ride out of the woods. You look tall, I imagine that helped with hoisting the bike.

    Your limping brought me back to the day I fractured my ankle. After the cast and week of recovery, it was declared I could ride the bicycle around without much trouble. Once that was mastered, it was onto the Honda CT 70 trail bike. I would use the back of the cast around the achilles tendon to up shift, eventually creating a nice groove for the shifter. Each checkup at the doctors would have them adding more to the cast, scratching their heads as to why this specific area was so worn. No idea doc, it just happens!

    Take care, think positive, and heal quick.

    PS - A length of coated copper wire works wonders to relieve the hard to reach itches within the cast. I used to stow it in the cast and take it everywhere. Just don't smell the wire, ever.
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  11. Chief Orman

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    What kind of boots were you wearing?

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  12. Chief Orman

    Chief Orman Been here awhile

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    Poison

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  13. jacob_ns

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    I wasn't wearing my Thor MX boots, I was wearing my steel toe issued combat boots.
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  14. jacob_ns

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    I had a CT scan two days ago which confirmed I have a fractured Talus in my ankle, non-displaced. I have to wear an aircast for the next 4 weeks at least, but I can walk with that cast on which is nice.

    Apparently, the Talus is the worst bone to damage because it's the bone that transfers motion from your leg to foot, and is always in motion. Typically damage to this bone results in loss of full range of motion in the ankle.
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  15. Chief Orman

    Chief Orman Been here awhile

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    Bummer

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  16. 2-Wheel Tunes

    2-Wheel Tunes Still Stickered

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    I feel your pain, brother.
    I am on week 5 after a similar come-off at a much slower speed; landed wrong and fractured the right distal fibula.
    Hope you recover quickly.
    The worst part isn't even the pain, it's not being able to ride. :becca
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  17. gaff

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    So sorry for your fall. You must have an incredible tolerance for pain. Heal fast.
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  18. aicram22

    aicram22 Ride Everyday

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    Sorry dude that was a pretty lame scene. You either need to toughen up or move down to a bike you can handle. Hope you heal up quick and rethink what you doing out there.
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  19. shinyribs

    shinyribs doesn't care

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    Bullshit. Just because there's no blood or body parts pointing the wrong way doesn't mean his body is not broken.

    I hopped of my backhoe last summer ( like an idiot) and broke my ankle the same way he broke his. I got a little queasy remembering the pain just watching him hop around in the video. Looked like he was on the verge of going in to shock at any moment. I'm damn glad I didn't need to lift a a packed up KLR that day. Lifting a KLR isn't all that easy with two healthy ankles, having a broken one just makes it that much harder. Adrenaline is a wonderful thing. I've broken lots of bones and ankles are the worst pain by a long shot, IMO.

    Jacob, hope you heal up fast and straight, bro. Take care of that ankle now so it heals up good for later. Don't rush to get back in to the game right now, only to create a permanent injury that haunts the rest of your riding/walking days.

    Side note, I've been thinking of turning my kick-only XR in to my daily and unloading my own KLR. But this is a good argument for e-start if I've ever seen one.
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  20. cjmadura

    cjmadura Been here awhile

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    Sorry for your injury. I've made the same mistake - too much speed, not enough traction. I applaud your grit in getting out of there on your own, and hope you heal well. It's amazing how much a broken bone incapacitates you. Not surprising, as our bones make everything we do possible but still it's a shock to the system. The KLR is not an easy bike to pick up either. I sold mine for a 1200GSA, and believe it or not, it's easier to pick up thanks to the low CoG and greater "resting" angle. Get that ankle healed and wear that gear if you're going into the wild - no matter how cumbersome. I learned my lesson a few years back on a Tiger 955.
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