Dirt riding nOOb

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  1. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    OK, I'm a dirt riding nOOb and I fall - a lot - but I am getting better. Trying to learn a new skill, especially a physical one, when you're old, fat and out of shape may not always go well. Saturday was one of those days :lol3 This weekend was the famous Orca Run on Vancouver Island - 140km of off pavement riding - everything from wide, smooth gravel logging roads to overgrown tracks through the forest. The organizers had warned us that it was harder than previous years, even the C route. This was my first time at the rally so I left the Wee at home and loaded up the WR250 instead. This was my 11th ride off-pavement on the WR :D

    One section was a rocky, fairly steep climb and the rock was pretty loose. I was going pretty well when I hit a big rock and went sideways. Down I went on the rocks and the bike fell on top of my leg. I was wearing knee and hip armour but I landed on the rocks on the outside of my knee and the handlebar hit just above the inside of my knee. It took me a few minutes to get up - it friggin' hurt! I was a the tail end of a small group and they were around a corner above me so no one saw me crash. Another friend came along a couple of minutes later and helped me pick up my bike and get mounted up. I said I'd hurt my knee and he said the lunch stop wasn't far and they could truck me out from there. No way, man! I did ride another 5 hours that day :D When I arrived back at camp my knee wouldn't really bend anymore and was swollen up to 3 or 4 times normal :eek1 Ibuprofen, ice and a couple of rusty nails made everything seem a lot rosier - thanks Derek and Lars :freaky

    Sunday I rode home (about an hour and a half). The knee still didn't want to bend so once I got my foot on the peg I just kept it there and used my other leg to hold the bike up when stopped :lol3 A trip to emergency confirmed nothing broken or torn. Today it looks pretty spectacular though.

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    I see better armour in my future :deal :D
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  2. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    holy crap cowgirl!

    what don't kill ya makes ya tougher!
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  3. selkirkswamper

    selkirkswamper hellbilly

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    hope your feeling better,

    similar thing happened to me yesterday (Sunday) I've recently purchased a honda xr650L to ride the dirt roads in the area and commute to work etc (I've been riding for 30 some years). Well not having ridden on the "trails" in the last 20 some years proved to be interesting, I was alone in a State Forest the front end washed out and off I went landed mostly on my knees but somehow slammed my left shoulder pretty hard into terra firma. A bit sore today the bike is OK (bent the handle bars I think), my left knee is kind of tweaked as well. Second the better riding gear.......
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  4. Migolito

    Migolito Adventurer

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    You say you were wearing "armor". What kind? Soft or Hard? If I was you, I'd invest in some real MC hard armor until you get a little more experience in the dirt.
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  5. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Yes, you're right - and it's already on the shopping list. I was wearing soft armour. It was supposed to be a "C" ride :lol3 I'll have to modify ATGATT to ATRGATT - All the RIGHT gear, all the time. A fellow on the ride had the Acerbis Evo knee guards - I'm leaning that way :D
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  6. Migolito

    Migolito Adventurer

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    Years ago I had a 3 wheeler Honda 185s. You know, those damn things that can kill you real quick! Anyway, I wore full height MC boots w/ hard shin protectors, Armored pants with hard thigh hip AND butt protectors. A full on chest and back protector, elbow and wrist protectors, etc. Yea, I looked like the Michelin Man. One day I was flying down a dirt road about 50 mph that literally disappeared into a washout. I remember thinkin 'oh shit' then I remember flipping over many times. I never lost consciousness. My Helmet was cracked (which explains a lot) and my vented clothing was shredded. I was bleeding all over from abrasions. But, nothing was broken. Except the Honda :(
    I ride AGATT on my Goldwing now probably because of my wreck 30 years ago. I admire your grit.
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  7. RZRob

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    Ouch, I hope you heal quickly. Take care of your knee. My wife recently fell on her CRF230L :cry. She's not big on wearing her safety gear, however she was fairly decked out at the time and although her boots, jacket, gloves and even purse got pretty roughed-up, she could've come out worse than she did.

    As it was, her knee was a bit scrapped and she suffered prolonged pain and swelling. Turns out she cracked her kneecap. She's been nursing it for 3 or 4 months at least. Moral of the story is, go get your knee checked out by a doctor. X-Rays, or MRI should be recommended.
    BTW, right after she fell, a passing truck ran the bike over. It didn't fare so well either. :tough

    RZ Rob

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  8. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Thanks Rob, I did go to emergency yesterday afternoon and the doctor gave me a thumbs up. Nothing broken, cracked or torn, just lots of swelling and bruising. It feels better this evening after a day on the couch although walking is a bit of an ordeal.
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  9. Husky Varmit

    Husky Varmit Been here awhile

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    When I saw that rocky section (looked like a downhill) that you took the picture standing at the top of - literally my first thought was 'Cindy is gonna eat it a few times on that ride.'

    Off road gear is a REALLY hard thing to find the correct point. Too much and you have the mobility of a medieval knight, too little and you end up being a walking scab. One of the beauties of riding off road is that very few crashes end up in mortality - you may be on crutches for a few weeks, but you are still breathing.

    You're on the right track (pun intended). Keep pushing that WR into places where you aren't comfortable, get a few more scrapes and bruises and in a little while the noobs will be asking you for advice. That is the law of the universe. We MUST learn enough to pass on some of it to those who come after us.
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  10. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Thanks! Last June I took a 1 day course on the V-Strom then did a 1,000km, 3 day rally. I rode with a couple of people from that ride this time and they commented on how much I had improved which made me feel pretty good. You know I'm going to keep pushing beyond my comfort level until I get proficient. Next year I want to be able to do the "B" loop :D
    Oh yeah, in addition to some new gear I'm going to switch that 17" front for a bigger wheel. I'm told that will help :lol3
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  11. UNO_RIDER

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    That's one nasty looking bruise. :eek1 Glad you're okay---for the most part.

    Seems to me that you'll need a bigger bike and/or upgrade your suspension for your next adventure. I'm not sure how much you weigh, but suspension will work wonders if you're heavier than the average raider. Trust me on this....suspension, with proper springs rate, valving and clicker setting will make all the difference in the world. Your bike will be able to absorb the bumps better and it make you a better rider, hands down. You'll have more confidence on the bike which will make you a faster rider....

    Mountain riding with rocks requires appropriate suspension set up. I have a KTM530EXC sprung for my weight and riding ability---mostly for desert. I took it on the rocks in the mountains on Sat and realized that I needed to adjust my clickers down to absorbe all the disjointed rocks.. Prior to the adjustment, I almost a had a few pucker moments.

    One of benefits of riding, it's great, fun exercise.

    Heal well.
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  12. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Thanks for the advice. I do need to get someone to show me how to set up my suspension for different conditions and loads.

    So does it look better today?

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  13. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Been here awhile

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    Ouch, must have been a good weekend for mishaps.

    Our tally was..

    One wrist in plaster but no bones broken.
    One knee ligament, slightly torn but it will come right.
    One badly bruised buttock, photo not child friendly.
    One back tweaked.

    And the bikes...
    One drownded to the handle bars
    One kick start snapped
    One chain wrapped around the front sprocket
    One "kill switch" break down...:evil
    Two fuel run outs
    One wheelie right off the back..

    Everybody is keen as mustard to do it again, all n00bs & loving it.
    Perverse hobby.
    Heal well!
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  14. Yukoner2

    Yukoner2 Been here awhile

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    I am used to Fall colours as being just before the leaves fall off the trees.
    Cowgirl, I hope you heal quick, if not and you are still those "wonderful" colours for D2D..... please do not wear shorts. That does look like it hurts.
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  15. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    Set back today. I must have had another bleed - in the course of about half an hour my leg went from looking OK to this

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    Back to emergency. The doctor is worried about a clot so I got a shot of anti-coagulant and I have to go for ultrasound tomorrow.
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  16. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    you are one tuff girl
    my wife came off a month ago no fun
    when your ready
    go and find a hill climb
    practice
    then comes confidence with competence
    take a friend to help and advise

    cheers
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  17. Cowgirl

    Cowgirl Cougar on the prowl

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    I'd hoped to get out this weekend but I think I'll give it a couple more days :lol3 I am still riding the Wee to work and for errands, oh and to emergency :D

    Lots more practice!
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  18. chasbo

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    That really looks nasty and painful Cowgirl! I hope you heal fast and get back on the dirt soon.:thumb
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  19. BikePilot

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    You should def get MX gear for off-road riding. It's cheap and extremely effective. For reference, I face-planted at ~65mpg in a rock garden in V2R and wasn't as banged up as you look to be. It also wouldn't hurt to get a dirt bike for learning to ride in the dirt-more fun and less painful than learning on a heavy dual sporter. My wife rocks a KX100 in the dirt, it's light, great performance and good fun (and not just for her :evil). It weighs half what your WR weighs with nearly the same power and the same suspension.

    good luck and have fun:clap
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  20. 2handedSpey

    2handedSpey bunned

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    Yikes, thats nasty looking.

    I hope you're well. When I first saw your injury, the first thing I thought was, internal bleeding,potential clot. Those can be nasty to the point of no return. Certainly atRgatt.

    I am somewhat of a dirt noob too on a big KLR. All my lay downs have been slow, flop offs. Learning in a controlled area with soft grass is definitely a preferred method.

    Are you now on Coumadin? Stay healthy. Don't let this be your last wipeout, if you know what I mean.

    Stay safe out there!
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