I am sure most of you know, if you wreck you bike on the road, it's going to cost a few hundreds to a few thousands dollars for an ambulance ride and a couple thousands for the ER visit. It's all good because more than likely your insurance company is going to pick up the tap. But when it comes to taking your 500lbs+ road bike off road, a compound fracture to your femur is going to be lot more likely and a lot more costly. I work on the ambulance and also the fire department. Recently I had a patient who's a local resident, took his 1200GS through a coal mine on a weekend. He wrecked his bike at high speed ("reportedly" 30mph+) and broke his leg along with hip and abdominal pain. I had to travel more than 30 mins to get to him and the hospital was over an hour and half away. Long story short, we had to call a helicopter for him, which by-the-way cost $20,000 for a helicopter ride and at least $10,000 for a trauma team at the ER. This patient's injuries looked serious enough to earn him a helicopter ride to the ER, but his injuries was not enough to earn him an overnight stay. His bike insurance denied coverage for his bike and medical bill because his policy doesn't cover off road uses. Thank god his medical insurance paid for the $20,000 helicopter ride but they denied his claim for the ER trauma treatment because he was discharge the same day. Hospital bills was over $10,000 because of the activation of the trauma team. A simple ride on the weekend costed him over $10,000 in medical bills and couple thousands to fix his bike. Please, if you do take your motorcycle off road: Check your health insurance and bike insurance coverage; pack a first aid kit, a simple SAM splint, bangages, and tourniquets may save your life and minimize a lot of pain and suffering; and most importantly ride within your physical and financial limit. Slow down! If you have a family to feed, a mortage to pay, and can't afford to skip work for a couple days, BE EXTRA CAREFUL. Finally, if you are that unlucky and get into an accident in the middle of nowhere, BE NICE TO THE PARAMEDIC and don't bitch about how long you have waited for help. We didn't force you to wander into the middle of nowhere and wreck your bike. Oh and we have the best narcotics for pain management, so be nice! haha Be safe out there!