Have you been injured riding a motorcycle (or not injured)?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by _CJ, Jan 4, 2013.

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Injured?

  1. Yes, transported by emergency personnel and I'll never be 100% again

  2. Yes, ended up going to the hospital after getting home, it was pretty serious, but I'm fine now

  3. Bumps, cuts, bruises, but nothing that required professional attention.

  4. Nope, never been hurt....knock on wood.

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  1. gfountain

    gfountain Been here awhile

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    I raced dirt bikes competitively, in enduros, for four or five years as a kid. Rode a road bike for a few years in my early twenties back and forth across the US. I got back on bikes in 2005 and ride regularly year round. Lots of bumps and bruises dumping dirt bikes. Nothing major. A few summers ago I attempted to take my 650 Dakar over Kingston Peak with a bunch of the yahoos that live on this site (yahoos much more capable than me). Fractured a couple of metatarsals in my right foot and a small fracture in my left arm. No big deal. I was off the bikes for a month or two.

    In 2002 I was sliding down a hill in a cardboard box at Copper Mountain. Broken back, damaged spinal cord, punctured lung, torn aorta, dislocated leg and severed nerve to my left vocal cord. Out of work for a year.

    My conclusion. Stay out of cardboard boxes and don’t ride where you don’t belong with this talented bunch of yahoos and you will be okay.
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  2. big_lv

    big_lv Long timer

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    There was one category for the poll that was missing... I got hurt, had to ride with the nice folks in the box truck with the feel-good juice, but I'll be fine when I'm healed (Or, worded for the poll... I got hurt, rode in the ambulance, and I had no lasting complications).

    I crashed, broke my collar bone, and once I'm done with PT, I'll be as close to 100% that it won't be worth noting the difference.

    Before that was just scrapes.
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  3. TheMuffinMan

    TheMuffinMan Forest Ranger Magnet

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    I say it's only an accident if you don't walk away from it. In that sense, I've had 2, the second one I was hopping and the bike was totaled; I only needed stitches so it's a grey area.

    First was bad, collapsed lung, broken ribs, ruptured spleen, and pretty much all abdominal organs were bruised and swelled up inside, flirted with renal failure, and had an aortic abnormality that the cardiologist and radiologist didn't know what the fuck was going on but it disappeared by the time I had my 60 day followup CT so that was good.

    I was in the hospital for 6 days and am back to normal now spleen and all.


    Marked the second poll option though.
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  4. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Gear is good. :deal

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  5. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    And RDR* riding is bad. Some of the worst injuries occur on the track. Keep those wheels on the ground. Want big air? Come pull my finger. :deal

    *RDR = Round D Round
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  6. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    I *REALLY* wish I had video, either helmet-cam or otherwise, of my snowmobile wreck a few years ago.

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  7. Merfman

    Merfman Trustin' my cape...

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    Exhibit A?
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  8. TooFast

    TooFast Long timer

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    There's a story behind every pic.....how bout saying what happened
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  9. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    You guys aren't filling me ( a noob) up with confidence...
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  10. mountain eagle

    mountain eagle terrorist

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    There are those that don't resonate with the idea that something can't be fun if there isn't at least an outside chance of dieing.




    I'm not one of them. :lol3
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  11. Bikenstitches

    Bikenstitches Been here awhile

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    I ride about 7000-10000 miles per year. One street accident in '81 my fault, broken knee. One street accident in '99, my fault low sided, scratches and bruises. One off-road in 2011, broken T5 spine, no surgury required. Still riding; it' completes me. :ricky
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  12. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    C'mon...49.04% have had nothing more severe than bumps and bruises. Less than 15% have had a serious incident from which they'll never totally recover (as previously mentioned, dead men don't post much though).

    It would be fun to further analyze the 51% who have been hurt, to see how many resulted from their own actions vs. actions of others, mechanicals, etc.
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  13. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Would also be interesting to see the break down of what and how you were riding. Were you racing, showing off for the "camera", or cruising on your Wing/RT or?
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  14. mountain eagle

    mountain eagle terrorist

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    I didn't bother to answer the poll as I don't feel any of the choices apply....

    so here are my MC related stuff.

    1. 1986, new to bikes on too much bike with minimal training..... broken thumb, compression fracture on T7. Didn't ride again until I was 27 and it was a damn good thing...... I don't imagine to have survived myself during that time period.

    2. 2001 - Newly returning to bikes. A series of bad choices. Poor line to avoid debris in off ramp, dusk, and mag cloride combined into a 35mph highside. Broken scapula (14 screws and some plumbers tape) further compression fractures T678, handful of ribs. Ride to the hospital with a short stay......

    3. 2002 - T-boned on a six lane highway - bruises. Minor tear of a meniscus. Took a ride just to not be stranded on the highway in Elisabeth NJ......

    4. 2004 - Caught out going way too fast in the canyons on a decreasing radius corner. Highside end over end twice. Kidney bruise. Rejected the Ambulance. Rode the wrecked bike another 50 miles.... :evil

    5. 2006? - riding with IronBrewer and overcommited into a hole. Skiers break of the thumb ligament. Rode home.

    6. 2008 - Way bad choice of drop off and bounce into a wiskey wrist in moab. Broken radius/ulna. ADVR rescue and delivered to ER

    Those are the mentionable...... Can't count the number of dirt get offs, winter slideouts and parking lot tip over type stuff.

    As for damage, I'm basically 100% strength and motion. There's other physical issues, but that's mostly from work (knees, feet), and some from climbing (wrists, hands). Basically never had road rash, or major head trauma. Get good gear and wear it..........
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  15. Myfuture_yourdebt

    Myfuture_yourdebt Banned

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    I am a rider who has never been injured by others despite 4 years and 30k miles of close calls mostly caused by others...but I've injured myself through my own actions at least a dozen times. These injuries have occurred on the street usually because I was being a hooligan but also a few offroad when I was going a too fast for the conditions. Thankfully the worst the injuries have ever been were scratches and bruises (the worst left me with a limp for a week, nothing too bad in all relativity) though I think I have lost a little bit of sensitivity around my knee caps. They along with my elbows have taken the brunt of the injuries given their vulnerability. Knee and elbow pads are your friends.

    I would say half of these incidents could have been prevented if stayed on the straight and narrow of motorcycling and never thought about hooliganism. The other half could have been prevented given the experience I have now...simple lessons learned like "Don't ride on ice" and "Don't slam on the front brakes on loose terrain"...whodathunk? Understand that I am a youngin' and still learn best through negative reinforcement.
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  16. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    :lol3
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  17. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Mountain, I have some bad news for you.

    After recuperating from an injury and reaching 100% again, it doesn't make sense that these injuries will come back to haunt you. Have you had old guys tell you that these injuries will revisit you in old age? Unfortunately, I'm coming to the conclusion that they were right. :cry
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  18. mountain eagle

    mountain eagle terrorist

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    Oh yeah, the wear and tear is noticeably here. Just happens that not much of my daily pain is from mc crashes. My feet and knees hurt often from work related ladders and kneeling. My wrists and hands/elbows have pain from work and old climbing stresses. It's all the soft tissue joint damage that is haunting. I'll take broken bones over soft tissue damage every time. :nod
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  19. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Put 40,000 miles on three bikes, about 50-50 on and offroad. This is my only boo boo that required medical attention:
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  20. ultrachrome

    ultrachrome Poser

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    Started on dirt bikes (racing / trail riding) when I was 30. Numerous get-offs, always wearing full gear. Nothing broken, only bruises and minor scrapes.

    Did that for 3-4 years, kind of tapered off after meeting my wife to be. Her parents were street riders so I eventually got bitten by the bug and bought my first street bike in 2007. In 2009, I started commuting daily, rain or shine, ATGATT.

    I've accumulated around 40k miles without accident or injury to myself or the bike. Well, there was that one time my bike idled off its kickstand and cracked a turn signal, but I was no where near it!

    I think the dirt riding experience is a key component of my accident free status as well as some advanced rider courses. I also ride with a healthy dose of fear. Fear of unknown hazards and fear of complacency. I always critique my riding and think about what I should and shouldn't have done.