Hit a cow in Baja

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  1. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    September 10th 2012 we left Claremont headed for Cabo San Lucas. First night (Monday) got us to San Quintin and the Mission Hotel on the ocean. $38. We parked the bikes. (Colleen R1150GS) (James R1150Rockster). We had such a good time here we decided to stay another night (Tuesday). We didn't even move the bikes. Wednesday morning we rode to El Rosario and Mama Espinozas for breakfast and to gas up at the Pemex. Then we head south non stop to the next Pemex 205 miles, about 30 miles north of Guerro Negro. We were averaging 70 mph for 204 miles....I could see the Pemex sign a mile away, my gas light was on, it was about 4pm...I looked down, I looked around, I looked up and COW.....then bam! I didn't shut off the gas or touch the brake. GPS active log shows me at 66mph at point of impact, then 5mph for 33 feet. I went over the bars and then the bike followed me. Next thing I know I'm seeing blacktop/sky/blacktop/sky/blacktop/sky...maybe seven or ten times. Colleen was behind but was soon weaving betweem me and my tumbling bike. She said I was like a rag doll. Impact broke both my hands, and resulted in two casts. Landing resulted in torn arm and 11 stitches. A cop took me to the hospital in his PU truck. In Guerro Negro they have a decent ER and Xray machine. We spent the next three nights in Guerro Negro at a Motel waiting for transport. Our son insisted on making the 650 mile one way drive, and absolutley refused to let his Mother ride home on her own. Bike is totalled and we left it in Baja. Insurance coverage was liability only in Mexico, so it's a total loss in the real sense of the word!


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    Scroll down a few posts for more groovy pictures.Colleen was the Photog.
    Notice the 650 mile old wave rotors and a 650 mile tire...blahhhhh
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  2. Dirt_Boy

    Dirt_Boy Been here awhile

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    Hi James Greetings form Australia :clap I met Collen in 2009 at the BMW MOA Rally in West Bend Sorry to hear of such a shitty accident. I hope it all works out well Cheers :thumb
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  3. BeMeUp

    BeMeUp neverlost

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    Did you secure any steaks from the offending bovine? :deal Other than the parts that were surely turned to hamburger on impact. Good to hear your injuries are on the mend and were relativly minor considering a 65mph impact with a cow:eek1 Suck as it may, I think you faired rather well.
    Kudos to the son for taking charge and taking care!!! Heal well.

    M.O.
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  4. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Been here awhile

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    Absolutely SUCKS

    But its been said 100 times....it could have been 100 times worse

    heal quick!

    And about the bike....better it than you !
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  5. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I've got 52 pictures of the wIhole debacle, I'm trying to share them from Smugmug but not having much joy.

    If anyone has SUPER SIMPLE instructions it would be appreciated. I have the pics in a gallery already, I just can't figure out how to share them. I've done it twice before and each time it was different.
    PC using windows 7.
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  6. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    This is about two minutes after. I struggled across the road and down the ditch to find my bike. The nice lady was behind us at military stops. She is from Tijuana on her way to La Paz. She helped a lot. She escorted Colleen to the ER and did some interpreting and stayed around for hours. She was really worried for us.

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  7. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    On the road you can't see to the left is the rise I came over and saw a cow...bam! The hill is quite abrupt. The watering hole is on this side.

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  8. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    paralever torque arm. Touratech head guards. Pro Taper fat bars. Acerbis hand guards....I could go on...oh the misery.....

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    It's been over four months now. Hands are in Occupational Therapy. I'd say about 70% on the mend. just rode a bike for the first time last week, didn't have enough strength in my hands until now. Keep thinking about my poor bike. I had just finished customizing it to a GS look alike. New bags, tires, Fatbars and many farkles. The business end of releasing it from the tow yard was getting to our son, so we just left. We would have had to go all the way back to Loreto for a release and who knows what to pay? I have no idea how bad it is. It tumbled many times. I am sure there are serviceable salvage parts, but at 1300 miles round trip plus Police money, my tow money and etc. it's just not feasible. Plus I'm not about to have it in garage and take it apart. If anyone is going to the junction of the main road and Bahia de Los Angeles, that's where it is in the tow yard. If you wanna take my pink slip and go to Loreto and talk to the Chief you are welcome to do so. The cops were very nice and helpful with us, but our son was hot to trot. There are a few of things I could use. Perhaps I could split the bike with you if you bring it back. I have clear title in my name. There is no insurance claim in Mexico. I tried to claim from the cow owner, so the cop said it is an unbranded cow....of course. i wouldn't expect anything else. It's okay...I'm alive.
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  9. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Aaron's father-in-law, Jeff rode down with Aaron in Jeff's truck..... what really happened at the tow yard was...... We were all standing around waiting for the owner to show up..... this could have been one hour, or half of one day..... it is Mexico and that's how it goes...... While we were hanging and talking it over, a junk yard dog jumped up and took a chunk out of Jeff's calf!!!!! Jeff freaked, of course........ and said, "We've gotta get out of here" Neither Jeff, nor my Son Aaron are fans of Mexico....... So, we left........ still had a long ride to the border...... We cleaned out the wound as best we could and after getting back home, Jeff was in for a painful series of shots that went on for the next week or two....... :-(

    Another side-note......... I saw the bike up in the air and spinning and the front fork and tire spinning another direction and James tumbling to my right..... I was wondering if I was going to be hit by any of the flying motorcycle parts or if I was going to run over my husband......... I wove between the flying bike and James...... Got my bike parked as quickly as I could, all the while keeping an eye on James tumbling..... then he stopped and didn't move an inch........ O.M.G. ...... No! No! No! ...... I'm running towards him and then, he pops up!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Colleen:eek1
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  10. bajarider

    bajarider Been here awhile

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    Glad you're ok.

    Things in rural Mexico are too much diferent than any major city. Everything is slower than average.

    It got its pros and cons.

    The junk yard is located in Baja Cfa. State (north) and the Police headquarters (Federal de caminos) are in Loreto Baja Cfa. Sur.?

    So, you need to move from one place to the other to release the bike?

    I'm in Mexicali, so if you need something let me know.

    Carlos
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  11. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    :yikes Good grief James!

    I'm glad you're able to tell the story.

    Here's to a complete recovery. :freaky
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  12. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    First of all, glad you're healing.

    This is an amazing tale on a number of levels (road hazards, gear etc.), but most of all on how quickly things can take a turn while otherwise seeming serene.
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  13. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Makes me appreciate carrying MedJet Assist and leaves me wanting a MotoPort suit. Soon.

    Mostly just happy for James and Colleen that it went as well as it did. We all know of other outcomes.

    Buena suerte with the bike and paperwork.
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  14. miguelitro

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    I too find it strange that the accident happened i assume in Baja CA Norte as the first gas south of El Rosario is still north of the state line and the bike should have been towed to San Quintin where the national transit police impound yard is. However I do understand that with that section of baja vehicles end up being taken to which ever end is closer and will be dealt within that state. Insurance of course will know the location of the accident and all that and should have any issues with the jurisdictional mess.
    You are certainly lucky to have gotten out of that crash alive. The closest i have come to a cow in baja was sliding underneath it as i had to "lay 'er down" :deal:clap
    also, this being ADV rider remember that cows on the road are prevelent in every country south of the USA. Here in Ecuador they are on the road right in the middle of towns:lol3
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  15. slowoldguy

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    Including Texas. :D
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  16. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I'm from the UK. Cows and cow shit on all the back roads I used to ride on. I should know better. I beleive I was distracted by gas light/Pemex sign/204 miles/apathy/day dreaming/watching Colleen in my mirror.....whatever......COW BAM... that's all she wrote......it was probably 100 feet in front of me when I saw it and I was doing 66mph when I hit it (GPS verified).
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  17. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    Ouch, best of luck with the healing process...
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  18. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Well. You gotta better story. I hit a 30 pound fawn and dang near killed myself. Cow sounds much more manly.
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  19. freeflow

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    holy cow James...:eek1:eek1:eek1....ouch...!

    glad it worked out :thumb

    you could have just took the butcher's word for it.....:lol3
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  20. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    The folks up this way that I know who have hit cows looked (and smelled) much worse than your pics....those ruminants exploded all over them............Holy Shitsky Batman........

    Glad to see you were ATTGATT and mostly intact....
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