Retired-N-Roaming is my moniker and I was living the life Until about 8:45am on June 26th when a cager turned left in front of me and I spent the next 15 days in the Mercy San Juan Medical Center trauma unit 6 days in ICU and the rest in a ward. Witnesses an off-duty county Sheriff and others said that I impacted the car at a speed between 40 and 50 MPH and the impact flung me over the bike and car, through the air for 40-50 feet before I landed and continued on the ground. Me? I remember zero about the crash. Luckily, my worst injury is an Open Book Pelvic Fracture - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelvic_fracture#Open_book_fracture Other injuries include a fractured right wrist, three fractured ribs, a fractured left scapula and some road rash on my shins. My left testicle was also forced into my abdomen by the impact. And no, after ~18 days I still have no feeling down there. I was wearing my Schuberth C3 - http://www.schuberth.com/en/motorcycle/c3.html - and I had zero head injuries, although I am told I was unconscious for several minutes immediately after the impact. The helmet is of course destroyed, but it did its job and kept my head off the pavement. We'll see if there are any delayed onset injuries, but the point is the helmet did its job. I also had on my Olympia three season jacket all liners out but with the back and elbow protection in and I had zero upper body rash. I had debated whether to wear my Olympia pants that morning or not and decided against it because it was supposed to be 95º plus later in the day. I opted for jeans and thus sustained the road rash on my shins deep enough for staples to hold the gashed edges together. I was also wearing my Sidi boots and sustained zero foot or ankle injuries. I also had on my Olympia three season gloves so there was zero rash on my hands. Yes, I know that luck played a major part in my lack of other injuries, but having the gear on also played a positive part. Frankly, other than having the screws and external fixtures on my pelvis that precludes me from walking or being comfortable sitting in the wheelchair, the most bothersome injury is the fractured wrist as it is my dominant hand and doing anything from peeing in the jug to eating with a fork is now a PINA with my left hand. Lessons learned simple. Always expect the unexpected. A regular 2-lane road with normal Wednesday morning traffic who would have thought that an illegal u-turn by the cager would have happened where it did? Im told they said that they did not see me because of the sun being in their eyes. Too bad that excuse is not verified by the facts the sun wasnt within 45º right or left of being in their eyes. Itll be interesting to see their subpoenaed cell phone records. So now I am in the convalescence phase sitting in the wheelchair with a totally numb ass and right leg. Sleeping in a hospital style bed. Eating pain pills like candy. Desperately wanting to take a crap without laxatives. (Look up the side-effects of narcotic pain killers.) and waiting for the 6-8 weeks it will be before the external fixtures will be removed from my then (hopefully) fully knitted pelvis. Oh, Ill be left with two screws and a rod permanently installed in the pelvis. I cant wait to fly again to see if the detectors are set off. :huh Once Ive re-learned to walk and I have my former strength back Ill make a decision as to whether to ride again or not. But that decision point is still months away. IF I do resume riding, itll be AGATT screw how hot it will be later in the day. And Ill make the front of the bike into a bright light display to help ensure that the on-coming cager has zero excuse for I did not see him. Its said that a smart person learns from their mistakes. And a wise person learns from the mistakes of others. Be a wise person for your and your familys sake. Oh, the 1150GS? Totaled! .