inopportune meeting with a Buick

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  1. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    Right away-- I will be okay and this is not a f'ed up story.

    Little less than a week ago, I was riding some back roads after work, sort of close to rush hour traffic. I got off the back roads to get some gas and start heading back on regular highway for awhile, 4 lane, kinda through the country side. I wasn't speeding or anything, I've been already on a bike for awhile and was just cruising along.

    You know, nice day and hilly roads..well, driver was not paying attention and rolled through the stop sign over the highway with intention to merge going in the opposite direction on the highway. Worst possible spot, too, because I was just starting to come down hill. When I saw him roll out I was in the right lane. In those split moments one thing I remember is seeing in the car his head turned the other way..oddly, I remember the back of his head. I had to make a judgement call quickly and I decided to swerve...HARD.
    I swerved left and tried to go around him quickly, hoping he may notice me. Other option would be to hit him square in drivers side passenger door. I almost had it but he really was not paying attention, and actually gassed it..at the point he hit me and I felt lots of instant sensation in my right leg and the bike being airborne. I basically ricocheted into oncoming traffic in an instant. Here is where one hopes years of riding will come through, and for some fortune. The car in front of me slammed brakes and I, somehow, regained control enough to stay up. I landed the short jump and after seeing oncoming traffic (or hearing screech) I swerved back into my side of the highway and went into a curb/front lawn of a neighboring house. Still don't know how did I stay up.
    I wrecked there, a lot gentler and slower, and looked to see if the guy stopped, he did.
    I think I did have a choice to kit him square broad side, rather than him hitting me broad side, but opted to go around. Maybe I hoped last moment he would look and if he just touched brakes, I would have slipped by.

    Just a day before I raced off road and finished class 2nd. I took it little more seriously and was starting to have some good fun.

    People ran out of the house, ER came, surgery to repair my ankle followed and now I am back home. Next day or two were tough, but I am on the mend now. Overall banged up and sore but in the healing phase. Broken ankle (med malleous) and I have a little but nagging shoulder pain in my delt, too. Surgery was not long there after and it was screwed back together.

    These days the game is a mental one. I cannot put my leg down from elevation for a moment without it feeling like it will explode. Prior my ankles were great. Hope they will be again but this recovery is brutal. Major lifestyle change. I am a busy person and this much bed time is hard. And the season is over for me.
    Looks like my battle to have my job let me work from home will be successful. There is only so much Ellen I can watch.

    I was on a new(ish) to me Duc 1200 MTS and the bike was awesome..I am sure it helped. I don't think I would have swerved that hard on a Harley. Guy does not have a pot to piss in but had insurance, and his insurance is taking all responsibility. However, it happened in one of no-fault states, so I have been paying all my medical co pays..but I can make a claim against those.
    They asked me to take the bike to a dealer for estimates, it may not be a total, not sure. I can see bent subframe and pegs driven into the exhaust, front seems fine.

    After researching ankle injuries, at least I have a better story to tell than I was drunk and the there was a missed step.
    Oh, and I had all the gear on, including boots, though lighter, ankle high type.

    Ride safe and have fun! (and tell me this ankle break is nothing!) Looking forward to graduating to knee scooter and crutches.
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  2. Just A Number

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    Having suffered a very bad ankle break with some additional trauma to the joint I recommend the following.
    1) Get some toe spreaders like correct toes or those things women use to separate their toes for nail painting. I had no feeling in the bottom of my foot for years after my break...until I went barefoot and started spreading the metatarsals. Feeling is back and I could have avoided that by knowing how tight all that crap gets over months of being wrapped up in a cast and then a boot.

    2) PT, research the Physical Therapy place you go to. The first one I went to sucked so hard they caused additional complications and repetition injury to my ankle and leg. Switched to one associated with a local hospital...night and day better. Stretch a lot! Do all the ankle rotation and bands you can stand and then do them some more.

    3) Intermuscluar needling aka Dry Needling. Do this! It's like voodoo for unknotting all the screwed up muscles in your leg and ankle.

    4) I did the work from home thing too...that's a sanity saver. I also could not put my foot below my hip or it would turn purple and was agony (slight vascular damage which takes longer to heal) One chair with a table, phone and computer was my "office" I went there the same time I would go to work and at the end of the day moved to the couch and was therefore off work. Having a routine is vital.

    5) Hang in there, it will heal just do you best to heal well. Take Calcium!
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  3. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    Interesting story, I'm glad it wasn't more serious. As far as the ankle is concerned......every break is different for each person. I shattered my right ankle and compound fracture to my tib and fib, that was in '92. I started riding again in '06 not due to injury but just got the bug again. I hope it all works out for you and if any part of your frame is bent it will be totaled I suspect.
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  4. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    +1 on the knee scooter... It really a changes your quality of life while in recovery.

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  5. brewski83

    brewski83 Mud Hunter

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    +2 on the knee scooter. I am 3 weeks post ankle surgery due to a motorcycle crash and can say that scooter will change your life! You are so right about the mental game this becomes. I have been given the clear to start moving my ankle to re-gain range of motion. I'm slowly getting it back but it's very hard to make that bad boy move after trying to NOT move it for several weeks. Good luck on the healing and know you're not in this alone!

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  6. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Go to mybrokenleg.com

    Lots of good advice and people to commiserate with, made my down time a lot easier (and saved my doctor from a lot of questions. :lol3)
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  7. LostInPA

    LostInPA Professional American

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    Wow. Glad you are still with us.
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  8. NJ-Brett

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    Glad it was not worse!
    Sounds like it could have been a lot worse.
    I broke my ankle by missing the last step going down my basement with something in my hands.
    Got the boot and rode (street) with it on after the swelling went down.
    My break was no big deal, and I can not even tell which one I broke now, maybe you will get to the same point.

    After a bad dirt crash when I was laid up for months, I hung out here and got my motorcycle fix, and planned on what my next bikes were going to be.
    Daytime TV will rot your brain.
    (night time TV is just as bad)

    You may be amazed how quickly you heal....
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  9. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    Wow, I thought in my down time I found out all those sites there are, but I was wrong! Very good and informative site, thanks for letting me know.

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  10. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    Thanks, man. Out of all the ways one can screw up their ankle, I lit to believe mine is the best. Most people have all this twisting movement, multiple fractures, etc..I got direct impact to a foot on the peg, one bone snapped clean. Right now, I am just working on swelling but soon enough I will get my boot, too. Don't know about riding with it (however tempting) because I will be non weight bearing for a while longer, but driving...well, it is my right, but I can see my fuse getting really short in about couple weeks in that regard.






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  11. NJ-Brett

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    Crap, you do not need the back brake anyway.
    I had my 69 Daytona at the time, right side shift, it was my right foot, but I could catch the shifter with the heel part and upshift ok.
    My wife gave me a hard time about riding with it, but I was NOT going to be off work and not riding!
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  12. rudyunknown

    rudyunknown Been here awhile

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    Yikes dude....can help but cringe....seems like the more u ride on the street the more dangerous it is....no wonder i ride more offroad than on road now days.....
    Hopefully u heal fast...now that ur in one location, i might just come over ur house and do a day of work from home with u :)
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  13. Monsignore

    Monsignore Plunger Boy

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    I broke my left leg 19 years ago. I stepped (jaywalked) in front of a Toyota that was blocked from my view by a telephone pole. Open tibia fracture. Still have the titanium rod in there, and half of the two surgical screws in the foot-end (they broke inside my leg from walking?). Anywho, that was February. A year later I was one of the best Lindy Hoppers in town. My PT? I had a walking boot, no cast. You'll be fine. Catch up on your reading, all those books you've been putting off.
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  14. YAHBO

    YAHBO Grip and rip since 1983

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    No doubt your off roading skills saved your bacon, pal. So many things on two wheels require overriding your survival instinct and make inputs/decisions that are hopefully ingrained. Not chopping the throttle, staying on the gas, countersteering instead of just hammering the brakes...etc. If anyone can bounce off a Buick and be OK, it's you! I was browsing Face Plant trying to summon up the courage to write about my other good pal but I think this little note will suffice.
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  15. YAHBO

    YAHBO Grip and rip since 1983

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    Oh yea...HOW'S THE BIKE???
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  16. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    and you can improve the suspension with aftermarket shocks, put a beefier skid pan on it, heat the seat and don't forget ATGATT
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  17. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    Man, that thing is straight up dangerous. It is for open floor plan office spaces, that is it. I like it, but it is very unstable and those little wheels get knocked around by a toothpick. Crutches are bad ass. More work but they go just about anywhere at the good clip; on the scooter I went over the bars once already.

    ATGATT, for sure.


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  18. BmoreBandit

    BmoreBandit nomo B

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    I wish bike was worse and I was better. Estimate came back, apparently barely any damage at all occurs when the machine does not hit the pavement. Bent subframe, rear passanger peg torn off and put through the middle of Termi slip on, tweaked brake peg, plastic scratches by the passenger seat, and that's like it. Bent rear brake lever. Frame slider, too-- oddly it did help as it looks scratched up, also without it being down, so it must have made a contact as well.

    All in all, under 3k, almost like 2-something. Some Duc parts are actually not as expansive as one would think.

    My next thing should be trials because I do some much balancing now, I will be like a cat when this is all said and done.

    I don't even know what to say or think with your buddy's accident. Wear gear, have a safe bike, be in your limits? It's sad and so random.



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  19. IndigoSouthpaw

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    How the heck is it only 3k? The Termi slip-on should be a good grand by itself.
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