Just an easy get off in the woods, maybe I’m getting too old for this.

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by MizzouRider, May 16, 2018.

  1. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Riding a few weeks ago with friends (many are older than I am) down in southern MO. Going through a wooded area on a relatively easy two track. Lots of rain the day before I hit some wet leaves on a little ledge and was on the ground so fast I didn’t react. Everyone else had taken the right track, I was in the left. Went down on my right side, as the front washed out to the left. Not all soft leaves to land on. One Big almost submerged rock abut the shape and size of a basketball. Hit it square with my knee. Wearing KLIM Traverse pants, the knee pads protected well. Just small abrasion on knee, no structural damage. The problem occurred when the bike (KTM 690R) came down on my thigh, and knee. Right on the inner thigh, leather layer of the pants. The bike gripped the skin well enough it pulled a section of skin loose. A fairly large section of skin. It all stayed in tact, meaning no bleeding or open wound. Result is Morel Lavallée Lesion.
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    I ended up having surgery yesterday. Should heal completely and quickly. Saw two orthopedic surgeons. One said wait it out it will reabsorb. The other wrote a paper for Washington Univ Med School on ML Lesion, and said it was too big to reabsorb and needed drained and the layers sutured back together. I was in constant ridiculous pain, so I opted for surgery.
    Add this to a screwed up ankle from a get off down in Big Bend NP, that broke my fibula in four places, and is now so unstable it needs surgery, I’m just thinking I don’t have the skills, conditioning, or concentration to keep doing this. I love it, I’ve ridden thousands and thousands of miles all over the country. But I’m almost 64. Everyone looks at me like “you were doing what?” When I explain what happened. Time to take up golf, and fishing.. I hope not, but these recoveries take up too much time. I’ve had too many friends die from heart disease and cancer. I don’t like sitting around, waiting..
    May put the 690 in the flea market and just ride the big bike. (Slow and easy, when off the black top) not so slow everywhere else..
    Just a weird result, this Morel Lavallee Lesion (google it). If you get one, get a second opinion. I just had surgery yesterday, but I’m not in as much pain already today..
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  2. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    Oh.....................that is nasty.
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  3. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    Too old?
    I'll be 59 in a couple of weeks. Still ripping it up in the woods, and on the pavement. But.............it does hurt for longer when it happens now. I'm just too stupid to stop.

    Good luck with healing up, and get back on the bike ASAP!

    Ride On!
    Chris
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  4. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    I don’t think I will quit riding. I’m not sure. I’m getting tired of banging myself up though.


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  5. ozmoses

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    Smaller bike? Skydiving?
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  6. foxtrapper

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    Well, might want to consider better protection and maybe rethinking the conditions you ride under and how hard.

    Strap on knee pads probably would have helped. I don't wear them often myself, but I do when out in the dirt and especially on rocks.

    Riding on wet dirt and rocks and leaves...btdt, not so interested in it these days. It's darn hard, tiring, and the pleasure to pain ratio isn't skewed well imo.

    I've friends who can ride far faster than me. One of my worse decisions is when I try to keep up. Many times I can. When I can't, it sometimes goes spectacularly wrong. I don't think I've ever had to go spectacularly wrong in a way I thought was wonderful in the end.
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  7. flei

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    ouch.
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  8. Nurse Ratched

    Nurse Ratched Been here awhile

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    I can relate. I suffer the same dilemma. But I have no answers.
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  9. AlwaysSearching

    AlwaysSearching Been here awhile

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    I had a KLR for about 9 months. I was constantly dropping it when off road due to the weight. Once it got off center it was going down. A heavy motorcycle is the last thing you want when off road. If it falls on you it can do serious damage, and off road conditions increase the chances of that happening by a large probability. I got rid of the KLR because after 2 calls for rescue I realized it was too risky for riding in isolated terrain. If you want to enjoy the back country you need a suitable lightweight machine. That probably requires hauling the bike to some point close to where you want to explore. While riding on the highway to your objective can be exhilarating, there are many downsides. I don't mind riding home in a safe comfortable vehicle after a hard day of riding.
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  10. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    64? Spring chicken. At 310 pounds, that is a heavy offroad bike. My frequent and fave offroader is a 175 pound Hodaka. I've fallen, slid and bounced with the bike but have avoided injury (touch wood).
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    Possible solution: Offroad sidecar. I only rolled this bitch once.
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  13. MizzouRider

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    Most of the injury is pretty far above the knee. Not sure strap on knee pads would have made much difference. Kind of a fluke that the edge of the plastic, covering where a gas tank would normally be on the 690R, doug in just enough to pull all the tissue off the muscle (at the fat layer).
    I’m thinking about a smaller/lighter bike, but I’m 6’5” 240. I’m not sure a WR 250 would allow me to keep up with the guys I ride with. Just slowing down, and being a lot more careful will help. Ha! Who wants to do that?
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  14. redneckK20

    redneckK20 Been here awhile

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    What about a 350 or 500 exc? Decent amount lighter than the 690 and with even better off-road chops, although a little more maintenance intense. Definitely easier to kick off of yourself.
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  15. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    I agree. Been looking at them. I think I’ll see what I can get for the 690 ($), and then see if I want to keep riding this stuff.
    Thx
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  16. Little Bike

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    I was going to suggest the 350 exc too, I have one and a 690. The 690 is my two track camping bike, the 350 is for the kind of stuff you were riding. Hope your leg heals quickly.
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  18. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    That’s a pretty impressive brace. Are you using one? Might even come up high enough to prevent what happened to my knee. I didn’t check price, but I imagine it would be less expensive than switching bikes..
    Thx
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  19. laurient

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    Switching bikes might increase stability and reduce down time ?
    Light bikes are fun .
    Only when you are dead are you too old before that you are living .
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  20. tallnbig68

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    I am much bigger and taller than you (6'8", 390 pounds)..Had thought of returning to motorcycling after 11 years of ongoing Lupus, major cancer and then chemo and most recently Celulitus in my left leg. Problem, no machine comfortable enough to use. My height is in the bones from my knee downward, over 28 inches in length, result my knees are often higher than the handlebars on all machines. It is not going to happen; too many complications especially at my age of 72.
    Yet in your case a physically lighter machine may well suffice.
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