My turn, KLR and a shattered ankle

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by 2handedSpey, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    How old are you?
    I found out the hard way riding heavy tall bikes in the dirt is not a great idea after your bones get brittle with age.

    Some injuries can really impact your ability to sit on or ride a bike for long.
    I did break my ankle, but it does not bother me. Broke my toe, that bothers me walking, broke ribs, no problem after the heal, broke the scapula and clavicle and they bother me a bit, broke my back and that sucks big time.
    I have not broken my leg or arm, so don't know how they heal up.
    I think things get worse with hardware.

    A friend fell off a roof working and broke almost everything, face, both legs badly, one arm, wrist, he is a real mess...
    Not sure he is going to ride again...
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  2. Eyes Shut

    Eyes Shut See no evil

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    Yay indeed! :clap

    If you are starting limited weight bearing, then walking should not be far behind. I started with PWB in mid-March, and was walking without assistance (no crutches or cane) about 5 weeks later.

    You will probably also see more bone regeneration as you start weight bearing.

    Yes, post pictures. You know that we love them! :lol3
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  3. _Davi_

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    Well, I don't use GPS (I grab my Android at a stop if I desperately need some details), but tank bags have had map pockets since well forever. I do find myself putting one finger on my location while driving and flicking back and forth as I drive... it aint just gps is my point. And I shouldn't be so stupid anymore! :D
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  4. Greg MacD

    Greg MacD Been here awhile

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    Wow, sorry to hear about your ankle:

    I just started riding a Dual Sport and I bought a $200 pair of boots on the recommendation of a few fellow riders on another forum, after being down a few times now, and reading your post I fully understand the importance of buying good gear.

    Like myself, I hope that someone else reads this and also buys some good equipment, although your accident is most unfortunate if someone can prevent a similar injury this post would be worth your posting it.

    Hope you get well soon and back on the bike!

    Mac
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  5. wvboy

    wvboy Been here awhile

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    My scars are similar from an ATV incident, I'll post pics if I can find them.
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  6. 2handedSpey

    2handedSpey bunned

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    Much to the chagrin of my wife, co-workers & doctors, I rode the KLR in to work today. It's been exactly 90 days since my graphic icky shattered ankle. Numerous screws, rods, plates & bolts.

    I had the three month xray yesterday & the doc reported the bones are accepting the metal, no screws have backed-out, bones are grafting and getting bigger/stronger, the muscles, tendons & ligaments which were warped are starting to get back into the swing of things.
    So, I decided last minute to gear-up (ATGATT for me) and take the KLR in for a ride.

    I have to admit, it wasn't that fun. I kept "flash backing" to seeing my foot under the saddle bag and the phanotm pain/images kept kind of sliding back in my mind. The KLR felt unnaturally heavy(er) & bulky (er), have I gotten weaker the last 3 months? Yes, I certainly have. While going around a rotunda round-a-bout, I tried to slide my left leg out just to see if I could so it, I did it. But, very reluctantly.

    At one point, I had to verbally tell myself to :"wake up" as I was riding in a complete coma, if you will. I was completely blanked out as if I were watching a TV screen in front of me. When I realized I was going around a slow sweeper at 35 MPH. I was like "Jeeez, wake up dude. You're riding the motorcycle again." Weird... I felt like Ricky Bobby from Talledega Nights. I am not sure what to make of it. But, I didn't quit. So, to force myself to "get over it" i decided to see some new building sites they are putting up near here. I thought exploring and discovering new areas while riding a dual sport on a sunny October morning would help. Not sure quite yet. I rode past a few dirt roads, construction truck trails and gravel roads but cringed at the thought of going down them. I just kept thinking I 'd dump the bike. There's no way in hell I could pick up the heavy KLR with one gimpy leg. I'd just set it on fire & call my insurance guy (<<<<---------this is a joke btw)

    My foot still hurts obviously. At one point I just thought, screw the KLR, it's too heavy. Buy a Yam250 or KTM dual sport. But, given todays economic woes, do I really want to buy & outfit another bike? Meh, probably not. I love this big fat KLR too much anyway.


    I have been riding for a little over 30 years. Plenty of experience & wipeouts. But, nothing has ever been as odd/strange as this shattered leg incident. I feel for diesel & the other recently crashed folks on faceplant & hope they recover quickly.
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  7. Eyes Shut

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    Glad to hear that you are healing up nicely. :clap

    I was back on my bicycle ( my injury was due to a crash on the bicycle) about 4 1/2 months after the accident and I kept having visions of crashing and hurting my leg again, too. I still have them but they are getting less so over time. So give yourself time, keep riding, don't push yourself, and hopefully the flashbacks will fade. It's only been about 3 months since your accident. Things do get better!

    And keep up with your PT!
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  8. NJ-Brett

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    Glad you are back on the bike again.
    After I got out of the hospital and healed up enough to sit a bike (2 months I think) I went to my friends house who picked up the bike after my crash and rode it to my house, doing wheelies (dr650 with pumper carb).
    After 2 months it was so great to get back on the bike, even with the pain.
    I did NOT dirt ride it though, I waited till I got a tw200!

    Even without crashing and getting all busted up, I don't think I would ride a klr in the dirt.
    Hard dirt road maybe, but not in the dirt...not at my age...
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  9. Nacho911

    Nacho911 Been here awhile

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    I've been on ADV for years. I look at most of this site, including Faceplant. I relate to so many more of you now after a few weeks ago I planted on the dirt. Dislocated my big toe, fractured 3 bones in my foot, and broke the collarbone into three pieces. All i heard was a skid, then i was an inch from hitting the ground. i rode that bitch in hard. I did not react by letting go of the bars, lift my leg, nothing. So fast i did not process anything, except skid, bang. Washed out the front? All these stories have a different meaning to me now. I thought they did before, as a Paramedic Fire Fighter I could relate, but now I'm on the other side. It's an interesting feeling you get going from a joyous ride to the horror of "WTF just happened" and "how the fuck do I get out of here".
    My brain is programmed for Emergencies, so I took stock, used my Spot Connect. Texted my injuries, and what I needed. Worst part was thinking I punctured my lung. Thinking of how the Leatherman blade would feel opening my chest to place the broken tire pressure gauge into the hole. LOL. The one thing I did right was bringing extra batteries for my Spot.
    I left the house earlier thinking I should bring my first aid kit (I have needles and a chest decompression kit inside), and bear spray. After I hit the ground and new I broke my shit, I thought "you fucker, remember the stuff you didn't bring!" As I hobbled a few KM to get closer to help, as my buddy juggled bikes, and also went looking for help, I looked around and thought, "bears are not in hibernation yet", this would be a bad time to climb a tree.
    Bear spray, first aid kit, and SPOT, I'll always have that shit with me, ALWAYS.
    The clavicle took a plate, 8 screws, and some chicken wire. The foot, toe got yanked, and metatarsals are o'natural in healing, only an air boot when out and about. My calf was an achy angry bitch, trouble sleeping at night too. Physiotherapy is good, but yesterday they added acupuncture. I am NOW a believer in that. Best sleep last night in weeks. No dull achy ankle.
    Praise The Lord!
    Heal well each and every one of you. Blessings and acupuncture, 4 wee needles will change your life:clap and maybe I should learn to fall properly too.
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  10. 2handedSpey

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    Good news, I can walk without too much pain wincing or even knowledge of the shattered mess that happened to my L foot 1 year ago.

    Bad news, I haven't been riding nearly as much, at all. I honestly don't think I am "over it." being unable to walk, bathe, drive, stand for three months put many things in perspective. Especially since i have two small children at home and a very patient wife. There is still pain but only the first 10 minutes in the morning or when it's going to rain.
    A couple screws have started backing out but not to the point of scheduling a follow up.

    All in all, I got really lucky I didn't lose my leg but terribly unlucky that as I flopped off the bike my left foot got hung up on the saddlebag. Cest la vis, I suppose.



    Again, I can only advise others to buy a full on, beefy mx boot. The gearne 12, AlpineStar tech 10 ot sidi crossfires. All have that nice double hinged lateral /medial support. THAT is important. Don't skimp. Please!
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  11. psmcd

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    To be able to walk IS good news. Walking is a joy, even when it hurts. Retrain, both feet for balanced, even gate. Smooth, fluid stride. There's a lot of pleasure to be had in recovering what you can. Finding limits and extending them incrementally. Injuries teach us greater appreciation of our bodies, especially as we age. Plus you even discover there's great fun to be had without a machine.

    But I like toys. I value my bicycle even more than my DR650. I spend more time walking and bicycling than on the motorcycle. I think the mobility, freedom and independence of motorcycling is what's really at the core for enthusiasts. Plus being able to see and cover a great deal of ground almost effortlessly;~) But it's all relative and being able to move and appreciate the planet and your body is available to almost everyone in some fashion.

    Nice thing about a motorcycle is you can do some basic maintenance, push it in a corner and leave it till you feel like using it again. Meanwhile, there's plenty to do to maintain and enjoy your own equipment. I appreciate your concern that others don't suffer what you have. But I don't think it's bad because you haven't or aren't inclined to ride your KLR right now. Your feet are your primary wheels and first priority, along with the wife and kids. Thanks for your cautionary tale and keep healing.
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  12. Racersteve

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    Sorry about your injury. All motorcycles come with a standard, non removable random ejection button. It goes off when it wants to, sometimes without warning or any reason, despite our best efforts to avoid it.
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  13. orangebear

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    I broke my left leg when my klr650 fell over at 20mph and landed on top of my left leg trapped it between the bike and the road, I sold it after that and got a lighter better bike
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  14. Rex Nemo

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    Congrats on walking; Awesome. Can't wait 'til I can join you in triumphant bipedalism!

    A word on low-traction riding, big-ish bikes, and boots: my GF had a getoff in Baja last December (I put a Baja Misadventure ride report up about it), and it sounds markedly similar to yours. She wasn't using a GPS, but she hit a patch of sand in the road when it was near dark, and when she attempted to throttle out, the sand and the weight of the bike just kicked out the rear wheel that much more rapidly. She went down, and she WAS wearing her Sidi Crossfires...and the loaded bike landing on her ankle was too much, even for stout boots. No boot is a panacea; her fibula broke badly under the impact. So perhaps a better boot would not have been the whole solution, though it's possible it would have lessened the injury in your case.

    In any case, enjoy your continued recovery and your gradual return to the freedom of mobility and riding.
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  15. pjm204

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    A year ago I shattered my right wrist. Now it gives me some pretty nice pain whenever I overwork it. When I broke it, I was more concerned about my ankle, I had to walk a mile off the trails and it was torture. Somehow it was not broken. Since then I purchased a pair of Sidi Crossfires. I also now ride with two wrist braces.
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  16. 2handedSpey

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    Ankle still let's me know there is metal in body. If it rains, I know it's coming. Mobility is near 100%. I can walk just fine thank God. But, I no longer run. But hope to soon.
    I have been looking around at slighter bike. drz400. Tw200 and even the mighty ct110.
    The idea of the fat klr and muddy, dry mud rutted roads just doesn't appeal very much any longer.
    I sincerely wish all a speedy recovery. Listen to the doc, practice safe riding and have a wonderful day.

    Godspeed.
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  17. NYTrainer

    NYTrainer Been here awhile

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    Last May, going about 50+ on a gravel state forest road, I came over a rise & hit a small washout. Too late to brake, so I tried to get the front end up (Good luck on a DR650 at that speed) but the next thing I know, I am on the ground listening to the bike, laying on its side, peacefully idling away.

    After lying there for a moment "Taking inventory" of my injuries, I thought my right tibia was fractured & left knee sprained, otherwise OK. My helmet had the face shield broken, but the rest of my gear was not even scraped up. My next thought was that if I could pick the pick up, I could ride it out, about 10 miles on dirt roads.

    I was wearing full gear,as I always do, but because it was cold, I was wearing my AXO Dart boots, instead of my 30-year-old High Points that I usually wear, unless I am going off-road.

    My knee suffered torn cartilage, which it already had, & the ankle was a severe sprain. Both still give me issues, but I cannot imagine what my ankle would feel like if I was wearing the other boots.

    After unbolting the broken windshield & both mirrors, I rode home & even stopped along the way to take a couple of pics.

    Good luck with your rehab!
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  18. jfman

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    Are you going to lose the metal?
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  19. 2handedSpey

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    Probably not. Surgery is such a drag. I'll keep it in for as long as I can, unless otherwise notified.
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  20. NWBoon

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    Thanks for sharing your experience 2handedSpey.

    I fractured my ankle and fibula, and injured the ligaments in my right leg this past August up in the Olympic National Forest on my DR650 and it's been a long three and a half months. Fortunately I was wearing my Gaerne ADV boots. I used to just wear Redwing work boots and I truly believe my injury would have been worse if I didn't buy proper boots. The doc will remove the two screws that were used to repair the damaged ligaments next week and hopefully I'll only have two more weeks of the air-cast/boot. The two screws used to repair the bone are permanent. I can't wait to walk again!

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