My turn, KLR and a shattered ankle

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

  1. Nacho911

    Nacho911 Been here awhile

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    September 18, 2012. Washed out the front of my F800GS. Happened so fast. Did not get off the peg, death grip on the handlebars. I was standing, so I was whipped into the ground. Probably going 20km/h. Snapped the collar bone into. Pieces, and folded over my toes between the ground and the bike. Disco big toe and broke 3 metatarsals. I had a Garne SG 10 set of boots on. If I did not have those on, perhaps my Alpine star Scouts on I'd have hardware in my foot. Only needed a plate 8 screws and some chicken wire in my shoulder. I got off lucky with no metal for the foot, that is much more physio.

    Good luck to all of you broke and healing folks.

    I'll have a drink for you later. It's minus 26 Celsius here today Brrrrrr not thinking of riding today
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  2. keiPHadventure

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    Ouch! Must've hurt like hell, man. You're right, it could have been worse. Hope everything heals well and you can get back to riding again.
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  3. keiPHadventure

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    Cheers, man! I envy your winter! Wish it snowed here too!
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  4. smj

    smj Been here awhile

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    Good to hear that the injuries are healing up for you. Your point about the boots has me rethinking my gear a bit... I ended up going with the Alpinestar's Scout when I moved from dirt bikes to adventure bikes (KLR650, F800GS, KTM 990R). I was just reviewing the boot - I hate to think what would happen to my ankle if the 990 dropped on it while in the Scouts... They are comfortable and dry, but really don't offer much protection from the side at all if you look at dropping that much weight on it! Anyway, thanks for the post, hope you heal up back to 100%.

    PS - It may take a fair amount of time to get past those memories! Keep your focus and ride safe!
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  5. DougFromKentucky

    DougFromKentucky Just a good 'ole boy

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    Glad to hear that you are healing. I do understand what is going on in your head. Had a bad motorcycle accident back in 1972 (car ran a stop sign and out in front of me) and it took 15 years before I could ride on the pavement again. I still cringe when vehicles come at me at right angles. The mental part is sometimes harder to recover from than the physical, even when we get hurt bad or maybe especially when we get hurt bad. It was strange for me. There I was, a U.S. Marine and willing to go put my life on the line but I was afraid to ride on the street. Kept riding in the dirt for those 15 years as there was no cars to hurt me.

    Keep on trying to work through the head stuff. It might never go away, but then again you might be able to work through it. I got my head to where I can ride on pavement again but it took me a long time. If I had been hurt bad like you were on the dirt, I don't know. I might have stayed off the dirt.

    Namaste'
    Doug in Kentucky
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  6. Dirtbiker

    Dirtbiker Been here awhile

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    What could I have done differently?

    1. Stop. I should have simply stopped. Even at 20mph on a relatively safe flat dirt road. I should have stopped, put it in neutral and studied the GPS.
    2. Heavier MX boot. I wish that I would have been wearing an AlpineStar tech10 boot. I know that my Gaerne ADV boots do not have the structural stability to have protected my ankle. Even though it has a steel shank,steel toe, heel cup, and shin bash plate, it doesn't have the lateral support that a heavier MX boot would have provided. If anything, it would have just been a sprain or strain and not a severe, exorcist style head spinning icky mess.


    Ride safe. I was riding AT(good enough)GATT. I always ride safe, hiviz gear, boots, gloves, armor etc.
    In recap-

    1. Stopping, I didnt stop because i didnt want to "lose good time." Now, days, weeks & a projected 3 more months later, what time was I actually saving by trying to look at my tiny 2" GPS screen while going only 20mph?
    2. MX boot- The cost of those heavier expensive boots would have been well worth the medical costs.
    Sidi crossfire, gearne 12 or AlpineStar tech10. Cost a hellovalot less than 1 month off of work, a 5,000 deductible, pain & misery, Rx, arthritis as an old man, crutches, pins, 13 screws, a rod, plate... Etc etc... Just get the beefiest MX boot you can. I was told by other guys but thought my hybrid boots were "good enough."[/QUOTE]

    You made a great point about the boots you were wearing, and how the money you spend on gear, could save you in medical cost.
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