What the hell? or 70+mph bike vs Barbed Wire Fence (updated with bike pics)

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by trc.rhubarb, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Monday morning, roughly 615am, commuting on i680 northbound on my way to work.
    Ground is wet but otherwise seems decent condition. Fog is present but not too heavy. It's still dark out but have good lighting.

    I'm travelling at 70-75ish in the slow lane passing some cars doing 55 in the fast lane.

    Suddenly I feel pain in my back and I can't lift my head. I realize my helmet is stuck and I'm on the ground but unsure of everything else. Undid helmet because I couldn't get up. Took off gloves to do so. Helmet was stuck in the ground (XD4 peak was jammed in the dirt with some branches on top of it. I stagger to my feet, still not sure of what's going on and make my way towards my bike which is about 100' or so away. Bike is everywhere but the main part of the body is on it's side. I manage to grab a seat on the tank. Hey, i'm on the tank, where's the front wheel? Dunno! Gauges are about 10' away. I can see my stuff spread out in yard sale fashion and the side boxes are crushed and spread about. A guy is making his way down to me from the highway, wow, i'm a long way from the highway. I get up to talk to him but he insists I sit.

    Good guy, he is the only one who stopped, but he spend a lot of time keeping me occupied and he even found my laptop bag for me - the only thing I really cared about bringing with. It was pretty far away as well. He had called 911 and they were on their way. Fire dept shows up, takes them quite a while to get down to me and they help me walk to the truck. We get my gear off so they can check me out and surprisingly, I'm in good condition.

    EMS showed up and they took me to the hospital. Talking about some light lacerations but how they are really surprised how good of condition I am in. Ride sucked, hurt a lot but EMS guys were awesome. North Bay Hospital staff in Fairfield, Ca are amazing and took great care of me. The only grief they gave me was when the trauma surgeon brought his orderly son-in-law to talk to me. SiL has a KLR and they make him witness as many moto injuries as possible.

    Bike is in a lot of pieces, I am not.

    Gear was: Arai XD4, AeroStich Roadcrafter Classic with Bohn back protector, Warm & Safe jacket, Lee Parks Deer Gauntlets outlast lined, and Dr Martens EH Handler Wellingtons.
    Bike was: 2007 R1200GSA with 98k+ miles on it, Shinko 804/805 tires in good condition

    My injuries are several lacerations where the barbed wire cut through the stich, through the W&S and got to me. Also my shield seems to have caved in and cut my nose and lip. Lastly, I have a compression fracture in L1. 1st lumbar vertebrae.

    Just got home from the hospital at about 12pm today (next day) and feel pretty good.

    Leaving pics as thumbnails for the squeamish

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    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Last of the pics.
    No pics of bike, was too out of it at the time.

    You can see the visor broke away as designed as well.

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  4. Pansy

    Pansy Not much of an Adventurer

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    OMG What the hell happened? Thankful you are in such good shape after such wreck.
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    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Not sure if I hit something or if something like a tire failed. Just know it sucked! Good shape for sure. Not as good as I thought though. Pain has arrived!


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    jimroid Been here awhile

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    Get well soon.
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  7. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    OK you get the ouch for the day:lol3
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  8. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    I'm alive and overall, very mildly injured. This morning I felt awesome, not so much anymore.
    Tylenol went back on the shelf and some stronger stuff came to visit :D
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  9. Badjuju

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    Wow. Wow. Wow. You are a mess!!! If those lacerations were made by barbed wire, you're prolly lucky you weren't decapitated.

    From your description of the pre-accident visibility/weather conditions, time of day, and the subsequent events, I think Id be looking for tell-tale brown hair embedded in the front of the bike parts, as evidence of a "stealth ninja" deer attack.

    I had a run-in with one at dusk and I didn't EVER see it. Must have hit me in the side on a full run.

    Get well soon...and buy a damn lottery ticket!!!
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    Never even crossed my mind. I will and deer do frequent the area. Thank you!


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    70East Been here awhile

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    Heal well, don't be proud take the pain meds.
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    Glad to hear you able to tell the tale... a close scrape to say the least.

    Would love to get an update if you ever determine the cause. Heal fast!
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    Tomorrow I will be calling the CHP to see if they can point me in the right direction. I assume they know where it is. I'll take pics if I get to see it and share them here. I know my recollection is easily swayed but this deer idea fits perfectly. Nothing else was making sense.


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    Glad you are OK!
    Thanks for sharing your experience. As someone getting back into riding it's great to hear and see how the gear works to save your skin.
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    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    If it weren't for the barbed wire, I'd have a couple minor bruises on my forearms and the vertebrae issue but nothing more.
    Good gear can be expensive but compared to what it would have cost me at the ER, it was cheap.

    It's amazing how many people, especially riders, keep telling me I should be dead. That you just don't survive 70+mph get offs! I can't wait to send Aerostich some money, once I have some to send :)
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    HOLYFUCKINGSHIT!

    glad that suit did its job.

    good gear isn't cheap, but well worth it.
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    That neck wound looks really close to the jugular. Lucky day I think.
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  18. Sitheach86

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    The way that stitch is shredded with minimal cuts to your neck is very impressive. Can you imagine if you were wearing a tshirt?

    Stay safe!
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    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Wearing a t-shirt or if I wasn't cold and I had the collar down. If I took the same hit, I wouldn't be here today.
    What I didn't photo because I couldn't get to it before was the W&S liner which looks very similar and the primaloft liner I had over it.
    Yes, I was cold that morning. Recent weight loss has me cold all the time :lol3

    The more I step back and look at this, the more I realize just how lucky I am to be here. My wife can't understand why I'm smiling so much, she thinks it must be the pills and I can't correct her.
    I have now entered a new level of pain that has me shaking and nearly passing out. Just writing this, I keep deleting long sections of "ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss" or some other letter where I've temporarily lost it

    So thank you for giving me the forum (no pun intended) where I can discuss this openly without freaking her out; I really appreciate it.
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  20. Sitheach86

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    Haha I actually know where you are coming from. All my life since a kid I've always done this thing where I laugh when I'm in pain or have a near death experience. It's not funny at all but some reason I do it instinctually as a way to deal with the pain. It's something I can't control and have freaked out many people before because of it. Actually makes my girlfriend super angry and thinks i go off the deep end.

    Seriously that's a good testament to gear and hope aerostitch helps you out. Stay safe.
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