Where did you come from?

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by godwinmt, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    hey godwinmt, hope you are back on the bike soon.

    just wondering what sort of boots you were wearing? if you weren't wearing something like mx boots and knee guards do you think that might have prevented the break or made it less severe?

    just wondering because i broke my lower leg into many pieces. was getting back into dirt riding after a few years off and delayed buying mx boots as i was researching them heaps before buying.

    so had a fairly basic off just wearing hiking boots and bam... titanium and off my feet for four months. i think i still would have broken the leg with mx boots and knee braces, but definitely would not have shattered the leg.
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  2. godwinmt

    godwinmt They call me Crash

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    at the time of the wreck I was wearing my steel toe work boots. when I go on a ride I normally wear a set of mx boots with knee guards. in this accident I do not feel that wearing more protection would have helped. the break is towards the top of where the boots would normally be, and there was no damage to the joints. MX boots definitely offer more protection, but when it's 130lb me vs 5000lb truck, I don't think much can protect against that.
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  3. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    yep, i figured that was probably the case. ouch! i've got carbon fibre knee braces that might possibly stand up to an impact like that but i don't strap those on for road rides though. there is also the added consideration that if you protect a bone enough to prevent it breaking in a major impact then you may just be transferring enough force to wreck joints and ligaments which can take a lot longer, if ever, to heal properly.

    best wishes for a speedy recovery...
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  4. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    Just a random note about that (and I'm not saying if it would have helped or not) the toe sliders and heel sliders on street boots do allot to help prevent injury when your sliding. I tore some ligaments in my knee with hiking boots on when the grippy rubber grabbed the pavement.
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  5. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    I got puIlled over for weaving. Uneducated officer thought I was stunting.

    I explained how it was to make me visible to the car on the side street that was partially obstructed by sign and tree.

    It works well, you noticed me too.

    bit of a discssion, no ticket though.

    Hopefully he is smarter.

    Hi Vis helps, but NOTHING is 100%

    Heal well. Be glad you have a major company that will not terminate you during your recovery.

    Rod
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  6. PT Rider

    PT Rider Been here awhile

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    Ragtop, good reply. I do the weave and following drivers get well behind that goofy (maybe drunk) motorcycle rider! I'd also tell the cop that it is my lane from the right paint line to the left paint line. If I'm not doing anything dangerous, why is he wasting his time with me?


    godwin, if the guy that hit you has anything to sue for, get plenty for your pain and suffering.
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  7. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    Looks like your leg took the entire brunt of that impact! Here's to your complete recovery.....:beer
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  8. godwinmt

    godwinmt They call me Crash

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    Thanks guys! Insurance had been moving very smoothly so far. The appraiser came out to the house the other day to inspect the DR and deemed it totalled. The insurance company is still working on the actual value of the bike, but as I asid, it's all gone very smoothly so far...the worst part about the whole thing so far has been my blood thinner shots twice daily...i'm normally fantastic with needles, but those damn things really stink.
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  9. YOUNZ

    YOUNZ Been here awhile

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    I said crash free, I meant while I was moving. Twice, in half a century, I was rear ended while sitting in a left turn lane, waiting for the light. In a cage, not badly injured, on a bike, in the first one, would have been fatal. That's why I say, try to avoid left turn lanes if possible!
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  10. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Bummer you got a SMIDSY, but I admire your positive attitude about the whole thing. My guess is yer gonna heal up fine, and be tearin it up in the future. Better to happen at the end of summer than the beginning.
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  11. godwinmt

    godwinmt They call me Crash

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    thanks for the support! it really helps! worst part so far is knowing that I'm going to miss the awesome fall rides the Indiana crew has been planning!

    slightly off topic, but how do you like your WR? I've been looking at future bikes and have been debating between the WR, BMW g450x, and still have that soft spot for the 640 adventures...
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  12. godwinmt

    godwinmt They call me Crash

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    Well they came for the DR on Monday :(

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    Definitely hard to see it go...especially when I hit the starter and she fired up better than she ever did before.

    Anyhoo I got my splint off Monday morning...Orthopedic surgeon says that as long as I don't put weight on the leg that the rod will hold it all just fine. Pretty awesome since I'll finally be able to shower...sponge baths are fine with cute nurses, but they get old when you're giving them to yourself :(

    Big thing to work on over the next 3 weeks before my next appointment is getting mobility back in my joints. I've got just over 90 deg in my knee, and somewhere between 10-15deg in my ankle. The ankle is the worst because there was a bit of muscle damage + having have it been locked up in the splint for 3 weeks, but it's loosening up more and more every day.

    After my next appointment if everything is still looking great, they'll schedule me for the bone graft which will be accompanied by a long recovery.
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  13. feathered

    feathered Been here awhile

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    PT is a bitch. At least it's during the winter.. hopefully you'll be ready for a spring ride!? Good luck!

    The scariest bit is where you said they were turning in - just some grassy patch, not a driveway or a road. Cars can and will pull a U-turn in the middle of a desolate road... desolate except for the oncoming bike at least. It's hard to keep that in mind hour after hour on the road though.
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  14. B1

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    trying to keep your cast dry in the shower gets old real fast too though. :lol3 i found the titanium through the leg bone on the previous break much easier to deal with, could just soak in the bathtub for ages, did a km of swimming in a heated pool every day. heaven compared to the cast...
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  15. PHOTOBMW

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    I am a new rider on a used R1150RT and this is my first post.

    I have noticed drivers who just beg to cross in front of you as you are oncoming. I am old enough (55) to know visibility is everything and so wear a bright yellow and silver vest along with all the lights on all the time. My adopted practice ANYTIME someone could remotely cross my path is to give two quick shots of the high beam day or night; its brief and gets them looking my way. I am certain the stock RT headlight is in no way blinding. It has stopped two "cross overs" from sharing my space so far. Dallas is a crowded city even out in the sticks.
    Broken bones just don't sound good to me in the least so heal and be healed my friend.:freaky
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  16. Eyes Shut

    Eyes Shut See no evil

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    I used a DryPro cast cover for my broken leg. Worked perfectly! I had a cast on for 4 weeks.
    http://www.drycorp.com/
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  17. Sadlsor

    Sadlsor Been here awhile

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    There will always be a disagreement on this point. There are those who believe you're giving the "go ahead and turn" message, when that may not be your intent.

    I am in that camp...I'm not going to flash my lights. I WILL, however, waggle the bars / swerve slowly in my lane. This movement has a better chance at getting their attention, without the possible mixed message. Driver's thinking, "Is he telling me to turn, or not to turn?"

    Oncoming lights, flashing or not, don't help the driver in estimating your / my closing speed. The bike profile is so much smaller than an oncoming car or truck. It's really difficult to judge; therefore, the cager is going to think he can clear the turn before we get there.
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  18. PHOTOBMW

    PHOTOBMW n00b

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    Yes you bring up a good point... (ponder ponder....) This is why I love reading this forum... Sharing the road with cars from the bike perspective seems to curiously parallel the many issues we are having in America today with the concept of "entitlement." Everybody is special.... (Where is that force field option on this bike...?)
    I was out last evening and a waitress ask why the "yellow vest" and I told her it was so cars could more easily zero in on me. Seems like a tour in a war zone sometimes. :nod
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  19. Wy'east

    Wy'east Dust in the wind...

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    I'm recovering from a broken ankle, sports injury. Had an Aircast on for 6 weeks I could walk around in and now I'm down to a splint-brace. No pins or plates, got lucky there.

    Search around on the web a bit just to make sure your doctors didn't miss anything and learn about your physical therapy options. It's so weird having this small weak leg in the meantime.

    Good luck and a speedy recovery!
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  20. godwinmt

    godwinmt They call me Crash

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    Just thought id give a bit of an update on how everything is going so far... Im back home now recovering from the bone graft which was last Thursday. I'll go back in to have my splint taken off shortly after thanksgiving, and then it'll be about 4 weeks before we see if the bone graft took. I should be able to walk then shortly after that.

    I did get a new bike to keep my spirits up shortly after they took the dr away... picked up a nicely setup wr250x converted to an r, and it's killing me not being able to ride it...on the other hand though my dad is enjoying it around the house as much as his beamer...
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