Where the f*ck is the bike?

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by joefromsf, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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    I downloaded your video from youtube and cut it down to about 5-6 seconds of video. I put in on a loop and watched it in slow motion, fast motion, regular motion. After a short bit I got to the point that it was bothering me to watch the video. I realized I had to turn the sound off. The thud of you and the bike hitting the ground was getting disturbing. :cry

    Glad you're OK to live and ride another day.
  2. gregpz

    gregpz Adventurer

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    Hi, I'm planning to do western parts of tat Colorado Utah and if time allows a little more on my 950 with very light load ( except me that is 6'3 220lb:)) your experience tells me I need to prepare better and test my skills before I leave for the trip of my life.
    Glad that you're OK

    And yes I do cover controlls 100% of the time or maybe rather 99.9% :)since my road racing days, it comes naturally without thinking once I adjust my controls (first thing when I get a new bike, motorcycle or bicycle)
  3. Import

    Import Been here awhile

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    Holy crappppp, that's one brutal video........ Actually made my ar#} pucker....
    Glad you were ok...I guess thats what you call a good fall....
  4. Nacho911

    Nacho911 Been here awhile

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    I'm a Paramedic Fire Fighter. Your video made me nauseated. I've been in this business for 20+ years and have done and seen many things but it still gets to me if I'm present to watch an accident occure. Arriving after is easy but to witness is a different emotion. So glad your okay. I crashed in September with an easy front slide out, I got whipped into the ground so fast, I had no idea until I hit the ground. Outcome was # clavicle, disco big toe, and 3 broken bones in my foot. I certainly can relate to the WTF feelings you get from the joy of riding to reality of the new situation. I thought for sure I had punctured my lung and contemplated my discomfort on using my leatherman, hand sanitizer and air gauge housing to re-inflate it, in the end I luckily did not need to do that.
    I'm now healed, metal plate 8 screws and some chicken wire in the shoulder. LOL, all heals with time. Looking forward to July a group of us going to do the CBDR. Fun fun.
    Blessings to you
    Mike
  5. DOGSROOT

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    Hey Nacho, that sounds wretched. :huh

    How serious is a disco big toe, and does it ever heal straight? :dunno
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  6. Nacho911

    Nacho911 Been here awhile

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    Hi Dogsroot,
    Yes it heals well, but dislocations all take a terrible toll on tissues. My foot swells during the day up to about mid calf. I need old man pressure socks to help the blood flow out and back to the heart. You calf is considered by all respects your second heart as it moves a lot of blood back to your core. When I crashed I squeezed that calf a bit too. I had Garne SG10 boots, thank God, or as I folded over my toes in the crash I would have done so much trauma I'd have ended up in a external fixation with many more fractures. The foot will hurt off and on for years I suspect. Physio acupuncture and stretching every few weeks for a bit yet for tune ups.
    I look forward in getting back on the bike. Just installed a K and N air filter on the F800GS, now oil change and trying a soft bag configuration for the harder trips.
    Have a great weekend be safe.
    N
  7. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    This. Folks who enjoy a high degree of empathy really get hammered. As much as I love, love, love racing, seeing a bad shunt/fall is immediately horrifying. As an example, seeing Nicky Hayden go over the barrier at Aragon last year was brutal. That literally nauseated me.:waysad

    Heal well, man.
  8. everetto

    everetto Been here awhile

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    Just takes more time the older you get - shoulder still bothers me 25 years after a wheelie off the back at 70mph on a Husky...

    Definitely wish the OP the best, and hang in there, lots of us "mature" riders who don't plan on stopping any time soon. Glad you are ok and still want to do what you love.
  9. desmodab

    desmodab Oversized Canuck

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    I just found this thread and watched the video Joe. i was not expecting that! I figured there would be some sort of crash but not over a cliff. really glad you are okay and nothing more serious happened. Thanks also for posting - a couple of years ago hurt my ankle in a mud induced low side at low speed which was minor and didn't want to discuss that ad nauseum (thankfully there was no video!) but appreciate you turning yours into a learning experience for all of us.

    Sorry if I missed it but what turned out to be the problem with the bike? You showed the broken plug and mentioned that after installing the spare that it still didn't fix it. Did you find the cause?

    Thanks again - Des
  10. Dahveed

    Dahveed Sumo Biker!

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    Stunt men... :deal
  11. DARKRYDER

    DARKRYDER NoNoob

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    Spectacular crash, and the GoPro footage just puts you right there. I expected a lot worse outcome, you are one lucky man. My buddy and I were wondering why you didn't lay it down or toss the bike when it started getting away, but I guess it's easy to arm chair the incident. Glad you came out OK and holy cow those DRs are built like tanks! Must be all that heavy steel in them, I remember having one of those for a few weeks and I got rid of it because it felt way too heavy for its size.

    Looking forward to meeting you at Mendo, be safe.
  12. Paul_R_Canada

    Paul_R_Canada Still Upright

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    This is my first post here and I could not be happier for it to be in this thread and to say I'm delighted it ended well and you are ok :clap

    Thanks for posting, I'm sure the most of us that have ridden for any length of time have a few "holyshit" moments and your adventure was quite something and a good learning tool for me.

    I've had the spectacular event of doing a flip off the back with bike squarely on top, a botched xcross jump having the bike leave completely and landing flat (that knocks the wind out of you) thankfully they were when I was much more pliable :D and luckily all offroad - it's just softer than pavement :rofl

    I wanted finally to applauded you for looking out for your riding buddy and he for you - to me it's what riding is all about.

    :freaky cheers to good health and staying upright.

    Paul...
  13. yazata

    yazata Contra os canhões...

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    That was one hell of crash and experience. But I'm glad you are ok joefromsf .

    Cheers.
  14. primate

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    I had a get off in Mexico that got semi famous for a while on bike forums, nothing like yours, and it was all about fixation on a small rock. I was back riding the next day, w a bit more awaredness, then I saw an older guy tumble down a BIG hill the next day. I ride w a lot more thought these days. Get back on. Have fun.
  15. kion

    kion Been here awhile

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    We were on TAT about the same time. We did have a hard time on that section, both on 650 GS's Met your buddy in Mom's cafe , Salina when we stopped for breakfast and he told us the story. Glad you're OK

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/39743041@N06/8587420145/" title="DSC09341 by kion2iu, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8375/8587420145_6ebc6f0d51_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="DSC09341"></a>

    and I think thats ur buddy
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/39743041@N06/8587420257/" title="DSC09347 by kion2iu, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8102/8587420257_3762810d2d_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="DSC09347"></a>
  16. stevepsd

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    In reviewing the video and comments in this thread, I wonder if having a steering stabilizer (Scotts, etc) would have helped prevent the front/rear from stepping out so quickly?

    I run a Scotts on my KTM and XR and it helps with damping front end especially (and rear wheel) deflections, comes in especially handy when hitting completely covered boulders in sand washes.

    Just a thought.
  17. 805gregg

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    Glad you are ok Joe
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    Had to read this entire thread before watching the vid. Humbling. Thanks for sharing Joe. As for ride analysis, you've obviously got the skills and the only thing to do differently would be a smoother line and you already said either a stop and scout or further right. More throttle or speed don't apply when a bike's weight and the terrain overwhelm the suspension.

    Apart from the riding and the scenery, what seemed most familiar was everything that followed the crash. Is there a word other than humility that captures that state of mind?

    Guess I'll have to look up this "TAT" ride. I always thought running the Tat meant the Tatshenshini.

  19. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Hey Joe,

    There has been a lot of chatter, speculation and arm chair quarter backing going on about this in other forums. I made it through page 7.

    Bottom line, shit happens. This could happen to anyone. You could have and would have, but wrecks come with riding a bike. Great vid, glad you survived. DR's are bad ass. So are you. Ride on brother.
  20. Wreckster

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    Very happy you made it out of that without serious injury.

    Been there twice myself. Once overshot a hill on my xt550 in a big way. Bit oh shit moment and landed both wheels 12 feet down. Ass hurt a bit, but I did bend the sub frame with it.

    Second time was snowboarding with a relatively fast friend of mine ridding ski's. I was keeping up our last run of the day till it got a bit steep. Decided to slow it down a bit and caught a nice edge. Superman flight into the air I still remember to this day. I'd guess about a 10-15foot drop right back to hard pack. Remember all the way up to just before impact and checking that my arms were where I wanted them, hands out so no broken wrists, legs straight enough behind me that I wouldn't hurt much. Next was getting up, I hadn't slid that far after impact. Goggles broke my nose, good scrape on my forehead and cheeks, belt buckle gave me a good knock to the waist and the breath completely knocked from me. I was able to get to my knee's, but took about 5 minutes to be able to move from there. I know that kinda internal shock you can get and don't wish it upon anyone. Buddy wanted to go for another run when I finally made it down :rofl

    Very happy to see you keep going on, you were blessed that day.