MD Fz07 rider Needs help, Car hit me, broke clutch wrist, need confidence to get back on

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Keepit80s, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. Keepit80s

    Keepit80s Fz4me

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    To put it lightly I was tapped on the rear wheel last week in Owings Mills, MD by a car enthusiast which ended in bruises/scrapes, a broken/dislocated clutch wrist, and LOA/.25 pay from my job.

    Had surgery the following day and my cast gets replaced by a splint next Monday. Not specifically asking for legal help but anyone’s input is gladly accepted.
    My real problem is despite the previous accidents that I’ve taken responsibility for (learning wheelies cornering and riding in rain) this one was caused by another motorist. I’m still casted until Monday but hopefully moving into a splint.
    My family, friends, and girl are all putting the permanent brake pressure on me and I feel this social vice affecting my love of this sport.
    Yet.. I just listened to a recent ADV podcast about wrist fractures that lead to an orthopedic riding invention. It was one of few responses I’ve found that treated this injury the same way athletic media treats ligament tears and ankle sprains or whatever leg damage I’ve incurred from trail running about 3 times a year (or basketball when I could still play, or soccer, not to mention an occasional hard night out at the bars).
    I’ve lurked this site and always enjoyed the positive community. But I’ve never reached out because I never felt like I needed it; truthfully I never thought I would find members in a largely cruiser-centric area that matched my riding style.
    Sooo if any groups, riders, or lurkers have some therapeutic advice, wrenching time, or an FZ07 exhaust baffle protector... please send your deets my way cuz I’m really interested in taking this experience and making it part of a painful journey that makes me a better rider who can help others get past serious forks in the road like these.
    Cheers-
    Gabriel
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  2. txbear55

    txbear55 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Sorry to hear of your accident. Normal response from your non-riding friends/family. Only you can decide when to give it up. I laid out for a year after my riding buddy had a terrible crash. Finally decided I wasn't finished enjoying the sport and bought another one. Best of luck and ride safe!
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  3. oneway

    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    I was hit on my gold wing Oct 27, 2013 and nearly killed. Only broke my fibula and a few ribs. 6 months later I got permission from my Dr (who thinks I’m crazy) to ride again.
    I went to the DV NOOBS rally in 2014 and took up the ADV side of riding.....
    I used the down time to read reports on this forum like” Tucker’s to TDF” and other inspirational stories. It was incredibly healing for me to dream one day of a long ride. People just don’t realize how inspiring they can be by simply putting out there what is possible for others to read.

    In 2016 I rode to Alaska.

    Oct 1st 2017 I was ready to take off on another long adventure, but I was unsure. I wanted to go to South America. But everyone said the countries were dangerous. Motorcycles are dangerous to begin with. None of my family thought it was a good idea.It would be better for me to stay in the states!

    And that night the news came on....
    A mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert leaving 58 dead and hundreds wounded.

    I left for South America 10 days later.

    Live your life, not someone else’s version of it.
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  4. oneway

    oneway Tehachapi CA

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  5. Sal Pairadice

    Sal Pairadice Captain Obvious

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    I understand how you feel. BTDT. You really need time to heal. That's your job right now, so do it. Leave the big arguments, and decisions for the future for when you are better. The bike will be there.Don't ride until the orthopedist says you can. You can walk, eat, sit on the toilet and hopefully have sex. How much does it hurt 1-10??

    I had to lay off riding all winter while my collarbone, ribs and c5 vertebrae healed up. Top tip - take laxitives with your pain killers. I switched it down to like a half a pill once a day with a small amount of pot butter. That really took the pain away.
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  6. Motonirvana

    Motonirvana Can't make this shit up

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    From a former charm city resident who was dumb enough to fall from a ladder in 2016 & fracture my left wrist, it took about five months before I was able to use the clutch without pain. YMMV and you have to deal with the psychological aspect of some cage running into you. Like others have already stated, you don't need to make a decision today or tomorrow.

    Also, stay off the Jones Expressway during rush hour as everyone is on their smartphone. Good luck with the recovery and do your PT.
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  7. Keepit80s

    Keepit80s Fz4me

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    Holy cow I can’t imagine that amount of injury. And I’ve been taking laxatives which I think are more addicting for me than pain killers cuz even at 30 I haven’t pooped this good since I was a friggin baby. Pain wise I’m at a 2 after 10 days and passing the pain pills off to my girl tonight for safekeeping. Boner wise im just fine but Ive noticed a lower drive since surgery... result of the meds or the trauma? Cheers my guy thanks for the perspective
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  8. Sal Pairadice

    Sal Pairadice Captain Obvious

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    Yeah not to steal your thunder but it was actually much worse than that. Which means you'll recover even faster than I did.

    Have been out riding but my confidence is lacking. You might have that battle to get though eventually. They tell me it takes a while.
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  9. Keepit80s

    Keepit80s Fz4me

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    That’s amazing. I think its fantastic you can gain some perspective from such tragedy. Those people will always leave an amazing legacy with people like you.
    Alaska is my dream ride. I’m wondering when you made the leap to tourer because my fz07 is my first and
    maybe only new bike but lately I’ve felt my safety bones leading me toward a dressed up gold wing or 90s venture. At a year over 29 I’m still preserving every bit of the impractical coolness and fighting my first attraction to classic Japanese big rigs
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  10. oneway

    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    I was riding a full dress Yamaha XS1100 across the country at 24.
    I rode Harley’s in my 40’s.
    I rode a brand new GL1800 Goldwing to the 100th HD anniversary in Milwaukee because Harley pissed me off.



    I took my 1st ride across Baja in 1968 with my father. He took me out of school for a week to ride motorcycles and camp. I was on my own Honda CL125.....
    I was eleven years old.

    I’ve always said this:
    Don’t tell me WHAT you ride.
    Tell me WHY you ride.
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  11. Keepit80s

    Keepit80s Fz4me

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    The local mc scrapyard guy keeps telling me how the 1800 motor is such a beast. The Valkyrie is another Honda that I’m looking forward to riding in the future. I learned to corner, shift and blow a motor on an XS400... Craigslist has a sweet ratted out 1100 for 1500$ near me but the guy looks like he has a great history with this bike and I’m not on my game enough to give that bike a home.
    That’s a pretty epic moto history btw.
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  12. Motor7

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    You were a little vague, how many accidents on the street have you had and what type? I am asking because the answer might have a bearing on the attitude of your friends/family. If they consider you accident prone, then I understand their concern. Is is possible you should refresh or update your skill set through classes/training?
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  13. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    OK, and how do you feel about the accident and riding?
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  14. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    Can you tell us more about the accident.
    I was rear ended waiting at a controlled left turn, about 5 weeks ago. There wasn't much I could've done to prevent it. But I always read these threads looking for something to learn.

    Any insight on the "tap" and thoughts of how it could be avoided? Were you wearing gear? Was visibility compromised? Etc Etc. Thanks
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  15. Jamesx2

    Jamesx2 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Getting innocently rear ended sucks.. I was on my DR350 waiting for a cross walker 5 minutes from my house.. I went over the bars but no injuries,, this was 5 years ago.. I got scared and sold it.. 5 years later and im back on a 2018 CRFL.. Im still working on my confidence and have rider course 2 next month. I chose to ride despite my wife and friends.. Im 55.. I love the feeling of the bike.. We cant control those around us.
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  16. RCEMT-P

    RCEMT-P Adventurer

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    Had a bad off 7 years ago in the woods. Entirely my fault. Lost my confidence for a month. Got back on the bike and it felt different. I really only rode once off road after the wreck and sold the bike because it wasnt the same with the fear in my mind. Today, I'm shopping for a bike. Wish I woulda just cleaned the bike up and put it in the garage for a year or two. Would have saved me a fortune.
    My uncle hit a deer last year. Thumb surgery, broke ribs. Bought a new Harley 5 days post wreck. 2 months later developed a brain bleed they blame on the wreck. You know. He rode all his life, new bike in the garage and hes talking about being done. It's a personal choice.
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  17. fasttortoise

    fasttortoise Smartest Idiot Here

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    One thing I think about quite a bit but don’t see brought up in face plant much is our perception of the danger of riding. Riding before and after your accident is equally dangerous. Did you expect to go your whole riding career without injury? If so you were unrealistic.

    A more likely scenario is you knew riding was dangerous and did it anyway. Your perception of the danger of riding has been confirmed. Something you expected to happen has occurred so why should that change how you feel about riding?

    Anyway sorry you got banged up. At the very least don’t make any big decisions for a couple months.
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  18. Keepit80s

    Keepit80s Fz4me

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    Yeah that’s funny how you’re fudged either way when it comes to “deciding” your choice about continuing. Been down once in the rain at 80 and got my front wheel stuck in an expansion joint. Wrecked bike walked away with limp and picked up an xt225 right after. Got my fz a year later and slid out cornering away from a deer in the winter around midnight. Walked away with a torn Achilles. Rode the next week. Escorting friend home (hed been drinking) and he veers his bike into mine at a turn which puts my bike into a curb and bends my rim. Only lost my favorite pair of jeans. I rode as soon as I throw a new rim on and finally getting nice weather when this happens . Maybe it’s the broken wrist but this is the only one that shook me. I always blame myself so I learn a lesson but this was the first one where I felt very secure I was doing everything right. That feeling is probably what put me in a position where a car would be anywhere near me. Also makes things worse I can’t ride through this one and figure out the error through recreation.

    Fasttortoise-
    Love the name, tag line, and reality check. Cheers mate.
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  19. oneway

    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    “A more likely scenario is you knew riding was dangerous and did it anyway. Your perception of the danger of riding has been confirmed. Something you expected to happen has occurred so why should that change how you feel about riding?”
    Spot on philosophy @fasttortoise
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  20. Tammy

    Tammy Team 2nd Wind

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    Life is short, worked with people 80+ and I've never had one tell me that they regretted something they did only things they wished they did but never did. Go ride.....

    I did have one lady tell me she diden't kill her hubby but they will never fine his body and then she gave me a big smile.. She was always so happy...
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