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Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Elvis70, Mar 27, 2009.
Jesus, Nate, that’s hard to watch.
Hope you make a full recovery.
It looks like the car startled you and you grabbed enough front brake to toss you off the front of the bike?
If music did, it was a minor distraction. In that 5 second span, there was a piercing train whistle, my music and the realization that a car was pulling out in front of me. Laying on my back, on the hot asphalt with terrible 80's rock, playing in my ears, is an experience that I thought was long past me.
Not being able to properly hear and respond to the people trying to help me, was the deciding factor for me.
My worst injury was on the inside of my right leg but I was hit on the outside of my right leg. The Icon Armor boots that was wearing did a great job protecting my foot and ankle and lower leg from impact but... When the truck hit me and I came off the bike, the sole of my right boot got hung on something (bumber, grill, hood, idk). Because I was propelling forward, something had to turn loose and thankfully it was the sole of the boot and not my fibula and tibia. However, the armor on the Icon boot dug into the inside of my leg, initially leaving a surface scratch. 4-days later that scratch manifested a deep contusion that still exists today, in the form of discolored or damaged skin. Went to the doctor twice and was told it would heal itself, over time. The top of the boot basically destroyed a path of flesh, all the way to the tibia. The bone held up and the sole of the boot finally tore loose and almost completely off. Once the boot sole tore, I did my best Lee Majors impression and rolled, trying to scrub off speed. First my toes hit, than my knees, my hands, my forehead and then I conscientiously adjusted so that I would roll sideways. I remember nearly every detail, except the initial impact. I never inspected the truck, after impact.
Warning graphic pics... The day 60 pic stayed as an open wound for 10 months and just closed up, the end of May. It still looks like a deep bruise and has a lite scab.
I dug out chunks of dead flesh from this wound for 10 straight months after day 1.
Gives new meaning to "The shit hits the fan."
When I got home that night after being discharged from the hospital. I just had to watch the video. It freaked me out. Dogjaw (Bret) and I have been friends for a long before he started riding motorcycles and we've seen each other through some crazy stuff. So, after I watched the video, I had the same conclusion you did and was beating myself up, thinking I had just wrecked myself by grabbing a handful of front brake. I called Bret in a panic and he wisely told me to turn the video off, take a pain pill and call him in the morning.
Having a video replay is a blessing and a curse. It clearly show the woman pulling out in front of me but it doesn't show the point of impact. I was in the far right of my lane and when she began to pull out, I began to shift from right to the center, to try to get around her. I almost made it, in fact my front wheel and handle bars had cleared her front end. This put my POV (camera was on front of my helmet) ahead of the impact, which happened below my waist and behind my bars. I wrestle today, wondering if I could have avoided the collision and even turned off the youtube comments, just avoid the commentary. I waited a year before I posted the video, just to allow myself the time to assess what happened vs what appears to have happened in the video.
2 things I came away with: The lady pulled out in front of me and having video, proved that. The video was past the point of impact and in some ways wasn't reliable to illustrate what happened.
I thought I have flipped my bike but there was no damage on the top, the front or on the left. the only damage, was on the right where there deep gouges in the tank, the frame, broke the passenger brackets, scratched the rear plastics, seat and road rash on the rear wheel. The armored frame slider and rear axle sliders worked like they were supposed to, as did the right bar end mirror that was ground almost completely down to the handlebar. I guess if I did take impact, while in a stoppie position, I was dang lucky, as it kept my bike from t-boning her truck and also mitigated the damage to just the right side.
Like I said, at the end of the day, I was just thankful for my training, my gear, my fellow citizens and my peace of mind, that comes from my faith in Christ.
And videos that are titled "Crazy sh*t".
FWIW, the first time I watched the original of this video, I laughed for about an hour straight. One of the funniest things I've ever seen. I applaud the dude standing there taking that sh*t, just so I could watch in on youtube.
Where's the Pop Up?
Oh for sure Nate, you know im happy you are ok brother.
But yeah that video doesnt offer a good view of what happened.
So the music in the video is the stuff playing in your ears while you are on the ground? Talk about insult to injury.
It's all good and I truly appreciate where your coming from. I've sat on this video for a year and just couldn't find a way to understand it, let alone try to explain it. But... I'm finally starting to enjoy riding again and I can talk about it without a heart flutter.
FWIW, I recently watched the MotoGP Doc, Hitting the Apex and it really helped me understand that riding, means crashing and getting back on riding again. Phenomenal perspective, if you haven't seen it.
No that music was after the fact and picked specifically to make you miserable.
Misery loves company, or something like that.
Gnarly crash. What were your injuries?
Other than deep cotusion from my right boot, mostly just surface wounds. Skinned knees because I wasn't wearing any pants. Riding pants, riding pants.
Lost a toe nail, on left foot as that was the first point of impact, jammed fingers, sore right elbow where my elbow dented the hood and that's about it. My riding gear was awesome. Still wearing the jacket and gloves, bought a new AGV helmet and new riding boots.
Proper gear and very lucky
You ready Jimmy Danger? July 22, night trial
this is what I was telling you about.
man do I think that would be a fun dual sport/ commuter bike haha
I really want an electric sumo.
too much damn money for now though....
Welcome to NWA.
You will probably want to stay inside from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. from now until the second weekend in September.
But on the bright side, there will probably only be 2-6 days this winter that you won't want to ride.
And that will mostly be due to all the crap on the roads and the even crappier drivers.