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Old 12-15-2015, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Riding post injury/ surgery

Good afternoon all,

I wanted to solicit some advise about getting back on the bike post injury from the ladies and gentlemen (and everyone in between) of this great forum.

Thanksgiving day I broke my ankle playing flag football. Somehow I got tackled and both of our weight hit the side of my ankle, resulting in two broken bones. It was very youtube like, when I stood up my foot was just hanging there. Thankfully no ligament damage.

I have been laid up for 3 weeks now and the only thing keeping me sane is the thought of riding again. Although, I do feel my confidence will be shaken with the stability of my right foot.

Little background, I got my motorcycle license when I was 20 (15yrs ago) and took two 5 plus year breaks from riding. Probably less than 7k under my belt overall, but almost 4k in the past 12 months. Recently, I had a Bonneville and currently have a 2015 Tiger xrx with 1,600 miles on it. My wife and I also recently purchased a Suzuki tu250x for her to learn to ride.

So, in about 10 weeks I should be able to return to riding (maybe earlier if I can sneak out when my wife's at work). I figured I could ride the Suzuki around town for a week or two to build confidence again.

I do plan on getting a new pair of boots with more ankle support. I think this may be more mental, but will help me gain confidence.

Open to anyone's experience or advice.

Thanks for reading a laid up man's ramblings.

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Old 12-15-2015, 04:01 PM
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I broke my ankle a couple of years ago in a sporting accident but I only broke the bone on the side of my ankle - read not too bad as far as breaks go.

I was back on the bike as soon as I could but had to take it easy as it was my left (gear change) foot. I was off the bike for 3 weeks and it was sore to change but I just took it slowly.

I think that the main problem will be weight baring because of the height of your Tiger.

Take it easy, you'll know when you are ready.

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Old 12-15-2015, 04:13 PM
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Yes, get a pair of good Sidi boots. Not because you are recovering from an injury, but because good ankle support is very important - as you very well know. I don't ride without my boots even in summer.

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Old 12-15-2015, 04:30 PM
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Sidi is not the only manufacturer that makes quality boots. But, the point is, EVERY one who rides should be wearing quality boots that offer the best protection for what are fairly delicate, very intricate, and extremely important joints - if you enjoy being able to walk, that is.

I wear either Daytona Roadstar GTX (for commuting and longer rides), or Alpinestar Supertech R (for track days, or when the destination is the windy roads themselves).

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Old 12-15-2015, 09:27 PM
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My issue was my collar bone (broken in two places, plate had to be installed).

Not as bad as a weak ankle as you have at the moment, but the thought of having to emergency brake on a half healed collar bone had me rather worried.

Your thoughts on a boots with extra ankle support sounds like a good start.

If possible, make the first few rides on a dirt bike (maybe someone will let you borrow one if you don't have one???). Dirt bikes are generally light and you won't feel so bad if you decide to bail due to being off balance on a weak ankle (which would likely be my first instinct as soon as I felt the slightest tinge of pain on that ankle).
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Old 12-15-2015, 10:31 PM
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I'm assuming you'll be walking before you'll be riding so see how your ankle feels doing that. It's coming on Winter so it wouldn't hurt you to stay off just a bit longer. Don't know if your ankle is broken on the shift side or the brake side but you don't have to have both feet down at once at a stop. I'm betting you're clever enough to figure out what works and what might not when you're riding. It's not a big thing..... once you've healed up.
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Even modestly priced boots will help stability a huge amount and help prevent reinjury. Comp. Accessories has some decent ones cheap. Just do yourself a favor and don't ride until you're released. Hard to kick yourself in the ass with a bad ankle.
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It may be hard to get your foot into a boot, they are usually pretty tight. Don't buy online, try first.
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+1 on the good boots. I had a touring pair of Sidis that I used at the start. I couldn't push my foot into my Sidi Vertebras as they were way too firm a fit to push my foot into it and my ankle was too swollen

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Old 12-16-2015, 09:01 AM
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When your doc says you are ready, do a lot of single leg exercises that help with strength, stability and balance. Like step ups, lunges, Bulgarian split squats, etc., with or without weights. Back squats. A trainer or your PT can give you ideas of good safe exercises for coming off an injury. These can be done in a controlled environment and will give you confidence ( and knowledge of what you can and can't do).
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