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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-27-2009, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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I'll update this thread with photos as soon as I get off of the Percocet, but (and I hate to post this) I went down yesterday and my 2006 Sprint is in need of a lot of new plastic. I was riding yesterday afternoon up around Floral City, Florida. For those of you not from around here (that's most of you), it's a rural area that has some nice riding roads with a few nice sweepers. The area is also known by bicyclists for the 20+ mile bike trail (rail trail) that crosses many of the roads. I was entering a left hand sweeper where the bike trail crosses the road and something caught my attention out of the corner of my left eye. I guess that I thought it was a bicycle shooting out into the road, but I took my eye off of the road for a split second, just enough that my front tire went onto the shoulder, which is soft sand and I ended up going down (low side). The bike slid into the grass (broke off the left footpeg and tip of the shifter) and I went sliding and rolling down the asphalt. I know that it happened in a matter of seconds, but the slide seemed to last forever. I know that my helmet took a lot of the impact, but I thank god that I was wearing gear. My Tourmaster jacket is shredded, as are my mesh riding pants and the knuckles of my gloves are worn through the plastic (kevlar?), but not through the leather. I thought that I was alright and refused medical treatment, but five hours later once I returned home and removed my left boot I realized that I needed to go to the ER. Long story short, I have two broken toes and a broken bone in my left foot. The moral of this story is that those, other than a sore left hip, shoulder and ribs, are the only injuries that I sustained. I wasn't wearing riding boots! I was wearing leather Herman Survivors and lately have been thinkning about buying something with a bit more protection, but thought that I really didn't need to spend the money on boots. Was I wrong. I believe that had I been wearing properly armored boots, I likely wouldn't have sustained the crush of the bike on my left foot. While I have good insurance and the medical bills aren't going to be bad, the hobbling around the house makes me realize that it was a stupid mistake. Almost as stupid as feeling so comfortable with my ride that I could lose my concentration for just a second. I'll download the photos from my camera in a little while and add them to this thread.

Also, it's a bit funny that one of my first thoughts, after thinking about my poor Sprint, was darn I paid so much for this gear and now it's ruined. While riding home in the tow truck, I finally realized, wow this gear did it's job and I was able to walk away from the wreck. I am 100% confident had I not been wearing gear and more importantly a helmet, I would be in the hospital or dead. The knock on the head could have been fatal - I can still hear it - sounded like a gunshot. I also failed to mention that I was wearing Icon GP knee and shin guards which saved me from some pain as the hole worn through the riding pants match up with the knee of the GP armor.

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Really glad you're okay!

I had a similar experience up in Estes Park a few months ago. I recall my head going back and thinking 'boy, I'm sure glad I wear a helmet' just as it hit the gravel/tarmac. My gear wasn't even really trashed, and I rode out of there after picking up pieces and doing some roadside repairs. Without the gear I would have been a lot more beaten up.

Thanks for posting the reminder for all to see. Sorry 'bout your bike. Time to post a request for parts and start perusing Ebay. I had all the important stuff for my bike within a week between responses on Sport-Touring.net, a piece from here, and an Ebay bit. Doesn't look good, but it is all back together. Cost me less than my deductible and making a claim; and saved me the possible increase in premium.

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Here are photos of gear:

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I'll post some of the bike next.
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Here's the damage to the bike:
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And my feet - just a bit of road rash - thanks to the metal rivet that took most of the damage rather than my foot.
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Hey, we're a gettin' a little old for this, no?

Worth mentioning here in passing is don't necessarily assume the helmet protected you entirely from a latent head injury if it really cracked you one. I might suggest mentioning this to the docs and be very aware of a headache or other symptoms. Just a word to the wise.

Florida riders face this constant dilemma of gear vs. comfort. Any mesh garments--I wear them, too--are a tradeoff, as you know. Once you're off the bike, they're throwaway. It's amazing how they shred.

I've had good luck with Nitro lightweight boots. They're hardly a tech track boot, but a good compromise to provide some protection and be practical in the office or out and about.

Sounds to me like you were as well equipped for the pavement surf as is reasonable. I just about did the same thing on the Blue Ridge last month. The wheel was a half inch from a drop off into gravel, due to my inattention. I willed it back onto the pavement and just about *%$# myself. I was going 70.

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Real glad to hear YOU made it mostly okay, if not for your broken toes and bone in your foot.

All gear, all the time is the only way to go, It saved you.

For me too, a couple year back it took me a broken foot in a motorcycle accident to fully realise that trekking boots are NOT motorcycle boots. They were keeping me warm but... they did not protect my foot from being crushed under the bike. Now, every time I wake up and stand up on that foot/anklle I remember that.

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Paul, Once I finally got to the ER, I told them what had happened in more detail that I expected that they would want to hear. The ER doc rides a Duc, but since I live alone they kept me there until early this morning for 'observation'. The ER nurse explained that head trauma (brain) might not show up for up to 24 hours and asked if I had someone who could keep an eye on me. When I said no, she wheeled me into a small room with a big screen TV, gave me the controller and told me to watch whatever I wanted because I was going to be there a while. The doc even went out to my truck to look over my gear (helmet and jacket). Now that I think about it, he was probably checking out the helmet for damage. The nurses told me that he takes a lot of kidding about his 'get up' when he rides - apparently full leathers. Finally around 8am this morning, I asked to be released and actually I need to get some sleep as I realize that I've been up for well over 24 hours. Cute nurses coming in every 10 or 15 minutes to chat kept me wide awake. They really wanted to keep me there until noon, but I had enough. It's actually been 23 hours since the accident, so I think that I'll be fine. While it was a loud impact, I felt no pain in my head - not even a headache. As I mentioned earlier, other than some aches, the only real pain is in my foot - and it hurts like heck when I put pressure on it and the Percocet has worn off. With the Percocet, I think that I could dance - no pain at all, but probably unwise to put pressure on it and cause additional damage.
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My story

I went down doing about 55-60 mph and slid down the road 120 feet before coming to a stop. I had on my Cordura pants and jacket, leather gloves, boots and a full face helmet. Pants and gloves were trash, helmet had a big scuff where my chin was and the boots were scuffed. Only damage I sustained was a broken lbone in my left wrist and a broken little finger. Well worth it to wear your riding gear if you value your body.
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Thanks for the reminder

Heal well, quickly and don't worry about the damage to your bike (it's just a machine) and your gear - its job is done.

When you get back on, remind yourself that it only took a moment's inattention.

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Sounds like the ER was on its game. Good deal all around. We should all be so lucky.

Amazing how much punishment the gear absorbs. Looks like you hit hard.

Bike not so bad. Might find a fairing on e-bay.


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