Main Motorcycle: Caspian Blue 06 Sprint ST
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Valrico, Florida
Other Motorcycle: 1973 Norton 850 Commando
Extra Motorcycle: 2008 Tuono - 2009 ST3
Wear your gear!
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.
List of gear:
Shoei Multitec Helmet
Tourmaster Sonoma Mesh Riding Jacket
Firstgear Mesh Riding Pants
Icon GP Knee and Shin Guards
Alpinestars Guantlet Riding Gloves
Herman Survivor Boots (non-motorcycle specific)
Last edited by jhawkinsvalrico; 09-27-2009 at 10:51 AM.