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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2004, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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More detailed account of my wreck and last week.

How I caused my wreck

Basically, I came into the corner faster than I could mentally handle. I should have continued looking into the curve and leaning but instead I freaked and somehow rode the bike straight off the road.

I knew better, but the basic reason this happened was that I took the turn past my abilities. Since I didnít know the roads at all, I should have backed off more for that corner but I didnít.


What I remember:

I was still on the bike when I flew down to the tracks. Hitting the tracks threw me off. I tumbled down into the water, and I KNOW that I hit my head somewhere in that cause I had a bloody nose too. Once in the water, I somehow found a way to get myself to shore. Soon after that, someone came down and held on to me to keep me afloat since the water was deep even at the shore. Then, more and more people kept arriving to help.
Eventually, I was put on the board and carried up the embankment, with help from plenty of you guys too. Thanks again to everyone!

I tried to stay calm because I knew that it was going to get me out of there the fastest and limit my injuries. It felt like I was in that water forever though.

The first hospital checked me out and once they figured out that I had a broken femur, they had to transfer me. I was airlifted to University of Wisconsin Madison hospital. They performed surgery on my wrist Sat. night and my leg Sun. morning. I needed additional surgery on the wrist Wed. morning once the swelling was down a bit. By Friday, they felt I was ready to be discharged and moved to rehab. I will probably be here for 7-10 days and then Iíll be going home.

The support and wishes I have received from all of you mean so much to me. I will not disappear after this and will continue coming by.


-Mike
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2004, 11:58 AM
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Sounds pretty scary man. Although ironically, the water might have saved your life! Stay strong and consider it a lesson learned. And in a couple months you'll be ready to rock.

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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2004, 12:28 PM
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I'm so sorry this happened to you. I wouldn't wish it on anybody. Sounds extremely painful. Get Well Soon!

I hope other, less experienced, riders read this and learn from it. (Myself included) Leave your ego behind when you get on the bike. RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE!

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post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2004, 12:31 PM
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Re: More detailed account of my wreck and last week.

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I tumbled down into the water, and I KNOW that I hit my head somewhere in that cause I had a bloody nose too.
One question....did you have a helmet on?

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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2004, 12:39 PM
 
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Re: Re: More detailed account of my wreck and last week.

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One question....did you have a helmet on?
Yes, if he hadn't.... he wouldn't be typing this right now Gear saved his life.

I hope you heal up quick, scarry stuff crashing
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post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2004, 01:04 PM
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scary very scary, glad you are doing on again, and this maybe just put some sense into some person about riding to there abilitys.

and dont go off on yourself to much, alot of riders go down, sometimes its the learning lesson we all get when we just found out, we were riding over our heads.

heal up quick and hope to meet you sometime.



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Mike,

I'm glad, you have posted this. I'm sorry and very upset that you sustained the injuries you have. Hopefully, this kind of honest posting will prevent other people for doing the same thing.Please everyone, listen to what Mike said here, don't get in over your head!! We won't leave anyone behind!!

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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2004, 02:31 PM
 
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My rule of thumb when riding away from home / roads that are umfamiliar:

Go into a blind turn slow: at or 1.5x recommended speed. Once you see the exit, twist the throttle to have some fun on the way out. If there are consistent turns / recommended speeds, you can adjust. Curves / turns that you can see through .... hit it.

A lot of the corners that we encounter when out and about are blind. Sometime we are 1000+ miles away. The last thing we need, is to test our off raoding capabilities. You never know what may be waiting: a decreased radius, wildlife, amish etc. Some corners are marked with recommended speeds, some are not. Some speeds that are recommended are accurate, some are not.

IMO there is a "fun" speed. This "fun" speed varies, but should be exercised while away from home. Pushing your / your bikes limits should be limited to the track, or at least close to home while riding with friends.

I was the second rider on the scene. I ran back to avert oncoming traffic. I stood at the entrance of the turn and looked back to see what you saw. Although it was not tight, it looked a bit tight, it was blind, and there was a decreasing radius. I still shiver at the thought of taking the route that you took, but I can see your possible apprehension in entering the turn at your proported speed.

I am glad that everything is working out for you as best as it can.
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Mike, ..it sucked seeing you in that position..... Hope you heal up quick
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Oil burning problem = solved.

I'll see you out there soon, buddy, count on it!

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Oil burning problem = solved.

I'll see you out there soon, buddy, count on it!


Damn right on both counts!

I'm sorry to hear about your bike as well Chris.
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I hope you feel better!!!! Get well soon and don't worry, we all make stupid mistakes.

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post #13 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 01:12 AM
 
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Hey, it's good to see you up and posting again. I have to admit that in seeing parts of your bike scattered for 100's of yards (basically exploded) that the extent of your injuries, though extreme, are pretty good.

Take care of yourself and heal up quick.
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post #14 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-21-2004, 04:51 AM
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Heal up fast pitbull. Glad to see you posting.

Damn I wanna ride again!!!!!!!!!!

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FANTASTIC!!!! Glad to see you posting! I am so happy everything is turning out good! It sucks to see something like this happen but its MUCH better to hear you are okay!

Yo Mike, i have a 2 fold question for ya...Still need that book?
Either you REALLY need it or you REALLY DO NOT need it.

Which one??

Glad you are doing better brother!


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Sounds like a wild ride. Glad your ok. You'll have to describe the sensation of flying through the air and landing in water. I wonder if the helmet and foam armour can act as a flotation device.

The bad news, the bike and all the parts sunk, the carbs were 100 yards down the tracks and the tank and seat were floating face down.

Glad you can at least learn from this. It takes some expereince before your able to confortable judge the appropriate entry speed adjusted for you comfort level and abilities. Anytime your more than a 50 yeards or so behind the bike in front of you, your pretty much on your own for setting entry speed.
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All joking aside, was nice to meet you, and glad your'e recovering!

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Glad to see you posting again, Mike. That sounds like a wicked ride man, truly glad to hear from you. Heal up quick

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Re: More detailed account of my wreck and last week.

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How I caused my wreck

Basically, I came into the corner faster than I could mentally handle. I should have continued looking into the curve and leaning but instead I freaked and somehow rode the bike straight off the road.

I knew better, but the basic reason this happened was that I took the turn past my abilities. Since I didnít know the roads at all, I should have backed off more for that corner but I didnít.
Dear fellow last-weekend crash club member:

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I DID, word for word. Your injuries were by far the worst.

I've been worried sick about you, so I'm so glad you posted up. I can only imagine how scared you must have felt.

Get back on the bike as soon as you can. You, me, krys and the rest of the last-weekend crash crew should get together when you feel better and celebrate our good fortune of being alive and able to ride again.
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Glad to hear that you are all-right, heal up and get back on soon.
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glad to hear you are ok Mike.

Look at the bright side. At least there wasnt a train on the tracks when you decided to cross

Get well soon.
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Damn...
Well, glad you're still here to tell us about the crash, and good to see you in good spirits!
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Mike,

I'm glad there's a reasonably short road to recovery for you. Plenty of time to figure out what sort of bike to get next?

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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Woot! Glad to hear that you're hopping around and getting better. Take care of yourself and don't "overdo it". Hopefully you'll be back on two wheels before too long!
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Mike I am so glad you are ok. Take care of yourself...

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Hey Mike, glad you're ok and able to type! Heal up fast my friend and if you're up to it. Come to our BBQ on the 7/3/04. I'll make sure I have somewhere comfy for you to sit and chill out!!!!

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Glad to hear your recovery process is improving each day. Heal up and come home. Click some morphine for me in the meantime .

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