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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Wear Your Gear People!!!!!

So I was out riding late fri/early sat, and had a pretty nasty off. I was accelerating over the 18th st. bridge prolly in 3rd when I hit something. What, I don't know, but the bike went into a violent head-shake, and tossed me. I slid and spun and flipped, and whacked my head really hard before coming to a stop. My bike however was not as lucky. It easily slid 150-200 feet more than I, until the kickstand got stuck in one of the grates of the bridge.

I was wearing: Gaerne boots, my favorite pair of levi's, a Teknic perforated/armored leather jacket, some decent joe rocket gauntlets, and my trusty yellow HJC that I've had for almost 5 years.

Mind you i was doing a good 50mph when this happened.

I sustained: a sprained right ankle, 2 good size rash patches on my lower back, rash on my left elbow, rash on my left palm, and a jammed left thumb.

Someone was surely watching over me that night. I'm honestly surprised that my injuries aren't worse.

The bike........well I haven't really had time to do an assesment, but my buddy who was with me (not a member) is a saint. He stayed with my bike, arranged a flatbed tow, and put led the driver to my house. The bike was in my garage before I got my x-rays! He said it's not that bad. Frame sliders FTMFW!!!!!!

Aanyway, just wanted to let ya'll know, and hope someone can maybe learn something from my mishap, I know I sure will.

pics and updates to come



Ride safe peoples!!


EDIT:

The SV is totaled!!


By the way, I went to see an ortho today and he's already got me bearing weight on my sprained ankle. Rash is healing slowly but surely. I still can't believe I'm not still in the hospital!! Gear saved my life FOR SURE!!!

Thanks for all the kind thoughts/words.


EDIT: update.......PICS!













-Luke

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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 01:17 PM
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I wiped out on my old Ninja turning onto some gravel that I didn't see. I was wearing my 1pc and didn't feel a frickin' thing.

So yea, gear is mighty important!

Glad to hear you didn't come out of that any worse than you did!

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glad to hear your ok....

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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Glad you're ok- sounds like a nasty get-off.

I hit a patch of gravel and lowsided on my old Yamaha. I would've knocked all my teeth out on the lower left side if I hadn't been wearing a full-face helmet.
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post #7 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Glad you're ok- sounds like a nasty get-off.

Thanks. Yeah, it was some scary shit!

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post #8 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 01:52 PM
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This is NOT the year for riding for us, apparently. I don't think I've seen a season with more offs, track or public. I am glad you are ok buddy. Amazing you faired so much better than me and I was only going 10 mph... What the hell? LOL

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post #9 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 01:53 PM
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FWIW you shouldn't be wearing a 5 year old hemlet reguardless. You know you for sure have to replace it now, right?

Glad you're ok.

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Nothing wrong with 5 yr old helmet as long as it didn't absorb significant impact.

OP, I'm glad you walk were able to walk away without major injuries.
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Nothing wrong with 5 yr old helmet as long as it didn't absorb significant impact.
The adhesives crack and dry out and the outer shell seperates from the foam. Not to mention any lid thas been used for 5 years has had its share of drops and dings and bumps.

I'll spend $200 every two years to ensure I don't become a vegitable after a simple get off. You can do whatever you want

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Glad you are ok. thos bridges are nasty. You have ot be very careful. I live right by there so I use to ride them often. I dropped down to about 25mph on them.

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gear saved my life also as i ran into a land rover, everyone WEAR YOUR GEAR!!

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post #14 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 03:19 PM
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Whcih bridge? Over the river? 18th street has been terrible for a long time in the at area but I didn noticed that the eastbound lane was just paved over in the worst spot. I bet you were probably heading west. Glad you are ok.

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glad to hear you're ok

maybe now your sv650 matches mine with a dent in the tank too?

j/k man...heal up soon
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FWIW you shouldn't be wearing a 5 year old hemlet reguardless. You know you for sure have to replace it now, right?

Glad you're ok.

Oh yeah. No riding til I have a shiny new dome! Thanks.

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Whcih bridge? Over the river? 18th street has been terrible for a long time in the at area but I didn noticed that the eastbound lane was just paved over in the worst spot. I bet you were probably heading west. Glad you are ok.
That's the one. And yes, I was westbound.

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Glad your going to heal OK.

Be gentle with the water on the rash for a few days, and make sure you give it some air. Should heal fully in 2-4 weeks if it's not too deep.

It has been a bad season for offs.

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That's the one. And yes, I was westbound.
I live in the city part-time right on 18th, I never travel that way to the highway tough, the road is just terrible.

Oh, and I meant the bridge over the train tracks, not the river. That's actually were it is the worst.

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Glad you are OK Luc. Way to sport that gear.

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post #23 of 45 (permalink) Old 08-25-2008, 09:45 AM
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Glad you survived man, that's sounds very nasty and definately "all of a sudden."


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The adhesives crack and dry out and the outer shell seperates from the foam. Not to mention any lid thas been used for 5 years has had its share of drops and dings and bumps.
I think mpz if saying nothing is wrong with it if you haven't crashed in it, but he is not completely correct.

If a helmet has been used (ie worn regularly) for 5 years, it is time to get a new one. Your head is constantly pressing on the foam which only has an 80% memory. So overtime its ability to absorb an impact decreases. Doesn't matter much if you drop the helmet (as long as your head is not in it). It is the impact from the INSIDE that makes the biggest differance. So yeah, if you have crashed in it, you have crushed the foam, but overtime (ie 5-7 years) just your head being it (or hanging it on your mirror) will decrease its ability to absorb an impact.

It is not just protection from the outside that you need. You need that foam to crush to give your head time to slow down before your brain smacks up against the inside of your skull.

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glad to hear you're ok. i always wear my gear when riding. no gear = no riding for me.
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I know this is a repost, but it seems appropriate....


Glad you're ok, all things considered! keep us up to date on your wellbeing, and your bike once you get to looking it over..

I stupidly tried to drift out of a grass parking area and dropped my TLS last week, on the same side the previous owner had dropped it so all it did was knock the duct-taped turn signal off again.... then this morning I took it off the rearstand and the kick stand didn't hold, as I caught it I broke the rear turn signal =( *sigh*

Oh yeah, I'll add two things;
a) I (almost) always wear my gear -- only exception is if I'm going to do the under a mile run between offices, I won't be exceeding 20mph and I'll be on the bike for a matter of minutes, it'd take longer to suit up than it does to ride (or walk for that matter) ....
b) New helmet, can't stress it enough =) .... the 5 year rule is a good one anyways, I agree with everyone above who says to replace helmets routinely even if they haven't seen any 'action'..

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glad to hear ur not too bad off. i have an extra hjc xl that i wore for about 6 mths (bought a shoei, best thing ever) i would be willing to lend you if it gets you back on the road faster. heal up bruddah.

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Glad you are ok. thos bridges are nasty. You have ot be very careful. I live right by there so I use to ride them often. I dropped down to about 25mph on them.
Ditto on that one. And I give the cars in front of me like 10 car lengths so I have room to work with.

Glad you are ok!!!!!

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