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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Memorial day weekend was supposed to be 2 days of riding and one day of golf. All I got was one day of riding.

We were on mile 250 or so of 350 expected. The leader signaled Zach and I to go by him because this newbie dumb ass was in front of both of us and we weren't getting any good curves.

Zach goes around Seth and I follow Zach. Seth holds up the rest of the group. We start cutting some serious curves. 25 mph rated curves at close to 70 mph, etc.

We get behind a line of 5 cars, then we get a straight and Zach goes, I follow right on his tail. Right as I hit passing speed, the 3rd vehicle (pickup truck) decides to turn left across us into a driveway.

My insticts tell me to beat the truck to the left shoulder and slide by. Unfotunately, Zach's first instinct was to brake, so I had to brake to keep from hitting Zach, then Zach accelerates and beats the truck. I picked a line to shoot through and it was a good one, except that the truck accelerated again and hit me straight on on my right side (he t-boned me).

Being T-boned at 100+ mph on a bike is not a good thing. When the impact struck my right leg, my leg blew open and a 2" wide piece of metal went straight through my knee joint, missing everything except my PCL, which is a complete miracle.

When I went down, I fell on the bike and rode it on the ground until it hit some gravel and tossed me like a ragdoll.

1/2 the skin on my calf was dangling and my kee was really messed up, so they air evacuated me to a hospiatal for emergency surgery.

I now have 40+ stiches in my calf, I believe my ankle has torn ligaments and tendons and my back looks naaaasty.

Luckily, I was wearing riding gear. I had on a Joe Rocket Peonix 2 jacket, Alpinestars riding shoes, Alpinestars Air Carbon MX gloves, and an Arai Rx7 Corseair. Notice I had no riding pants on, they were in shipment to be dlievered today. The only thing that got hurt was my leg/ankle and a sore shoulder from when I finally landed. I wonder what would have been if I were wearing those pants.

Well, I don't have pictures yet, but I'll post them when I get the off my camera.

BULL

I haven't seen the bike yet, but I hear it's in bad shape, probably totaled.
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
@#%$ buddy:eek I'm glad to hear that you're okay (if that's the right thing to say). A rider down is not a good thing and I (as with everyone else here) wish you a very speedy recovery mate;) I'm beginning to think these forums have some kinda curse on us as we seem to be dropping like flies;) I'm gonna give the bike shop a call tomorrow and tell them to take their time getting mine sorted and to just give me it back when the snow arrives:lol
Seriously though bull, take care bud|I

Al8)
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
SH*T dude, thank fu*k you were wearing your kit. That really does say something. Sod the bike mate, they can be repaired/replaced no matter how precious. I really hope you have a speedy recovery and you got the pickup who pulled out. I feel a big claim coming on

Dean
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
maybe I will buy some leathers after all..!
You don't have any already?:eek :eek :eek They're worth their weight in gold. While you're at it, get yourself a good spine protector and a pair of quality boots!

Al:b
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Good gear

<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>You don't have any already? They're worth their weight in gold. While you're at it, get yourself a good spine protector and a pair of quality boots!<hr></blockquote>

Hear, hear!! Never leave the house without full Power Rangers gear (incl back protector).

I was following my mate, he was riding my RSV Factory and I was riding his TDR..long story short.

He had a head on at about 50-60, (car coming towards him also doing about 50 - 60 ) he was thrown clear luckily as bike exploded in a ball of flames. He was wearing a jacket, gloves and a lid. His head split inside his lid from the impact (thank fook it didn't come off, could have been messy) but the main other injuries were from not wearing trousers (No I dont mean he was riding in his pants<img border=0 src="http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/happy.gif" /> ) but his injuries including the gravel rash all up his legs would have probably been a lot less with proper protection.

It's always a common debate that rears it head every now and again in the UK press...and it is down to personal preference...but even before this accident I personally would swear by investing in decent kit.

Anyway, get well soon mister. Hope it all gets sorted out soon (A year on and my accident still hasn't been sorted)
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Re: Good gear

Bull, I'm really sorry to hear this, just glad you're alive. It could have been a hell of a lot worse, just like mine could have. I'm lucky to still have my right foot. And like the others say, I never ride anywhere without my full riding gear. It always makes a difference. Keep us posted on your recovery. I'll keep you in my thoughts.
mark (still on crutches for at least 3 more months)
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Re: Good gear

Bull, Same goes for me, get well soon, as for gear i allways wear a laether and at least "draggin jeans".
Quick recovery Simon.
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Re: Good gear

man!!!! I am so sorry... speedy and complete recovery to you. I hope the trucker is at fault??
 
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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Re: Good gear

Nasty. Makes my skin crawl to read it. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
How's your angel?
(I'd be asking for a faster one - like Zach's.)
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Update

Thanks for the kind encouragement.

I'm really not sure who was at fault by law. If he didn't signal, then he would be, but I was passing him and he turned left, so it gets confusing. I have the right to pass and he has the right to turn. Not sure where the law lands on that one.

I may have had the slower angle, but he definately did his job. Here's why I think so:


I will be brief about the miracles, but this accident has really highlighted for me the difference between God’s mercy and God’s grace. The definition as I know is:

Mercy – is the release from a debt. Christ dying for our sins and our forgiveness from the debt of sin is mercy.
Grace – is going above and beyond. It is doing kindness, when justice says to deal punishment. God giving us the gift of heaven and rewards, even though we have sinned against Him is grace.

Frankly, God’s mercy was letting me keep my life through this accident. Being hit by a vintage pickup truck while passing cars and doing close to 100mph is mercy. My landing on my bike and riding it for a couple hundred feet before separating from it was mercy. It saved me from unimaginable road rash and skin grafts. My blue jeans had literally exploded on impact and would not have been any help.

His grace, however, extended well beyond. His grace is highlighted in the fact that a 2” wide piece of metal was driven through my knee joint, out the back side and then pulled back out without touching anything except my posterior cruciate ligament, which athletes don’t even replace if torn.

Also that ½ the skin on my leg looked to be lost and grafts seemed necessary, but the Dr. was able to patch me up with the skin that was left. No grafts necessary.

Or how about the fact that I didn’t break a single bone in this accident? They tell me it was like I was made of rubber. The truck hit me hard enough on my right side to make my leg explode, but not break a bone? That’s a miracle. Consider this: my ridding buddies had to pull my right shoe out of the front bumper of the truck after the accident, yet I still have my right foot.

How about the fact that my helmet didn’t have a scratch on it even though I landed several hundred feet from the collision and flipped in the air multiple times, followed by several barrel rolls on the ground.

Grace has continued as the Dr. was worried that the stitching was in a poor direction for circulation and some of the skin might not survive, but it continues to look better and better.

The bottom line of all of this is that I should not be in the shape I am in today. There is no human explanation for it and I wouldn’t dare try to find one.


BULL
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Re: Update

The bottom line of all of this is that I should not be in the shape I am in today. There is no human explanation for it and I wouldn’t dare try to find one.
I have found the answer. It's plain and simple and as it's taken from the film 'The Life of Brian' (which is kinda religious) so it must be true;)

The answer lies within the link;)

Al:lol
 
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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
This is what happens if you don't wear protection !!!

Sorry to hear you came a 'cropper' Bull. It sounds like you ended up worse than this guy!!!

Hope you recover soon.

 
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
Re: Here I am, Enjoy the Brutality

Joel,

I'll need to get with you on parts to determine if it's totalled. At this point, I kind of hope it is, because it will be a while before I'm able to get back on it and it's a $250 payment every month. <img border=0 src="http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/ohwell.gif" />

JSB's Motorcycle Wreck Photo Journal


***WARNING: GROSS PICTURES BELOW***

Here is the motorcycle prior to the accident:






This is my bike after the accident, the scraped road where I held onto the bike as it slid to the gravel, and the curve where the accident occurred, and the Truck that I hit.







This is me and my nasty leg at the scene of the accident. Below you will see the leg after stitching. In these pictures, my knee cap is completely exposed due to the left turn signal of the Dodge and my calf muscle is completely exposed due to the impact of the bumper.





After a couple hours of surgery, Dr. Wood has sewn up my calf with 50+ stitches and Dr. Hanby has cleaned my knee of the dozens of pieces of shrapnel. Ankle injuries are still undetermined.







This is the progression of the bruise on my shoulder where I landed when pitched from the bike. It gets nastier and nastier, but feels better and better. I'm convinced at this point that there is no damage other than the internal bleeding.














And next?...Only time will tell.
BULL
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Re: Here I am, Enjoy the Brutality

Joel,

By the way, if it is totalled and I do decide to get another bike (tons of pressure from family and friends not to) it will be another Benelli.

We'll just need to make sure that it has a tuneboy and the right fuel map and is tuned to perfection before I get it. I won't spare any expense next time. This bike deserves the best.

BULL
 
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Re: Here I am, Enjoy the Brutality

YEEEEOUCH!!:eek :eek :eek (there are not enough eek smilies to put after that comment so I've limited it to 3).

Holy crap Bull!! That picture of your leg with the chunk missing made my ball bag shrivel up so that it looked like a walnut shell when I saw that:lol
I'm gonna try and not look at them too much although it's gonna be hard not to look at those sexy thighs with your trousers all ripped (reminded me of the dresses that Jessica Rabbit used to wear:rollin )

Take it easy bro and I'm glad to see you smile in the last few pictures;)

Al;)
 
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Re: Here I am, Enjoy the Brutality

Next time when you dont want to spare any expense, dont spare any on leather pants ;)
 
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