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post #1 of 44 Old 05-10-2014, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Swerved to avoid rear ending a cage, back end swung out and clipped the car, then bike and I hit the median. Kept the bike upright while skidding to a stop. While skidding, I smacked my arm on this thing: image-2877806521.jpg Did this to my arm: image-3740736450.jpg Did this to my bike: image-1502577287.jpg image-1899306979.jpg image-1177516571.jpg image-909144517.jpg image-3299703397.jpg image-383393387.jpg image-3414407918.jpg image-2472125343.jpg image-906420442.jpg image-1913079176.jpg image-2607107484.jpg image-2038731576.jpg A lot of damage to my leg and the bike was mitigated by the Motovation frame slider!

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Damn man glad to hear you didn't go airborne and worse. That x-ray looks the shiz though, better clean break than fracture I guess. Man how long that break gonna keep you off?

Looks to be manageable damage to the bike though, nothing too serious.

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That x-ray just hurts to look at but the bike looks surprisingly good. Hope you get both healed up quick.

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At least your somewhat ok...must be something in the air...i crashed a few weeks ago and my son crashed a week after i did...hope everything heals ok

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OUCH! That xray makes me cringe!

Glad you're otherwise ok. Sounds like it could of been much worse.

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All things considered it could've been a LOT uglier, happy it wasn't

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sorry to see and hear these bad news...
at least the bike looks ok,,,
use your right arm to gas n break , try to engage without clutch, u will be fine for a while without the left one:-))))))
just trying to cheer you up buddy!!
stay strong and get well soon!

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OUCH! Here's to a speedy mend - both you and the bike.

This is one hell of an apparatus to be hanging out there. You might have a claim against the highway dept or somebody for leaving it there.
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OUCH! Here's to a speedy mend - both you and the bike.

This is one hell of an apparatus to be hanging out there. You might have a claim against the highway dept or somebody for leaving it there.
+1! Glad it wasn't worse!

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Glad you're okay. That's a rough looking X-ray. At lease your bike made it through alright.
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From the sounds of your wreck, I thought your bike was going to be a lot worse than it was. You may not have gotten off easy, but I think you're bike faired better than you did!

Hope you heal up fast man, sucks this happens at the beginning of summer :-(

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Well at least you had the proper gear for you and the bike. This would have been a lot worse if you hadn't. Glad you are ok.

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Man that sucks! The bike looks to have come out of it much better then your arm .... hope you heal up quick.

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Better, stronger, faster. You'll get better too

Glad you're not worse than you are. That thing on the barrier could have caused a lot more damage to you than it did.

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This is one hell of an apparatus to be hanging out there. You might have a claim against the highway dept or somebody for leaving it there.
Please seriously consider this... Maybe we could have a fundraiser on this site to engage an attorney. (I'll pitch in the last $100 from my "pay" from the head injury study.) I've tried with zero success to get the state to reconsider those god awful cable barriers. Nothing.... Maybe a lawsuit would wake some people.

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This is one hell of an apparatus to be hanging out there. You might have a claim against the highway dept or somebody for leaving it there.
That is exactly what I was thinking, what is that?


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Thanks for the well-wishes.
That thing is made to hold temporary signs, such as for lane closures and such.
Why they leave them up when not in use is beyond me.
Surgery is tomorrow morning.

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Good Luck!
Hopefully can coordinate the recovery time with the bike repair and still enjoy some riding this summer!

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Why they leave them up when not in use is beyond me.
Exactly why you have a case - maybe even against the construction company.

Find something in their contract about safety rules, etc. and you've got a winner.

Get a lawyer, asap. If anything, you'll get enough funds to buy your next bike outright.

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Surgery over.
I feel ok, other than a moderate head ache.
My arm and hand is completely paralyzed from the nerve blocker treatment. No feeling, no response from trying to move it. It feels so weird.

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Great news! Glad you're over that hump. I know EXACTLY what you mean about the paralysis from the nerve blocker. Freaky... But yes, that will pass... Hope you continue to improve!

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DUDE!!! OUWWUUCHHH!

Glad to hear you will be OK. Hang in there and speedy recovery!

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The feeling came back in my arm a couple hours ago... I really wish it hadn't.

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The feeling came back in my arm a couple hours ago... I really wish it hadn't.
Yeah its no fun when the meds fafe away.

I had a rotor cuff shoulder surgey years ago ... no fun at all. Haha.

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Well, at least the worst is over! All you need to do now is wait for 5 to 6 weeks for the majority of the healing to complete. While that is going on remember to exercise the other arm regularly -- for some reason I have never heard a satisfactory explanation for it will benefit the injured side as well. As soon as the post op swelling abates start doing mild isometrics as well: it will promote greater circulation and the less muscle mass you lose to atrophy during the healing process the quicker fulll recovery will be.

In the meantime you can collect the necessary parts to get the 9er back in shape.

One question I haven't read -- what was the actual cause of the accident? Rear ending another vehicle is usually blamed on the operator of the approaching vehicle unless the other vehicle did something like unpredictably swerve into your lane or suddenly brake for no obvious reason.

Enjoy your time off from work.

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One question I haven't read -- what was the actual cause of the accident? Rear ending another vehicle is usually blamed on the operator of the approaching vehicle unless the other vehicle did something like unpredictably swerve into your lane or suddenly brake for no obvious reason.
Thanks for the advise.
My mistake was watching the car in front of me, and not watching the car in front of HIM.
Two cars up stopped dead, for a reason I'm not aware of. The guy in front of me had enough rubber touching the road that he could stop in just enough time. I did not.
When I realized I couldn't stop in time, I swerved to the left in hopes of stopping between the car and the mini-shoulder. But my over-use of the rear brake and gravel collection on the shoulder made for a squirrelly tail. Which is how I clipped the back of his car before bouncing into the divider wall.

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Damn, that sucks. I hope your arm heals fast.

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I'm with the others on here...when I saw the pic it was like WTF is that and what is it doing there! Hope the arm heals up okay and I know you'll have the bike repaired and ready in no time...

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The money shot!

Got a box full of parts (and new gloves), just need two arms to put them on.



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I'll be in a splint for another 3 weeks. Then we'll see how it's healing.

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One silver lining:
Since I have to replace my tail section, I can cut a piece off and use it as a swatch for when I shop for gear and accessories.

This green is so hard to match up.

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eatdirt, Hey man I been busy and havn't been on here in a few days. Just now seen your bad news on here.. I'm sorry about your injuries and your bike damage. Get well soon ! lew

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eatdirt, Hey man I been busy and havn't been on here in a few days. Just now seen your bad news on here.. I'm sorry about your injuries and your bike damage. Get well soon ! lew
thanks man!
I feel a lot better. My arm is just itchy, for the most part.

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Are you missing work because of the broken arm? If so, that probably hurts worse than the bone. Looks like a clean break, and they got it good and straight. Will the screws and plate have to come back out, or will it stay. When the cast comes off, work that wrist a lot. If you don't, you'll loose some movement.

Is the bike insured? What are you up to in repairs.

Man, that was bad timing, that temporary sign fixture thing. Could have been a whole lot worse. I don't commute, or ride "big" roads on the bike. Vastly out gunned.

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Too soon .....

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Wrong arm, lol.... Now you gotta do the other one!

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Are you missing work because of the broken arm? If so, that probably hurts worse than the bone. Looks like a clean break, and they got it good and straight. Will the screws and plate have to come back out, or will it stay. When the cast comes off, work that wrist a lot. If you don't, you'll loose some movement.

Is the bike insured? What are you up to in repairs.

Man, that was bad timing, that temporary sign fixture thing. Could have been a whole lot worse. I don't commute, or ride "big" roads on the bike. Vastly out gunned.
I missed about 7 days in total, but I had 7 days vacation left to be used before June. I was going to take the kids to the Great Wolf Lodge (water park) this week, but I can't do that with my arm in a cast. Luckily it was going to be a surprise, and they didn't know about it, so they weren't let down. I'll take them in July. The screws and plate are made to stay in forever. However I can elect to have them removed after 2 years, but it may not be covered by insurance. It was about $1,200 in parts and powder coating to take care of the stuff worth fixing. Insurance cut me a $4k check for damages. So I'm ahead on the bike, as long as the medical bills don't eat that up.

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The new zipper

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A better look at the frame slider that saved my bike and leg:


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And got the controls and headlight on, it's rideable:



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Replacing the rear cowl
Sending the headlight ring, front wheel, stator cover, exhaust shield, and grab handle to get re-powdercoated.
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Glad to see you came out OK man. Chicks dig scars!

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