I dropped my 2006 919 today on the highway. Spent most of the day in the hospital. Knee has a severe abraison and shoulder is sore as hell but it could have been a lot worse. I'm happy to be here.
I'm very glad I had on my Veloce Legionnaire gloves that I had received in the mail only two days earlier. I had on full gear except for jeans. KBC-VR2 helmet, Joe Rocket mesh jacket with armor, Veloce Legionaires, Alpinestar boots and Levis. I had just got off work, tooling down the slab about 60mph in the far right lane about to exit when everyone in front of me hit their brakes,hard. I had nowhere to go, rush hour traffic, cars everywhere. I hit the brakes, the front end washed out, I kissed the concrete.The first thing to hit the ground was the side of my helmet, then my knuckles, then my knees. Then the tumbling begins. I don't know how many times I flipped but it was several. I was trying to stand up but just kept flipping. Finally I started sliding. My main goal (if I ever stopped sliding) was to get my butt off the highway before I became roadkill. I was up and running before I completely stopped sliding. It's a miracle I didn't get hit, cars were screeching all around me but I made it. I felt no pain until then. Several people stopped and offered help/called 911. I just sat there waiting on the ambulance. I knew my knee was jacked up but other than that I didn't feel too bad. My gear did it's job. It made all the difference.The only injury I received was to my knee which was unprotected. My excuse for not wearing my pants was because it's summer in texas and they're uncomfortable.They're not nearly as uncomfortable as my knee feels right now. Gotta call the insurance co tomorrow, and the pound.
I have no idea what shape the bike is in. I do remember seeing it slide past me as I was flipping down the road. I'll post pics of the gear later and the bike if I get it back. I know it was my fault. It was a combination of things that led to my crash. I will do a more detailed crash analysis once I'm feeling better. I know I was going a little too fast and grabbed a little too much front brake. There were several factors involved but that's the bottom line.
The things that stand out the most to me are:
1. Wear Your Gear, all of it.
2. It's amazing how violent a crash is.
3. It happens so fast you don't have time to do anything.
Steve - I am so very sorry to hear what happened to you. I am very glad though that you are here to post and tell us about it. You had almost all the gear you needed... but don't blame yourself to harshly at this point - lessons learned.
In most accidents, the major impact points are the palms, wrist, elbows, hips and knees. This is why most protection is designed around these parts. You will always notice that the hardest armour is placed around these parts of the body.
That knee injury looks pretty severe - I hope you heal well and fast. Take your time with the healing process and sadly, the soreness will still come later. Next time, maybe look into safety pants readily available on the market. Most come with Knee protectors and hip padding - whether from Veloce or any other brand, they are worth having.
I hope the gloves served you well and protected your hands adequately. On a side note - in an accident, the best thing to do is allow your body to come to a stop or at least slow down significantly. Try to tuck your arms into your body to reduce flailing around. When you keep trying to stand up, you can actually worsen your fall as your limbs tend to act as pivot points for you to tumble. It is very counter intuitive and your mind probably tells you to stand up quick... but your body is still in motion and moving to fast with the mass to be stopped that quickly. Sometimes, you can extend your hand out and use your hand as a brake literally... but that is a daring move.
I am glad you were not hit additionally on the road and like we all said - WE ARE DAMNED HAPPY YOU ARE STILL HERE - pretty much in one piece.
Keep us posted.