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post #1 of 9 Old 12-08-2014, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Crunch

Even knowing that it’s sooner or later inevitable, when you finally do hit something with a motorcycle, it’s a shock.......and it happens so bloody fast........



On Nov. 11, I rode out to the Lake Roberts area about 30 miles north of Silver City for a short hike. Coming home, I started into the S-turns that I took the video on a few months ago – ( ) – and was well into them at a pretty good speed – but not nearly as fast as in the video. A small dark car started down toward me, going like hell and cutting the curves into as straight a line as he could. (afterwards I told a couple of people that it was a small white pickup, but the pickup came by a bit later when I was trying to free the bike. He didn’t stop, either. Got confused a bit)



I had come out of a right lean and, coming into the tighter left curve, had swung right over to a left lean to line up the next curve; still on the right side of road, close to shoulder. That bugger was cutting the curve and coming straight at me very fast, so I tipped up for a second to miss him. He was right beside me – almost within reach - when I looked ahead and saw my front wheel heading for the dirt at #1. Couldn’t cut back or would have broadsided him, so tried to ride it out. I think it would’ve worked if I’d had a bit of power on but I have very little off road experience on a bike and didn’t think of it. If you look at the video again and stop it at 1:22, you can see how things were laid out. Make the 1st sweeping right curve and lay into the sharper left curve.



Here, again, I left the road at 1. I think, from looking at the tracks, that my front wheel tracked at (2). My problem was that I had no power on and the rear wheel was slowing me, then slipped in the dirt (3) under the engine braking pressure. You can just make out the 2 tracks – rear tire below the front. I’d almost made it when the bike suddenly jammed hard into the bank and “Stopped.” Cold. From about 15 mph. I think that was when the rear wheel slipped. At the far end, where I was coming back down you can see the mark of the front wheel suddenly climbing the bank at (5). The gouge in the bank above it (4) is from the right handlebar. The bike was upright and I had a real struggle to get the handlebar pulled loose – it was jammed into the dirt up over the front brake master cylinder. When it did come loose it took everything I had to keep it from tipping onto me - it was above me. The impact and jolt fractured a bone in my left wrist, so gotta wear my pretty blue cast for a few weeks. What a PIA. The simplest things – tying my boots, even – HTH do you do it ?? I’ll find out in the morning.

The bike is fine - just a few little scratches on the D-Flex plastic.

That guy never slowed down. Just kept on going. If I looked him in the eye I wouldn’t know him – wouldn’t even be able to say for sure what kind of car it was. Happens fast and I was totally focused on my problem.

Tarnation. Almost had it made. This is about the only dirt bank I can think of out that way – most are solid rock and that wouldn’t have been as much fun. Other side of road is a steep drop-off into a canyon with plenty of big trees. If I’d gone over that, I wouldn’t be sitting here whining.......I’d be an iffy case at hospital. Maybe. Count my blessings, eh ?? Lars.
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Wow.. Glad you made it out okay.

Did you ride home? Was your wrist hurting?

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Glad to hear the outcome wasn't any worse, biglar. Hopefully you're right-handed and the wrist heals up on schedule.



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Ouch, hoping you heal fast!

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That sucks! Glad you're not hurt any worse.

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Glad to hear the outcome wasn't any worse, biglar. Hopefully you're right-handed and the wrist heals up on schedule.
Nope - I'm left handed and it was a real PIA with the cast. It's off now and just using a strap on wrist brace. Still pretty tender, but improving so I guess I'll live.

I'd love to get my hands on that guy - it had to be deliberate. Lars.
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I'd love to get my hands on that guy - it had to be deliberate. Lars.
I guess he didn't realize it's going to take a lot more than that to keep an old Mountain Man like you off the roads and trails.

If you ever see him, tell him next time he'd better send a fully-loaded semi or an old grizzly bear sow.....



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Accident

KLR's don't make very good "bulldosers" !

Hope that hand/arm heals up ok.

I put my KLR down earlier this year. My left foot got crunched up. No break, just bad sprain. I did limp for a while, and got better. However, About 3 weeks later, my toe got a sharp pain that lasted for about a week. It's better now. The only reason I mention this is, you may find lingering effects from this. ( Like nerve damage.) Be careful how much you attempt to do until you heal completely.

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Wow.. Glad you made it out okay.

Did you ride home? Was your wrist hurting?
I had pulled a tendon in left forearm a couple of weeks earlier, so it was already sore. Later in the evening it was bothering me but it was a while before I connected the incidents.

It hurt far worse after they took the cast off than when it actually happened - and is giving me fits now, even with the strap-on brace.

Yah, I did ride it home and was totally p.o.'ed.
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