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post #1 of 49 Old 03-26-2010, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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08 and a barbed wire fence

On Thurs 3/18/10 I was out on my 08 enjoying the sunshine casually motoring down a Gravel/dirt Rd when BAM. Accordind to California Highway Patrol whom investigated the accident my Pelican 1550 (right side) hooked a tree root that was protruding from the road cut. I was doing about 20-25 mph and instantly turned 90deg straignt uphill, the KLR didn't like that so she joined forces with gravity and we turned 180deg, all in about 3 feet. I remember all this and what happened next.... The barbed wire fence. I saw it coming fast, instinct said locker up and slide into the fence bike first. So I tried just that.... Nope not enough time, we wound up high siding. I remember the impact. It felt like a someone on a roof dropped a bowling ball into the middle of my back while I was lying face down on the lawn chair. As it turned out the bike and I are a good team when it comes to fence removal. I was a 4 wire fence. We took out 3 wires in .005 seconds. I remember rolling a few rotations and then it was over. I couldn't breath and my back was killing me. I flipped up my visor on my Arai XD3 (Helmets save lives) hoping to get some air. I thought I just knocked the wind out. I tried to get up... ouch ouch ouch, not yet. Then my EMT training kicked in. Oh Shirt, spinal injury. I tried to calm down, klicked my boots together yup can feel it and I hear it , Good sign. Still trouble breathing, short rapid breaths , I sense gurgling in my respirations. This could be bad. I got my self inline as best I could. I pulled my helmet off, head feels OK. I fish my cell phone out of my pocket and call 911. OK help on the way. I called wife, OK wife on the way. Breathing getting easier, back really hurts. Randomly a jogger runs up. I tell him how to help, mainly just keep me still. I was definately in shock, I asked him to turn the key off on the bike, he did. Finally, Emergencey Services show up. Like I said I am an EMT/Firefighter so I know all the guys. The shirt talking began instantly, thats what we do, they were the first to pick me up. Ground ambulance to local hospital then Helicopter to Regional Level 2 Trauma center. CT Scans, Chest x-rays, tons of tests, 6 days inpatient. Diagnosis: 7 fractured verterbrae, 1 broken rib, small pneumo thorax (lung damage), bruised kidney and liver, massive contusions, abrasions, and lacerations. I am bed ridden for 4 weeks. I have to wear a clam shell around my entire torso whenever out of bed for 8 weeks. Can only walk with a walker. Dr. expect full recovery in 9-12 months.

I will ride again. I havn't seen the bike yet but from what I hear it was driven by a Department friend from the scene to my mother in laws house. I know the handle bars probably bent, mirrors broken, I think I saw the front fender hanging in the fence when they hauled me out. I am guessing around $1000 to fix but hey we both survived to tell this amazing story. I love my KLR and I intend to prove that to her buy fixing her up and getting back out there in 2011.

Two points I want to emphasize on here. 1: Helmets SAVE lives, I am looking at my helmet as I write this and it is severely damaged. You know those steel t-post they use for fencing. Well I center punched one with the top of my head. That impact poked a quarter sized hole into the outer shell and cracked the helmet from the top to back. 2: I love my wife. When things are at their darkest, a loved one whom is willing to do routing things like bath you or maintain good hygene and much much more. These people are deserve all you can give. You never know when this can happen.

I feel as if this were a freak accident. I was focused on the road, my speed was reasonable for the road condition. I just rounded a slight bend in the road an hooked a tree root. Im lucky that I will heal and the bike will be repaired. Oh ya, I am lucky that I carry great medical Insurance and I have the bike fully insured. I figure that when this is all over I will pay less than $1500 out of pocket.
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Holy crap, man. What a story. Glad you aren't any worse off than you are. Rest up and heal. Don't push it.

I think it would be a good wake-up call for everyone if you posted pics of the helmet and other gear you were wearing when you get a chance and things are less hectic.

Thank god for helmets, for sure. Glad you're around to tell the story brother.




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Very scary story. This exactly the type of thing I worry about, not to mention connecting with a car. I have been off a bike for over 10 years and I am just getting back on the rode. I bought a 2007 KLR from a friend and have been riding for about a month now, not too much at any time. I do everything I can to avoid a conflict, but with motorcycles, there are no guarantees. Sure hope you come out of this healthy again. I guess the best thing to do is get back on her as soon as you can to flush the fear from the mind.
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Hey Lockjaw, I actually intend to post pics on her recovery process and gear damage. I teach Medical First Reponder to the local Fire Department and I am going to do a full presentation on my experience including helmets, armor (I had armor on), and patient packaging (I was on a back board for 6+ hours). That class will focus on the Medical and first reponder aspect. What I intend to post on here will include gear and the bike rebuild. I intend to do my own wrenching so I will likely be looking for expertise on here. But ya I will definately post pics of the helmet.
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Thanks for sharing your experience!

Take it easy and all the best wishes for a full recovery.
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Hey Lockjaw, I actually intend to post pics on her recovery process and gear damage. I teach Medical First Reponder to the local Fire Department and I am going to do a full presentation on my experience including helmets, armor (I had armor on), and patient packaging (I was on a back board for 6+ hours). That class will focus on the Medical and first reponder aspect. What I intend to post on here will include gear and the bike rebuild. I intend to do my own wrenching so I will likely be looking for expertise on here. But ya I will definately post pics of the helmet.
Wow diggity! That is one heck of a crash. You take care of yourself and get healed up. When you're up for it I'ld be more than happy to come up and help you wrench on your bike.
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Sorry to hear about your crash. You are lucky to have received fast and knowledgeable assistance. Hope you recover quickly. I will be watching for your "life" story on this site.
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Sorry to hear about your accident and injuries. I am not far from you so let me know if I can help. Need your lawn mowed, give me a call. Whatever I can do to help.

The lawn thing comes from a friend that, without asking, mowed my lawn when I was laid up with a broken wrist from bicycling accident. Good friend.

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Hey Lockjaw, I actually intend to post pics on her recovery process and gear damage. I teach Medical First Reponder to the local Fire Department and I am going to do a full presentation on my experience including helmets, armor (I had armor on), and patient packaging (I was on a back board for 6+ hours). That class will focus on the Medical and first reponder aspect. What I intend to post on here will include gear and the bike rebuild. I intend to do my own wrenching so I will likely be looking for expertise on here. But ya I will definately post pics of the helmet.
Cool. It is not good to focus on the negative, but not good to ignore it either. Thanks for being so forthright.




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A few years ago a Taxi in Tijuana hit me on my 06 Klr and I broke my lower right leg. My dumbass brother said to me "arent you glad you wore your helmet" I said yea..wish I would have wore it on my leg..

I am a believer of freedom of choice when riding! my brother is a dick.
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