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post #1 of 14 Old 08-20-2010, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Riding days are over

On April 14, I was riding my KLR650 on a local highway when a pickup suddenly pulled out in front of me, forcing me to t-bone him at 55 mph. I was wearing a helmet and heavy denim clothing so I did not suffer any brain injury or road rash, but I did sustain a femur broken in 9 places, broken pelvis and hip, 5 broken ribs, a smashed tibia just under the knee, and a shattered left wrist. As of now, I'm able to hobble around with a walker, and my orthopedic surgeon is confident I will walk again eventually without the use of tools, but I'm facing quite some time yet of 4-day-a-week physical therapy. Because I also tore most of the muscles in my thigh, my therapist says it will be probably next to impossible for me to get my leg up over a bike like a KLR any more. Dang!
The most ironic part is the guy who pulled out in front of me was my driver's ed instructor 30+ years ago and a dear friend for the past 20 years.
Thank you to all on this forum who have helped me with my KLR problems and solutions!
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-20-2010, 09:57 AM
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Sorry to hear about your accident Big Ray. Sounds like you are fortunate to be alive. My best wishes to you for a speedy and full recovery. The mind thing will be the most difficult to deal with. Hang in there.

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post #3 of 14 Old 08-20-2010, 11:55 AM
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First of all, your therapist doesn't know everything.. You do what you have to do and remember that limitations are in your head and can always be gone beyond.

Secondly, if you enjoy riding, there's always a way do it.. Hell, I remember when I was riding enduro competitions, there was a guy from Iowa that rode our enduro every year, and he was missing his left leg from just below the hip, down.. He set up a KDX to shift on the handlebar and he was FAST!! Over logs, through mud, nothing stopped him..

Keep your head up, take your time, and remember that there's aways a chance!!

Get well soon!!
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Thoughts are with you while you heal. Hopefully, the worst is behind you.

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Wow, man. I can't imagine the pain you must be in. My thoughts are with you. Come on here and talk about bikes or the accident while you heal. You can help many others. And you can always throw your leg over a forum.

So sorry this happened. And Paper's right. Doctors try to be conservative and they don't know stubborn ass bikers. Heal bud.




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Ouch! That was a nasty one! My biggest fear is someone pulling out or turning left in front of me. Heal fast and heal well, fingers crossed for a full recovery my friend!

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Big Ray-

So sorry to hear this; I can feel some of you pain. I tore a calf muscle a while back and am trying to heal it.

It's a long row to hoe, but heed Paper's comments. Don't give up, work hard, and let us see you back out there.

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post #9 of 14 Old 08-21-2010, 12:38 AM
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Big Ray,

I feel really bad about the accident. I've been staring at the screen for awhile thinking about things after I read your post. I want to thank you for sharing your experience, and for making me realize that I really have to enjoy every single ride, and be thankful for what I have.

In terms of us helping you, we don't know what you need. Just let us know. We'll be there for you.

Good luck.

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