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post #1 of 39 Old 06-06-2011, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Released from the Trauma unit last week

I had the misfortune of being a ways behind a car/pickup accident that caused a 5 gallon bucket of used motor oil to drop off the pickup. Because of the topography of the highway i saw the mess as i came over a rise in the highway-not enough time to miss the slick.. my bad. Anyway,fast "tankslapper" and I hit I.78 at 60 mph.(highsider). I think I "longrolled" about 70 feet all on pavement. Bike was in the grass median. Injuries to bike: all plactic cracked, dasboard gone, H.T. crashbars intact, H.T. Tetons-not a scratch. Mounting for same;fine. Barkbusters one side fine, other side lost the plactic, which i recoverd.
my injuries: 4 broken ribs with pneumo & hemothorax= chest tube. cracked C7vertabrae, broke thumb and middle finger on left hand. broke great toe and 5th toe on right foot. worst fracture was "pinky" toe;it was smashed. NO HEAD INJURY,NO ROAD RASH, NO LONG BONE FRACTURES,EVERYTHING IS HEALING NICELY! I tell the tale in hopes that it may help even one person. Not for anyone's sympathy as I believe I was most fortunate!! The bike was fully insured but totalled. Plan to get another Gen.2 and use it as a parts bike. I have pics. but cannot figure how to post. Happy to e-mail them to someone who can then post. I choose ATGATT about 10 years ago. I believe it served me quite well. Was 3 miles away from home. was 5 miles from Class 1 trauma center. Rode my V-Stom yesterday..for about 5 sore miles.But I was smiling!

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post #2 of 39 Old 06-06-2011, 08:50 AM
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Congratulations on your survival, Masterlink!

Further, kudos for your prudence in preparation; ATGATT!
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post #3 of 39 Old 06-06-2011, 09:08 AM
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Bad deal, but good to hear you're okay. It's obvious your subscription to the ATGATT way of thinking served you well. Thanks for telling the tale and besides your report that things are healing nicely, I believe the best thing you have going for you regarding the physical healing is your overall attitude about the whole thing and I admire you for that. I'm no physician, but I would say your way of thinking helps and speeds up the process even more. I believe the phrase "true grit" describes it well.

It was noted that you detailed the damage to your KLR before going into detail about the rather substantial damage to yourself. If that ain't a dedicated rider, I don't know what is.

Continued good luck with the recovery of both you and your machine.

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post #4 of 39 Old 06-06-2011, 09:28 AM
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"True Grit" is right.

Glad to hear you are doing well and in good spirits. I hope you have a fast recovery.

I can't believe you were already on a bike. That 4 broken ribs with pneumo & hemothorax has got to hurt like a mutha'..

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post #5 of 39 Old 06-06-2011, 10:06 AM
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Wow. Glad to hear you're all right.


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post #6 of 39 Old 06-06-2011, 12:44 PM
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Sorry to hear about it brother. I've been down that road a few times myself. Sounds like your mind is right and you're coming along well. Keep it up!

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post #7 of 39 Old 06-06-2011, 02:58 PM
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Holy moly! Glad you're OK, brother. I can't believe you're riding again either. Keep your head up.


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post #8 of 39 Old 06-06-2011, 03:00 PM
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WOW….. That’s a camp fire story Id like to hear…
Glad your OK
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post #9 of 39 Old 06-06-2011, 05:04 PM
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Wish you a speedy recovery. I'm sure there's a message in this for us all. While the pictures will tell a lot of the story, I'm sure there's more you'll need to tell. Need to tell 'cuz I need to hear it. Back in the dark recesses, I still hold that thought that I'm bullet proof....

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Glad you are recovering nicely!
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