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post #1 of 10 Old 11-11-2013, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Ever been in a bad crash??

I just recently read an article by Ken Condon in the Nov. Issue of MCN. I would give the link-but don't know how! (page 41)
Ken writes about possible after affects from being in a motorcycle crash. One of the better articles on the topic. I have been in four crashes: 2 low side with little damage to body or bike; and 2high side which were much more brutal. The worst, on my "new 09 KLR" was caused by a careless driver. My newly farkled bike was totaled. I landed in a trauma unit with significant injuries. My question, I guess, is in what ways did that accident affect me?
I would like to hear from others that have had significant crashes-- how did the crash affect/change you, if at all?

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-11-2013, 09:49 PM
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affected me big time for almost a year, had a phobia of making left turns. was always afraid i was going to scrape my peg and get laid down again. i eventually got over it and i am fine now. but i am much more aware of road slopes now.

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-13-2013, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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The article mentions everything from "riding scared" to PTSD. I think that one crash just kinda ticked me off for a while. I just wonder if any guys found it difficult to " get over" a bad accident.?

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-13-2013, 07:15 PM
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Never been in a "bad" crash and thankfully only two get offs on the street. First was a lowside turning into some gravel, second I T-Boned another bike. Injuries were only some road rash but drove home the importance of ATGATT.

The gravel made me anal about wearing proper gear.

The T-Boning incident scarred me from enjoying group rides. Now when I'm in a group if not leading I'll be trailing all the way to the back.

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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100 mph high side.....was not a pretty picture!......was trying to avoid a bambi in middle of my lane!.....had full gear, and was at least able to "walk" away from it....but still have some minor issues now, 4 years later!.....my left thumb was torn up, and wont ever be 100% again...plus broke a couple ribs....as for riding afterwards.....have kind of slowed down my pace a bit since then...lucky to be here as well....as I have a prior broken neck injury......so have mellowed a bit with age....and not taking as many risks as I used to.......having a ZX-14 it isnt easy to go slow!....lol...but next month will be getting myself a KLR650 for primary riding bike!....so should help keep me a bit more in line!
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post #6 of 10 Old 11-18-2013, 02:34 PM
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I didn't have a major crash, but I lowsided and slid across the pavement. At 40 mph, you wouldn't think that the damage is that bad. However, it grinded almost through my cheap jacket I had.. My $300 riding boots were completely shot. However, I was able to stand up and walk it all out. I do credit my jacket with preventing road rash, but leather woulda done a much better job http://www.motorcyclehouse.com/vikin...jacket-2.0.htm
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-20-2013, 11:19 PM
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In my younger days, I put a set of nobbies and sprockets on an RD360 Yamaha for my first dirt riding experience. Back in the hills of Kentucky the riding consisted of old rough and rugged logging trails, rocky river beds and all kinds of unimaginable terrain. I spent the day slip sliding, crashing, bumping trying the impossible, to keep up with the experienced boys on their true dirt bikes. By the end of the day I just wanted to have a little, but safe thrill ride. So as I was navigating the wide open pasture field leading up to camp I was sitting enjoying myself and thought- ONE last twist of the throttle. A stump about 3in. high, covered over with grass and BOOM! 51' in the air landing directly on my head. Ribs wouldn't let me turn over in bed for 6 mo. The last thing my wife said before we left on that trip was-don't come home injured because of some stupid thing you've done, or something to that effect. I won't bore you with the details of the corruptible excuse we manufactured. It taught me a lesson though. Went out and bought a Susuki RM 250 dirt bike and kept my arse off the seat.
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-27-2013, 01:48 PM
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I haven't had any crashes yet... I mean god forbid anything bad happen to me.
But I am fairly careful and don't take too many unnecessary risks.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-29-2013, 06:17 PM
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In the 60's I got hit from behind with a half ton my new boot still laced was 300 ft down the road spent a year before I could work ,not a nice memory I had a wife and a son ,spent a few hospital days since then over motor cycles ,4 wheelers ,but it,s a way of life for me ,I,m still ridding and plan to ,hell were not getting out of this world alive anyhow !
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-08-2014, 11:37 PM
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Got t-boned by a drunk cager on my way to work one morning. Beautiful morning ride, five minute drive, got lazy and wasn't watching everyone like I usually do and anticipating. Didn't have my gloves on, paid for that with some road rash and a couple cracks. Still hurts a bit after a long day of city riding (clutch hand). My riding since has become more aggressive and vigilant. I ride in a lower gear now to give myself as many ways out as possible. That is my second crash now and I find that they seem to happen when I am complacent so now I dress fully and keep myself entertained on the bike more to keep me aware.
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