i have a jvc helmet that has a 1.5 inch hole in the face shield from a rock a small car kicked at me . it was smack dead between the eyes ! while it rung my ears when it hit and slammed my head back, i was able to stay on the road and move off to the shoulder and catch my breath without a scratch ! since then i do not ride without a full face helmet or my off road helmet and full set of shatter proof goggles ..
I passed the WCT and the back feels fine. I replaced my Arai XD3 with an identical one. The first ride was for nearly 80 miles and no issues.
I want to thank all of my friends whom I've never met on here for your support and kind words. You kept me motivated to get back on the horse.
STEELB12: Yes my jacket had body armor in the elbows, shoulders and back. However, the back protection is soft and the mechanism of injury I sustained would not have been prevented by any reasonable back protection on the market. I was just one of those freak things.
I live near Yosemite National Park and during the summer months I see a lot of enduro bikes on the road. So I am sure someone on this forum has riden thru my neck of the woods. I always give the "bikers wave" to others on two (or three) wheels. Wave back and enjoy the sites.
It has been 42 months (3/2010) since the accident. Still riding the KLR with another 8,000 miles. Back is good. I can't run, jump or anything that jars the back. Guess that's the worst of it.. BTW I recently shook hands with Travis Pastrana and told him my story... he was un-impressed LOL. Back on track... The bike is running good. Only ride in good weather and daytime when possible. Rarely ride on "that" road - bad memories. Have ridden on a 200 mile trip to Mammoth Lakes no issues. Still love the KLR and "I" still believe in helmets.
Love your family, love your life, love your ride. - Sean
Wow! I missed your thread originally so I just read the whole thing... Bad accident and a great recovery, it's good to hear your doing well now, as is your bike. It's good to see that you "got back on the horse".
Love your quote at the end, "Love your family, love your life, love your ride." Good advice!
Diggity, first, congrats on being back at work! It sucks being laid up and the slow healing process.
Second, I was just up there on the Rim Fire and saw all kinds of roads I would like to explore. You're lucky for being in that area.
I buzz up there a couple times a year and will look out for the KLR.
Oh, and these things are fairly cheap to put back together.
$600 for my little outing into an embankment.
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