Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Two Sundays ago, I was riding my KX500 in these Rocky Mtns above Lander WY. It had rained as we were un-loading / changing cloths.
Any ways, at about 6.75 miles into our ride with a diversion onto a game trail/cow trail/motorcycle approved route which my new riding acquaintance had not yet ridden, I mis-judged the angle and slipperyness of a 3 inch log laying at an angle across the trail. The trail was not wide enough to zig right, then left to cross the log perpendicular and I didn't get the front tire lofted over it.
I've never crashed SO Hard at 10mph in near 50 years of riding! I am thankful for the plastic chest & back protector which I wear while riding that bike.
I did not break my left clavicle (shoulder blade), but I still hurt clear thru to the front of my chest. I had suggested that my riding partner take the lead on the cow-trail.
I did manage to lift the bike back up-right, and drag the front wheel back up onto the trail, with right arm only. Twisted the front forks & handlebars back into reasonable alignment. Started the beast and made a 'K' turn on the side hill trail and then wait for partners return. Then rode back to the truck. The ER doctor is a friend / customer of mine also, so I did not have to hear the normal motorcycle lectures. I had told the Admissions clerk that I slipped on a wet log, which was 100% true.
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Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting
Last edited by pdwestman; 08-24-2019 at 10:16 PM.