: Rider down



ewill3rd
10-05-08, 09:52 PM
Man I was all excited, perfect weather, going to meet some new friends and ride with some old friends.
Early morning light fog, damp pavement, cold tires, and a right hand turn made my day a lot shorter.
I low sided and rolled down the street behind my bike, my gear protected me for the most part but I have never invested in some good riding pants.
Tore through my jeans like paper and ground a 1/2" hole in my knee and left a pretty good abrasion around it.
The doc cleaned it out and cut away the asphalt tatooed skin then sewed it up with 4 stitches. My hip is real sore where I landed on it and my left thumb got jammed somehow but I managed to pick up the bike and a neighbor helped me push it back up the street into the garage after he saw me bite it.
The bike is scratched up kind of bad on the right side and the street ate through the engine cover then started leaking oil onto the street.

Man this sucks in so many ways I can't even tell you.

The pain isn't bad and the knee just looks bad but it really doesn't hurt much.
Not sure how much this is all going to cost in the long run but I ain't riding again without the right pants, I might go full leathers next time. I gotta lose a little weight first though.

Just thought I'd let everyone know.

LS1Mike
10-05-08, 10:08 PM
Man I was all excited, perfect weather, going to meet some new friends and ride with some old friends.
Early morning light fog, damp pavement, cold tires, and a right hand turn made my day a lot shorter.
I low sided and rolled down the street behind my bike, my gear protected me for the most part but I have never invested in some good riding pants.
Tore through my jeans like paper and ground a 1/2" hole in my knee and left a pretty good abrasion around it.
The doc cleaned it out and cut away the asphalt tatooed skin then sewed it up with 4 stitches. My hip is real sore where I landed on it and my left thumb got jammed somehow but I managed to pick up the bike and a neighbor helped me push it back up the street into the garage after he saw me bite it.
The bike is scratched up kind of bad on the right side and the street ate through the engine cover then started leaking oil onto the street.

Man this sucks in so many ways I can't even tell you.

The pain isn't bad and the knee just looks bad but it really doesn't hurt much.
Not sure how much this is all going to cost in the long run but I ain't riding again without the right pants, I might go full leathers next time. I gotta lose a little weight first though.

Just thought I'd let everyone know.

Damn dude! Sorry to hear it. It sounds painful just reading it.
Heres to a speedy recovery.

Florian
10-05-08, 10:21 PM
wet = low side
dry = high side.

Good thing it was wet....
Now, about those pants......try firstgear/Brosh/Motoport, etc....but get some.

F

c5 rv
10-05-08, 10:27 PM
Sorry to hear, man. Every rider I've known has gone down at least once, some with worse results. Good luck and heal quickly.

Ranger
10-05-08, 10:41 PM
Sorry to hear about that Bill, but glad to hear it was not worse.

dkozloski
10-05-08, 10:43 PM
I always wore a Barbour suit.

CadillacSTS42005
10-05-08, 10:50 PM
woah now Bill
take it easy man!
dont rush yourself to the grave
glad your okay! :thumbsup:

Rolex
10-05-08, 10:52 PM
Sorry to hear about your spill. This is one of the many reasons I do not ride a bike. God speed your healing.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
10-05-08, 11:17 PM
Glad to hear you are okay. It could have been worse. One of my grandpa's friends dumped his '02 Goldwing and nearly totaled it. He was only doing about 10 mph.

RightTurn
10-06-08, 12:56 AM
:( Sorry to hear this, Bill...but I'm glad you could walk (limp) away from it. Hope you feel better really soon.

Red_October_7000
10-06-08, 02:33 AM
Yeah, glad to hear you're OK. Nearly everyone I know except my girlfriend, oddly enough, who ever got on a motorbike, f**ked themselves up bad on it. Her Ex-husband tore his leg open like a sardine can on one. My buddy crazy Ronzo damaged his knee something wicked... walked with a limp for 20 years before that ate up all the cartilidge. Now he's got a metalic replacement and some dead dude's bone in there too! No limp, though! Even though it doesn't interest me much, I'd still like to learn how to ride, though. If I ever bought a bike it'd be a Ural, or an Indian, or some other weird brand.

Playdrv4me
10-06-08, 02:43 AM
It really is like they say... If you ride a bike, eventually, you WILL end up on the pavement once. I know Stoney had his incident awhile back and hopefully this will be the last one for you. Hope you get many years of happy riding from here on out and recover quickly.

gdwriter
10-06-08, 03:34 AM
Sorry to hear about this, Bill, but glad you came out mostly OK.

I'm such a freakin' klutz that there's no way I'd ride a motorcycle unless I had a death wish.

ewill3rd
10-06-08, 07:15 AM
Thanks guys, I have been riding since about '88 and have clocked about 30-40,000 miles on bikes.
I have been down a couple times before but nothing a few days rest wouldn't fix.
I high sided once, went under a car once, and had lots of close calls.
I just let myself get rushed and didn't drive the way I knew I should be, as with most things it was an accumulation of small oversights that caused the problem. I think I'll heal up quickly. My hand and thigh feel better but the abrasion feels pretty bad today.
I think I might go for a full suit next year, if I had been wearing pants I could have brushed it off. I slid for only a short time and started rolling. I'll get pics of my gear later and maybe where I bit it. It is so embarrassing really.
Right down from the house on the first freaking corner because of a lack of attention.
Who knows what it will cost to fix the bike? grrr...
I figured I was about due, but I was hoping it could wait until next year. Better to get it out of the way I guess.
:lol:
Nice to know some people care, thanks again.

CIWS
10-06-08, 10:22 AM
Sorry to hear about your spill. This is one of the many reasons I do not ride a bike. God speed your healing.

:yeah:

ewill3rd
10-06-08, 10:27 AM
Here are a few of the better pics related to my incident.

Side fairings
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/DSCN0271.jpg
Engine cover
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/DSCN0273.jpg
Front of my jacket, not sure how I got this one, I think I hit the curb actually..
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/DSCN0280.jpg
Turn signal
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/DSCN0272.jpg
Denim embedded in the asphalt (sorry I know it is fuzzy)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/DSCN0288.jpg
Bike trail on the road
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/DSCN0285.jpg
Jeans... not very protective as you can see...
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/DSCN0282.jpg

ewill3rd
10-06-08, 10:29 AM
Oh and a little damage to my helmet, thanks to the manufacturers of my safety gear, I am sure if I had not had it on I'd be a lot worse.
I think my helmet hit the curb actually.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/DSCN0275.jpg

It isn't really a sharp turn but you can see the asphalt is pretty coarse and the turn is slightly off camber.
This is from what would have been the exit of my turn.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/DSCN0290.jpg

Florian
10-06-08, 10:52 AM
2 types of riders: Those that have taken a spill, and those who will..

Im the former.


F

dkozloski
10-06-08, 11:28 AM
No pictures.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
10-06-08, 11:34 AM
Um, none of the pictures are there. It says you either deleted them or moved them. :confused:

ewill3rd
10-06-08, 11:53 AM
Oh crud, I think I know what happened.
Here just look here.
http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/

I really wish I could edit my posts but whatever I guess.
You can see the photos but without the commentary.

orconn
10-06-08, 12:09 PM
Sorry to hear of your motorcyle accicent, but glad to hear you are on the mend! Accidents will happen so I quess the only thing we can do is be as well prepared as possible,

C&C
10-06-08, 12:12 PM
Sorry to hear about your 'down', glad it wasn't any worse. When you're looking at getting that replacement gear, remember you probably want to replace the helmet (or at least get it inspected by someone that knows what they are doing), generally a helmet that takes any kind of a hit is, for a better use of works, used up.

peddler
10-06-08, 12:44 PM
Glad to hear that the spill wasn't much worse. Now, someone needs to give you (won't work if you buy it yourself) a gremlin bell. http://www.gremlinbells.com/ (http://www.gremlinbells.com/)

It needs to be hung on your bike as close to the ground as possible :)

ewill3rd
10-06-08, 12:51 PM
Oh for sure, the helmet is done, I'll never wear it again.
I plan on saving up some dough and buying all new gear this winter or early in the spring.
This time with pants!
I have been looking at some scorpion helmets.

My buddy in CA had one of those on his bike.
(the bell)

dkozloski
10-06-08, 01:34 PM
Oh crud, I think I know what happened.
Here just look here.
http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/

I really wish I could edit my posts but whatever I guess.
You can see the photos but without the commentary.
That doesn't work either.

The Tony Show
10-06-08, 02:28 PM
My Father's entire back looks like meatloaf from an accident when he ran a Harley Store. Something involving a gravel driveway and a pothole ended up sending him sliding on his back, which required a few hours in the ER getting all the gravel picked out of his muscle, followed by skin grafts. He always wore full leathers after that.

Sorry to hear about the bike, and hope the knee heals up quickly.

heavymetals
10-06-08, 02:54 PM
RATS.

Glad it wasn't worse.

ewill3rd
10-06-08, 03:00 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0271.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0272.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0273.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0275.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0276.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0277.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0278.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0279.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0281.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0282.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0285.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0288.jpg
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y161/ewill3rd/bike%20accident/DSCN0290.jpg

Does this work?

dkozloski
10-06-08, 03:07 PM
Works good. At least you don't have to worry any more about zinging your bike. The damage is what we call mild; all over.

AMGoff
10-06-08, 03:07 PM
Sorry to hear it Bill, I can certainly empathize... I ended up dumping the old Softail once - not a pleasant experience. Thankfully I had on my jacket and a good pair of riding jeans... However, I was still pretty bruised up, especially on my right side. Needless to say, I'm definitely what one would call a "fair-weather rider" these days.

With that said, the one thing I'll never, ever understand are these botards I see riding around in their friggin' shorts and teeshirts... I even saw this one idiot in sandals one time - sandals! I just don't get it...

Anyway... if you prefer denim over leather (I know I certainly do), then you should check out these guys - http://www.dragginjeans.com/. They use Kevlar lining in all their jeans... They even have Kevlar-lined longjohns now! I've been a more than satisfied customer for many years now, you should definitely give them a look..

Hope you feel better :thumbsup:

FrankT
10-06-08, 11:02 PM
Bill,
OUCH! Sorry to hear about this! Wishing you a speedy recovery and take it easy man, GM still needs expert caddy techs like you!
Frank

codewize
10-06-08, 11:31 PM
Wow, you're lucky. Glad you had your head on straight. That's why I never got a road bike. It's just to easy to get seriously injured no matter how careful you are.

Get well soon and be careful out there.

ewill3rd
10-07-08, 09:24 AM
Thanks to all, it is genuinely appreciated.
The worst one to me is the second to bottom photo, that is denim embedded in the asphalt.
You can imagine what my knee looks like. Fortuntately I started rolling after about 2 feet of that. Amazing how quickly it can do damage to skin.
I have some photos of my knee now but didn't want to gross anyone out.
I am mending okay, just sucks to try keeping a bandage on your knee and get around.
It keeps moving down and exposing the stitches, even while I sleep :(

RightTurn
10-07-08, 09:29 AM
Take care of yourself, Bill...you're the brains of this outfit. :D

gerrysatx
10-07-08, 09:44 AM
Sorry to hear 'bout your misfortune, but glad you came through ok.

I'm fairly new here .... when I looked at your pics first thought, after ouch, was that looks like where I used to live when I lived in the burbs of DC..... sure enough, noticed your Alexandria note.... I used to live in Annandale.

Lindsay Cadillac
10-07-08, 09:46 AM
Take care of yourself, Bill...you're the brains of this outfit. :D

Wait a minute now...

c5 rv
10-07-08, 09:47 AM
A guy I used to work with bought damaged bikes from riders after accidents. He said most of the repairs were pretty minor and he'd ride them for a while before selling them for a profit. He said there was no shortage of sport bikes that injured riders wanted to unload.

RightTurn
10-07-08, 10:06 AM
Wait a minute now...

:blink: whut?

Destroyer
10-07-08, 10:13 AM
I always wanted a bike but I've seen too many accidents. Just recently I saw my neighbor in a neck brace and asked what happened and he fell off his bike and broke his neck. I remember hanging in the biker bars years ago with a friend and I remember that almost every week there would be talk of another biker going down with the end effect being death many times. Sorry to hear of your accident and hope, at least, you take some more precautions riding if not give it up altogether.

ewill3rd
10-07-08, 10:36 AM
I live near Seven corners actually but I work over here in Alexandria.

I actually would have fared much better if I had one more piece of gear, a piece I plan to never ride without again.
I am going to fix my bike, even if I buy OE parts it should be less than $800 bucks. I plan on installing some sliders this time around though to prevent further damage.
It is amazing how quickly you can do $$$$ damage on these things.
I am okay, this is more embarassing than anything. I just made a mistake that I normally wouldn't have. I haven't ridden since July and I let myself get rushed. If I had done what I know to do none of it would have happened but lesson learned.

RT, I couldn't do what I do without James. He keeps things rolling around here, I just fix stuff.
;)

Most all of the serious injuries I have heard about or seen were because guys were:
A. Doing something retarded
B. Not wearing proper gear

B usually causes more damage when accompanied by A but even if you do A without B you usually come out okay.

eyekandyboats.inc
10-07-08, 11:33 AM
glad your OKAY
i once fell off a dirt bike on pavement........ i stayed in bed for over 1 week.
it was NASTY
i fell you pain

RightTurn
10-07-08, 02:21 PM
RT, I couldn't do what I do without James. He keeps things rolling around here, I just fix stuff.
;)



You know I never miss an opportunity to :Poke: James. :lol:


(And you are both valuable to the CF. :yup: )

ewill3rd
10-07-08, 06:22 PM
I do the same thing to him now and then just to make sure he's awake. :lol:
Thanks again ;)