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#988264 - 05/31/17 01:01 PM Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle  
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Let's see, April 28-May31st...that's um, 4 1/2 weeks ago, not quite long enough to begin forgetting how much it hurts to fall down.

I won't go into the details about how and why I crashed Carl's brand new VFR 800, other than to say I made a series of bad decisions, each one compounding the others, resulting in a totaled VFR, four very dramatically fractured (that means broken in two, not cracked) ribs and a pneumothorax. All accomplished in front of the majority of the NmS attendees. A week in the Fresno hospital's Level I trauma ward, where I was a victim of the medical field's paranoia about over-prescribing pain medications resolved the collapsed lung, did nothing for the ribs, as there is nothing to do for ribs other than not prescribe enough pain meds for the pitiful patient to be remotely comfortable.

A word of advice: when you snap a bunch of ribs (four), do not ride in a car from Fresno to Austin. Not these days, when the docs give you just enough pain med to make you curse the day they (and you) were born.

My header for this thread is misleading, as I wrecked Carl Williams' beautiful new bike. I wish I had wrecked my K16, as I'd decided to sell it...but hey, Carl ended up with a more deluxe VFR replacement and MedJet shipped my bike home, so that actually ended fairly well.

Upon busting the ribs, I immediately retired from motorcycling, even while RTRuss was standing over me shading me from the cruel son. All during the horror of the hospital stay I stayed retired. Ditto the grueling ride home in the car. Ditto the next two weeks. BUT: at my advanced age, memory fades rapidly. I'm down to taking ibuprofen and tylenol for the pain, so how bad can it be, huh? I thought about triking my Mercedes convertible, but nah, I just need a lighter bike. Right?

I do want to thank all who were along on the ride that day for being tactful and not calling me a freaking idiot Worst Rider In The World for having ridden the bike into a tall dirt embankment.

ATGATT is a given amongst most of you who read this, but let me add GGG: GET GOOD GEAR. Cheap suits and armor will not do a very good job of saving your life. Here's what hit that wall, pushed by a 500 lb motorcycle going 30 or so mph: right foot, ankle, shin, knee, hip, elbo, shoulder, and head. The armor in my suit protected everything from even slight damage. Think it wasn't a hard hit? Those ribs beg to differ.


2016 R1200RT



#988266 - 05/31/17 01:12 PM Re: Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Wow, glad you're on the way to a full recovery! thumbsup

Pat


"If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed" Curly Howard
#988268 - 05/31/17 01:25 PM Re: Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Originally Posted By: markgoodrich
... I just need a lighter bike. Right?


And maybe one of these:


Larry
2006 R1200RT
#988273 - 05/31/17 02:39 PM Re: Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle [Re: markgoodrich]  
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So glad to hear it wasn't even more severe. thumbsup
Sorry to head that sufficient pain meds weren't prescribed. You don't heal when you are hurting. dopeslap
Hope that the memory fades enough that you may consider riding again. clap


95% of an RT.

I haven't had too many Beemers, I just don't have enough time.
#988284 - 05/31/17 04:09 PM Re: Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle [Re: markgoodrich]  
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It seems like stuff like this always happens when I can't make it to an event I usually attend. Then again, Richard slayed his deer when I was in Torrey, so maybe it's just my memory.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear you're on the mend, sorry to hear about Carl's old new bike, glad to hear about Carl's new new bike, and sorry to hear about your struggle with inadequate pain meds. And glad to hear that good gear works, as does MedJet coverage.


"Dry-Town" Crew, San Diego
'15 R1200RT
'12 Kawasaki KLX250S
'04 R1150RT (gone)
'02 Suzuki V-Strom (gone)
#988292 - 05/31/17 04:47 PM Re: Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle [Re: lkraus]  
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Originally Posted By: lkraus
Originally Posted By: markgoodrich
... I just need a lighter bike. Right?


And maybe one of these:


Glad you're on the road to recovery.
Ribs are a beach, hard to breathe, laugh, cry, curse...
wink
Time will help, best wishes.

Yes, these were our next purchase if I kept riding.
Many reasons.
Saw another one at START, and hope they become the norm, for many reasons.


If my mind wanders, should I follow it?
Tim
Conch Town Krewe
2003 K 1200 GT
1996 R 100 RSL
1980 R 100 RT
1972 R 75
1968 R 50
All now gone...

#988297 - 05/31/17 05:35 PM Re: Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle [Re: lkraus]  
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Originally Posted By: lkraus
Originally Posted By: markgoodrich
... I just need a lighter bike. Right?


And maybe one of these:


Have one, hope to never find out if it works.


95% of an RT.

I haven't had too many Beemers, I just don't have enough time.
#988468 - 06/02/17 12:55 PM Re: Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Mark,

Funny as usual, despite the pain. My wish for you is that your memory fades enough to get back on a bike again, but not so much as to forget your name.

Mend well!


Craig
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"The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live." Seneca
#988470 - 06/02/17 01:03 PM Re: Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle [Re: Bud]  
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what is that product, I ASSUME a tethered air bag of some sort?


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#988471 - 06/02/17 01:12 PM Re: Wreck someone ELSE's bike!! NmS Debacle [Re: lawnchairboy]  
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Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
what is that product, I ASSUME a tethered air bag of some sort?


You are correct. Google "air bag vest", there are a bunch of them out there.


Chris Kinney
Atlanta, GA
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