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Old 11-10-2013, 12:53 AM   #1
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Lucky... aka the importance of good gear

Had my first wreck today. It was a beautiful day out so decided to go ride my 2012 Versys on my favorite twisty road. Bike was running awesome and there was no traffic out. I was having a spirited ride but never felt I was pushing it anywhere near the limit.

What appears to have happened was I lost traction on some loose gravel coming through a long sweeping left turn and low sided off the road. I estimate my speed going into the turn around 50mph. Came down hard on my left knee and then bounced my noggin off the pavement, hence me not remembering/being 100% positive of what happened.

Not sure how long I was unconscious for. I faintly remember calling 911, but it all felt like a dream at that point. Next thing I know the fire department and medics were on scene and they say I was initially confused but was pretty quick to come back to and was completely alert and oriented.

I haven't seen or heard anything about the V yet. They called a wrecker to pick it up and I'll have to get in contact with them on Monday to see what the damage is. Love the bike but that's what insurance is for. Overall I feel very lucky.

Unfortunately I was only wearing blue jeans so my left knee which appears to have impacted first was basically avulsed down to the bone. Luckily nothing broken and they did an awesome job getting it stitched up. In a lot of pain but should have a quick recovery all things considered, will probably be on crutches for at least a week or two though.

My full leather boots, Joe Rocket jacket and gloves, and HJC RPHA helmet did their job wonderfully. The jacket and gloves are in pretty bad shape and will need to be replaced but they held up just enough; I only have a few small scrapes on my wrists from where the sleeves got pushed up. The helmet has road rash across the entire left side and face shield but again did its job. Amount of damage to chin bar makes me think I wouldn't have faired well without a full face helmet.

Will post some pictures later and will update on condition of bike when I find out. Until then ride safe and remember dress for the slide, not for the ride.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:28 AM   #2
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Glad you seem to have made it OK. I wish you a swift recovery.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:58 AM   #3
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Thanks for the post. This is a good constant reminder to always gear up. I remember when I thought a jacket and full face helmet was more than enough gear. Many riders don't seem to give enough attention to knee protection.

Of course, cool weather riding makes it easier to gear up fully every time we get on the bike. Once it warms up again I plan to get some strap-on knee/shin guards to wear over my jeans.


Did you have any significant damage to your hip/butt area?
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:13 AM   #4
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Glad you're okay! Rest up and heal quickly! Amazing how quickly things can change.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:38 AM   #5
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Man....so friggin lucky!! Glad you're able to tell the tale. I started wearing riding pants non stop about 2006. A friend relayed a story to me of an off a guy had on his trimph triple and how his legs were hamburger from just wearing jeans. The way he told it was graphic enough for me to NEVER ride without riding pants. That imagine is totally burned into my mind. I think of the times I've hit the deck riding off road and how different it wouldv'e been had I been wearing jeans. Chills me to the bone.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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Lucky...

One are you were unprotected & that is where you were hurt.
Glad you are OK & hope others heed the message: ATTATT!

Glad you were not exercising your freedom & riding without a helmet!
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:34 AM   #7
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You'll get better in no time mate!
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:20 PM   #8
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Man....so friggin lucky!! ... Chills me to the bone.

No pun intended, I'm sure!

OP- heal up; lesson learned?
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:17 PM   #9
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A lesson.

This is reminder, for each of us, to gear up even on the shorter trips.
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #10
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Spoke with the trooper who responded to the wreck earlier today. He said where I went down was an S curve with a sharp right followed by the long sweeping left. I made it about 75% of the way through the left and then lost traction on some loose gravel and sand when I went to accelerate out of the turn. Trooper said the bike slid about 75 feet from where the foot peg first contacted the road but a majority of it in the grass. Speed was estimated at about 40-45mph. He said the fairing was pretty torn up but from what they could tell the frame, forks, and handlebars all seemed intact with mostly cosmetic damage. So it sounds like I lucked out about as much as I could hope on all fronts.

Definitely understand the importance of good gear now. I don't think without a helmet I would be sitting here right now, and anything less than full face I would pretty messed up. Damage is all concentrated on the chin bar and face shield.

I'm hurting pretty bad today but counting my blessings. Been camped out in my recliner since I got home. My girlfriend keeps shaking her head because I've been watching gear reviews on Revzilla all day. Any recommendations?
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:46 PM   #11
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Glad you are ok, sorry about the knee :( Hope it heals fast.

Riding pants are the most unconfortable piece of gear IMO, yet it gets a bit more unconfortable crashing without them - ouch

Best of luck to you, mate
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:20 AM   #12
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Sometimes I wear Bohn armor.
http://www.bohn-armor-pants.com/cata...Fck1QgodRgIAjg

Mostly prefer gear with built in armor and many great products available.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:20 AM   #13
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Did you have any significant damage to your hip/butt area?
Just saw your question. No injury at all to hip or butt. I'm extremely lucky, I do have some very minor bruising to my left shoulder but no pain or soreness anywhere other than the knee at this point. Was diagnosed with a concussion but haven't had any headaches today so even that was relatively minor compared to previous concussions. The jacket I was wearing was a textile riding jacket but it did not have any armor in it.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:25 AM   #14
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Sometimes I wear Bohn armor.
http://www.bohn-armor-pants.com/cata...Fck1QgodRgIAjg

Mostly prefer gear with built in armor and many great products available.
This looks very interesting. Is it comfortable enough to wear for long periods off the bike or would it be awkward? I'm also looking at Rev'It Enterprise over pants. A lot of my riding is commuting so I need something to wear either under or over my work pants.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:18 AM   #15
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If you're a commuterer, just bite the bullet and get a stitch, or some other variation of one piece with the good armor. Easy in and out.
The stitch is legendary, guys seem to like the cortech and firstgear one. I have the first gen joe rocket suit, it does the job, but there are some annoying quirks. I haven't looked into the newer version yet.

Good luck with healing and the missus, I'm not sure which is harder...
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