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View Results: Injured?
Yes, transported by emergency personnel and I'll never be 100% again 37 16.09%
Yes, ended up going to the hospital after getting home, it was pretty serious, but I'm fine now 86 37.39%
Bumps, cuts, bruises, but nothing that required professional attention. 84 36.52%
Nope, never been hurt....knock on wood. 23 10.00%
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:32 AM   #46
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Started riding when I was in 5th grade. Took some time away from riding when the kids were young. Wife's family didn't approve, bad influance and all. " Going to kill our grand children on one of those things, or in one of those crazy flying machines(aiplanes)". Son in law has a death wish. Heard it all. So my kids don't ride, or fly.
Anyway, i ride fairly concervatively, and try to watch out for the other guy. It's the one you don't see thats going to kill you. I had the close calls. Even layed a bike down on the freeway @ 70 mph. No major injuries. Some bumps and bruises etc. Some will live with me for ever. But never any serious injuires. I think some arthritis in my knees from riding in the cold, and a little frost bite in my fingures.

Check out the "Hurt Report" some really good stuff there. I thought the part about dirt riding skills to be especially interesting. Basically, dirt riders are involved in dramatically fewer accidents on the street.

So where is the statistic about the diff between accident rates of cruisers like a Goldwing for example, and crouch rockets with squids?
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:31 AM   #47
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Hey DAD...you wouldn't happen to be the guy I met on that stretch of Butler Wash you describe there while I was going the other way on a green KLX300S during the last part of April last year, would you? I met this guy, and we stopped and talked a bit about some of the rides in the Butler/Comb Wash area. Obviously he was on a loaded, big ol' KTM twin. Just wondering.
Nah, wasn't me. I camped in Valley of the Gods the night of April 29th and had my mishap on Monday the 30th. Black KTM.
Let me know if you are gonna be in that area again, though. I'll probably try to get down there this spring with my KLX.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:14 AM   #48
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_CJ, I'm curious - what thoughts prompted you to ask folks about their injuries? I'm not meaning to challenge your curiousity, or to rain on the idea of asking - but you (perhaps) sound like you're not sure that your new riding experiences should be embraced or feared. Am I wrong? I've skimmed most of this thread, and think its great that everyone is answering so honestly.

Without wanting to sound too much like a Pollyanna, my response to your question might take a direction you didn't expect...or maybe it will.

There are a lot of experienced inmates here. My experiences with riding injuries have been LIGHTER than most-some have collected serious reconstructive hardware and have had body parts rebuilt by surgeons. In 32 years, I've had a dislocated shoulder, crushed a foot between my footpeg and a stump (no fracture), hyper-extended my knee by about 3 inches, and flipped over 2 cars (with no broken bones). All-in-all, a pretty good run without long-lasting, serious injuries. I've had near misses of being crushed or broadsided by cars and trucks about 4 times, but without injury.

That said - riding on concrete or asphalt without a steel cage to protect you amongst those who are distracted from the serious business of driving is dangerous. But weigh that against the joy you have when you put your face into the wind. I've had so many folks aching to tell me about the "death wish" of motorcyclists, but I'd rather tell them about the "LIFE WISH" of riding. We're alive, and we know it. You hear better. You see better. We smell things and we feel things. All the emotions I get in the moment of riding can't compare to being stuffed in a muffled cage with the A/C on, being numb to the world. In a car, we are passengers - even when we're driving. The world just goes by us. On a bike, I am PARTICIPATING in my journey. I just wanted to post that thought... I'd rather LIVE to ride and enjoy life. Sometimes there's a bit of risk doing that.

You're smart to be cautious and to wear the gear. If you can see the danger before it sees you, you're being a competent rider. My only tip is for you to keep practicing your riding skills. That's how you'll get to be an old rider, and will (hopefully) have lots of great stories to tell about where you've been on a bike. When I measure my experiences against my hurts, tiny scars, and residual limp, injuries don't mean so much.

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Old 01-06-2013, 10:38 AM   #49
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I don't understand the question.....

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Old 01-06-2013, 12:49 PM   #50
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1974 - Head on with drunk driver who swerved into my lane at 50 mph. No gear except t-shirt, shorts and sandals.
23 years old - recovered. Today if that happened I might not...
Many offs between then and now - nothing requiring hospital like my big one. A few on the street, many on dirt...
Part of riding is accepting the risk inherent in our favorite activity. (I am over 60...) Don't ride if you can't accept the risk.

If you keep riding you probably will have a get off but the level of seriousness of your injury will be a combination of luck, skill, experience and gear.

Maybe you need some new friends... just sayin

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:11 PM   #51
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Yea! Some of my best friends could put me in the hospital, even if I were only sitting on a bar stool!
Riding friends who can keep a cool head when things go to shit, all of a sudden-like and have a little first-aid training. They are worth their weight in gold.
I am not a doctor, but I play one on the internet. I have taped toes back on and administered my share of butterfly bandages and acheived my bucket list goal of applying sutures to my offspring and riding buddies. It's all part of the sport.

Any ride that doesn't end with a helicopter trip is a good ride.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:45 PM   #52
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I am not a doctor, but I play one on the internet. I have taped toes back on and administered my share of butterfly bandages and acheived my bucket list goal of applying sutures to my offspring and riding buddies. It's all part of the sport.

Any ride that doesn't end with a helicopter trip is a good ride.
Jeff, I'm not seeing any personal injuries on your body listed in your post here...just those of riding partners. Am I detecting a pattern here?
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:56 PM   #53
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Nah, wasn't me. I camped in Valley of the Gods the night of April 29th and had my mishap on Monday the 30th. Black KTM.
Let me know if you are gonna be in that area again, though. I'll probably try to get down there this spring with my KLX.
I guess it's not that weird, as there are lots of KTM twins roaming the land during that part of the year. It's funny that on that day you describe, or within probably a day or two either side, a guy on the same bike was in exactly the same spot when I met him. Pffffft!...KTMs everywhere.

I may be in that area again this spring at about the same time. If so, I'll try to remember to contact you. That said, are you aware of the COXR650L's post about a ride in some of the country around this location in that general time frame? Some of us with a little more time may be planning an alternate ride that may be slightly more relaxed with some camping thrown in. If you're interested in that, check in on that post occasionally.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:15 PM   #54
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Been riding since 1971........loads of get offs in the dirt those first few years.,but nothing more serious than losing a few skin cells and bumps and bruises. That changed when i had a drunk pull in front on me in 87 and got my foot stuck in the pavement during evasive maneuvers, resulting in a torn meniscus, and I blew out my MCL and ACL. Four surgeries and a couple titanium screws later I am mostly ambulatory, but i'm reminded a few times every day that my knee's pretty knackered. I've lost a step here or there, but still ride every chance I get. I do what i can to mitigate my risks, with AGATT!!! PERIOD!!!! Is riding dangerous? It can be, but most worthwhile things in life involve some risk. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but to my mind, the rewards are so positive and life affirming I can't imagine my life without my bikes. It's not what I do, it's who I am.

Ride often, ride far, ride safe. JUST RIDE!!!!!!!
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:48 PM   #55
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Jeff, I'm not seeing any personal injuries on your body listed in your post here...just those of riding partners. Am I detecting a pattern here?
OK. 43 years on 2 wheels. Broken fibula, separated shoulder, severe whiplash from landing on my head, and blown ACL.

There. Happy now?
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:53 PM   #56
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2 wrecks, 1 a hit and run. The other my fault, hungover, late for work and going way too fast. That one resulted in a tib/fib break and stitches in my pecker.

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I'm not going to answer the OP's question and jinx myself. I do wish my pecker was long enough to require stitches though.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:55 PM   #57
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I am not a doctor, but I play one on the internet. I have taped toes back on and administered my share of butterfly bandages and acheived my bucket list goal of applying sutures to my offspring and riding buddies. It's all part of the sport.

Any ride that doesn't end with a helicopter trip is a good ride.


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Old 01-06-2013, 03:55 PM   #58
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I'm not going to answer the OP's question and jinx myself. I do wish my pecker was long enough to require stitches though.
Trust me, you don't. It's always getting pinched in the knee brace.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:59 PM   #59
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Not my fault your elbows have such f'n thick skin. Try using a little lotion once in a while, would you? Also, next time carry some fresh suture kits with tri-tip cutting needles.

Here's what I was making faces at:


Where's that video anyway? Oh, here it is:
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:08 PM   #60
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So far ......... So good

I've been riding for a little over 40 years.

(Damn, I should be a lot better rider than I am!)

I grew up herding cattle on dirt bikes. I survived that and it provided a pretty good foundation, I guess.

I've had years here and there when I didn't have a bike........ but usually still got to ride some thanks to the generosity of friends. I've been logging 20K-25K a season for several years now.

I'm probably jinxing myself here ........... but I've never had an accident. I've only had one really close call that sorta' haunts me. I've never even had what I would consider a close call with an animal, and I've been living in northwest CO for the last 30 years! As a matter of fact, I've only had just a few decent get offs over all that time. I do consider myself a very safe and methodical rider and probably owe most of my good luck to above average eyesight and situational awareness instincts .... both on and off road.

I try to really concentrate and keep my wits about me when I'm riding. I also try not to ride with too much emotion too. It's important to stick to "your game" when riding with others, and not get caught up in all the testosterone, sloppiness, and impatience that others may have.

And finally, I believe that gray hair helps a lot. If I would have had a bike like my 93'GS or my 07'GSA when I was growing up, I wouldn't have made it to 20. I'm sure of it.

Here's to a safe and fun filled 2013 riding season for all of us!

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