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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 01-11-2013, 06:44 PM   #91
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There are those that don't resonate with the idea that something can't be fun if there isn't at least an outside chance of dieing.




I'm not one of them.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:53 PM   #92
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I ride about 7000-10000 miles per year. One street accident in '81 my fault, broken knee. One street accident in '99, my fault low sided, scratches and bruises. One off-road in 2011, broken T5 spine, no surgury required. Still riding; it' completes me.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:28 PM   #93
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You guys aren't filling me ( a noob) up with confidence...
C'mon...49.04% have had nothing more severe than bumps and bruises. Less than 15% have had a serious incident from which they'll never totally recover (as previously mentioned, dead men don't post much though).

It would be fun to further analyze the 51% who have been hurt, to see how many resulted from their own actions vs. actions of others, mechanicals, etc.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:37 PM   #94
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Would also be interesting to see the break down of what and how you were riding. Were you racing, showing off for the "camera", or cruising on your Wing/RT or?
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:30 PM   #95
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I didn't bother to answer the poll as I don't feel any of the choices apply....

so here are my MC related stuff.

1. 1986, new to bikes on too much bike with minimal training..... broken thumb, compression fracture on T7. Didn't ride again until I was 27 and it was a damn good thing...... I don't imagine to have survived myself during that time period.

2. 2001 - Newly returning to bikes. A series of bad choices. Poor line to avoid debris in off ramp, dusk, and mag cloride combined into a 35mph highside. Broken scapula (14 screws and some plumbers tape) further compression fractures T678, handful of ribs. Ride to the hospital with a short stay......

3. 2002 - T-boned on a six lane highway - bruises. Minor tear of a meniscus. Took a ride just to not be stranded on the highway in Elisabeth NJ......

4. 2004 - Caught out going way too fast in the canyons on a decreasing radius corner. Highside end over end twice. Kidney bruise. Rejected the Ambulance. Rode the wrecked bike another 50 miles....

5. 2006? - riding with IronBrewer and overcommited into a hole. Skiers break of the thumb ligament. Rode home.

6. 2008 - Way bad choice of drop off and bounce into a wiskey wrist in moab. Broken radius/ulna. ADVR rescue and delivered to ER

Those are the mentionable...... Can't count the number of dirt get offs, winter slideouts and parking lot tip over type stuff.

As for damage, I'm basically 100% strength and motion. There's other physical issues, but that's mostly from work (knees, feet), and some from climbing (wrists, hands). Basically never had road rash, or major head trauma. Get good gear and wear it..........
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:16 PM   #96
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It would be fun to further analyze the 51% who have been hurt, to see how many resulted from their own actions vs. actions of others, mechanicals, etc.
I am a rider who has never been injured by others despite 4 years and 30k miles of close calls mostly caused by others...but I've injured myself through my own actions at least a dozen times. These injuries have occurred on the street usually because I was being a hooligan but also a few offroad when I was going a too fast for the conditions. Thankfully the worst the injuries have ever been were scratches and bruises (the worst left me with a limp for a week, nothing too bad in all relativity) though I think I have lost a little bit of sensitivity around my knee caps. They along with my elbows have taken the brunt of the injuries given their vulnerability. Knee and elbow pads are your friends.

I would say half of these incidents could have been prevented if stayed on the straight and narrow of motorcycling and never thought about hooliganism. The other half could have been prevented given the experience I have now...simple lessons learned like "Don't ride on ice" and "Don't slam on the front brakes on loose terrain"...whodathunk? Understand that I am a youngin' and still learn best through negative reinforcement.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:35 AM   #97
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:11 AM   #98
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As for damage, I'm basically 100% strength and motion. There's other physical issues, but that's mostly from work (knees, feet), and some from climbing (wrists, hands). Basically never had road rash, or major head trauma. Get good gear and wear it..........
Mountain, I have some bad news for you.

After recuperating from an injury and reaching 100% again, it doesn't make sense that these injuries will come back to haunt you. Have you had old guys tell you that these injuries will revisit you in old age? Unfortunately, I'm coming to the conclusion that they were right.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:18 AM   #99
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Oh yeah, the wear and tear is noticeably here. Just happens that not much of my daily pain is from mc crashes. My feet and knees hurt often from work related ladders and kneeling. My wrists and hands/elbows have pain from work and old climbing stresses. It's all the soft tissue joint damage that is haunting. I'll take broken bones over soft tissue damage every time.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:31 PM   #100
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Put 40,000 miles on three bikes, about 50-50 on and offroad. This is my only boo boo that required medical attention:
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:18 PM   #101
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Started on dirt bikes (racing / trail riding) when I was 30. Numerous get-offs, always wearing full gear. Nothing broken, only bruises and minor scrapes.

Did that for 3-4 years, kind of tapered off after meeting my wife to be. Her parents were street riders so I eventually got bitten by the bug and bought my first street bike in 2007. In 2009, I started commuting daily, rain or shine, ATGATT.

I've accumulated around 40k miles without accident or injury to myself or the bike. Well, there was that one time my bike idled off its kickstand and cracked a turn signal, but I was no where near it!

I think the dirt riding experience is a key component of my accident free status as well as some advanced rider courses. I also ride with a healthy dose of fear. Fear of unknown hazards and fear of complacency. I always critique my riding and think about what I should and shouldn't have done.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:36 PM   #102
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Not about to jinx it

I ain't voting in this & call out the demon!

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Old 01-12-2013, 10:30 PM   #103
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I have about 30 years on motorcycles, mostly dirt bikes. Started in high school riding/racing with my dad. Never got hurt until the last 10 years or so. First time was following my son on his 50 about 10 years ago. He pinned it coming out of a corner and I thought he was going to hit the jump full throttle. I gave my throttle a twist and he decided to brake check me up the jump face. I threw the bike away so as not to land on him. Separated shoulder. No issues with it since.

Then in Fall of 2009, I was out riding with the boy again. He got tired and decided we should head back to the truck. I wanted to take a quick run back up the trail without him so I left him on the tailgate. As I took off up the trail, my throttle stuck open and I couldn't get it to shut down. I hit a berm in a 180 bowl turn and jumped off into the forest. When I landed, the bike was in a pile and my ankle hurt like crazy. I picked up all the pieces of the bike I could find and coasted back down the trail to the truck.

I couldn't walk, so the boy and some people in the parking lot loaded us up and we headed home. I left my boot on to help keep the swelling down. After a couple of hours, my wife took me into the ER to get checked out. Turns out I had a non displacement fracture of the congdyle in my ankle. A week or so in a walking boot and I was back on the bike.

No crashes on the street...knock on wood.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:46 AM   #104
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You guys aren't filling me ( a noob) up with confidence...
I don't know....45 years of continuous riding, and over 500k street miles and one serious accident is pretty good odds I'd say.

I told Jeanne I wasn't due again until I was 86 years old, and if it made her feel any better I would quit riding at 85.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #105
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Street Vs Dirt

I'd like to see a poll on street vs dirt accidents. At least trees don't aim for you but I have seen them move.
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