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Old 05-28-2013, 02:28 PM   #46
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I already have (and was wearing) an Icon Hooligan 2 mesh armored jacket and have the matching pants on the way. I was wearing alpine stars armored gloves too.

My pants never came up and my boots were over most of my shin, I think I got that through them. My jackets (I was wearing a hoodie under the mesh jacket and the gore-tex over it) must have slid up for me to get it on my back.

I'm thinking the V-Strom will be the next bike. We'll see though. I might just go big and get the Super-T. Depends on what kind of deal I can find and how much money Geico gives me for a down payment.
Thanks for the updates, keep them coming.

From the most recent Dr. report looks like you are getting out of that Army fit test...nice

The Yamaha is a pretty sweet bike. I demo'd one last year. It is a beast, but it would be a night and day difference over the KLR. My only complaint was it sits a little high for city life, other than that, they put a lot of thought into the design IMHO.

I just did a 350-400 mile east coast cummute/ride on my KLR over the weekend. Just reaffirming my belief that it is not a highway bike.

Glad you are healing up. In my opinion looks like all the bikes you are looking at will serve your purpose well and your approach to riding will keep you safe.

Good luck.

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Old 05-28-2013, 05:29 PM   #47
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Thanks man, I thought I was approaching this motorcycle thing pretty safely but apparently that's not always enough. Oh well, that's life and at least I've got one more good story to tell.

I go in to the Doctor's office tomorrow for my follow up, so I'll see how that goes. I'm feeling a lot better, most of my soreness is gone except for my left hip/groin and my back is still really stiff. The road rash is healing nicely although there is some sweet bruising on my shin and ankle that's really starting to darken nicely.

Not to gross people out too much either but I was completely constipated up until about 30 minutes ago when I finally defecated for the first time since before the wreck. I was getting a bit worried but everything went well so crisis averted. I'm thinking (and after google research) that it was caused by the stress and the hydrocodone. I have been on hydrocodone before but not this particular flavor. I have also had a reduced appetite since the wreck and just haven't been eating a lot, so I'm sure that didn't help the issues.

The insurance agent should be swinging by tomorrow afternoon to assess the damage to the bike and riding gear too, so hopefully that goes well. I'm fairly certain its totaled and I'd love it if he just wrote me a check on the spot so I can go buy another bike this weekend. I've still got a lot of riding to do this season in order to qualify (in my mind at least) for the expense of that big F1200GS or Super Tenere.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:51 AM   #48
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Pain pills will plug you up,that is if you been taking them.That big Yamaha is a nice bike,lotsa good info on them and Yamaha realiability,might not wanna test ride 1 if you do you may have to take it home.Keep us updated on your progress!Oh and after just going through an accident with my son and a R6 Yammi,insurance totals bikes pretty quick,even with less damage than you have.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:44 AM   #49
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Read up on your states rules on valuing vehicles for insurance. I've dealt with it twice, once on my KLR and once on my stolen ZX14. Connecticut requires them to use the average of Nada Guide value and another 'approved source'. The approved source is companies that undercut values for insurance companies. Make sure they know that you are not in a hurry to take a check unless it's a proper value. They are used to dealing with people who need to replace a car and can't wait, so they just take whatever they are offered. Know what the realistic value of you KLR was and demand it. Stand your ground and they will give it.

And a side question for others- when you say you've had tank-slappers before, exactly what is your definition of a tank slapper? did the handle bars rip back and forth violently, lock to lock, or was it just a wobble with the bars moving back and forth a few inches?
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:47 AM   #50
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So I just got back from the Doctor and it was a good visit. I no longer have to wear that stupid splint for one. I just have to keep my pinky taped to my ring finger. There is a chance his hand specialist will come back and say I need to get a pin put in, but the doctor I saw is fairly confident that won't happen.

I also got to see the x-rays finally and see just what is going on. I added a red line to the picture to show where my 5th metacarpal is broken. The partially broken off piece (represented by black lines) is separated by a few MM (hence why I might need a pin) but isn't completely broken off and isn't interfering with range of motion or causing me a lot of pain.



My pelvis is definitely broken, I don't see how they missed it that first night. Once the doctor explained where they were saying it was broken I was able to spot it fairly easily. Still no need for a cast or anything, but he did say no strenuous exercise or PT tests for 2 months while the bone heals. In my 12 years of military service this is the first time I'll be getting out of an APFT due to an injury, so I'm actually a little excited to be "that guy" for once.

Once again I added a red line to the picture to show where and approx. how much of a break I have in my pelvis. It goes about halfway through from top to bottom, but is a pretty thin break and not something they can really do anything about except have me take it easy and give me pain pills for. That's fine with me, I'm used to be told to "take these and walk it off"




Insurance man should be here shortly, hopefully his visit goes as well as my doctor's visit. My doctor was pretty cool too, he used to be a naval doctor back in the 60's and was real straightforward with his explanations of what most likely happened to cause the breaks and how the healing process will go. He was also really cool about making sure my work restrictions would be acceptable in regards to keeping me at work, something I can really appreciate as I'd rather not burn up a bunch of leave sitting at the house and getting fat.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:11 PM   #51
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Insurance guy showed up, took one look at the bike and said its totaled. I made sure to mention some of the aftermarket goodies on it and should be getting a valuation report from him tomorrow.

Anybody have a KLR they want to sell me cheap? I promise I'll go longer without wrecking then I did on this one.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:35 AM   #52
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Insurance guy showed up, took one look at the bike and said its totaled. I made sure to mention some of the aftermarket goodies on it and should be getting a valuation report from him tomorrow.

Anybody have a KLR they want to sell me cheap? I promise I'll go longer without wrecking then I did on this one.
We all know this one will last longer than the last one!
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:35 AM   #53
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Yeah, because I'm not going anywhere near I-80 or 40mph cross winds again.

I leave that nonsense for the old guys on their Goldwings.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #54
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Yeah, because I'm not going anywhere near I-80 or 40mph cross winds again.

I leave that nonsense for the old guys on their Goldwings.
You can still do that stuff,just more like a KLR does it and less like a gold wing would,you'll be back to jammin soon and wind will just be part of the trip again,it's a learning curve for all of us,hopefully we all gained from your adventure,that's why we are here.
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Old 05-31-2013, 05:56 PM   #55
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Uh Oh, going to look at some bikes tomorrow. I've got a KLR on my radar and 2 KTM-640 Adventures. The KTM's are obviously pricier but man are they sexy. I've never ridden one before so I'm excited to see how it is compared to my KLR. I figure the KLR is like a Rabbit and the KTM like a Scirocco 16V. I'm all about the sporty version of the same basic thing. I daily drive an S4 after all.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:32 AM   #56
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Uh Oh, going to look at some bikes tomorrow. I've got a KLR on my radar and 2 KTM-640 Adventures. The KTM's are obviously pricier but man are they sexy. I've never ridden one before so I'm excited to see how it is compared to my KLR. I figure the KLR is like a Rabbit and the KTM like a Scirocco 16V. I'm all about the sporty version of the same basic thing. I daily drive an S4 after all.
Don't even go near the KTM,if you ride that thing you'll be screwed,the power will be like a half dressed women and you'll be lulled into the orange crush,KTM=Cocaine on 2 wheels wouldnt you rather tweet around on a KLR?I do,my KTM friends need someone to help in the woods so they can redeem themselves,same as my BMW people when we slab it and they have to wait for me.
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:23 AM   #57
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I am sorry about your injuries and wish you well. What you are taking for pain is an opiate and they all do that. Ask any heroin addict.

Crossing Nevada can be an adventure all by itself. It effects the mid size bikes too. I had my windscreen broken off by a truck wind blast. I have been blown into the opposite lane passing through a cut for the road with a complete change of wind direction. I try to do it early in the morning if wind is predicted.

The only bikes that seem unaffected are Harleys. Must be a weight and COG thing.

The KLR has a lot of sail area for wind to push against. You can improve that with changing of the fender, hand guards, lesson luggage weight and height. Higher rate springs, fork braces all help, but that big fuel will always be there.
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Don't even go near the KTM,if you ride that thing you'll be screwed,the power will be like a half dressed women and you'll be lulled into the orange crush,KTM=Cocaine on 2 wheels wouldnt you rather tweet around on a KLR?I do,my KTM friends need someone to help in the woods so they can redeem themselves,same as my BMW people when we slab it and they have to wait for me.
unfortunately I tasted the coke and I'm now as high as PAC-Man in the Blood Hound Gang's Mope

I test rode two 640 Adventures and then a higher mileage 950 Adventure.

This is the one I came home with


I rode it 40 miles home, broken hand and pelvis and all. It's a freaking awesome bike. Endless power and it never runs out of gears either. I was doing 80 on a highway and caught a gust of wind. My head was pushed to the side and the bike just held straight. It was like, "Wind, what wind?"

I know, I know. I just became one of those guys. I'll be twitching and scratching my neck like a tweaked soon. But man, this bike is a rush.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:40 AM   #59
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unfortunately I tasted the coke and I'm now as high as PAC-Man in the Blood Hound Gang's Mope

I test rode two 640 Adventures and then a higher mileage 950 Adventure.

This is the one I came home with


I rode it 40 miles home, broken hand and pelvis and all. It's a freaking awesome bike. Endless power and it never runs out of gears either. I was doing 80 on a highway and caught a gust of wind. My head was pushed to the side and the bike just held straight. It was like, "Wind, what wind?"

I know, I know. I just became one of those guys. I'll be twitching and scratching my neck like a tweaked soon. But man, this bike is a rush.
Bitchin bike,I'm jealous,I knew after your test ride you'd snicker and say"wow power really I never knew"it'll even make your wife look better,in 40 miles you probably knew you'd made the right move!
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Oh yeah, for sure man. Its so much more stable in the wind and at speed. I will say the grooves in concrete that I had just become comfortable with before the wreck got my heart rate up a little, but it was so good to ride again. I'm glad too, I was a bit worried on the first test ride I made that morning (2003 640 Adventure) that I would be freaked out and un able to ride anymore. Not the case at all.

I am going to lower the 950 soon though. I'm not at a level to need all that suspension travel off-road and its a tall and heavy bike, especially with me still trying to heal up. Its even taller than the KLR was, or at least its the same height but the suspension doesn't squat down when I put my weight on the bike like the KLR did. Leaving my right foot on the peg and I can't even get the left foot flat at stops. Luckily it seems to be a very well balanced bike.

The power is obviously there but its not sport-bike snappy and hard to control (I was a bit concerned about that). Its very smooth and linear in delivery, and the transmission seems to never run out of gears. Despite the weight and power its actually very easy to ride. The only thing I noticed was getting it to lean in a turn takes a little bit more input on my part than the KLR did. Not so noticeable on regular turns, but definitely when weaving around potholes and sewer lids.

I can't wait to go on a ride again, but unfortunately with my hand and pelvis I'm limited to just short jaunts for now. By the end of that 40 miles coming home my right hand was cramping really bad due to the weird half grip I was having to use. I just can't get my pinky wrapped around the grip ad my ring finger only partially. I also had to keep standing on the pegs or sitting almost side saddle to relieve pressure from my right hip. Still, I'm getting a little better every day and will be fully back on the saddle soon enough.
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