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« on: February 24, 2007, 06:29:00 pm »

On Feb 11th my wife and I were on our way to a charity poker run with PMRG when the unthinkable happened.  We were on our seperate bikes when I pulled away from the intersection, and I needed to change lanes so we could merge on the freeway.  I gave the bike some extra throttle and I guess I was in that special rpm range because the front end came up and I wasn't expecting it.  It shifted my weight and I ended up giving the bike more throttle, and that ended it right there.  All I remember was hearing the rear plastic scrape the pavement then I hit the pavement as well.  My wife saw the whole thing from her bike behind me and she said the bike looped and landed on the headlight/fairing area, then fell on the left side and proceed to slide down the road.  My wife said at first I looked pretty stiff rolling on the ground, but then loosened up before coming to a stop.  I'm pretty sure I passed out, but I came back to as I stopped rolling.

I am so proud of my wife for her composure during this accident as she didn't target fixate and was able to stop her bike behind me in a safe and controlled manner.

As for the bike the estimate came out to $9990.00 for repairs.  It only had a little over 2500 miles on it.  My insurance company is sending out an adjuster to look at the bike.

As for me, I shattered my T8 vertebrea.  Somebody was watching over me cause I have no spinal damage, the bone just shattered around the spinal cord.  I was in the hospital for 12 days, and my surgery to repair my spine was 5 1/2 hours long.  They even used one of my ribs to make a new vertebrea, and connected the T7, T8, and T9 together with titanium.  I am up walking around, but I have a 'turtle shell' brace that I have to wear for the next 12 weeks whenever I am not in bed.  The pain isn't that bad, but I also am on three different meds right now.  I also ended up with a little bit of road rash on my left leg and ass.

The gear I was wearing was steel toe boots that went past the ankle, denim jeans, Joe Rocket leather gloves, Joe Rocket mesh textile jacket (actually it's the alter ego jacket, but was in mesh mode for the ride) and my Shoei Helmet.  Everything but the denim jeans did it's job.

I have a few pics of the bike and me if anyone is interested....

http://www.supermotors.net/motorcycles/registry/16028/55339

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2007, 06:52:17 pm »

Do you know how you shattered the vertabrae?  Impact going off the back of the bike?  Hit something while rolling?  Did the jacket have a back protector in place?
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2007, 06:58:02 pm »

That's rough.  You plan on riding again? Heal up.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2007, 07:00:02 pm »

Wow, that bike is all kinds of messed up.  Sorry to hear about your accident and your injuries.  Keep us updated on your healing.  
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2007, 07:08:21 pm »

Ouch!  Heal up soon.
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2007, 07:12:15 pm »

I'm not too sure what you mean by you were in "that special rpm range."  The way you describe it makes it seem that you pulled away, gave it too much gas, pulled a major wheelie, and lost it.  150 plus hp bikes have to be respected.  I did a similar thing on a 2002 GSXR1000. I was accelerating hard in third gear at around 75 mph on a bumpy road (definate no no as I found out). Hit a bump and the front end came up in a major fashion.  I didn't lose it, but it made me realise there is no room for error on a bike with such power.

Best wishes on a swift recovery.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2007, 07:44:14 pm »

Sorry to hear of your mishap, James. Here's hoping your injuries heal well and completely.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2007, 07:57:13 pm »

Ugh! Heal quickly. You're very lucky.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2007, 07:58:26 pm »

Dayum.  Sad  Heal up quick.
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2007, 08:02:18 pm »

  Heal well and fast.

  It always makes you think about your own safety when you see something like this happen to a skilled rider.  
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« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2007, 08:06:05 pm »

That is just downright awful.  Heal fast and well.
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« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2007, 08:12:11 pm »

Please keep us updated to the status of your progress.  Heal up soon an well.

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« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2007, 08:12:33 pm »


Wow, that bike is all kinds of messed up.  Sorry to hear about your accident and your injuries.  Keep us updated on your healing.  

 EEK! Sad EEK!
Ditto.  Are you thinking of riding after you're healed? Accidents like this are why  we should all wear spine protectors- mines a Bohn.
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« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2007, 08:31:59 pm »

Okay, call me a pussy but I think I'll stay in the 80hp range, TYVM.

Get well soon. I really hope you're not left with chronic symptoms after you get back on your feet.
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« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2007, 08:33:28 pm »

I'm glad you didn't do any spinal cord damage.  
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« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2007, 08:36:40 pm »

Goddamn..... So glad to hear you're up and walking already and your already severe injuries weren't worse. Heal quickly and completely!
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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2007, 08:40:38 pm »

You're a pretty lucky guy, for being so unlucky.
Best wishes for a full recovery, physically and financially.
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2007, 09:03:40 pm »


I'm glad you didn't do any spinal cord damage.  

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Great to hear you're walking around already! Couple weeks in the hospital isn't easy, but it could have been worse. Glad you're healing up!
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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2007, 09:07:51 pm »

Thank God you didnt damage your spinal cord.  Thoughts and prayers for you.
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« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2007, 09:09:26 pm »

Best wishes for a complete recovery.

JOOC, did you suffer a burst fracture of the T8?

Lurkers: if he did, then a back protector probably wouldn't have helped him in this instance.
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