pics of my arm after breaking both bones and dislocating my hand. had surgery with metal inserts. good times. wreck was caused by poor road conditions.
gravel or "frost" had built-up in the center of my lane. in a slight left hander doing maybe 55-60 on a very freshly chip n sealed type re-pave of a local road. front slid out all the way to near the edge of the lane where i ended up going off road thru a shallow ditch with the bike upright apposed to laying the bike down trying to steer hard n keep it on the road.
laying it down so close to the edge would have sent me on a path with a washing machine sized boulder just sitting by the road out of nowhere so i more or less chose to aim for the side of the road n thru the ditch to keep control, or keep the bike up on two wheels anyway, n at least make it past that huge rock. which i did but about the same time i was passing it i hit a smaller, hidden in the weeds rock that bent the rim n dismounted the tire.
got back on the road directly after bending the rim which of course once it was on pavement threw me over the bars just like a highside.
i landed on my left wrist first at maybe 35-45mph by this time after being ejected from the bike. basically did a somersault, slid on the back of my helmet a few feet n then on my back where my jacket rode up a little n gave me just a hint of rash on my lower back and i ended up standing on my feet.
the bike flipped to the right and landed upside down on the right mirror n windshield n slid a few feet like that n fell over on the frame slider n slid another 6' or so.
maybe a thousand dollars worth of damage including breaking the windshield, right mirror, right clip-on, throttle tube, grip, and right foot peg. rashed just slightly other than the upper near the mirror mount which was pretty scratched up, the tail plastic and a small credit card sized spot on the tank n a quarter sized hole in the rear seat. also scraped up both ends of the oem pipe.
ive bought all the small parts already and am sending the rim to will's rim repair to hammer out the bend, buying some new tires cause it needs a rear anyway n the front got a little bite taken out of it, going to skin the tank in real carbon fiber after having it prepped at a local shop with oem decals under clear coat at the same shop and going to buy a nice pipe n throw on a new oem style black n titanium china plastic kit to finish it off.
anyway itll likely be next season before im back on it with the cold weather coming in just about the time i figure my wrist would be up for being on a bike. the bike will be finished before then but again my wrist is gonna hold up any progress on that a little while anyway.
i have a lotta years of riding experience so i wouldnt attribute the wreck to lack of skill as much as just unforeseen hazard in the road. id love to sit n say with all my experience i did everything right but that wouldnt be fully accurate. there was certainly some panic going on when i first started sliding but i did a pretty good job of scanning for the best route thru once i stopped the slide n did a good job of looking where i needed to go even if it wasnt really where i wanted to go! lol wasnt that i wasnt paying attention either, the road was freshly blacked with whatever they use when they do the chip-n-seal thing they do around here. which isnt really paving or black topping but a kinda spray with loose gravel thrown on it n another layer of spray then lightly compacted with a small steamroller if youd even call it that. the gravel that had built up was kinda hidden being it was all covered in the black spray. it was a pretty good amount in the center of the lane and on the outside of the lane that had been thrown there in the corner.
i was riding in the right third of the lane thru most of the corner which wasnt a sharp bend at all really n when i was finishing the curve i moved toward the center of my lane where i started the slide. that awful sound a tire makes when it hits loose gravel just kept going for what seamed like forever until i was pretty close to the edge of the road with just a little curve left in front of me but with the front end pointing in the opposite direction. really wasnt enough road in front of me to lean in on it hard to try n keep it on road. like i said i wont say there wasnt some panic reactions at that point but ive spent a lotta years on and off road n been in similar panic situations way more times than i can remember specially off road so it wasnt that my fear had me frozen it was just a big rock in front of me off the road n not enough road to stay on so i made my choice n decided off the road was where i was heading n made the best of it to get past the random boulder that dropped from who knows where!? lol rode the ditch n all was going pretty good considering until i hit the smaller rock i didnt see n sent me for a loop once i hit it.
i guess my lessons learned is im really glad i had all my gear on head to toe. not a one piece leather but a nice textile armored jacket, plated gloves, helmet, n decent boots on because looking at the back of my helmet my head woulda been scraped clean and my arm would have certainly been worse without the wrist protection n hand protection i had.
ill probably be a little more picky when im out looking for new twisted roads and avoid any newly covered roads or at least be a little more aware of the possible hazards they can pose. i was taking it easy being it was literally paved the just a couple days earlier but i could have done better to expect such a hazard even tho i was paying extra close attention. maybe thats just hindsight? hard to say for sure i suppose.
for whatever reason i didnt have my cell phone on me? i was in an area without service as it turns out because the young man that stopped to help me after i picked the bike up one handed n pushed it to the small graveyard that just happened to be directly across the road from my wipe-out didnt have service for several miles down the road. had he or any other people not been by it could have been a long walk in pain to even the nearest house let alone pocket of cell service out in the sticks where i was riding. so ill be sure to have one with me in the future when i ride.
other than that i guess its just a fact or doing what we love that when you are out riding you could end up getting off. im no ama professional but ive got a good bit of riding under my belt n a lot of it spent pushing my limits to be better and there are and always will be some moments where youll find yourself in situation you just cant recover from and ive learned that its important to keep your head and do everything you can to improve your worst case scenario until its played its self all the way out.
here are the pics of the damage to my arm, the most interesting part of my description of a good ride gone bad!