Anniversary of note - Dan the Serene
Anniversary of note|
Seven years ago tonight, I wrecked a motorcycle and my leg and my shoulder and my jaw. All things considered, I've gotten through it pretty well.
I'm very glad you did. :)
Yes you have! And to offer proof, we did a kick-ass workout in the gym which included 4 different leg exercises and shoulder presses! I will add as a side note that our relationship started almost exactly 5 1/2 months later <3
Edited at 2014-10-05 10:06 am (UTC)
Not to dredge up painful memories, but have you ever written up an account of the accident with root cause, how it might have been avoided, gear performance assessment, etc.? Asking for selfish reasons.
I may have at some point.
The main causes were an unfamiliar motorcycle on an unfamiliar road. The motorcycle was mine, but I hadn’t ridden that one in a year because I had loaned it to a friend and wrecked within two miles of her house after picking it up. The Sportster was a very different bike than the BMW K1200LT I had been riding while the sportster was away. The ramps onto the BW Parkway are much sharper than those of an actual highway. There may have been gravel involved, but I’m not sure. I remember going into the turn pretty hot, then a few seconds from the ambulance, then a few minutes from the next morning, then really started to remember things the afternoon of the day after that. I forgot to mention the brain injury in my summary, but I had a concussion as well.
My gear held up pretty well. I was wearing an Arai ¾ helmet with visor. The visor accordioned and absorbed a lot of energy when my face slammed into the triple clamp, or I would have been in much worse shape. However, a full face helmet probably would have saved me a lot of grief. I always wear a modular helmet, now. I also had a Joe Rocket riding jacket that the cut off of me, leather riding gloves that got some grass embedded in them though my hands were fine, jeans, and BMW Santiago boots.
Edited at 2014-10-05 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation. I seem to recall hearing some of these details, but at the time I wasn't interested in motorcycles so I didn't commit them to memory.
Glad to hear that you recovered and are still riding.
I've tried to take a risk-based approach to riding. I've taken the class and I read what I can find related to motorcycle safety, starting with the Hurt Report and the subsequent studies. But I remain acutely aware of the factors beyond my control.
And I'm a true believer in ATGATT; Arai full face, Vanson leathers, Aerostich R3 on order, SIDI Tour boots, good gloves, etc. I also keep a helmet cam running most of the time in case I need to review an incident.
The MSF basic course is a good place to start. They also offer an advanced course you can take when you've got a bit of experience, maybe in the spring. For low and slow type riding, Ride Like a Pro is a good day.
For books, I would recommend "Proficient Motorcycling", by David L. Hough.