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Almost met the Sausage Creature face to face....

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by donbubbo, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. donbubbo

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    Beautiful day testerday,Arizona/Cali sky(all blue,no clouds) in Bucks PA.
    Got done with some tree staking and said think I'll take the Bonnie for a ride.
    A mile from home I was going thru an intersection and a car coming the opposite way making a left, was playing stop/go.
    By the time I decided they were'nt gonna stop, too late!
    Started my defensive mode automatically to avoid a semi head-on collision.
    I braked then swerved.
    Normally I would have passed thru unscathed.
    This time. there was gravel on the swerve and my balance went to h***.
    Next thing I know, I'm bouncing down the shoulder and head is scaping the curb.
    Felt like I'd never stop.
    Finally stopped and heard voices saying "don't get up"
    Must've been out for awhile because the next thing I know, there's about 5 dozen people directing traffic, calling 911 etc.
    Ambulance comes and I tell the 2 EMT's I'm armed. They get the cops and secure the weapon after I show the CCW. No problem. My SAS stayed intact the entire time, not a scratch.
    Had it in a shoulder rig.
    It bruised/cracked my ribs though.
    Get to the ER and get checked out.
    Score: cracked ribs, concussion, sprained ankle, and numerous road rash.
    Sausage Creature avoided.
    Helmet and avoidance of direct hit on car saved me.
    Be careful. Especially in the colder climes where the cinders and salt piles are lurking!
    That is all.
     
  2. norton

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    Glad you're ok.
    How's the bonnie?
     

  3. donbubbo

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    Didn't look at it real close, but the police said it's drivable. Getting hauled to the dealer right now.
    Breaks my heart. Not even broken in yet. Less than 800 miles on it.
    I'm hoping I get it back before July 10 so I can take it to Pocono for track day.
     
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    Trade the Bonnie in for the Scrambler ala your avatar.:cool:

    Glad that you had your helmet on. Gears can be replaced. Skins and brain can't.
     
  5. donbubbo

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    Yeah, If I can get them to total it, those scramblers look sweet!
    The Sixty 8 right?
    Really though, I love my Bonnie!
     
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    Glad you're OK.

    If this was your first time down, welcome to the club. ;)
    If not, sorry man. It sounds like you done everything right. I've learned that safety gear is #1, the hard way. Again, glad you are OK. Take care and ride safe.
     
  7. Kastivich01

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    Been there too. Havnt meet many riders that havnt been down. What were you wearing?
     
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    This was slide #3 for me, been riding a long time. Gets harder and hurts more the older you get.
    I was wearing my Dickies cell-phone pocket jeans (they held up great, just a couple rips) my EMS nylon shell with polar tech lining(EMS meaning Eastern Mountain Sports;also protected me well except where the sleeve rolled up and exposed my right arm to road rash)Third Watch side zip boots,Nolan Helmet. Oh, and Mountain Hardware grippy fleece gloves.
    My most painful injury came where my SigSAS in shoulder rig(Galco Horizontal)dug into my ribs on the side that wasn't surfing the pavement.
    The coat is pretty ripped up but held together well. The jeans are now stylishly ripped and the boots look new.
    The gloves are toast. I wore them more for warmth than protection. I think I'll wear Mechanix Wear gloves in the future.
    There is NO DOUBT in my mind that the Nolan helmet saved me. Most of my slide was spent dragging my head. Only some scratches on the helmet, but I will not use a damaged helmet twice. It goes up on the wall in my garage or the bike shop.
    If I hadn't slid and laid it down, I shudder to think how many sommersaults I would have done if I'd hit the car in a head-on attitude.
    I did feel like someone turned the power off in my skull and then hit the reset. I was out longer than I originally thought.
    All that stuff happens SOOOOOO fast! I estimated my speed at 30-35 m/hr at impact.
    I am lucky to be home.
    That gravel and salt residue is like ice when you hit it .
     
  9. Kastivich01

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    Can I suggest that you get some dedicated motorcycle gloves. The last time I went down I landed with a good bit of weight on my right palm. Without the double layer of leather and double stitiching I would have been in a world of hurt.

    Also, a good full gauntlet gloves will reduce the chance of your jacket riding up your arm.
     
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    good idea,thanks
     
  11. BikerRN

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    I'm glad your pants held up so well. I wear Draggin Jeans anytime I'm on the bike, unless I'm wearing full leather. The Draggin Jeans have kevlar in the butt and knees, and they work! I know this from first hand expirience.

    Take care and hope to see you riding again soon. :)
     
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    anyone ever watch Monty Python?
    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: