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Offline Rob Valdez 79 R65

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crashed my bike - pretty bad
« on: October 06, 2008, 10:16:25 AM »
typing one handed

i went to a ABC meeting saturday and 4 bikes went on a group ride.

i was behind the lead bike.  the ride was just about done, and we were close to the host's house.

i let my gaze go to the left for a moment, i was going about 40mph.

the leader had slowed for a right turn, and i never saw it...

my left handlebar hit the top rear corner of his alum. saddlebag on his R1200GS.
my left jug hit his final drive!

he was ok for the most part.  he was able to ride his bike back to the host's.

i got a ambulance ride to the nearest orthopedic hospital (morphine included).

my left pinkie finger is fractured in the top two joints.  There are 4 pins in it, and a chance i may loose the finger.  
the finger next to it is broken and pinned, as well.

i am right handed.

i have not seen my bike yet, but i'm told that it "has seen better days".


i have not yet decided the fate of my future and the sport.

Offline Justin B.

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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2008, 10:21:50 AM »
Dang, Rob!  :o  But, I guess it's good you are more or less still in one piece.  I find my concentration wandering during my commute (could probably ride there in my sleep) but so far I have gotten away with it...

Chin-up and you'll be back to form in no time.

Rest and heal...
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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2008, 11:00:09 AM »
Condolences!  Hope your healing is quick, and complete!  

All of us must realize that we face the risk of complacency every time we ride.  What we can do to minimize the risk, we should do, every time we ride, too.

As for your bike....maybe it can be a winter project you rebuild as you also rebuild your body and mind.  All are worth endeavors, with which I wish you all the best.   [smiley=clap.gif]

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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2008, 12:33:38 PM »
Sorry about your "bump". One of life's conumdrums is that the joy of riding comes with the chance of pain. Give it some time Rob, the road will wait for you to ride back.

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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2008, 01:40:36 PM »
I am sorry to hear about the accident Rob. I hope you will be able to rebuild the bike to it's former glory.

Best wishes


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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2008, 02:51:27 PM »
So very sorry.....but hey .....................your alive...kicking............ mostly in one piece and that is all that matters. It’s sort of like me crawling out of the rubble after the Lubbock tornado back in 1970.....gives one a different perspective on life. Passing through the shadow .........life suddenly becomes a........little brighter, sweeter.  A year from now this will make a good barroom story.  

Offline msbuck

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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2008, 06:55:40 PM »
[size=20]OH NO, ROB!!!  BUMMER!! [/size] (A)

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? (G)  [smiley=3stooges.gif]


Unfortunately, stuff happens and always when you least expect it.  Time does heal the wounds of the flesh and the spirit.  Just remember why you ride and the pleasure you get from it.  There are risks inherent in EVERYTHING we do.  We have some friends that had a car crash into their bedroom in the middle of the night and missed them asleep in the bed by just inches.  So you never know what's around the next corner.  

Don't forget the great things about riding and this sport of ours.  Take the time to heal and renew your spirit before you make any decisions about the future.  We'll pray for a speedy, successful recovery of your hand and beemer.




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Offline montmil

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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2008, 06:56:49 PM »
Rob, please wait awhile before deciding to give up on riding the Beemer.

Yes, your hand is nicked up. It'll heal. You're ticked off at yourself. That issue will also pass. Park the bike for a little while, get well and then get after the repairs.

All of us R65ers wish you the best.

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« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2008, 07:00:15 PM »
OH, Rob!
I am so sorry to hear of your crash.  Please ease into rehab, and keep us posted.
You're one of our very best members, don't even consider giving up "The Sport".

Sue,
Talk to the guy.

Very best,

Not-So-Fast (for good reasons) Ed

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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2008, 09:10:08 PM »
Bummer, Rob.  I hope you'll be fine, NOT lose the finger, and be able to forgive yourself.  Just don't do it again.  

I'm with Justin, I too have gotten away with stuff I shouldn't have.  I just try really hard not to count on it.

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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2008, 10:08:37 PM »
Awful bad to hear of your sour luck. I hope you do heal well and get back on. It's a risk we take but the odds may be better for you having had this brush with trouble. I say this also contemplating my adult son being hit on his bicycle by a car today. He should be OK. Fix that bike back up, I really liked it.
rich
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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2008, 11:12:02 PM »
Oh NO!   :-?   :(    :'(  

Rob!  Not you too!  This year has been too hard on all of us.  Thank goodness you weren't hurt any worse than that, as bad as it feels now.  

Take it easy on yourself, Rob.  Let yourself rest and heal.  It's now Autumn, and I think we are all feeling it's time to slow down and hibernate.  By the middle of winter you will be feeling like working on the bike and then by spring everything will look different.  You sure don't have to make any decisions now.

Take care.  We're all thinking of you.


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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2008, 11:18:54 PM »
My goodness, Rob !

We'll send good thought and prayers your way for a full and speedy recovery - so sorry to hear about the mishap.   Any injury is a bad thing, but at least you are still in one piece and I am sure, in time, you'll be able to get back on that horse again.   Sue had her accident, and now you - this is a tough thing, but understand that we're all hear to help you keep your spirits up, stay focused, and keep on riding airheads when you are ready to do so.   Take your time to relax, recover and get things in perspective.

Everyone else - PLEASE take your time, enjoy your ride, and don't get distracted as many, but not all of us start to wind down from the peak of the riding season.  We won't need any more motorcycling mishaps like these !!!


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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2008, 12:00:07 AM »
Rob,

I'm very sorry to hear about your misfortune. Here's hoping that both you and the bike (but especially you) will be back on the road soon --  weeks rather than months.

Best wishes,
John   :(

Offline Rob Valdez 79 R65

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Re: crashed my bike - pretty bad
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2008, 03:27:53 AM »
[size=12]Thank you all for you well-wishes.  

As one of the guys on Boxerworks said - "at least I won't make that mistake again!"[/size]