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Post  fredvon4 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:26 pm

On Friday 14 March I bought a HARLEY FXSB




On Monday the 24th I misjudged a corner with gravel and destroyed me and the bike



broken left leg and hand
broken head (helmet; yes)
several broken vertebrae

new bike on order
I will mend but takes time
Wet, gravel, being cool with new bike in neighborhood
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Post  batjac on Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:53 pm

fredvon4 wrote:On Friday 14 March I bought a HARLEY FXSB

On Monday the 24th I misjudged a corner with gravel and destroyed me and the bike
broken left leg and hand
broken head (helmet; yes)
several broken vertebrae

new bike on order
I will mend but takes time
Wet, gravel, being cool with new bike in neighborhood

Fred, sorry to hear that, dude!  Hope you heal quick.  I've done the "hitting gravel in a hairpin turn" thing.  I know how it can catch you off guard.  But, I must say, that's very optimistic, ordering a new bike so soon...

Though, that bike sure looks fixable.  If you can build a ukie, you should be able to set that bike to rights in no time.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:50 pm

Fred,

Glad your alive. I am not going to scold you. I am sure your wife is doing that daily.

Heal fast!
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Post  duke.johnson on Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:42 pm

Fred
I so sorry to hear this, even though I haven't met most of you in person, it's like we are good friend. I hope you heal up quickly.
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Post  dckrsn on Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:43 pm

Glad you're able to tell us about it Fred.
It would have really sucked to here
it from someone else.
Hope you heal quickly and the physical
therapy doesn't take too long. Summers comin'.
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Post  fredvon4 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:47 pm

Certainly did not plan to spend the beginning of her retirement being my home health care nurse

bike was totaled by insurance company and was my dream bike

Avoidable accident--- yes
destroyed bike and rider due to drunk, excessive speed, lack of skill--- no

all the injuries will heal
getting back on a bike is my goal
I have owned a bike non stop since 1968

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Post  Cryhavoc on Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:03 pm

Aw Geez Fred. Shocked , Glad the hear your on the mend. You can always replace a bike. Your noggin is another story. Sure was a beautiful bike though. Hope the new one is just as cool.

Since the Insurance company wrote it off are you going to claim the salvage? It really doesn't look that bad from the one pic you posted. Even if you didn't rebuild it, it looks whole enough that you'd have good spare parts or could easily sell the engine and part it out to make some bank.

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Post  getback on Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:15 pm

WOW ! That was unexpected , Glad you are ok bike can be bought . Owned one most my life too mostly dirt killers and I know what it feels like > take care of your self ! Hopefully it will be a long summer so you can get back in there. Keep use informed... Shocked  Getback
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Post  roddie on Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:16 pm

Fred, I'm very sorry to hear this news... but very glad that you're ok. I wish you the best of luck with your recovery.
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Post  RknRusty on Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:21 pm

Aw man, Fred, sorry you and the bike got busted up. I'm sure glad you weren't totaled. I hope you heal up quickly enough to enjoy the Summer. That was a beautiful bike.
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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:30 pm

...so next week jr. and i start our motorcycle safety class...may we should look at go-karts?
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:54 pm


MSF does a good advanced rider safety course. It's good info for even experienced riders. The basic riders course teaches you how to ride and the info is good as well. In most states either course counts for the road portion of your license. Plus you get an insurance discount.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:06 pm

yep, I told jr. this was mandatory for this project, the courses are put on by the state of Illinois. I had bikes as a kid/young man. and if we can eliminate rider error we can cut in half the probability of an accident.
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Post  Admin on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:36 pm

Damn! I'm sorry to hear this, I'm glad you're going to be okay. Hope the best for your recovery.

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Post  happydad on Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:25 pm

Sorry to hear of your accident Fred. Hope you heal quickly.  Thumbs Up 

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Post  fredvon4 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:30 am

The irony is I am scheduled to take the whole series of courses MSF and Fort Hood provide
decades ago I was a MSF beginner rider instructor

As 40+ year experienced rider I do believe every few years these courses are very good at getting rid of bad habits

in this case my bad habit was over confidence on a new 300 lb heavier bike with unlimited power

Thank to all for the well wishes...you guy are the best
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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:02 am

No worries Fred,

Sometimes things just happen despite of all our experience  That MSF info I posted wasn't directed at you. It's just gee wiz info for anyone listening.

Hope you are feeling well today.
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Post  andrew on Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:27 am

Tough news, Fred. Hope you're well on the way to mending. While disheartening, the bike is replaceable; you're not -- certainly glad to hear you will be back up to speed in the future.
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Post  ian1954 on Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:25 pm

I ride a BMW 1200 GS and I am older than you. I have had may near things on this beast - similar crcumstances - a heavy bike with phenominal acceleration for its weight.

I have always worked with the philosophy - "There are two types of biker - those that have fallen off and those that are going to"

Every new bike I have had - I have gone through a trauma at some point. When you first get it - you are very wary and careful - then over confidence sets in resulting in .................. An experience that may or may not be painful but certainly shakes you into shape.

I feel for you after this experience and do hope that you make a full recovery and are able to return to biking.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Post  RknRusty on Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:10 pm

Wisely, Yoda speaks.

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Post  fredvon4 on Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:42 am

Interesting how many of us have similar philosophy on many things

There are many friends and family in my circle who insist playing with 25,000RPM engines and razor sharp propellers is insane...that my collection of firearms approaches some belief that I am a nut...And riding any motorcycle, let alone a big bike, is a death wish

Some of them think Patriot Act is a good thing and our current administration is doing a good job

I am determined to live my life on my terms, and I would never presume to tell another adult what they should or should not do as long as their choice doe NOT adversely impact another citizen

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Post  duke.johnson on Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:53 am

Fred
I don't know if you're nuts or not, but it doesn't have anything to do with your planes, bikes, guns, or political beliefs. Very Happy 

How are you feeling now? What's the doctor want you to do next?
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Post  fredvon4 on Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:43 pm

I will mend faster than most men my age. Motivation...lots of stuff yet to do in my life and wife and I deserve a leisurely adequately funded retirement

So far and it is not many days past ICU everybody is happy with my progress

I suggested to Renie the extending the period between narcotics so a few weeks from now the end will be easier
I have dramatically reduced my alcohol intake and switched to e-cigs with a goal to quit this year for good

I am not depressed nor wallowing in self pity

I will be back to full life inside 6 months for sure
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Post  duke.johnson on Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:51 pm

Fred
It sounds like you have a good outlook on life and a wife that will take care of you. That's half the battle sometimes. Here's to a speedy recovery my friend.
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Looking for something else I found this older thread

Post  fredvon4 on Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:40 am

Wow it has been 3 years since I bought the dream bike

In this thread I said I was replacing it and climbing back on two wheels

Well, later I canceled the purchase...

What was not in the above post was the series of events MY WIFE had to live through:

The first folks on the scene of the accident did a good job of keeping me safe and calling the EMS folks

One also found my cell phone (I do not lock mine) and found my "call wife in case of emergency" number, and did

and ambulance arrived and called for life flight... as my wife was heading to the accident the helicopter arrived and I was moved 700 yards to the aircraft

She arrived to find I had been life-flighted away and no one local knew exactly where they were taking me....the ambulance had already departed

She was panic stricken thinking my injuries were dire (they were bad but not really life threatening) and it took her precious long (too her) time to contact EMS and determine where they took me...

She tired hard not to drive the 45 miles to the Scott and White Trauma Center at 250MPH but was thoroughly distraught for the drive

Because of the head injuries, they had me in emergency surgical but no one could tell her my true condition--- so for 3 hours she waited ---then finally asked about me----only to be told a second surgical team was now working on me...what they did not tell her, was the Ortho guy was available to fix my leg and hand injuries and they decided it was best to just keep me under...the leg and hand bionic rebuild was 7.5 hrs long

By the time the put me in recovery she had no idea of my true condition for over 11 hours and was an absolute wreck

A few weeks later as she was assisting yet a third in home physical therapist, I was asked by the new lady if I was going to get another bike... I said no...

My wife looked sideways at me because she knew the new replacement was on order...

I told the PT gal... no way I could ever leave on the bike to a friends place, or local VFW, and not have my wife being nervous for a few hours until I returned

We had been married 31 years when I said that... and I think I extended her life by making that decision

I am still looking and procrastinating BUT

Renie just recently saw a "T Bucket" open engine roadster and commented that it would be fun to build one and go cruising

Think I will keep her..... grin

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