Recap…this blog has been a bit sleepy because well? I haven’t been doing much since October 17th, 2015 except trying to heal from my crash.
The Lure of the Motorcycle
October 17th, 2015 was a new adventure for me. I crashed and totaled my brand new 2015 BMW 1200GSW. Some were hoping this would be my wake up call hoping I would not want to ever ride again. I wonder if those same people question those who have been in a car crash? I digress.
My life with my bike(s) has been full of LIFE. Exploration, going places I would never dream about going in a car. Meeting so many people who don’t share my passion about bikes but want to know “how do you do this alone?” What is it like to ride in bad weather? Don’t you get scared? Aren’t you worried you will crash and die?
My life with my bike(s) has been about meeting people who share my passion and want to exchange stories.
Well, the later question is easy, not one I hope many experience but was I worried I would ever crash and die? Yes. It’s the truth. Always in the back of my brain, somewhere was that thought but I was never scared for that day if and when it happened.
What scared the crap out of me on October 17th was the fact I had precious cargo on board. I never envisioned myself jeopardizing another life all the while doing what I LOVE and know can be dangerous. I mean pretty much just living can be dangerous into today’s society but we all know riding on two wheels, exposed to many things makes us more vulnerable to “accidents” and injuries.
2015 BMW 1200GS, FOLIAGE RIDE….CRASH
October 17 2015 – beauty turns into pain, all pics clickable to enlarge
Lessons learned…no one is immune to accidents no matter how many miles you have under your wheels.
Gear: Alipnestars Toucan boots-SAVED my Tibia from shattering, KLIM Altitude suit – saved my body from drainage ditch rash and broken shoulder, Shoei RF 1200 helmet – saved my head after landing on it, KLIM gloves saved my hands
2 UP – Joe Rocket basic gear, saved my partner from ditch rash, broken shoulder and her SCORPION helmet saved her head as well. KLIM gloves protected her hands and TCX boots protected her feet. Continue reading “2015 BMW 1200GS, FOLIAGE RIDE….CRASH”
2015 Long Island or Bust Tour Days 21-22
May 15 2015 (all picks can be clicked and enlarged)
Staying away from interstates is sure paying off with scenery and roads made for a NASCAR racer. Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia all have great roads, made for bikes and sporty cars, intense Spring smells, scenery and since it’s before Memorial Day peaceful driving. Continue reading “2015 Long Island or Bust Tour Days 21-22”
The Choice Is Yours: Sweat Or Bleed
By Adeyemi Bennett – July 09, 2013
My COMMENTARY: Most accidents end up in road rash or more seriously DE-gloving of the skin. You don’t die right away. You are treated like a burn victim sometimes days to months. Skin grafts after skin grafts. Worst case scenario you develop an infection that can lead to sepsis. There is no cure for sepsis, aka blood infection except antibiotics and crossing of the fingers. If you die it’s counted as a medical complication secondary to the bike accident. Motorcycle stat deaths do not show how many die from road rash. So, wear gear, be smart…not everyone is lucky enough to die at the scene from a head injury or become a donor. My 2 cents.
It was over 100 degrees out that day, so a friend who’d just started riding decided it would be a good idea to ride to work without his jacket. Long story short, it wasn’t. Especially when he t-boned a car at 35mph. Here’s grizzly proof that getting a little hot in full gear isn’t such a bad idea.
We’d been in the middle of a heat wave here in LA, with the usual 72-and-sunny replaced with humidity and temps in the high 90s and low 100s. In conditions like that, riding around in a leather or textile jacket may seem like an insane thing to do. But to me, it’s the most sane. I’m not here to preach or sound like an elitist to new or inexperienced riders, I only want to share with you the consequences of some of these choices. Maybe they’ll even scare you into making smarter decisions. Continue reading “ATGATT????”
Guest Post – Europe 2014: Day 7 – Prague to Wemding
We left Prague around 9:30am towards Germany. Traffic was reasonably light and before long we were in the rural countryside.
Around 11:30am we had a slight setback. We were riding down a gentle hill at about 70kph/45mph (for reference the speed limit was 90kph/55mph) and without any warning at all the bike popped out from under us and we slid to a stop on the tarmac. As I was sliding I could see the bike sliding on its left side ahead of me until it reached the grassy shoulder where the wheels caught and the bike flipped over onto its right side.
We both got straight up to our feet and looked at each other, completely perplexed and somewhat shocked. After determining that nothing hurt, we realised with relief that neither of us were injured and our gear had taken the brunt of the fall. I had slid on my left side and Zev had slid on his bottom, dragging his left arm.
A few seconds later a young chap came along and stopped to help us put the bike upright and then carried on his way. I noticed there was oil all over the engine and tyres and realised we had ridden onto an unnoticed slick of tarry oil. From the direction we were travelling, the angle of the sun made it blend into the road, looking like just another patched area of tarmac.
I called 112 (emergency line) and explained what happened and they sent out the police. Meanwhile I took photographs of the area and the damaged parts of the bike. I called my insurer and went through the details. Continue reading “Guest Post – Europe 2014: Day 7 – Prague to Wemding”
Crash Outtakes from AltRider’s 2013 BMW R 1200 GS W
Not only is Jeremy the owner of AltRider but he is one hell of a rider. Watch this video and see the new WC BMW 1200 take a tumble but more importantly see how the new crash bars AltRider has developed for this bike protects the fairing. So….Jeremy and Erik where are the uppers for the F800 crash bars? 😉
Crashed But NOT Burned — And Here’s Why [K1600]
by FYRWRX on Wed May 15, 2013 12:28 pm
Why wearing jeans on a motorcycle is a really bad idea
Beware some pics are very graphic….this is my warning. Safety is something we take seriously and I truly appreciate the humility of this article and the pics to prove that wearing no protection and the theory that plain old jeans are better than nothing…well???? Just don’t work even a low-speed crashes…video at the end of the post too…thanks Deb & Gary!
In the ranks of embarrassing pictures you could have posted on the Internet of yourself, I’m going to guess this one is close to the top. Yeah, that’s my ass, clearly visible through my shredded Y-fronts, rubbed raw and bleeding from sliding down the road. Those undies provided about as much protection as the Levis 511s I was wearing, which is to say none. This happened at around 35 to 40mph.
Continue reading “Why wearing jeans on a motorcycle is a really bad idea”
2011 Harley Davidson Lowside Motorcycle Crash
Just not meant to lean so much….much better and safer to ride your HD a bit more upright…;-) and LOVE LOVE the no gear and that ridiculous helmet! I work for an organ donation agency….why do riders just beg to be donors?
I have a post showing graphic pictures of a crash after a young man riding at a very high speed went head first into a truck. I want to know if this post should be trashed or posted? My reasoning for posting it is to talk about safety and the importance of being careful no matter what….the crash is from 2007, I have checked the sources and it appears to be legit.
Before I consider posting the pics and article I wanted to know if this BLOG would want to see and read and learn…..any thoughts???????
The Crash or Dump or Fall……
Not sure what to call this….I guess a crash 😉 More pics and video to come from today’s Newbie Dual Sport BC Spring Ride….it was awesome. No damage to me, Leslie or the bike!
or if you prefer
An unusual crash for two race bikes
At Magny-Cours, during a round of the promosport Championship: two riders crash and their bikes lock wheel bars and continue to pirouette on the ground: funny dancing bikes! Visit us & discover others great videos on http://www.motorstv.com
Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle 2
THIS IS A VERY COOL AND FUN VIDEO TO WATCH….LIKE A WHOLE MOVIE IN 8 MINUTES AND 30 SECS. REALLY WORTH WATCHING THE WHOLE THING … MAKE SURE HD IS ON AND WIDE SCREEN IS BEST.
ENDURO CROSS TRAINING
Can you do this with the bike you ride? Can you do this with the BIG Dual Sport Bikes we all own and LOVE? 😉