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I had always ridden so controlled, and had been so safe- up until yesterday.

I could tell you the events that had happened that I believe got me off my game - which resulted in a crash. and the fact that one of the riders I was following- also went off the road in front of me, and I know I fixated on that too. I didn't take it down low side (should have) because I thought I could get it stopped before I went into the trees- wasn't happening.
I was totally my fault- I messed up- big time.

I was wearing Full Gear, full leathers, helmet, gloves boots, and a head neck hood 'cause it was cold out too.

The right hand turn was slightly on an uphill, which also unweighted my tires/braking power some. A road I've never ridden, and sort of a blind corner. Until then, I never would have been going that fast at that point, etc. I'm an idiot.

Basically, I F'd up- big time.

That night, I spoke with the other rider that went of the road in front of me- bike and he not hurt quite so bad as me. He said I was unconscious but breathing for about 1-2 minutes.

I knew some things were wrong, that I wanted imaging and no other way to get to a hospital except by ambulance.

I have a fractured left scapula (shoulder blade), and 2 x fractured ribs near my spine in the upper back just medial/inside the left shoulder blade.
And obviously a SEVERE, entire spinal Whiplash from being thrown thru the air so far and hitting trees and shrubs on the way down.
My back and torso, and the fractures hurt like a Beatch.

They wanted to keep me in Observation for the rib fractures- I elected to go home b/c all those fractures won't require surgery or any kind of splint/cast.

I'm a TOTAL idiot.

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I think the third pictures some the EMT around me, way past the bike. I was like 30+ feet away- I think some trees on the way slowed me down.

I am SO disappointed in Myself,
I screwed up so badly, and I'm paying for it in the pain I have when I move any.
I normally ride so controlled- I'm such an idiot.

My trip planned for end of this month to the Dragon is gone.
According to the wife- my riding is over also.
This is my first crash on street bikes- maybe my last also.

One of the riders I was with cam back with a trailer and took it to his shop in a nearby town.

Edit- Turns out that you can read your Radiology scan reports online now too.
I am really sort of pissed- had they told me it was this extensive- I probably would have stayed in the hospital for pain control.

I'm really pissed they DIDN'T tell me the extent of all my injuries before I left.

Comminuted and displaced Left Scapula= badly broken Left shoulder blade.
2 displaced fractured ribs posterlateral 3rd and 4th
Non displaced Left lateral 7th rib
Non displaced Right posterior 7th rib- @ the costovertebral junction- adjacent to my spine
non-displaced comminuted fracture of the right
transverse process of T8 & T1.= in place; in pieces of the right projection of my vertebera/spine

With the pain I was in, I probably would NOT have left the hospital that morning knowing this,
Oh well- I'm actually making it, and can now move and sit up without screaming in writhing pain- I know right? What a whimp I am.

To call myself such an idiot is the understatement of the century
 

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I'm really sorry for your pain. I've been there, and done that. I hope you heal soon, and I'm glad you're still with us.


P.S. You sound like an old school rider, taking all the responsibility for the crash, instead of some squid wanting to blame it on a stuck throttle, sand on the road, another rider, etc. It's harsh I know, but without the truth, you learn nothing. Here's hoping for a better and brighter day. Hang in there!
 

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Sorry about your situation but glad to see you aren't trying to make excuses for it.

Breaking your scapula is pretty damn hard to do. When I did mine (at the track) the hospital said it was only the 2nd one they'd ever seen. The other guy had fallen off a ladder.

Here's to a speedy, full recovery.
 

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Wow Todd, sorry to hear this but glad you are still here to tell us your story. Crashing is never fun:frown
well get some rest and heal up. Just try to tell the old lady you learned from your mistake and you will be more careful next time around. Also keep your finger and toes crossed that she'll let you ride again. Mine tried to keep me off after my accident but she also knew it wasn't going to happen, so she just gave in :grin
 
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What no video? Sorry couldn't resist. Very unfortunate
situation for you and I can sense the pain you must be in.
When one goes to the hospital after an accident whomever
is w/them should really help them out as to "what's going on"
in the hospital. When you are injured you don't hear the doc/nurse
telling you how bad a shape you are in (being full of pain meds/etc..).
No hospital is going to not tell you how injured you are and put themselves
into a litigation situation. Would bet you have prescriptions for meds
from them to manage your pain. We all want to get out of the
hospital ASAP, but sometimes it's too soon. If your insurance will
allow it, stay in the hospital. Hopefully you will ride again (and on a
GSXR of course). Again, sorry to hear of your misfortune.
 

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Awww, man, that sucks. I'm glad you're alive to tell the tale. Tell me, though, as you were crashing, were you more worried about yourself or your bike? It was the latter for myself, which is why I asked. Here's to a speedy recovery. Your wife may relent in time if you don't have kids, but if you do, I wouldn't count on it. Maybe time for a two seater sports car instead?
 

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Hope you're coping ok Todd. Crashes are a bitch.
I think a few of us have had some bad situations in motorcycling.
Everyone eventually has a cross road they come to.
I've been down hard a couple times and a handful of smaller stuff.
I started riding pretty young, I've had more bikes than I can remember.
I crashed about 8-9 years ago, thats when I broke my ribs and cracked clavicle. Forgot my wrist was broken also.
I managed to ride the bike home afterwards in pain.

Laid up for a while, after I had got home, I couldnt even get out of bed the next day, was busted up worse than I knew.

If it werent for my shear love of riding, an not remembering what it was like to not ride, I might have stopped.

But here I am today, riding track mostly.
That choice is always yours to make, no one can tell you different.
Whatever you choose, own it and simply be happy.

Hope you get feeling better soon and see good improvement. Sometimes it seems like it takes forever, but looking back, it will seem shorter.
Holler later bro.
 

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That sucks to hear. Glad you took ownership of it....best way not to repeat it.

First couple of days hurt the most, but thats just the body making a game plan for recovery. Just take it one day at a time, and you will heal. Each day will be better than the last.

Here's to your speedy and full recovery :cheers:

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Thanks for the replies and thoughts everyone

And thanks for the comments about taking ownership of it too.
I always got a kick out of those that blamed int on gravel, a chuck hole, etc.
Until last Sunday, I had always anticipated and rode for the conditions. That always kept me safe.
I've low sided by dirt bikes in the past, but never crashed my street bikes.

There were several series of events that morning that took me off my normal 'routine', and unfortunately I paid for it big time.

Ride safe everyone, thanks for the GSXR.com family
 

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Damn Todd, very sorry to read this. You will get back on 2 wheels once you heal up and this all blows over, you won't live comfortable with yourself if you don't. I've crashed and dealt with it then got back on just as you will. And I came back better and stronger just as you will. Even my yellow beast came back better than it was before it followed down the rabbit hole...
 

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Oh man so sorry to hear this Todd...I know I have definitely been there all it takes is time and you'll be better than before..because you are wiser now. Another silver lining to this which may apply, you now have the option of turning your cashed bike into a track bike!

About the wife, mine was anti bike too when my shattered forearm was mending.....8 weeks after that I had another bike in the garage..I couldn't even ride it home I had to have my boy pick it up for me....so if she knows how much it means to you she will see the light....

God Bless and here's to a quick and painless recovery :tits:
 

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Oh man so sorry to hear this Todd...I know I have definitely been there all it takes is time and you'll be better than before..because you are wiser now. Another silver lining to this which may apply, you now have the option of turning your cashed bike into a track bike!

About the wife, mine was anti bike too when my shattered forearm was mending.....8 weeks after that I had another bike in the garage..I couldn't even ride it home I had to have my boy pick it up for me....so if she knows how much it means to you she will see the light....

God Bless and here's to a quick and painless recovery :tits:
I agree. I hate to say it, but someone who loves you won't try to stop you from doing what you love. Accidents happen and you're still here.
 

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BION, I already found a mint condition BlueWhite scheme K6 w/ full Yoshi system for under 6K! near me in the Chicago area.
Now I'm waiting to see what State Farm was going to give me for my mint K5!

If I can pull this off, this will be awesome!
 

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How many miles were on the OG K6 u had? lol.
 

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Sweetness!! did you have accessories coverage?? I got an extra $3100 for mine and then bought the bike back with $1500 of it. I suggest everyone add this to their policy.
 
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