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post #1 of 9 Old Aug 25th, 2013, 6:30 pm Thread Starter
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Biker goes down

4 of us were riding in north western MI up M-22 this afternoon and just south of Empire on a sharp corner the guy behind me skidded off of the road right through the corner. As I looked back all I saw was a dust cloud, I know that couldn't be good. I turned around and went back, the other two were already stopped along with several cars, numerous calls went out for an ambulance as well as me hitting the SOS on the spot device.

Preliminary diagnosis is a badly torn up ear, broken arm or wrist, gravel imbedded in the face, a real bad cut on the head, and lots of road rash. He was not wearing a helmet or a coat. He did have gloves and boots on. The gloves got ripped up real good and I'm sure saved his hands some damage.

He was conscious the whole time but I think in shock. As of now he is getting a CAT scan.

It is a real sobering reminder to keep that helmet on!

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post #2 of 9 Old Aug 25th, 2013, 9:25 pm
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Sure hated reading your account of this, Dave. I hope he's not injured badly and recovers quickly. I can testify about helmet use. I've heard for years that your head is one of the first things to hit the pavement. The Shoei I was wearing got some pretty good scuffs in Nov. of 2010. Don't know if it hit first.

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I found out last night that he will need reconstructive surgery on his face near his eye. It looks like he will make a full recovery.

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so sorry to hear of the accident.

if/when appropriate details become available, it might be helpful to us so we can watch out ourselves for these particulars (i.e. tires, gravel, oncoming, etc.)

hope fully recovery is prognosis.

sure makes you think and (hopefully) more cautious. i know it does me!! Hel-met--Hell yes.

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Wow, hope he heals well and starts wearing protective gear. If we knew when these things were going to happen, we'd prepare. Unfortunately, so many don't think about it as a matter of daily safety.

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I can attest to wearing safety gear. I laid my R1150 down on I-25 because of a driver texting and then stopping in construction zone. I was wearing a Bell helmet, gloves, jacket, and long pants. I ended up with a cracked left wrist, broken right collar bone and four broken ribs. But my helmet took the biggest impact. I was very fortunate. Hopefully the other guy heals quickly.

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Well after having reconstructive surgery on his face near his left eye socket and his left ear as well as pins in his right wrist, It looks like he will make a full recovery. I have not talked to him but some friends have and passed on this info.

He is not quite sure what happened, he was riding a 2012 Harley softail. The bike has some big floorboards I think maybe it hit the road while cornering on this tight turn. Maybe he just took it too fast. No gravel on the road.

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He is not quite sure what happened, he was riding a 2012 Harley softail. The bike has some big floorboards I think maybe it hit the road while cornering on this tight turn. Maybe he just took it too fast. No gravel on the road.
Years ago I got back into riding after a 25+ year hiatus because of riding my new son in law's softail.

I found it did not have a great lean angle (compared to the BSA I had years earlier), which had been reduced even further by his highway peg mounts, which hit about the same time the sides of the footboards did, but with NO GIVE. At least the floorboards would move up, giving one a warning. The highway peg mounts removed the warning! I scraped them a couple of times, scared me, so when I decided to get my own bike again, the only thing I knew for sure was that it WOULD NOT BE A HARLEY! After looking at just about everything on the market for a couple weeks, ended up with my first LT, a 2000.

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Speaking of Harleys........

Rode my brother's Ultra Classic last week. What a difference on a lot of levels.

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