Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Northern Colorado, CO, USA
And We Have Touchdown!
I got the new K1200LTE back from Southern California the last week of June. The best long distance ride ever, took it lazy and did the ride 3 days going from LA thru Phoenix, then Flagstaff, Gallup, Four Corners, Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Montrose, Salida, Buena Vista, Fairply, Denver and home. The bike's name is QuickSilver (being silver color and fast). I've been riding it every day to work and loving every minute. Lot's of electronics to figure out and get working right through the intercom.
HOWEVER, (remembering my bad luck) while backing out of the garage yesterday with the engine off, (I've done this hundreds of times) I released the front brake to make a steering adjustment and then even though gripping the brake as hard as I could, the bike gathered a bit of speed and rolled all the way down the drive into the gutter off the sloped hollywood curb. Of course that put my feet at the highest point and over it went. The bad thing is, for some reason, my left foot was still on the high point of the curb and the entire weight of the bike focused on the black tip over cover came down directly on my left big toe 800 pounds of kerwhump! There I was, snuggly trapped unable to get out from under the bike, full weight right on the big toe's nail! Fortunately, my best neighbor friend as out in his yard and I was able to get him to come over and help left the bike just enough for me to slide my foot out from under the bike. I sat down and took my boot off and noticed the toe of the sock was blood soaked and taking the sock off, saw the nail of my left big toe was completely detached and the end of the toe looked like hamburger. Yech. Called the wife who came to take me to the ER. After *5* hours in the ER, I now have a thoroughly stitched up big toe who's last bone under the nail has 4 distinct fractures in it. X-ray looks like I took a big hammer to it - wait I think I did. The bottom line is I'm going to be off the bike for a while as putting strain on those bones even walking and standing let alone holding the LT up is not a good thing. The moral is, make sure your feet are not at the impact point when your 800 pound bike topples over.
Anyone want to relieve me of some really creative bad luck?????
Disreputable Rode Hard & Put Up Wet Old Deadbeat Geezer
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