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It's not if, it's when.........

No, not me, but I've gotten off a bike the hard way four times before myself.

This was a good friend who I'm visiting in Washington and we went for a ride from Oak Harbor to Winthrop for lunch last Friday with two new friends that I met through the Versys forum.

All was going well and we were headed back. We stopped at the Diablo Lake overlook and shot the bull for about 15 minutes then continued.....less than a mile down the road we came into a sweeping left curve (yellow advisory said 30 mph I think), I was leading and took the curve at about 40 mph. The second rider (my friend) was back about 150 yards. He was going something less than 40 mph I would guess. Apparently he wasn't "looking thru the corner" like he should have been cause he went too wide and got into some gravel. You all know what happened then......all I saw in my mirror was a big cloud of dust. I got turned around and went back and found him unconcious lying not too far from his bike (the Drifter that I sold him about 5-6 years ago for those of you who were on the "Drifting with Duffy" ride). The other two gents who were behind him said it was almost as if he didn't see the corner.


No cell service but the first folks who stopped were an RN and an off duty EMT. The third vehicle that stopped headed down the road to call 911 as soon as they got service. He came too in about 5 minutes or so and said he was OK and wanted to get back on the bike and take off. I had to tell him that the bike was not "ride-able". Ambulance showed up and EMT's decided that due to his being un-conscious that he should take a ride to a hospital. The nearest one is about 60 miles away.

All said and done the bike will probably be totaled by his insurance if he runs it through them. It is repairable without too much difficulty I believe. He came out much better than the bike. Two cracked ribs and some road rash on his nose (3/4 helmet and the shield popped right off) and left elbow. The two gents behind him said that he rolled quite a few times before coming to a stop face down. His helmet was all scraped to crap and cracked up the back. Probably why he was un-concious for a bit.

The moral of the story is it can and probably will happen if you ride a bike for any length of time. He had ridden off and on most of his life (this was his 4th or 5th bike) and this was his first inadvertent motorcycle dismount. Be careful out there folks.........it's a dangerous world and motorcycles don't make it any safer. Dress for the "slide" not the "ride". All the EMT's and bikers who stopped commented on the fact that he was wearing all the right gear and he would have been much worse with out it.
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I’m glad it turned out that good....


Wishing him a fast heal up and a new bike for the new awareness he now has.....

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Sorry to hear. Wishing him speedy recovery.
Did he say, from his prospective, what went wrong?
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glad he for the most part was able to walk away from it...hope the healing goes well.

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Sorry to hear about your friends accident. Glad he was able to walk away without serious damage. I'd love to hear what he has to say went wrong. Another reminder that it really is "when" for all of us and that ATGATT pays off. Sending best wishes for a quick recovery.



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Glad he's not more seriously hurt. That rash on the nose is going to burn for awhile. Wishes for a full and speedy recovery and insurance settlement.

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Sorry to hear. Wishing him speedy recovery.
Did he say, from his prospective, what went wrong?
He didn't remember anything until today and then he said it was as if he couldn't make himself turn the bike.......one moment of lost concentration I guess. Anyone who has been down knows it happens real fast. Once he hit the gravel he knew he would go down so he just went limp and let gravity due it bit. He showed me some of the road rash on his elbow and on top/back of his left shoulder. I'm not sure but I do believe the jacket gave him the road rash cause it wasn't damaged on the outside in any way. He will be sore as hell for a week or so but should recover well. He's going to fix the bike (make it street-able) and then offer it back to me (we had a deal that I got dibs when he got ready to sell it). Only had liability on the bike so no problems with insurance. Then he's going to find a smaller bike for putting around.

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Duffy, sorry to hear about your buddy's accident. Fortunately he came out of the ordeal better than many do.

You're right, it's a pretty good likelihood that sooner or later a rider will have a serious mishap. Just be prepared for it by wearing the right protective gear.

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I was really looking forward to buying that bike back so I hope he does a good job on the repair. I know he will because he's a perfectionist.......

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