I haven't posted in forever, but alas - a couple of weeks ago my bike decided to throw me off. Still working out the exact why. I was going about 40 mph - wasn't under acceleration or braking, was just riding. Got a real bad front end shake. It didn't start out as a small shake, it started as a full blown shake you to death handlebar shake. Then, the worst thing I could have thought happened - The bike high sided and threw me off, on a busy main highway. Luckily, the bike didn't hit me. I thank god that the drivers behind were responsive and not texting - a van stopped just feet from me. I went to sit up and noticed something was very wrong right away, my arm was a noodle. I ended up in the ER of course. The ambulance ride was not very smooth and the pain was incredible. I have never experinced anything like it before. Thankfully, I didn't hit my head at all. The bike flew me off sideways rather than straight over the handlebars. The officer who filed the report said that is what saved me. I didn't get a ticket, the witness reports said I was doing nothing wrong. The end results: Right sprained ankle, broken arm (Displaced mid-traverse humerus), and a fracture in my knee. The wreck happened on 1/5/2012, I had surgery to put a plate with screws in my arm 1/11/2012. Let this be a lesson to everyone: Always check you bike very thoroughly before you ride, and if you feel anything funny - let someone professional take a look at it. Always wear whatever gear you have. I own two sets of leathers, an armored jacket, a winter jacket, track gloves, winter gloves, summer gloves (All gloves are gauntlet), two sets of track boots, and a Suomy helmet. You know what I had on? My helmet and a jacket so I wouldn't get cold. My tennis shoes are demolished, all the way down to my sock. I knew something was up with my bike, beside I had rode it earlier that week and noticed a weird slippage. Measured the tire pressure, it was very low. Aired them up, still felt funny. What did I do? I rode it, knowing something wasn't right and with minimal gear. My hands made it out with no road rash, my knee has some from just wearing jeans. Now I am out of work and it may be 2 to 3 months before my doctor releases me back and it could be up to 6 months before I get good use of my arm back with any level of strength. I can't lift weights, I can't run, I can't work, or anything of the things I loved doing so much for a good while now because I was stupid. Let this be a lesson to all the new riders and those who feel they are too experienced to wreck. It happens. And it doesn't have to be your fault at all. Mechanical issues, other drivers, and a billion other factors besides you come into play. Bike fared much better than me. I wrecked on my Kawasaki Ninja EX500 rather than my new CBR250 - so at least there is that. I feel very lucky to have wrecked surrendered by traffic and not get hit. Be safe out there guys!
My new bionic arm:
A new 10 inch scar comes with my bionic implant though. Thinking about having lasers installed.