Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC USA
Around 5 hrs ago I was involved in my first cage/bike impact in over 7 years of riding.
I was on route 57 in Phillipsburg NJ going around 60-65 mph when a old man cage tried to hang a left across my lane into a florist shop on my side of the road. Someone in the florist parking lot was exiting their parking spot. So of course the old man cage decided to stop in my lane completely blocking it with his fucking Buick.
So I had three options at this point:
1. Ditch left into on coming traffic.
2. Ditch right into the parking lot.
3. Eat Buick.
So I ate Buick. Right rear 1/4 panel to be exact.
I dove on both brakes. Locked up the rear - realesed rear, got into a little wobble (I know, I know......SR just kicked in - I know better than to lock up the rear and then turn it loose).
Anyway, got a bit of control on the front end to make it straight just before the impact. Probably slowed it down to about 40 mph before I blasted the Buick.
Exited the bike clean over the handle bars - flew via a nice front flip around 30 - 40 feet (most of my momentum was upward motion - I'll explain in a minute) and landed square on my left hip on the center line of the highway.
No dragging or sliding - it was like I fell straight outta the sky.
I ride a 2000 Kaw ZRX1100 btw. Or should I say, DID ride.
As I'm laying there on the ground unable to feel my left leg I look over back at the crash scene and here's the old man looking at me from 60 feet away going, "What happened?"
I was so in shock I couldn't freak'n speak - so thankfully a stranger named Paul rushed over to help me, screaming at the old cager, "WTF do you think happened!!! You pulled out in front of him!!!!!"
He stuck up for me the whole time. The old cager didn't say a word to me at all - nothing - just stood over me while other people helped and until paramedics arrived.
So here's where I got all the upward momentum from. As I lay in the highway I look over to my bike and realize the rider side of the tank ( Right where your cock and balls rest against the tank) was totally smashed in - the dent was probably around 3" by 3". So I figure when the impact came I crushed in the tank with my freakin groin, firing me straight up and over.
Luckily after x-rays on my back and hip I have nothing broken. I'm sore as all get out though and probably won't be able to have kids.
I was wearing a 1 week old Alpinestars Perfed leather race jacket with full gloves and HJC helmet. All equipment did exactly as it was supposed to do. If not for the lid I'd have a gash around 1" deep and thick in my head. Forearm armor in the jacket worked perfect softening the blow to my left arm as it smashed the ground.
I think my bike is dead though. I'll post pics when I go to the tow facility.
Anyway I'm totally thankful that nothing bad happened to me - I could have ended up a hellofah lot worse.
BTW - big thanks to all volunteer firemen out there. Luckily one of them was right there when my accident happened. B/C my left leg went numb I thought I had either dislocated the hip or broken the shit out of it. The volunteer fireman (Greg) spot checked me and did all the prelimineary assessment of me before the paramedics arrived. While it was totally weird to have a strangers hand down the back of my pants to feel for obtrusions - it was a great comfort to know I wasn't seriously fucked up.
And hey of course BIG FREAK'N KUDOS TO ALL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL OUT THERE. I LOVE EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU!!!!
Thanks for listening you guys - and be safe out there!