Post Your Crashes/Injuries Here

johnnysneds

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As there has been a recent incline in crashes lets make a database of crashes and how effective protective gear has been.

Ill go first:

I was wearing loads of protective gear/body armor when I hit a tree at a fair pace and only ended up with a broken thumb which required surgery and three days in the hospital. I reckon more damage if I wasn't wearing some of the gear.
Alpinestar Bionic2 Body Armor
Arai X Tour Helmet
Thor Knee Pads
Thor Pants/Shirt
EvoShield Rib Protection
Sidi Crossfire Boots

Its bloody hot with all this on however Im no David Knight and its just a matter of time before Im regularly eating dirt!!!


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Cat's (James's wife) spill on the MHS loop a few months back, she should be having these screws removed soon


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Matt

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On N.O.B ride near Mok Fa (sp?), 7 weeks ago

Alpinestar Tech7 Boots
Didn't test the rest of the gear as didn't fall off

Want to get back out on my bike :cry

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Lightemup

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Ok, have more time now I have to wait 2 1/2 hours to board my plane here in Muscat.

Gear:
Helmet: BMW Enduro
Jacket: BMW Rally 2 Pro
Pants: BMW Air-Flow 3
Boots: Alpinestars Tech 2
Gloves: BMW GS gloves

Police and I agreed that I hit with 90 km/h on a highway.

Damages:
2 broken hands
2 broken arms
1 broken lower left leg

1 month in hospital.

I know, I would have been dead if I had not worn all this gear.
 

Loop

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I had a get off the day Matt broke his leg.
Lost the front and went sliding for 10-12m with my right leg under the bike and on my right elbow.
Destroyed my right knee armour and put a few scratches on my right elbow armour but without even any bruising to me.
 

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jb2112

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JB slide 28 April

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Nothing too dramatic or traumatic, but while riding the Lifan I also lost the front end. It was up near Flight of the Gibbon at about 30kph. Sand on tarmac.
My left chest and shoulder hit first Superman-style, followed by left hip and left foot for a nice 8-10 meter slide.

Protective gear involved:
Mesh torso armor
Armored shorts
knee protectors
Steel toe work boots

Damage to me: Minimal. Left arm rotation was difficult for a few days. Bruised upper thigh from my phone! (Yeah, those extra objects in the pockets can be killers!) Bruised left toe, but this was only from my toe banging the INSIDE the boot from the impact.

Damage to gear: Minimal. Might have to hit the shoe repair shop to make my boots look lovely again. My flip phone was scratched but still works. (Glad I do not own an iphone!)

Damage to bike: Bent bars and bent shifter. Superficial damage to hand guards and pannier.

Estimated damage if I had no torso or lower body protection: Severe road rash and a broken toe, at the least.

PS - I wear bicycle shorts under my gear. These have nice groin and tailbone padding which helps in long rides. And after seeing how close the hole in my torn shorts was to the jewels, well, anything helps!
 

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Re: JB slide 28 April

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And after seeing how close the hole in my torn shorts was to the jewels, well, anything helps!

Looking at where that hole in the shorts is, the women must really love you...
 

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Re: JB slide 28 April

Pounce said:
jb2112 said:
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And after seeing how close the hole in my torn shorts was to the jewels, well, anything helps!

Looking at where that hole in the shorts is, the women must really love you...


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Mark Clover's son is a competitive MX rider, been riding for years.


"The photo is of my sons knee – 50 KPH into a tree during the Australian Off Road Series at Coonabarabran the other weekend! Ouch! – out for 6 months or more most likely…"



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Gnasher328

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After pottering around CM for a while in the usual shorts and piss pot helmet a friend said he'd show me the trail up Doi Suthep.
I decided it was a good time to try the 'proper' gear I had bought with me which would probably still not stand much scrutiny from the serious off roaders here.
Good thing too, new to the biz, I took a rut at the wrong angle and was spat off. Fairly slow 2nd or 3rd gear stuff but the ground was rock hard - and rocky. I got away with a nice btuise on my kneecap but think if I hadn't had the padded trousers on (second hand from ebay, not much call for vented stuff in the UK recently), it ould have been much worse. Slight aside, I was pleased to find a new clutch and gear lever with rubber was only about 7 quid from the Honda dealer.
Phil's post above shows the importance of having travel insurance that covers motorcycling as well. I had a choice between that and asthma cover and figuring a bike mishap would cost a lot more chose that.
Ride safe, happy new year, Tim.

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I looked at the photo & I was searching for a bone protruding or blood stains!

I then read the text and realised you were showing us some dusty padded trousers.

Fascinating ;)

Ally
 

Alprider

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Gravel Crash - East of Te Anau township, South Island NZ

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No protruding bone or blood stains. But does this count? ..

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Resulting in:

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1. Closed undisplaced oblique fracture of base of left fifth metacarpal
2. Left side midshaft clavicle fracture
3. Left ulnar side styloid fracture
4. Closed left dominant side intra-articular distal radius fracture
5. Fracture of left 3rd rib anteriorly
6. Plus, of course, a lot of other bruising .. including my fragile ego!

If not, then ..

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[high as a kite on morphine when this pic was shot]

Up Yours!

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Hey Alpine, that looks like a sad ending :(

Care to share the beginning & middle part of the ride story ?

Thanks for posting.

Ally
 

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Alpine, welcome to the club.

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And this is why we call speed bumps in Hungarian "the lying policeman" :lost
(lying as of assuming a horizontal position)

He got lucky with that 300kg monster.
 

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Hey Alpine, that looks like a sad ending :(

Care to share the beginning & middle part of the ride story ?

Thanks for posting.

Ally

Ally: Thanks. There is a story behind my 2007 'off', which was not a good way to end a 4-month tour around New Zealand. Here's the link

Incidentally, I should be in Chiang Mai in a couple of months' time .. on the same [fully repaired] bike - a 2005 Honda Transalp. Maybe we can meet-up for a beer?

Cheers

Alpine, welcome to the club.

Hey Pounce, yes, clearly [if that's the right word?] we do indeed share some common ground! .. :)

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What a great forum this is BTW. Glad I found it.
 

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What are the Odds ?!

Falling tree kills rich businessman




" PATHUM THANI - A wealthy businessman has died after he was crushed by a tree that fell on him while he was riding a motorcycle in Muang district on Sunday, according to reports.

Police and medical units pulled the severely injured man out from under a six-foot tree and rushed him to hospital.

He was later identified as Charoen Chanpalangsri, owner of Polycon Ltd, which earns two billion to three billion baht a year.

"It was a dead tree, and it fell down on its own and landed on top of him," according to a witness.

Charoen succumbed to his injuries in hospital. "

(Bgk Post tonight)
 

Lao2stroker

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Damn it LOS, that is a terrible story, with at least a good outcome, I hope I don't have to replicate. I did try some homeo stuff a few nights ago, that's when I took the last pic of the wound, where it's all shiny. It was deer oil extract and a bunch of other crap. My wife's Dad is a well known "healer" and came down from the village to do his magic.

Well, after my Doc saw the pic and my Mom back home, it took all of 5 minutes to get that shit off and say thanks, but no thanks. No more. If it was offensive, sorry, but they are both medical professionals, and were not pleased at all with the look. ESP after a very good report from the french doctor here in VTE the day before. I was nervous to let him do it, but also know there is a lot out there we have no idea about, like your "2 tabs under the tongue" stuff....but in this case, it was doing fine, so I aint messing with it anymore.
 

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Yeah tale wasnt meant to freak anyone out.. Only to say Staph infections, and the MRSA thats in western hospitals.. Not to be messed with..

Hope your healing well and take it easy..
 

Lao2stroker

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So, to start, thanks for all your well wishes folks. I really appreciate having people in my corner wishing the best. It does help. For those that have had similar accidents and injuries, you know the hardest parts can be the mental challenge of staying positive.

For the knitty gritty details, here's what I got:

On the 29th, about 1PM, we were heading out of Pursat, having just arrived at a T Junction, and were waiting roadside for the last member of a 12 man group. Somehow, he missed us sitting there and flew past at speeds never attained by this rider. We will never know why he was speeding so......

I told the group to wait, I would chase him down. After a few minutes of him in my sights, but not gaaining, I decided I was travelling way to fast and not about to loose it over one di$k head flying along. About 60 seconds after throttling back, I saw a small Dream pull over to the right side of the road, indicating to those in the "know" he would be turning left. I saw hi make the "over the shoulder glance" and proceed across my line. Horn applied, my screams unheard, I clipped the back of him by less than a foot.

From there, it was kinda a blur. Judging by the injury, and lack of other injuries at all, I assume I went airborne, and landed hard on my chicken legs, popping the fib tib out of the skin just above the boot. There was no impact from what I know and all my protective gear did it's job well. After tumbling, I saw stars once from head impact, and thought "Ok, almost over"....and then a 2nd head impact had me seeing stars again. My brand new Arai Hayden would be trashed. But had it been a lesserr brand or none at all, I may not be typing this. Always wear your gear. Duh.

SO here I was, laying in the middle of the road, once again in F#%&KING Cambodia (more on that in a minute), my leg twisted behind me, and blood pouring out. I knew it was bad. So did the jerk off that caused it, as he and another onlooker stood there grinning, as they do. Alot of cussing, some twisting and turning, and I had myslef prone on my back, helmet gloves off. Drying in the sun like a piece of cassava lining the road sides.

After a few minutes, my crew came up from behind, assuming they would meet u with us at some point, not expecting this. They did their best to calm me and get me situated, although none was medical trained but me. My support truck driven by Arun and Tim from CamExpeditions came right after, and now for the hard parts. For the record, they were great and were def saviors.

I want to break from the story to inject a word or 2 of wisdom about these situations. I made some serious errors in all of this, the most grave being forgetting my own training, due to shock. As I said, none of th others were medic trained. I am. I carry injectible Penicillin and Amox in case of allergy, for just such fracutres that open the skin. These are the very worst and most suseptible to infections. I have given these injections as well as given stitches trailside. I am very well equipped and have a good deal of knowledge when it comes to these type things. But for myself, I dropped the ball, and again due to shock or panic, did nothing besides inject myslef with morphine and stabilize the leg for transport. I think all the blood pouring out had me scared and I did not want to remove the boot for fear that beyone the laceration I could see, there was much much more damage inside the boot, which I did not want to see. I did not even dress the wound or apply Betadine.

Simply put, I failed myself and panicked, something that has never happened when it involved anyone else. So, again, as we all know, the key in all this is to try to stay calm and follow procedures we all know and have been trained to do. Easier said that done when the shoe is on the other foot. No pun intended.

On to the first hospitol......
 

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They got me loaded into the truck while the police looked on, doing their thing. Bike loaded, we left without a word or a cent paid. Turns out, driver did a runner, his bike exploded into pieces, so for some reason, cops were not interested in us??!?! Unheard of, I know....but I do have strange luck, no doubt.

The first stop would be hospital in Pursat, of course a dusty out post with virtually nothing on offer. BUt I did know it would be the best place to get the boot off and at least if my leg fell out of it, they might know how to stuff it back in. :) For some reason they would not cut the Klim pants off. Both removals hurt like hell, but in the end, worth saving I guess. They begin cleaning it all up and gave me multiple injections of tramdol (ick) and anti biotics (yeah) and we hired an ambulance to PP. That was about 3.5 hours to get there, and this driver was flying. At one point I made him stop the ambulance and told him to slow the farq down. I had already been airborne 3-4 times, and this was not making it better.

So I guess around 6PM we arrived the Royal Rattanak Hospital everyone is speaking about. It was here all the x rays were done and I was introduced to the ortho surgeon, Dr. Se Bountha. He was French trained, English speaking, and very very knowledgeable. He was confident that with surgery, I would live to see another day. He was admitting me for surgery immediately, and it would begin in 2 hours.

Whoa...hold on....now all the sudden, I felt like I was buying a used car and had to decide in 2 hours or loose the deal. Of course, no one likes that feeling, esp in a foregin country, esp one like Cambodia. But I had already had alot of good reviews about this hospital. Still, I wasn't convinced. I, like most others, thought that the trip to Bumregrad in BKK was the best option.

It should also be mentioned, I have insurance in Laos, which of course did not cover an injury in Cambodia. Duh, again. Yes, yes, I know.

So they gave me a price quote of about 12k, and sent me on my way, with my idea to get as much info about the hospital and to contact the Bumregrad in BKK.

In BKK, they did their best to give me a quote that was right in line with the Cambodia one, less the cost and pain of transport.

And after speaking to more people I trusted in PP, this specific Dr name came up, in the context of, "he is great, very professional, and has done this, this and that, all for people we know, with no ill effects. He is the ONLY one in Cambo qualified to do this".

He did seem very pro, brought out all the hardware he planned to install, showing me where and why and how, very very detailed, and explained the different options for payments as I was cash customer, and so after "sleeping on it", I decided this was the best choice and went for him.

I was in and under in 2 hours. The whole process was about 3.5 hours and after recovery I was in a very nice private room with alot of cute Thai and Philipine nurses at my aid. Since it is a Thai hospital, the pecking order is Head Nurses are Thai, next down are the Filipino, and then the idget Khmers. I hate to say that, but if you havent experienced it, you just have no context for how bad they can be, esp with their Thai and Fili counterparts there to make them look worse. And to make it worse, you could just see in the faces and eyes of the Thai and Fili, screaming out, " Get them out of here", they were more harm than good in many cases.

I won't scare you with the anecdote of what the protocol entailed when I dropped my urine container on the floor. FFS....
 

Lao2stroker

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I want to tell a little about the hospital is some more details, for those that have heard rumors or for those just curious.

The hospital is part of the Bangkok Group from Thailand. All the top staff are Thais they have brought over. It appears all the 2nd tier staff are from the Philipines and the grunts are mostly Khmer, with a few of them being nurses.

The hospitol is very modern and appeared quite clean by all standards. Another nice thing was it is rather small, less than 50 beds in total, so the care was frequent and attentive. They will expend to a 200+ bed facility next year.

My ortho surgeon, Dr. Bountha was very professional. He showed me all the hardware, sealed from Germany, before the process, and explined why and where it would all go. He was very patient with my questions and very understadning of my need to smoke ;) sorry, but we all have our vices, and Marlboro is mine. He was fluent in English, French, Thai, and Khmer. 9 months ago, he removed a disc from a freinds back and still no issues from that. It healed well and Sean is quite happy. Others had told me other operations and procedures done by this man and they were all very very positive. During the aftercare, he was kind, gentle, and extremely attentive and infomrative, always telling me the why and what of what was going on, from meds, dressings, procedures, etc. He never jurt me or rushed our time and he always came when promised, 4pm, everyday.

The nurses were all beyond fantastic, no fault at all, zero complaints.

Wifi was super fast and available all the time. I never turned on the TV.

Food is usually an issue in most hospitals, worldwide. ESP so for farang in Asian hospitals. Well, here they do it different. There is no cafeteria, there is no food on site. Everything comes from outside, and anytime you want to eat, just press your buzzer, nurse comes in with a selections of menus, and you choose from Asian food, French food, bakeries, Starbucks type coffee shops, pizzas, anything you name, and so many amazing things you never heard of from the small designer boutique cafes that have pushed the brothels of old out of Toul Kork and made it a respectable area of PP for a nice change. Passion fruit blintzes, veg smoothies, hamburgers, all at your bed in about 10 minutes. Oh and the prices...un real....Chateua Briand, $6.50.....Aussie sirloin, with veg and fries, $5. Cheeseburger bacon w fries, $3.50...and on and on and on...seeing as you are a captive audience, they could really sting you on the food..but no way, it was so cheap it felt embarrassing. Plus I never ate anything I didn't like. Food for me is important, and in this situation even more so. They really had it down on this one, too.

Finally....around the 6th day, I had stopped sleeping and stayed up all nights out front smoking, chatting with friends that live across the way. They knew I was not happy and was refusing to stay in my 4 walled "cell". I am not a TV guy, I cannot sit around, and I was really chomping to leave, purely for personal reasons, the staff was all great. They thought I should stay til 10 days in order to fly safely, but there was still and issue as to who would escort me. I could have someone fly over from VTE to help out but....the lovely Tom, pictured, came to me and said as a favor, not for money, and sure not for a commendation, as this was total top secret, she would meet me at the airport the next day, on her day off, shoot me full of morphine, as she was a licensed RN, escort me to VTE on board, and fly home the next day in time for night shift at the hospital.

All of this, top secret, as she said she would be fired if anyone found out as it was against policy. But she said she could tell how much I missed my wife and family at home and wanted me to be with them. So she arranged a nanny for her 2 year old, we bought the tickets, and she met me at check in after the hospital stff dropped me off. All very James Bond and stuff...too crazy.....we did as she said, landed in Wattay, she gave me another shot as it was quite rough to fly, and voila....I was home on the sofa in no time. She spent the night with us at home, gave the wife instructions on how to take care of the wound, what to look for, how best to move me, etc. and flew out the next day. Needless to say, she got a good tip. But sad part was, I can't even write a letter to say how great she was, as it was all under the table. So it would seem she really did it from the heart. Priceless.

All in all, I know others like me would have the same first, gut reaction.....get to Thailand, get to Thailand...well, in Laos, yes, I would say so. But if you find yourself wounded in Cambodia and think it may be an option, I can't recommend the hospital at Royal Rattanak enough.

They get a 10/10 in my book with no complaints.

Oh, and they even had a discount card that gave 1st night room free, %50 off after that, a %'s off of evertyhing else while you were there. In the end, I got about %30 off the total off 12K they charged. PLus free ambulance escort to hospital.
 

Lao2stroker

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Now, on a related but unrelated note, addressing what HTF had mentioned about all my injuries in Cambodia. There have been alot, and they were a MJR reason for deciding never to return to ride after about 2005. 4 broken bones, 6 major crashes. All from "weird" and just "bad luck" circumstances.

I think I may have the answer and reasons why. I don't normally believe this kind of thing BUT...it IS Cambodia, lots of bad ju-ju, and what I did was very wrong, and at this age I regret alot.

My first visit, in 1998, about 25 years old, there were alot of places where mass graves still lay, untouched. During a visit to one, I thought at the time how "cool" it would be to have "souvenirs" from graves as famous as these, created by the KR, slaughtering the innocent, left to rot in the sun for 30+ years.

So I took some stuff. Bones, teeth, you name it. Bad things. Things I began to regret soon after doing it, but never putting the connection together. After the 3rd bone broken, I began to believe I had truly upset some unseen spirits and forces, but still didn't know how to repent. I just agreed never to come back to ride again in Cambodia.

I took this group as an easy tour, avg age 68 years old, all tarmac, a walk in the park, no way for bad things to happen. And look what did. After more than 8 years away.

And 6 years of riding in Laos without major incident.

Now I am convinced, without a doubt, I have crossed unseen lines I never knew existed. Be sure, next time I am stateside, I will take my souvenirs, collect them up, and return them to their home in the presence of a monk, hopefully setting right a very grievous wrong I committed in my youth stupidly 15 years ago.

You be the judge, but for me, I have learned a painful but important lesson in my stupidity. Be warned.
 

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Just had a call from Martin & Greg who were headed to Nan & Martin has had an accident on his Africa Twin in the Chiang Kham area. From talking to him, it looks like he's shattered the bone in the lower 1/2 of his knee cap but is ok and is in Chiang Kham hospital. His Africa Twin will be in a truck on its way back to Chiang Mai tomorrow.
 

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Just spoke to Martin, his knee cap was smashed into 4 pieces, they put some plates in to hold it all together. He 'll be in Chiang Kham hospital for 5 days, then back in cnc for 3 months on crutches.





Just had a call from Martin & Greg who were headed to Nan & Martin has had an accident on his Africa Twin in the Chiang Kham area. From talking to him, it looks like he's shattered the bone in the lower 1/2 of his knee cap but is ok and is in Chiang Kham hospital. His Africa Twin will be in a truck on its way back to Chiang Mai tomorrow.
 

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Hi all

I had a small moment yesterday and thought I would share the good news. I survived without a scratch. The bike took one for the team again ;) I was wearing full gear at the time and although I have a couple of small sore spots on my bum and hip, I lived to ride another day.

The bike suffered the removal of the last front indicator, the right hand guard was ripped off, the right passenger foot peg once again was bent up, one of my panniers has ablated a lot and I may have some leakage.(note, soft luggage would have been ripped apart in this, or the bike may not have slid so much but dug in and flipped) A few scrapes in other areas, sort of hard to see from previous damage ;)

The situation- I was riding in the inside lane of a two lane 110kmh highway. I was coming up fast on a truck that was passing a slower truck, I had to drop speed and 2 gears so I was probably doing 80kmh at the time, once we had both cleared the slower truck and knowing here in SEA the truck would most likely stay in this lane, I changed lanes and added throttle to get past the one I was following. I did not see the oil slick and the rest is history. I am thankful that I was moving sideways to the outside of the road edge as I did not stay long under the wheels of the truck I had just passed.

The interesting thing is the bike was still in gear and screaming its head off until I got close, then it shut off.

Oil in Oil a lucky day, we get to continue our travels. Here is the movie, on my brand new Drift 1080:

Vstrom Down - Oil Slick - YouTube

Cheers
TravellingStrom
 

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Struth V-Strom; you were unlucky and lucky there!
'Soft' landing in the vegetation, missing the trees and not being flung out onto the highway.
Hope you're able to continue in a southerly direction.
Best wishes.

Yep Martin, seems that those bars helped a lot.
This will test your patience (and probably keep you away from the markets for a while!)
Best wishes.
 

KTMphil

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Jesus Richard, that could have been fatal so easily, glad to see you were ok.






Hi all

I had a small moment yesterday and thought I would share the good news. I survived without a scratch. The bike took one for the team again ;) I was wearing full gear at the time and although I have a couple of small sore spots on my bum and hip, I lived to ride another day.

The bike suffered the removal of the last front indicator, the right hand guard was ripped off, the right passenger foot peg once again was bent up, one of my panniers has ablated a lot and I may have some leakage.(note, soft luggage would have been ripped apart in this, or the bike may not have slid so much but dug in and flipped) A few scrapes in other areas, sort of hard to see from previous damage ;)

The situation- I was riding in the inside lane of a two lane 110kmh highway. I was coming up fast on a truck that was passing a slower truck, I had to drop speed and 2 gears so I was probably doing 80kmh at the time, once we had both cleared the slower truck and knowing here in SEA the truck would most likely stay in this lane, I changed lanes and added throttle to get past the one I was following. I did not see the oil slick and the rest is history. I am thankful that I was moving sideways to the outside of the road edge as I did not stay long under the wheels of the truck I had just passed.

The interesting thing is the bike was still in gear and screaming its head off until I got close, then it shut off.

Oil in Oil a lucky day, we get to continue our travels. Here is the movie, on my brand new Drift 1080:

Vstrom Down - Oil Slick - YouTube

Cheers
TravellingStrom
 

johnnysneds

Senior Member
Joined
May 14, 2011
Location
Chiang Mai
Bikes
Multistrada 1200S Touring, WR450F, KTM200EXC, Gas Gas 280, PCX
Hi all

I had a small moment yesterday and thought I would share the good news. I survived without a scratch. The bike took one for the team again ;) I was wearing full gear at the time and although I have a couple of small sore spots on my bum and hip, I lived to ride another day.

The bike suffered the removal of the last front indicator, the right hand guard was ripped off, the right passenger foot peg once again was bent up, one of my panniers has ablated a lot and I may have some leakage.(note, soft luggage would have been ripped apart in this, or the bike may not have slid so much but dug in and flipped) A few scrapes in other areas, sort of hard to see from previous damage ;)

The situation- I was riding in the inside lane of a two lane 110kmh highway. I was coming up fast on a truck that was passing a slower truck, I had to drop speed and 2 gears so I was probably doing 80kmh at the time, once we had both cleared the slower truck and knowing here in SEA the truck would most likely stay in this lane, I changed lanes and added throttle to get past the one I was following. I did not see the oil slick and the rest is history. I am thankful that I was moving sideways to the outside of the road edge as I did not stay long under the wheels of the truck I had just passed.

The interesting thing is the bike was still in gear and screaming its head off until I got close, then it shut off.

Oil in Oil a lucky day, we get to continue our travels. Here is the movie, on my brand new Drift 1080:

Vstrom Down - Oil Slick - YouTube

Cheers
TravellingStrom



Glad your ok after that TS. Im absolutely shocked that no-one stopped to lend some assistance, incredible. The truck in the inside lane must have just missed you. Close call!!!
 

TravellingStrom

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 18, 2012
Bikes
Suzuki Vstrom DL650K6, K7 and K9ABS
Thanks everyone, not as bad as some of the stuff here, but I am fine.

The bike however is not so good now. It was running with no oil for a while, the TOS failed to work.

It developed a knocking noise which got worse and I trucked it the rest of the way to Phuket, where it is getting looked at today

It may mean the end of the road, but I wont know for a few hours, depends on cost and time

Cheers
TS
 

MartinThai

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 14, 2011
Location
Maejo
Bikes
'97 H-D Electra Glide, '91 H-D FXRS, '96 Honda XRV750 Africa Twin
Thanks everyone, not as bad as some of the stuff here, but I am fine.
Good to hear that mate. No spill is enjoyable but you walk away from some easier than others...... it's just that "Ohshit herewegoagain BANG! Ouchouchouch!" couple of seconds that we could all do without!! Glad you're ok..... I take it you stood the bike up and continued? I wish I'd been able to do that but my leg was screwed..... the bike was perfectly rideable and it's always good to get straight back in the saddle but it wasn't to be for me this time.
 

TravellingStrom

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 18, 2012
Bikes
Suzuki Vstrom DL650K6, K7 and K9ABS
Hi Ron

Yes, none of the two trucks stopped to see if I was OK, nor the scooter fella in the vid. But, a couple of girls stopped and some worker chaps from up the road saw the whole thing, called an ambulance(not needed thanks), and helped pick the bike up and made sure I was OK. They also grabbed some witches hats, a backhoe bucket of sand and spread that over the road. They also used the sand to clean the oil off of my tyres so I could continue. But, as mentioned previously, the bike is shagged from running and no oil.

New date is Monday to open it and explore. I am in good hands down here, a fellow RTW traveller(10 years on the road) and he lives here and knows people, always good to have ;)

Cheers from Phuket
TravellingStrom
 

Matt

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 2, 2011
Bikes
KTM300
Hi all

I had a small moment yesterday and thought I would share the good news. I survived without a scratch. The bike took one for the team again ;) I was wearing full gear at the time and although I have a couple of small sore spots on my bum and hip, I lived to ride another day.

The bike suffered the removal of the last front indicator, the right hand guard was ripped off, the right passenger foot peg once again was bent up, one of my panniers has ablated a lot and I may have some leakage.(note, soft luggage would have been ripped apart in this, or the bike may not have slid so much but dug in and flipped) A few scrapes in other areas, sort of hard to see from previous damage ;)

The situation- I was riding in the inside lane of a two lane 110kmh highway. I was coming up fast on a truck that was passing a slower truck, I had to drop speed and 2 gears so I was probably doing 80kmh at the time, once we had both cleared the slower truck and knowing here in SEA the truck would most likely stay in this lane, I changed lanes and added throttle to get past the one I was following. I did not see the oil slick and the rest is history. I am thankful that I was moving sideways to the outside of the road edge as I did not stay long under the wheels of the truck I had just passed.

The interesting thing is the bike was still in gear and screaming its head off until I got close, then it shut off.

Oil in Oil a lucky day, we get to continue our travels. Here is the movie, on my brand new Drift 1080:

Vstrom Down - Oil Slick - YouTube

Cheers
TravellingStrom

Reading your post I thought it was going to be a typical 'oil slick' caused me to crash.... Then I watched the video! You're REALLY lucky to get away with that one, it could so easily have hooked up and fired you under the truck on your right. I'm glad you are fine.

I hope you get the bike fixed.
 
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