Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: S.f. Bay Area, California, United States.
An accident is a fear I have everytime myself (or any of us for that matter) get on our bikes.
Glad you were not hurt worse than that, and hope you have as full of a recovery as you possibly can. Please ask Kaiser for a referral to a specialist, perhaps an amptuation can be avoided. No offense to Kaiser, I really don't like them and their business office seems to make the decisions on what is best for the patient and not the doctors, which is totally wrong in my book. I've heard of one too many people getting something amputated when other methods could have been explored/attempted first.
By the way, Kaiser's CEO makes a base salary of 7 million a year, prior to bonuses and stock options.
Now, not trying to be a dick here, but I got to say this. You were riding too fast for street conditions (even an experienced rider shouldn't be riding that fast on the streets) and also you were definitely riding beyond your skill and experience level.
You should not be hitting the freeway from the on ramp at 90+ MPH, in third gear. That's way to agressive for the street. When I hit the freeway I am at about 60-65 MPH (depending on flow of traffic) and I am in 4th or 5th by that time, usually fourth. I'll rarely ride over 70-75 MPH on the freeway and it will only be on straightaways, not on the on and off ramps. California is known for it's bad roads. Blame the budget and blame Caltrans. So I am not taking chances with crappy roads.
If you were getting repeated headshakes, then that should have been a warning sign to you to do two things. One, get a damper. And two, you are not controlling the bike properly and that you should curb your hard accelerating and/or ride easier on bumpy roads. Many of the head shakes could have been started by the bumpy road, not just the hard throttle roll ons.
Also, consult your family attorney. If you can prove that the portion of the road where you crashed was in a condition below the "safe navagation of a vehicle registered to drive in accordance to the states regulations" (paraphrasing there) you might have a case against the county or even the state for reimbursment for your injuries, and/or pain and sufffering. It would be a tough case, but it might be a possibility.
Good luck and god speed.