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OK lets see... None of my family, friends, co-workers wanted me to get a bike. oh your going to kill yourself, your going to crash, typical things people say. But no I had to buy a bike and my first mistake I bought a new 04 636 for my first bike.

I managed to get 1400 miles before I crashed. In those miles I experienced head shake a couple of times. I have hit a bumps in the end of a corner, now that scared the shit out of me. Also accelerating onto a empty freeway shifting into 3rd at about 95mph which is most likely my fault for not being smoother...

now the fun part. I went for a ride Sunday Nov 20th 2004. great day just going to et breakfast at the parents. I was wearing my Helmet, Joe Rocket Jacket (none leather), my well padded Camel pack leather full length gloves, Levis, and my vans.

OK at a stop light in front in the left of the 2 lanes going my direction with a 1/2 mile empty straight. Light turns green. I accelerate at a moderate pace shifting about +/-12k into second, then 3rd was about +/- 10k putting me somewhere in the 90 to 100mph? right? well i shifted into 3rd hard enough to bring the front off the ground a little. Well it was enough to induce massive head shake. I tried to ride it out, but it just got worse. The bike started veering to the right lane and the 4' wide shoulder to a 6" curb to 3' of dirt, then a 6' cyclone fence and big redwoods lined the fence. This is what I'm looking at as I veer into the right lane, So instead of staying on for the ride i jumped off the back. ya I jumped off the back probably at 75mph. I remember tumbling violently then sliding into the curb ankles first, then continue to slide, tried to get up but still sliding and ate it again, then continued to slide on my back and saying to my self.. "Holy shit I'm still sliding don't get up wait till you stop" I slide for about 50' waiting to stop. I finally stopped 250' from when i first started to slide, skip, tumble according to police.

When I first stopped I was still in the right lane I looked down to see my right ankle hanging what seem to look like flesh and muscle. I still was able to pick myself up on my left leg and get over to the shoulder on some grass. I looked down and just saw blood spurting out of my right fibula and could see everything inside my ankle. My left ankle at this point was hurting worse which was funny since it was all together compared to the other. I was conscious during the whole thing.. from start till surgery. Had to sit in pain for 10min for ambulance, 15min for them to get me into the ambulance and 20min for the hospital ride in a bumpy ass ambulance. I told the EMT that Cadillac should make ambulances. I mean really the ride sucked. Then goes to say I have a piece of you bone in a paper towel that a bystander found on the side of the rode. lol I was like really... shit thats not good.. the police also said there was a fleshy trail of where i slide from my right leg dragging on the asphalt.

My helmet never hit the ground, my Jacket was slightly damaged, pads saved my shoulder, pack back took allot of abuse saved my back, Levis have holes all over, Gloves took abuse right in the wrist area on both gloves, Shoes might be bloody.

OK, so the final tally was 13 days in trauma, 12 days normal hospital room. Shattered right lowered Fibula (4 pieces), Fractured a lower Tabula in half, also missing 6 inches of nerve, 3 surgery's total for right leg. Left leg shattered fibula in pieces where it connects to ankle. Just one surgery for left leg. Its almost been 4 months since i have walked.... shit

The right lower leg will be amputated in march..... oh ya I'm gonna be Bionic bitch's
The left leg I should be able to weight bear in a week or so...

Kaiser insurance payed so far with out amputation $175,000....

Was getting a bike worth it? no, but fuck it was fun

Will ride again? hell ya, but not for a while


 

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Okay, I'm sorry to hear that you got fucked up. I don't ever want see anyone go through that. On the other hand, why the hell were you going that fast for? Dude, [V] don't buy another bike if you are going to go out and do the same thing. Please!

It's obvious that the ninja is not a beginners bike and this right here is proof of it. [V][V][V][V]
 

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HOLY SHIT!!! your story reminds me or Reliks...

Sorry to hear about your bad luck, but that why you wear boots, riding boots or just regular boots. Anyways i know you have herd enough, and i've been in many accidents on the bike, but none as bad. I'm truely sorry for what happend and wish you only the best. A friend that i ride with also has a fake leg, he use a air shifter to shift so that might be what you want to do. One thing i have to give you is that your sprits seems to be high, keep that up. God speed on your recovery.
 

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hey , sorry to hear about your accident :( , i also have been in an accident , where my right foot got totally mashed up but im all healed now - that was 6 years ago , your right leg looks ok in that pic , did u say u have to amputate it ? , why ? , Rob
 

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glad to see your spirits are up. sometimes i ask myself the "question"; is it worth it? good luck on your road to recovery.
 

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ill will talk to a guy i know over here who connected an electric shifter to his left bar so he can knock up and down gears with a button push if you want, he lost his leg from the knee down and still rides cool

Good luck with getting better regardless
 

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Hey, Im sorry to hear about your misfortune. Although, it sounds as though you are in good spirits. Why are they going to have to amputate your leg? It looks like it is healing. Good luck on healing up, and if you do get back on a bike please be careful.
 

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Hey man I'm not gonna ang you bout getting a 600 for your first bike as it seems you learned the hard way(sorry). Get better soon. ope to see you out riding again
 

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I am glad you are alive, I hope that you don't have to amputate the leg. It's a reminder for the rest of us to be safer when we ride.
 

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Originally posted by natronazx6r
Okay, I'm sorry to hear that you got fucked up. I don't ever want see anyone go through that. On the other hand, why the hell were you going that fast for? Dude, [V] don't buy another bike if you are going to go out and do the same thing. Please!

It's obvious that the ninja is not a beginners bike and this right here is proof of it. [V][V][V][V]
well it dosent take much to reach speed on these bikes. As for another bike and driving like that on the street Hell no. If I do it will be a SV650 and i will be taking some keith code classes and only riding on the track.
 

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Good luck, man.
 

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Originally posted by Rob_ZX636R
hey , sorry to hear about your accident :( , i also have been in an accident , where my right foot got totally mashed up but im all healed now - that was 6 years ago , your right leg looks ok in that pic , did u say u have to amputate it ? , why ? , Rob
I guess there is 6" of the main nerve to the foot is missing, so I have no feeling in the bottom of my right foot. The piece of dead bone from the street they put back in. The doctor's (5 different ones) said the samething "you have no ankle, seems the bones got dragged on the asphalt, you could go thru 2 or more years worth of surgery(bone graphs, nerve graphs) with a 35% chance of it working. If it did work the ankle would be fused together and most likely still have no feeling in the bottom of my foot".

I opted for the high tech prostectic. Shit I have a video of navy seals with the same prostesis work out and are now back on active duty. I mean I'm no seal it just gives me hope.

Plus it dosent really bother me
 

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oh ya the bike ended on hitting the curb and flying up and hitting the cyclone fence about a foot below the top, flipping over the fence in between 2 trees and landing about 50 feet away.

There is no front wheel, the forks pushed into the radiator which went into the motor some. Front of frame crinkled, no rear sub frame, tank slightley dented. I think motor might be allright, no fluids came out except coolent or could be cracked. who no's its a total loss 8k down the drain...
 

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Hello,

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.

-Flash
 

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Damn, your story was interesting enough, but the pictures have an effect no story could have.
(Wear gear and respect the beast you ride is the moral I got from this)

Hope your recovery is a speedy one!
Pzzzz
 

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Damn. That's the penultimate price to pay for being loose with self control.:(

Hope you make it out OK, man.
 
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