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Ow. (Updated)
Posted by: Dale Franks on Friday, December 05, 2008

I got T-boned by a car on my way home from work. Details here.

I'm banged up a little bit, but generally OK. Bike's kinda thrashed, though.

And I have vicodin!


My injuries were a bit worse than I thought. Had to go to Emergency last night.

Toe is broken, knee ligaments hyperextended.

And now, I have Percoset!
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Damn, that sucks...but hey, the nail will grow back and you have an excellent excuse to add some billet to the bike!
Written By: Brown
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And here I always thought you were a vegetarian!

or ...

something like that. Good to hear you’re OK.
Written By: Adriane
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And that, children, is why you always, always wear full safety gear.

Glad to hear you made it through relatively unscathed, as these things go. Much worse can come from relatively minor collisions.

Now, here’s hoping the pain isn’t too bad.

One detail you left out: what was the other guy driving? Van? Truck? Big UPS brick?
Written By: Bryan Pick
"It’s just a flesh wound!"

But this kind of thing only helps the dominate half of my brain pummel the tiny voice in my head that makes we want to get a motorcycle.
Written By: Tezcatlipoca
You will never ever catch me on a motorcycle on the highway. Got too many friends, relatives, and acquaintances who got killed or seriously f’ed up on those things.

I know it’s a culture for some people and they love it, but to me, riding on a public road on any sort of motorbike is just like playing Russian roulette. I got a dead cousin, a dead friend, a friend with no legs, and another one who is a vegetable.

Not trying to rain on your parade, but maybe you might want to consider switching to a nice safe car like a Volvo. Sure it’s not as glamorous, but what the hell, you can carry a lot more stuff.
Written By: kyleN
mymother will kill me if i ever get a bike....but im really thinking of doing it, even if i only get 1 ride before she murders me
Written By: josh b
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Since you were dressed up like an armored knight, how in the world did your toe get so screwed up?

Flip-flops? ;)
Written By: McQ
even a super encased knight couldn’t take a hammer to the face....bludgeoning dmg is hard to beat
Written By: josh b
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Vicodin? Percocet? Should make for some interesting posts.
Written By: the wolf
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glad you are OK. Those car drivers are an oblivious bunch. Be patient with them.
2007 BMW F650GS rider, car avoider.
Written By: Mal Gusto
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I’ll hold my peace until we hear from Billy Beck. Upon impact, was Dale thinking: "Damn, that driver must be high or drunk. Isn’t there a law to prevent that?" Or perhaps: "I hope I don’t get one of them affirmative action docs at the County Hospital."

Searing pain and lack of consciousness are no excuses to flip the bird to John Galt.

Hope you feel better....
Written By: Come on, Please
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I hope you feel better soon! Without the Percocet, I mean.
Written By: Wacky Hermit
Yikes... That sucks. Glad to hear you’re relatively okay, though...

After I rode on the racetrack a few times, I started getting especially paranoid riding on public roads. Those cages can hurt!

Of course, I’ve still got a knee that tingles when the weather changes from my 75-mph highside on the track...

Good luck, Dale... Just remember, it could be worse. You could be like those midwesterners who can’t ride their bikes in November :-)

Here’s hoping that you’ll be headed out to Palomar (or wherever you ride) again soon.
Written By: Brad Warbiany
Since you were dressed up like an armored knight, how in the world did your toe get so screwed up?
It was the Armor. My boot got bent backward far enough for the edge of the composite toe to slice into the top of my big toe.
Written By: Dale Franks
That’s a design flaw, probably one they haven’t thought of, you should contact the company and let them know what happened and maybe they can fix it for the next guy?
Written By: Brown
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Take up airplanes, Dale. I’m tellin’ ya. It’s at least as much fun, and a lot safer.

Ask me how I know.

And if you can’t see your way to that, then you need to answer this question:

Are you going to be satisfied dying alone on the side of a road, or with some stranger holding your hand so that the last thing in your mind is to wonder whether that person will be able to get a final message right for loved ones to whom it might really count?

That’s a very real prospect, and I, for one, decided against it.

Your call. Glad you made it.

Written By: Billy Beck
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Look on the bright side - this could have happened in April, instead of December. I realize that you can ride down there all year, but this IS the (comparatively) crappy time.
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