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Desmo Demon
09-09-2009, 08:39 AM
Well, before the rumors get twisted and distorted, I fucking crashed again on Monday. I have no recollection of the crash, but this is what was told to me by Marty who was riding behind me.....

We were going into a set of "S" curves that are nice, smooth, and sweet baby sweepers. As I was going into the left hander, my left footpeg came off the bike. I was told that it looked like I was riding a bucking bronco as I tried to navigate the bike through the curve and try to crawl back onto the bike in order to regain control before the next right curve. I supposively made it through the left-hander and then got bucked off the bike. The story goes that I was sliding pretty well in FRONT of the bike until it nailed me in the left hip (edit - the leathers and my bruise show it was actually my right thigh that was hit) and sent me tumbling. The bike and I went across the oncoming lane, the bike glanced off the guardrail and went about 25 feet or so before landing on it's right side. I, on the other hand, tumbled into the guardrail, and got my hips wedged between the lower rail and the ground.......with the only thing keeping me from popping through the guardrail was that the guardrail post nailed me in the lower back.

Marty told me that at some point I had hit my head on the rail before coming to a stop and I was knocked unconscious for about ten minutes, I guess coming to every now and again. He said that as he stood over me to shade me from the sun until EMS could get there, I had come to and said, "I bet I scared the shit out of you" and then laughed as I faded back into unconsciousness. I kind of remember saying that. I do remember coming to at some time, realized I was wedged in the guardrail and did a quick assessment of myself and then stating, "I can wiggle all my fingers and toes.....that's a good thing."

Marty and the paramedic that had me in the ambulance stated I was babbling and rambling any time I came to. I remember being in the ambulance and the paramedic asking me what his name was, and I was thinking to myself, "How the fuck should I know?!!!" I guess he saw the puzzled look on my face and then told me, "My name is Jarrod, like the guy in the Subway commercials........I've told it to you three times already."

They life-flighted me to Mission in Asheville with Big Mama....my second transport by her in less than ten years.

I was in the hospital for about four hours. During this time, they did a CT scan of my head and body. I figure they couldn't find my brain and decided to release me. A coworker informed me that they were looking in the wrong place. :newrofl:

I went into work yesterday (less than 24 hours after the accident) for a half-day, and then Vicki, Audrey, and I went up to pick up my bike and to revisit the crash site. The bike is in better, but also worse, shape than I was hoping. The tank has no dents but some scratches, the whole tailsection is complete but with a couple of scratches, the side fairings and upper fairing are toast, the headlight bucket is trash, but the headlight is fine. There is a small ding in a fork tube from glancing off the guardrail, and the radiator is smashed a bit on the left side from the guardrail. It is definitely repairable, I just hate that it needs to be repaired, especially since I just got it back on the road, again, 1300 miles ago (three weeks?).

Fortunately, I was wearing my brand new Dainese leathers. These leathers have a back protector that attaches to the inside of them and I had the back protector on at the time. There is a crease in the plastic outer covering where the guardrail post hit me across the back. I also believe that the CE armor helped my knees and elbows from being anything but a little sore. The boots (Alpinestar SMX-Plus) and my older style Dainese gloves worked out pretty well also. I had almost worn my older Teknic leathers that do NOT have a back protector (only some foam) and lower level knee and elbow armor (non CE rated) than the Dainese. I'm just glad I had the back protector in my leathers. I'd hate to think what could have been had I not been wearing one. I mean, this is what my back looked like about five hours after the wreck WITH the back protector....

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Kramer_Krazy/back_ouch.jpg

That is a huge welt across my back.

The bike really doesn't look bad in a picture with the fairing removed. I've still got to dig into it to see just how bad it may be. This is a picture of it on the trailer when we picked it up....

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Kramer_Krazy/748_crunch.jpg




BTW - The footpegs on the 748 are aftermarket Lockhart Phillips where the footpeg is held on by a single bolt that holds it onto the block that mounts like the OEM footpeg to the rearset. The pegs had been on the bike about 14,000 miles and I had used blue Lock-tite on the bolt. The previous week something felt weird about the footpeg, but after an inspection just chaulked it up to not riding the bike since December. When I inspected the footpeg, it had not rotated or felt loose, so I just figured it was "OK"....apparently a poor assumption.

916SP
09-09-2009, 08:50 AM
I know how you're feeling Terry!
Especially about the "don't know what happened" part.

You are ok (more or less) thats all that matters!

Heal up quickly!

Nice bruise by the way, here is mine....

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s88/brust60/P1010242.jpg

Justin
09-09-2009, 09:06 AM
Good for gear!

But very sorry to hear Desmo, heal up.

intel_killer
09-09-2009, 09:34 AM
Damn Terry! Heal up fast.

rodm850g
09-09-2009, 10:04 AM
DesmoDemo,
DAYUM Bro...you know what happens.....sheite...I am pleased you didn't hurt yourself any worse....last time I had a get off I had one those bruises from my right knee down to my ankle.....The bike can be repaired and you can heal up too! Thankfully...you have used up a life on that guard rail my firend.....you should have at least 7 left....Take Care Rest up ....then fix up....
Rod

DucatiJeff
09-09-2009, 10:38 AM
Hey - you guys need to stop this stuff! Wrecked bikes and bruised bodies - not a gooo-da.

Hope you guys feel better soon. I'm still feeling aches and pains that I never had before from my February wreck (first wreck ever).

:boxing: :hang2: :boxing:

Flying996
09-09-2009, 11:36 AM
Hey Jeff... with the Rash of these recent Rashes (pun intended), why not start up a Road Rash forum?

All the best for speedy recovery to you and Petah....
Chris

DucatiJeff
09-09-2009, 11:44 AM
Hey Jeff... with the Rash of these recent Rashes (pun intended), why not start up a Road Rash forum?

All the best for speedy recovery to you and Petah....
Chris

Well - since Jay Lucas owns the "RoadRashSucks" domain and most of us know him and his site I don't think that would "cut it" so to speak. Plus - if we had a forum for that some people might get carried away and intentionall wreck so they could post up crash pictures!

:king: :boast: :king:

MV031161
09-09-2009, 12:17 PM
Terry....Damm!!! sorry to hear your misfortunes but I am glad you kept your sense of humor even when you dont remember shit!!!!


Peter: you lost your ass too? Damm,,,thats a nasty buise! how are your organs? what caused the bruise so badly?

Flying, riding, driving, taking a shower, etc....these are risk we all accept. at least we are having a good time doing them


Both of you......Raise!!!! Heal up fast!!!!

Bucky
09-09-2009, 12:26 PM
Terry!

That is why you wear the gear, brother. It could have been much worse.
...but just after I complemented you on the new yellow suit!

Was it on 178?

Wanderer13
09-09-2009, 01:42 PM
Sorry to hear about your crash Terry. Glad you are o.k. and heal up quick.

buster
09-09-2009, 01:42 PM
Ouch Terry! Glad you're OK, sounds like it could've easily been much worse. Glad you were wearing the good gear. :ok:

Viper
09-09-2009, 03:01 PM
Nice bruise by the way, here is mine....

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s88/brust60/P1010242.jpg

SEXY! I never thought I would see so much skin on the site!:dance3: I couldn't resist.

Both of you guys - heal up quickly!
:Coffee_Doughnuts:

Desmo Demon
09-09-2009, 04:16 PM
I've been sitting here a bit frustrated; A 5-10 mph drop on gravel in March totaled the left side of the ST2.....a 35-45 mph low-side took out the right side of the ST2 in April.....a 90 year old man pulled out in front of me and my Civic in May and crunched the front of my fairly babied car that I bought new in '95....Without having any memories of the 748 crash makes it seem almost like someone beat me up in my sleep and when I woke up, I discovered they trashed the 748, too.....the Harley has 105k miles on it and after working on it a few hours today looks like the ignition is shot......

I'm really starting to get tired of owning worn out and crashed crap where there never seems to be an end to the non-stop maintenance and repair. Maybe I just need to quit driving. At 60k-90k miles per year (between the bikes and cars and Vicki and me), we wear out everything pretty quickly.

On a positive note for this year, I finally completed school and got a bachelor's degree......that is just about useless where I am working. :(


Was it on 178?
Naw....it was almost near Sylva. Not too long after I last saw you, though.

rufrydrsc2
09-09-2009, 04:46 PM
Terry, I'm sorry to hear about your wreck! Heal up soon! There are too many of us going down lately. Glad you're not too bad off.

STRETCH
09-09-2009, 05:10 PM
wow. I hate it for ya Brother. It has been a bad year for crashes. In the aviation world we would have called it "a hard landing" since It didn't kill you.
heal up soon. you ought to be getting pretty good with that plastic welder.

C.R.S.
09-09-2009, 05:35 PM
Glad you Beeeees OTAY Big Daddy!

Holler if ya need anything!:ok:

NKDBKrider
09-09-2009, 06:27 PM
Desmo, sorry to hear about your bad luck. Hope you heal quick. You could always turn the bike into a streetfighter.

sdzx10
09-09-2009, 07:21 PM
I've been sitting here a bit frustrated; A 5-10 mph drop on gravel in March totaled the left side of the ST2.....a 35-45 mph low-side took out the right side of the ST2 in April.....a 90 year old man pulled out in front of me and my Civic in May and crunched the front of my fairly babied car that I bought new in '95....Without having any memories of the 748 crash makes it seem almost like someone beat me up in my sleep and when I work up, I discovered they trashed the 748, too.....the Harley has 105k miles on it and after working on it a few hours today looks like the ignition is shot......

I'm really starting to get tired of owning worn out and crashed crap where there never seems to be an end to the non-stop maintenance and repair. Maybe I just need to quit driving. At 60k-90k miles per year (between the bikes and cars and Vicki and me), we wear out everything pretty quickly.

On a positive note for this year, I finally completed school and got a bachelor's degree......that is just about useless where I am working. :(



Naw....it was almost near Sylva. Not too long after I last saw you, though.
Glad to here your ok Terry. I sure hope you don't have Geico for insurance cause I already cost them a bunch!

Viper
09-09-2009, 07:32 PM
Terry - look at the bright side. You're still with us after all you have experienced this year. That says a lot. What does not kill you will only make you stronger. Chin up pal.:Coffee_Doughnuts:

Metalhead
09-09-2009, 07:34 PM
Dude, I called ya'll sat night but your cellphone thing said you weren't answering. Then I called the house and got the machine. I just hung up and said to myself that I wasn't going out Sunday. Well, I did, in the rain. Rode 178 with 3 dudes on motards. We had a blast. Slid all over the damn place.

Now I hear you've crashed AGAIN! Man, I'm just glad that you're the one telling the tale. Rest easy dude. I'll call ya by this weekend. Rich

Desmo Demon
09-09-2009, 08:13 PM
Well.....I said screw it. I stuffed a battery in the 748 and fired her up. She still revs good......the whole house smelled like 748 exhaust fumes for about three hours. I already plastic welded the battery box section that holds the voltage regulator and have been peicing together the headlight fairing and cleaned/waxed up the tail section.

This weekend I'm doing the valves and timing belts on the ST2 so I can take it to the Ducks Fly South rally next Friday. Maybe I'll finish off the knee sliders on my scarred Ducati leathers. :D

USMCSVRider
09-09-2009, 08:15 PM
Glad to see you're ok, and hope you heal up soon Terry!!

WeKneeDragger
09-09-2009, 09:08 PM
Looks like I'm not the only one poundin down lives. I get a text saying something to the natural, guardrail, helicopter, car. I'm thanking what the heck is going on.
So glad you are ok, now I can't tell where Vickie has kicked your ass or the guardrail!
We just got off this plane when I got the text.
We took off Saturday morning out of Greenville on our way the Atlantic City, we had a stop over in Greensboro, NC to pick up more passengers. We didn't make it to Greensboro. The plane had to make an emerg landing in a little port in Hickory. All the pilot said was to get our heads down a prepair for an emerg landing. We didn't know if he was going to ditch it or WHAT. We landed hard and quick. The the crew screamed BRACE, BRACE, every 10 seconds. Then I thought we were going off the end of the runway. We stopped about 3/4 of the length, checked out the false alarm in the cockpit for a fire in the back of the bus. 2 hours later we took off after taxiing around the airport and setting a the begining of the runway for about 10 minutes with the engines running almost wide open to burn off fuel. We then took off and we were still on the ground when we passed the place we turned off when we landed:furious: I would say we used up about 85 percent of the runway before the back tires left the concrete.
Denise has only flew about 6 times. Nice odds hey!

watch the video in this link
http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11081501

Desmo Demon
09-10-2009, 07:06 AM
Dude, I called ya'll sat night but your cellphone thing said you weren't answering. Then I called the house and got the machine.
We were at John's (metallic silver and red GSXR) on Saturday evening and I left the phone in the car. Sunday we were at Marty's (black Buell) for the day. It was a fluke I was even out on Monday. We didn't have a babysitter and I was planning on doing the valves and belts on the ST2 instead of going riding. Then I decided to go riding for the first half of the day and then go home and do the valves. Maybe I should have just stayed home.

I have the bulk of the pretty stuff (new or less rashed plastic) for the ST2. Maybe I'll have to slap those on the bike so I can at least have one that doesn't look like a Frankenstein Duc. I think I can get a few small parts and the 748 will look decent, again. I had the original side fairings at home, so those are in really good shape. I have two windshields, a brake lever, and a set of OEM footpegs, also. All I'd need is a decent front fairing. Other items I will need is a headlight bucket assembly and the bracket that holds that in place. I may replace the tach for the missing clear cover. Other than those parts, I won't need much, unless I doublecheck the one fork tube and confirm that it is definitely dinged (it has not leaked).

From what I can tell by looking at the bike, it never hit the asphault. There are no signs of rash anywhere on the bike. I have not found any rash on a bar end, lever, or anywhere else it should be rashed. It glanced off the guardrail at an angle on the left side and then flopped over on the right (snapped the brake lever).

As for me, I must have srubbed off a lot of speed by the time I hit the guardrail. I have been feeling better as each day goes on and have only used three Vicodin (one each night to help me sleep). Maybe it is a good thing I didn't try to sidesaddle the bike any longer than I did. :D

Once I get the ST2 squared away, I will probably replace the ignition in the Harley and then start putting the 748 back together. I'd say it will definitely be back on the road by March, and that is only if I need a little extra money (tax refunds) to finish it off.....we'll have to wait and see.

rockNroll
09-10-2009, 01:47 PM
Damn dude... hope you heal up quick! Them new leathers were so sexsaay too... sounds like they did their job well :thumbsup: Poor Spongebob!

Desmo Demon
09-10-2009, 02:32 PM
Doh!!!!....I think it finally sunk in.....

I HIT A FUCKING GUARDRAIL AND WASN'T RIPPED TO SHREADS!!!!!

:reddancer: :congrats: :banana: :smiliegang



Man, maybe I should have bought a lottery ticket on Monday. :newrofl:

navycoat
09-10-2009, 03:43 PM
Wow! That sounds like a crazy wreck but glad to see you're healing up.

STRETCH
09-10-2009, 05:46 PM
Doh!!!!....I think it finally sunk in.....

I HIT A FUCKING GUARDRAIL AND WASN'T RIPPED TO SHREADS!!!!!

:reddancer: :congrats: :banana: :smiliegang



Man, maybe I should have bought a lottery ticket on Monday. :newrofl:
you did a little better then our friend from the easttnriders site.
http://www.easttnriders.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31121
He's still in the hospital.

y'all stop beating up on those guard rails now. knock on wood........

rocketman1098S
09-10-2009, 07:01 PM
http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s88/brust60/P1010242.jpg

SEXY! I never thought I would see so much skin on the site!:dance3: I couldn't resist.

Both of you guys - heal up quickly!
:Coffee_Doughnuts:

Just be glad (disappointed..?)...There is usually German porn (reg German tv) showing on that television in the background. Lol.....

Both of you guys...Heal up quickly, there are track days and waning, optimum days left to ride this year. Schedule to heal during winter!

Desmo Demon
09-11-2009, 09:02 AM
Here's the bruise that has developed from where I assume my bike smacked me on my right thigh....

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Kramer_Krazy/crash_bruise.jpg

You can make out the scar line from my July 2000 crash which resulted in a titanium rod being shoved down that femur.

WeKneeDragger
09-11-2009, 07:34 PM
I am so glad you are ok and hope the injuries work there way out. NMW

Carpe Diem
09-11-2009, 07:58 PM
Glad to hear everyone is alright. Geeze, and I thought you guys were good examples of safe riders!

Metalhead
09-11-2009, 08:38 PM
Here's the bruise that has developed from where I assume my bike smacked me on my right thigh....

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Kramer_Krazy/crash_bruise.jpg

You can make out the scar line from my July 2000 crash which resulted in a titanium rod being shoved down that femur.What's that all lumpy in the back of your britches back there? Or is that the front? If that's the front, then you need to get to the hospital, cause your legs are on backwards.

Desmo Demon
09-14-2009, 07:57 AM
Did a valve adjustment, timing belt change, and oil and filter on the ST2. Rode it into work today. If all goes well, I'll be riding in the mountains, again, on Friday (or sooner) as we are going to the Ducks Fly South rally in Hiawassee, GA this weekend. :D

The 748 will need some work and some parts. Still thinking I can fix it for about $500. I already bought one part and missed out on two auctions this morning, but it'll be on the road, again......probably in a couple of months or so. ;)

STRETCH
09-14-2009, 04:38 PM
aint ebay great?
after i hit a car with the old bandit 1200 I pieced it back together for under $200 that included new forks, gas tank, tail fairing, fender, mirrors, blinkers. and some engine covers.
I was able to reinstall the original exhaust ,handle bars and shock since i kept these parts after upgrading.
it also helped that bandits were originaly built from spare parts.
alot of different suzuki parts interchanged, RF GSF600 and katana. the mirrors were off a cruiser:scooter:

bode61
09-16-2009, 04:59 AM
Man, I need to start checking this site more. Terry, I am sorry to hear about your fun little incident but as we say in the aviation biness...You can replace tin, you can't replace people.

I hope that the bad Karma has finally moved on.

peace to you brother! Hopefully I will have my new "old" cafe racer back together by this weekend in hopes of riding with all soon.

duke

Desmo Demon
09-16-2009, 07:31 AM
I hope that the bad Karma has finally moved on.
It is still lingering....I did the valves and timing belts on the ST2 and the horizontal exhaust valve cover is leaking. I cheaped out and reused the old gasket, so the next time I put a thin coat of silicone sealant on it. It still leaked, so....I bought a new gasket and inspected the cover and head very carefully for any signs of a crack, scratch, warping, or other anomally, and....the bastard is still leaking. I'll mess with it one more time before I roll a grenade under it...

Not to mention that it is supposed to rain the whole weekend while we plan on attending the Ducks Fly South rally.....and I think our babysitting has fallen through, so we'll probably wind up taking the rug-rat with us (which means at least one of us will be taking the car).

rufrydrsc2
09-16-2009, 07:49 AM
This effin weather is really getting to me. It's raining every Wed evening, killing bike nights, and then this weekend. Babys got new shoes and we need to scrub em in.

NKDBKrider
09-16-2009, 04:58 PM
At least you guys have had chances to go riding. It has been silly season for me at work and havent even had a chance to look at my bike in the past few weeks.:thgatlin:

flynfink
09-16-2009, 06:25 PM
Not to mention that it is supposed to rain the whole weekend while we plan on attending the Ducks Fly South rally.....and I think our babysitting has fallen through, so we'll probably wind up taking the rug-rat with us (which means at least one of us will be taking the car).


Just checking the forecast myself.. UUggghhh.

guess we'll have to drink and tell lies and show off scars..