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For the newbies: our motorcycle injuries
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For the newbies: our motorcycle injuries - March 3, 2013, 10:13 AM

Reading the post about motorcycle safety course fails, I figured it could help new members looking to make their first steps in this world to understand that it's just not some friend of a friend who got hurt on a motorcycle, it happens to almost all of us.

I have lost 2 friends and 1 more is paralyzed from the neck down. I've been luckier:

on top of various tumbles trying to learn to ride, at 14 an 80 y/o didn't stop at a crossing and I ended up breaking my writs, my left knee ligaments and a head concussion + multitude of bruises.

at 17, riding back home after putting down my downpayment for my Aprilia RS 125cc I did a celebratory monster stoppie but misjudged the distance from the cars in front of me at the light, and did the other knee...

Later same year, a guy just jumped out in front of me from his house with his Audi 100 Avant (immensly long car), I hit him doing over 60, flipped over 3 times in the air like a ragdoll, broke collar bone as I smashed his windshield with my shoulder, broke left wrist, cracked skull on his roof and had a number of deep cuts in arm from (I think) my front fairing.

Then I calmed down and realized that as good of a rider as I was, other people were not discerning of that. I've had my share of other slips and slides, but then at 20 I started taking it to the track, and that was the BEST school ever: it resets one's danger threshold and when you get back to open roads you see all the dangers.

Now I ride like a fortune teller: it's like more than defensive driving, I try to precog what other drivers will do based on racial profiling, LOL

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