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It's odd, I wanted to update the original thread kindly started by Toledo, but it's gone?!?! :dowhat

For those that don't know, you can read this post, otherwise move onto the next one I'll do:

So, I was minding my own business doing about 60mph when I rounded a left hand bend and found a car on my side of the road coming towards me. I had little option but to hit it square on. :banghead Luckily they admitted full liability and aren't fighting it :thumbup

The impact snapped the forks of the bike and generally mangled the front end. Here's an extract from the salvage report:



And here's the bike:



It kinda doesn't look bad, but both forks were snapped clean through and are propping the bike up, the frame was bent, the wheel was ripped like paper, etc. This is what a human pelvis can do to a petrol tank :scared:



As for me, I broke my pelvis into two separate halves:



I also broke my hip (the bit of the leg bone near the ball join) which you might see in the above pic, although the straps they put on me kinda held things back together temporarily. It looks like a hair line crack, but it was because of breaking this completely that meant I landed with my left foot behind my right shoulder. It's quite common I've been told, but I moved the leg back so it was 'straight and proper', listening to bone rubbing against itself as I did so. I kinda compared my leg to one of those draft excluders you can get for the bottom of a door, it was bendy in all directions! :dowhat

I also broke my leg quite a bit:





Luckily there was a top surgeon available at the time and so he did this over the course of 3 operations, one a week for 3 weeks ranging from 10 hours to 5 hours in length:



So I have two 5 inch bolts holding the back of my pelvis on, a bracket holding the front of the pelvis together (most of the original got smashed to bits) and a metal rod from my knee up to my waist.

Here's a few hospital pics, firstly showing the temporarily external metal work (fixators I think they're called):



And no, I haven't crapped myself, it's "body fluid" from the surgery! :p





Here's one of me getting outta bed for the first time in a while...the drugs I took before hand "made this image possible"!:



Irritatingly after a month in hospital, 5 months rehabilitation and 3 months of thinking I was getting better, I had to have another surgery on the leg. While the pelvis and hip bones had re-joined nicely, the leg was completely buggered and was barely joining. So I had another surgery to remove the old leg rod and put a new one in (to promote bone growth), had another month rehabilitation then Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy again to gradually come off crutches.

So that's the main bit, hope you're still awake! :laugh
 

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Yesterday I saw the Surgeon at the 15 month mark and all is looking good, I can now walk about 50-100 steps looking normal before I have to limp because of discomfort. I just can't wait to get back on a bike :banana and constantly pushing the date forward is bloody annoying, but I'm only getting back on when the surgeon says "as strong as before if not stronger". I don't want to get back on before I can, only to have a bike fall on me and go through the same shit all over again.

I fully appreciate there are people out there in worse shape than I've been in, I just thought I'd let ya'll know what you might have to expect if you get in a similar jam. I was told much

later that I probably saved my own life (without knowing it) by the action of moving my leg back to the normal place. In the 'wrong' position, arteries would have been stretched as well as nerves - the artery could have snapped and bled me out and the nerves could have been damaged and made it game over for having two working legs.

There are other 'personal' things you have to deal with and that started to work again after 12 months, the guys will know what I mean ;)

People to thank:

Air Ambulance
Paramedics
Doctors
Nurses
Surgeons
Friends (including Toledo on here) & Family
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Keep the rubber side down ya'll! :)
 

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Yikes glad your bolted back together mate,

i had a friend similar crash after it got sorted he qualified for a handicapped plate and put one on his busa, funniest thing ever to see a wheelchair plate on a busa
 

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cheers, :lol your mate had a good idea there!
 

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Damn Chris, thats some serious metal work youve got there, am wincing at the pic of your tank :doh

Glad to hear certain thinks are back to full working order :yes:jack :laugh
 

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That's a nasty injury, but very glad you are making a good recovery all things considered. Sport bike style gas tanks scare the crap out of me and I haven't even impacted one yet. Bike makers could do better in designing bikes so as to not make injuries worse in the case of a crash :rant The US MCN did an article on this some time ago with a bunch of maths that basically said in a direct frontal impact on a sport bike, your pelvis will get broken into. I'm very sad you've proven them correct on that one. Lucky you've proven them wrong in terms of damage to more personal bits :thumbup

Top tip on putting your legs back where they belong. I wouldn't have known had you not posted, I'll try and do the same should I find mine out of sorts at some point.
 

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bloody hell chris, i didn't realise you was hurt so bad mate,
glad you are recovering, hope they give you a good compensation package,
+1 on putting your leg back in place i did the same with my foot when i snapped it off and was told it saved any nerve and tendon damage, and it probably saved me fron losing my foot
 

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:stupid +1 I didnt realise it was as bad as that either Chris, sorry :blush So glad you seem to be doing well on the recovery route :yes
 

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Cheers for all your comments guys :thumbup Muchos appreciated :hail

Bit of hastle going through airports, with all that metal?:laugh
If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, I'd be as rich as Oil exporting country! :laugh :)

Hey BP, god it's been a while since I've seen your comments, hope you're well matey!

You're not wrong about tank design, although there are a few that are more testicle/pelvis friendly - saw a bike like this the other day, that certainly looked better!



But I can't see it happening to more road going bikes, but it's the risk we take eh!

I was pretty lucky when it came to my tackle though - part of the internal bleeding forced about a half a litre of blood to fill my sack :kicknuts I kid you not, they were like a builders fist...or a porn star! :laugh And it wasn't nice to piss in a bag for a month either...certainly saved a lot of wet beds though! :)

Glad I can help with the 'putting your leg back' advice :) Although I think everyone does it, if possible, to be honest :dowhat

Cheers gazza :thumbup No compensation yet, it's one of those biggies so I'm having to fully recover before getting damages. I've had the odd interim payment here and there though...to pay for things I couldn't afford, so it's not all bad! :)

When did you do your foot then? I think I might remember that...it was proper grim! :scared

Ahhh, the moose! Bloody good to hear from ya, cheers for ya nice words :thumbup

If the compensation is big enough, I've always wanted to firstly not work :laugh but also go around the UK visiting all the Zoners - on my Tillis of course :) So ya never know :banana

Cheers all! :thumbup
 

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Oh, and I found this too....weirdest thing. It was just below my right knee, quite deep too. So far I'm guessing that as I hit the car, the bonnet (hood for the USA!:)) folding up into a triangle and I caught my knee on the pointy bit:dunno

 

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Hope your bearing up ok mate. Your a lucky fella to still be here mate. :thumbup
 

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Bloody hell Chris, i didnt know the avatar pic was of you.Horrible injuries mate.As i laid in intensive care i thought to myself.....i dont want to ride again, but a week later laid up on the ward i changed my mind and now look forwards to riding my new bike from the zone members, but if i had your injuries, i would be calling it a day,:hail you have some balls wanting to ride again.:hail.
 

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:thumbup A ducati hypermotard or KTM SMT990/SMR990 look to have pretty friendly tank designs. My buell isn't as bad as most sport bikes and the "tank" is a plastic airbox cover so I hope it'd bend before I would.
 

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Hope your bearing up ok mate. Your a lucky fella to still be here mate. :thumbup
Cheers mate, yeah I'm a lucky fell indeed - at least it didn't happen in the middle of no-where...I woulda been stuffed! :dowhat

Bloody hell Chris, i didnt know the avatar pic was of you.Horrible injuries mate.As i laid in intensive care i thought to myself.....i dont want to ride again, but a week later laid up on the ward i changed my mind and now look forwards to riding my new bike from the zone members, but if i had your injuries, i would be calling it a day,:hail you have some balls wanting to ride again.:hail.
Hey Cham! Yours injuries were pretty bad too, so fair play for getting back on - plus you'll be getting back on a fantastic looking machine! You've got a good crew up there :thumbup :hail

Hehe, don't think I've got balls, I'm just stupid! :laugh To be honest, I can't deal with being in a car, it's soul destroying! When I came out intensive care I was optimistically looking at Blackbirds as my next bike! :banana In my drug filled weeks, I also told me boss I'd be back to work within a month...that became 5 months! :lol

You'll have to post your first riding experience - I reckon you'll be OK so long as you know why your accident occurred :thumbup

:thumbup A ducati hypermotard or KTM SMT990/SMR990 look to have pretty friendly tank designs. My buell isn't as bad as most sport bikes and the "tank" is a plastic airbox cover so I hope it'd bend before I would.
That's it, it was a KTM I saw - bollard friendly :) I do like the idea of a plastic tank :banana
 

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Young Christopher :)

Does this mean you are actually going to use my forks sometime this millenium :O

JJ sends her regards :dowhat :laugh
 

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Young Christopher :) Does this mean you are actually going to use my forks sometime this millenium :O JJ sends her regards :dowhat :laugh
Hardy har :laugh and yes indeed, they will finally be used ;)

regards and kisses back to JJ :blush
 

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Scares the crap out of me when you see people having accidents like this!

Glad your on the mend. As we are local we should hook up for a blither :)
 
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