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post #1 of 31 Old 08-02-2006, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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T-boned on my Wee . . .

July 10, I pulled out of a parking lot, and the next thing I know, my eyes open and I'm looking at pavement from an angle that tells me I'm on the deck. Funny sounds coming out of my mouth, and I realize I'm trying to give my name to first-responders. Something told me this isn't the way it's supposed to be.

As the fog cleared, I slowly began to realize I was in big trouble. Couldn't move, laying on my right side with what turned out to be a dislocated right hip, broken acetabulum (socket where the femur joins the pelvis), severely banged-up knee and ankle, a broken rib and a few bruised ones. I had been unconscious for three or four minutes according to the first-responders.

Off to the ER on a backboard. Six days at the hospital, and now into the fourth week of bounce-back. Lots of weeks to go.

I have no memory of the crash itself, but I talked to a witness later who said I had been t-boned by a Jeep Cherokee coming out of a parking lot. Apparently I took the hit squarely on my right leg and tore the bumper off the Jeep in the process.

The repair bill on the Wee is $9,700. Reckon that one's totalled?

So, I'm out of the riding business for a while. May sell the Wing, too and just start over next season, assuming the hip heals properly. But if I ride again, it'll be on another Wee.

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post #2 of 31 Old 08-02-2006, 10:49 AM
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Whoa! I am glad you are able to still type after something like that. That is truly frightening! Best of luck on your recovery and kudos on the upbeat attitude and willingness to get back on the horse. Keep us posted on the recovery process and we will all keep our eyes peeled for a good deal on a new Wee!

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vrox - prayers and good thoughts headed your way.

I sure HATE starting my day reading about a fallen strom-brother!! :evil:

Take it easy, keep your attitude positive and you'll be back in no time. There are plenty of bikes - but only one vrox!!

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As one still on the mend myself, I can really relate. Attitude is primary. Life will get a little better most days. Remember that if you get a little backslide, that too shall pass. I strained a muscle on my good side yesterday because it got overworked. It's nothing compared to how far I've come. Hang in there. When the time comes, be diligent in physical therapy. It can make all the difference.

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vrox, sorry to hear of your accident. Glad you are alive and able to repirt on it. Heal quickly and take care.

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post #6 of 31 Old 08-02-2006, 12:22 PM
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Sorry to hear about your accident. At least you are telling us about it, not some one else. Listen to the Doc's and your therapist. I did 2 years ago now and I'm back better than ever, well two years older and wiser. It will take time, but with work and patience you will be back. Keep your chin up and we shall see you on the road some day soon.

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post #7 of 31 Old 08-02-2006, 02:54 PM
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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post #8 of 31 Old 08-02-2006, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Troops,

Large thanx for the kind words and the encouragement. As I'm sure others have learned, it's tough to admit that my riding season is over. I know I need to take my time and be sure all the mending is done properly before mounting up again. The orthopedic doc says it'll take six months to be sure the hip socket will heal properly. If that doesn't go well, I'm cage-bound for good.

So, between now and next spring, I'll work my butt on (not off -- it pretty much fell off already) and have fun romancing the 07 with ABS. May just lurk around and keep an eye on y'all, too.

Again, thanx for cheerleading. It helps us all.


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post #9 of 31 Old 08-02-2006, 03:03 PM
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Dang! We're going to have to start handing out Purple Hearts (Purple V's?) around here!

Vrox, sorry to hear about your deal. I hope you heal quickly and completely. Stay positive.

Hang out here, and let us know how you're doing when you get a chance. I, too, am thinking about a 650/A to replace my dear departed 650. It helps to have something to look forward to.


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vrox- just because you're off the road, don't just lurk the board, please continute to participate. Bike or not, you're still part of the troop! Glad to hear you're on the road to recovery, and FWIW, the gang here helps with recuperation....Believe me, they've kept me positive!

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