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post #1 of 7 Old 07-10-2012, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Good news/bad news

First the good;
It was one of those days when even non-riders were buying bikes.
The sun was shining. There were a few picturesque clouds. The temperature was in the zone where a mesh jacket is nicely comfortable. The perfect day for a ride.

I had put on a set of Heidenau K60 Scout tires and discovered the perfect tire!
Performance is more important to me than mileage and these are incredible.
They are a semi knobby or heavy treaded road tire and give the best of both worlds.
On road, I found a confidence I was missing. They held the road enough to allow me to corner with much more confidence. Off road, they ate up gravel and hard-pack. This is my favourite kind of riding and they let the back tire dig in or slide as I decided.

Now the bad;
They have limits.
While celebrating the success of my perfect tires, I was tearing down a back road when I came to a corner with a posted warning of 10kmh / 6mh. I didnít like the look so I was doing about 5kmh / 3mph as I went around the corner. I suddenly found myself switching from hard pack dirt to a small beach of lovely soft sand. Soft enough, in fact, to entice my bike to immediately lie down. While my bike was glad enough to throw me off, it didnít want to lose me completely so it held onto my foot.

As I picked up the bike with extreme grace and without commenting on itíd behaviour, I was aware of some minor discomfort.

As the bike and I reconciled and went on our way, I became aware of a minor (ok, screaming) burning in my foot and lower leg. The bike had merrily sprayed its anti-freeze all over my foot and leg when the clamp let go.

After a fellow biker stopped by for a lovely visit and some minor repairs, he kept pointing out the direction of the local hospital. I took this as some form of obsession of his.

As I rode on I was aware that the original minor pain was still there and as the adrenaline wore off was indeed making itself better known.

To satisfy the fellow who was assisting me, I went to the local hospital where a very lovely young doctor informed me I had broken a rib.

What a rotten day for riding.

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-10-2012, 08:56 PM
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Fred,

Sorry to hear about your misfortune.
It's always the lovely days that catch you by surprise.

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I hope you heal quickly. IM glad you went to the Doc and got checked out.

My dad had a few broken ribs from a crash on I-40 in his big rig a few years back. It took him a long while for those ribs to heal and for him to feel himself again.

Hopefully the Doc's eye candy makes things better. :biggrinjester:

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Oh, man, that sux! Here's hoping the ribs heal quickly and the antifreeze burns quit hurting quickly. I trust the bike is OK and you are still happy with the tires.

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Thanks for the support.
The foot was OK, The boots did their job and the Givi racks took most of the weight. The hard part was lifting the bike off while lying face down.
The anti-freeze wasn't too bad but it took a while to cool off.
Fortunately because of the sand and the engine bars and rack the bike did better than I did.

The whole thing did make me laugh at the riders who say they are going to put their arms up to cover their head so they don't need a helmet and other such drivel. The only thought I had time for was; "Huh?"

My next project is to find a decent chest protector for street riding. I realized too late that this area is unprotected but easily injured.

Notes: Water is a lousy coolant and the Heidenau tires are still my favourites

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First the good;
It was one of those days when even non-riders were buying bikes.
[...]
What a rotten day for riding.
Excellent story; I liked it. I know you're ok because you told it well and still have your sense of humour.

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What about your foot?
It was coated in Prestone; that's not bad at all, unless you succomb to the desire to lick it off.

But if you must know, I assume the prestone cooled off and the pain in the ribcage superseded the wet sock.
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