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Old 06-13-2018, 09:03 PM   #1
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I had an experience a couple months ago. Wasn't sure I was going to share it here. It wasn't katana related. It happened on a totally different kind of bike, with a totally different riding style. But, I figured that a lot of people on here either have more than one bike, or have moved on from the Kat.

I was riding a drz400sm. Super fun bike. I race a smaller supermoto, which is what gave me the over confidence that helped create this incident. I was riding though the turn, a bit fast. Here in PA, the DOT has developed a fondness for cutting out sections of road and replacing just a strip here, a strip there, when the whole road needs to be repaved instead. This corner was like that. The right 1/3 of the lane had been replaced, probably less than a year before. There was a line of potholes where that seam was. I saw them, and the over confidence kicked in. "I'll just stay to the right of them, whatever." I kept going through the turn, stayed on the throttle. I started sliding on cinders. "Meh, I'm used to my bike sliding while doing race practice." I stayed on the throttle still. I slid into the string of potholes, and the bike just kept falling away from me. "Well, I guess I'm low siding. Whatever." Even still over confident because of how many times I've crashed in the miniGP practice, I decided that rather than having my foot out, supermoto style, it would be best to have my foot on the peg for crashing. That was my mistake. My foot got caught between the footpeg and the street. The peg caught the back of my ankle, and a second later I was in blinding pain with an off camber turn in the opposite direction. I made it through that, and made it home without having to put my right foot down.

I ended up with an avulsion fracture in my ankle. That means it wasn't the main part of my ankle. Instead, a tendon pulled a piece of bone off. I also had fairly extensive damage to the tendons due to some hyper-extension. None of it was bad enough to need surgery. I got off lucky.

I was wearing Alpine Stars SMX Plus boots. Yes, there was damage to the plastic parts on the back to prevent hyper extension. The scary part here is that I sometimes wear shorter boots, with no hyper extension protection. I have at times worn regular steel toe boots. I'm certain that if I had been wearing those during this incident, surgery would have been the most minor outcome possible.

I know good boots are expensive. I have just recently purchased even more expensive adventure/offroad/supermoto-ish boots to have appropriate footwear for the type of bike. But think of it like this. My ortho visits cost me $60 a visit. The x-rays and urgent care visit were a few hundred dollars more than the copay. The physical therapy is $30 a visit. If good boots save you even one injury, they have paid for themselves a couple times over, and you haven't lost time riding.

Also, if I'm over my head cold by Sunday, it'll be my first miniGP practice this season because of that incident, and I'll be able to update in my racing thread how the new monster carb is doing.

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Old 06-13-2018, 11:07 PM   #2
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I have always worn full racing boots for that reason. Most injuries are the feet/ankle.
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I had an experience a couple months ago. Wasn't sure I was going to share it here. It wasn't katana related. It happened on a totally different kind of bike, with a totally different riding style. But, I figured that a lot of people on here either have more than one bike, or have moved on from the Kat.

I was riding a drz400sm. Super fun bike. I race a smaller supermoto, which is what gave me the over confidence that helped create this incident. I was riding though the turn, a bit fast. Here in PA, the DOT has developed a fondness for cutting out sections of road and replacing just a strip here, a strip there, when the whole road needs to be repaved instead. This corner was like that. The right 1/3 of the lane had been replaced, probably less than a year before. There was a line of potholes where that seam was. I saw them, and the over confidence kicked in. "I'll just stay to the right of them, whatever." I kept going through the turn, stayed on the throttle. I started sliding on cinders. "Meh, I'm used to my bike sliding while doing race practice." I stayed on the throttle still. I slid into the string of potholes, and the bike just kept falling away from me. "Well, I guess I'm low siding. Whatever." Even still over confident because of how many times I've crashed in the miniGP practice, I decided that rather than having my foot out, supermoto style, it would be best to have my foot on the peg for crashing. That was my mistake. My foot got caught between the footpeg and the street. The peg caught the back of my ankle, and a second later I was in blinding pain with an off camber turn in the opposite direction. I made it through that, and made it home without having to put my right foot down.

I ended up with an avulsion fracture in my ankle. That means it wasn't the main part of my ankle. Instead, a tendon pulled a piece of bone off. I also had fairly extensive damage to the tendons due to some hyper-extension. None of it was bad enough to need surgery. I got off lucky.

I was wearing Alpine Stars SMX Plus boots. Yes, there was damage to the plastic parts on the back to prevent hyper extension. The scary part here is that I sometimes wear shorter boots, with no hyper extension protection. I have at times worn regular steel toe boots. I'm certain that if I had been wearing those during this incident, surgery would have been the most minor outcome possible.

I know good boots are expensive. I have just recently purchased even more expensive adventure/offroad/supermoto-ish boots to have appropriate footwear for the type of bike. But think of it like this. My ortho visits cost me $60 a visit. The x-rays and urgent care visit were a few hundred dollars more than the copay. The physical therapy is $30 a visit. If good boots save you even one injury, they have paid for themselves a couple times over, and you haven't lost time riding.

Also, if I'm over my head cold by Sunday, it'll be my first miniGP practice this season because of that incident, and I'll be able to update in my racing thread how the new monster carb is doing.

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Hope all is healing well.
It is healing well. I pretty much have full function now, including running up stairs two at a time and jumping. The only real times I feel it are when stretching, when trying to force my foot into a shoe without undoing the shoe laces, or with forcefull rotation. It's still recent enough that some swelling is still present, so I'd say I'm doing really well so far!


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Yeah, I know you do. I also fully accept the blame on this. I'm not even trying to blame the potholes or cinders. It was definitely me and the over confidence.
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Sheet, you got me, I thought the title was shaking my boobies

Glad to here everything is all well.

PS all I wear is full racing boots, never would I wear anything but
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