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My wife and I loved riding together. This past summer we went on a great holiday through Canmore and Banff and then up through Jasper on HW 93. It was a great trip without any incidents. We spoke with an older couple at one of the rest stops who came over to chat and look at the bikes. It turned out that they used to ride but were in a pretty bad accident and cannot ride anymore. Two days after returning to work I was on my way home to have lunch with my wife and her aunt. I never made it. A car made a sudden and unexpected left turn in front of me. My bike struck the front quarter of the car throwing me over the vehicle and onto the hot pavement. I ended up with several injuries that I am still recovering from. I thank God every day that neither my wife nor any of my kids were on the bike with me at the time of the accident.

Sorry for the rambling but I still think about the accident every day. Shortly after the accident and while still in the hospital I didn't think I would ever ride again. I'd been down before but never anything as severe as this. I kept thinking about that couple we met and if it was some sort of “foreshadowing” or “message” of what was to come. I guess I’ll never know. I spent three weeks in the hospital and the rest of the summer at home. I went from a wheelchair, to a walker, to crutches, and then to a cane. I am now walking without a cane and still attending physio twice a week. I’m awaiting an appointment with a specialist to review some additional injuries that have been found since the injury. I have a feeling it will lead to another surgery.

After a lot of discussions with my friends, my family, and especially my wife we’ve decided that we love riding far too much to give it up. We spoke about all of the good times and great experiences we’ve had while riding and the wonderful things that we’ve seen. There have been a lot. I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was a young child and held a valid motorcycle license since I was 16. Once you have done something that you love to do it is very hard to give up. We started discussing purchasing another bike and started looking at a few prospective buys. While considering some used models some “nicely” discounted new old stock models became available. We will be picking up what has been my dream bike for quite some time. It is going to take a bit to get it to where my other bike was but I have some time available to do it. We are both very excited to get it home.

I’m not sure I will be able to ride again this summer especially if another surgery is necessary. We are both looking forward to getting back out and doing one of the things that we love but we do not want to rush it, especially if I’m not ready. I am continuing with physio, working on it at home, and getting stronger from week to week. It has taken a long time to get to where I am now and with continued work I am confident I will get to where I need to be.

That's my story. Thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment or share your personal experiences. I really think it helps to talk about these things. Again, sorry for rambling on.
 

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Thank you so much for sharing your heart felt story with us and you have my prayers for a full recovery.

Take time to let your mind heal also as your confidence has undoubtedly been affected.

I'm sure your loving and supportive Wife, Family and Friends will be there for you forever.

Sam:nerd:
 

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It's a story to love and hate. Very well written and like the foreshadowing element, but the incident itself is an ugly reality we all hope to avoid. Both you and your wife are courageous to get back on the bike, and it'll be interesting to hear whether your feelings about riding have changed once you're back in traffic, and navigating the minefield of clueless drivers and other obstacles. Hope the transition back is smooth and the same joy is there.

Apologize for this, but it's the question I can't help but ask when hearing about an accident. Looking back now, is there anything you could have (should have) done differently to avoid the accident? It's always better to learn from someone else's experience instead of the hard way.
 

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I'm glad to know you are still of good mind. When your time comes for your mind and body to devolve into a mellow stage of life, what will you think of? Will you remember the times of moving and freedom with the love of your life (and your wife :grin:), or will you think fondly of those days of sitting around watching soap operas on t.v.?

My wife passed away at too early an age after we had spent many years of doing exciting things. Now when I look upward and talk to her, every day, we remember those times of love together, being best friends, and, as she used to say, "Well, here we go on another adventure."

You can't let go.

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Back in 1977 My then fiance and I were going out for dinner at a place in Floreat Park in Perth Western Australia it was december and it was a stinking hot day as I was 20 then and bullet proof I was jusyt squiding it T-shirt, no gloves, long pants and sandshoes she was on the back in a 1 piece dress.
They say things happen in slo-mo and so it did as I can still all these years later see on my Rt the Toyota troopy turning left onto Cambridge street and a sedan come past his Rt side and straight through the stop sign rigt in front of us.
I remember locking the rear up of my 1976 Z900 (I brought it new) then I locked the front as we were heading for a T-bone situation we went down hard I on my Rt side and impacted the left side of her car the bike hit the left front guard my fiance skidded on her legs past the back of the car.

I remember the bang then blackness till I came too under the car with my helmet jammed under the differential of it, squirming out I could not get up but my bike was on its side ignition on, with the mashed front wheel against the engine, then the hot bitmen as it was midday in summer about 40C started to really burn my raw scraped off flesh.
It was then I remembered my fiance but was helpless to do anything as I kept blacking out the driver got out of her car and asked me was I all right FFS you just tried to kill us I wont type what I said to her.
Remember nothing of getting picked up by the ambo's I do however distictly remember my fiance screaming in the E.D apparently they told her one of my eyes was fully dilated and not responding to light cannot remember them testing my eyes, she told me later on.
Anyway the next day they had to get the gauze off they put on my injuries as I lost allot of bark on my Rt arm half of my back Rt side was a mess the plasma had leaked out overnight from my wunds and stuck the stuff to me like super glue in the end I was screaming and crying at the same time also in the end the nurse was crying whilst she was doing it.
Only other injury I got apart from a severe concussion was I suffered a laceration to my left knee cap requiring 10 stitches inside and 12 on the outside.
I got back onto the bike as soon as it was repaired but it was never the same in the end I flogged it for a ZIR MkI it was hard at first to ride as I tended to over react with cars coming out of side streets but I am ok now but still regard car drivers a FKN idiots as far as recognising M/Cycles.
Some time after this lot in 1980 a kangroo took me out one night in the wheatbelt on my ZIR I was lucky on that occaision as well hit him doing 140Klm/Hr apparently the person above must want me to hang here for a bit longer, think my wife does as well though the V4 Panigale is making life difficult just so much power yoiks.....!

Keep the faith, I know where your at, time does heal you.
 

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It's a story to love and hate. Very well written and like the foreshadowing element, but the incident itself is an ugly reality we all hope to avoid. Both you and your wife are courageous to get back on the bike, and it'll be interesting to hear whether your feelings about riding have changed once you're back in traffic, and navigating the minefield of clueless drivers and other obstacles. Hope the transition back is smooth and the same joy is there.

Apologize for this, but it's the question I can't help but ask when hearing about an accident. Looking back now, is there anything you could have (should have) done differently to avoid the accident? It's always better to learn from someone else's experience instead of the hard way.
No need to apologize. I have often thought about if there was anything different that I could have done. At the time of the accident the main highway that runs through our City was detoured due to bridge construction. The normally not busy streets were now always busy with normal city traffic, as well as traffic that had to be detoured that was passing through the city. Traffic was especially heavy during the usual work rushes as well as over the noon hour. I usually could avoid the noon rush by leaving 10 or even 5 minutes early. On the day of the accident I couldn’t get away early and was stuck in the busier traffic. I think avoiding the busy times or choosing not to ride at these times would reduce the likelihood of an accident.
 

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I have often thought fate or pre destiny is in the mix I mean if one avoided the accident one day who's to say they will not have one another time.
Honestly like a few of us here in my early riding when I had the Z900's and the ZIR the frame geometry, tyres and my rider skill level should have seen me in a pine box as the number of close squeeks I had with other vehicles one lady walked against a Do Not Walk sign and caused me to throw my 1st Z900 away rather than hit her, 1st bitumen rash.
Not long after that the Z900 was stolen never recovered I replaced it from insurance with another the same only to have it near totalled by the above accident in this thread.

I was cutting cross country on bitumen on my ZIR MkI fully loaded for a trip away solo cranked over hard at 120Kph on a left hand sweeper when I hit high speed ripples in the road which caused lock to lock tank slappers how I never came off I have not a clue but my sleeping bag flew off the tank along with my road map & watch & ocky straps.

Nope I think there is a kind of orchestrated chaos in our lives its when the bell tolls for us we gotta go but in the meantime until then I am enjoying riding my bikes accompanied by my wife on her bike she has only been riding since last May I taught her and she's outgrown her 2017 500RA Honda so I got her a 2018 Ducati 937cc Supersport much better for her.
 

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Glad you and the wife are gonna get back on the saddle, as Biking is a great hobby.
I always slow down at intersections enough for a quick brake and I got my front brake
covered as well. at 40 mph you are doing 60 feet a second and ya lose a bit of a second
getting your hand on the brake. If you keep that brake covered you can stop quicker.
You might want to consider taking an advanced rider course or practice quick braking
and swerving. Good luck and I hope your wounds heal quick.
 

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Glad you and the wife are gonna get back on the saddle, as Biking is a great hobby.

I always slow down at intersections enough for a quick brake and I got my front brake

covered as well. at 40 mph you are doing 60 feet a second and ya lose a bit of a second

getting your hand on the brake. If you keep that brake covered you can stop quicker.

You might want to consider taking an advanced rider course or practice quick braking

and swerving. Good luck and I hope your wounds heal quick.
Agreed. I saw the other driver there and had slowed down for the intersection. I too always am ready to break but this time it all happened to fast. I may just sign up for a course as a refresher this summer. Thanks for suggesting that.
 

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I concur with M/Cycle Riding courses I have done 2 ~ 1 x Novice & 1 x Advanced plus spent 2 years riding scramble bikes around the scrub I think this & the courses kept me alive where some of my early riding buddies never made it.
 

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Thank you for sharing both stories.
To the OP. We just did a trip to Edmonton from Vancouver BC. Nice and warm in the van cage. We have a few friends over there who ride. My sister in law used to ride, but her hubby died of other causes, so she does not ride any more.
We may ride out to Canmore some time later this year.

To Cinders. You got your chimes wrung and some road rash. What happened to the lady on the back?
I have a niece somewhere near Perth.

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We ended up getting married but it did not last, she ended up with a fractured ankle and very bad abrasions to her lower legs a nice chap picked her up and placed her in his car whilst we waited for the blood wagon to arrive.
The accident happened 5 days before our wedding I discharged myself on the Friday for the Saturday wedding in Harvey we made a pretty motley bridal party.

Me banged up and sore,
My future wife as above on crutches,
Best man had his wisdom teeth out Friday afternoon so could not do his speech properly
My brother who came over from Qld Groomsman sprained his back moving our furniture down to Harvey where we planned to live.

She never rode on the back of my bikes ever again and we had 7 years together, I was born in Perth growing up in East Perth but despised the place I loved the country due to staying with my Uncle on school holidays as he was a shearer that is why I live away from that Glass House.
 

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We ended up getting married but it did not last, she ended up with a fractured ankle and very bad abrasions to her lower legs a nice chap picked her up and placed her in his car whilst we waited for the blood wagon to arrive.
The accident happened 5 days before our wedding I discharged myself on the Friday for the Saturday wedding in Harvey we made a pretty motley bridal party.

Me banged up and sore,
My future wife as above on crutches,
Best man had his wisdom teeth out Friday afternoon so could not do his speech properly
My brother who came over from Qld Groomsman sprained his back moving our furniture down to Harvey where we planned to live.

She never rode on the back of my bikes ever again and we had 7 years together, I was born in Perth growing up in East Perth but despised the place I loved the country due to staying with my Uncle on school holidays as he was a shearer that is why I live away from that Glass House.
Wow! That's a wedding to remember! I'm glad you were all able to make everything work out.
 

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Quote from Meierjn, "I think avoiding the busy times or choosing not to ride at these times
would reduce the likelihood of an accident."

Yeah I'd say you are right about that. I have been caught in Tampa to St.Pete traffic enough
to say,"UCK IT", it's not worth the bother, or going to Tampa, too crazy and besides, going
in the morning, over the Howard Frankenstein br. there could be heavy fog. Sometimes being
a good rider is knowing when NOT to ride.
 
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