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Old 04-23-2011, 10:56 AM   #1
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Rider down on Sat morning ride-prayers

An inexperienced rider went down hard in a turn and had to be life-flighted out.

Not sure of his name (black guy with an accent, just joined, first group ride).


So we all met up at the Waller bbq for a nice leisurely ride, had our extensive pre-ride safety meeting, 10 over in straights, a bit faster in turns, etc.

Everybody was told to ride within their own limits/comfort zone and that we would wait for everybody at all the intersections. He had mentioned that he just got his bike(R6) 2 weeks ago but was good to go. We told him to stay in the back and take it easy.

After we left on the second turn (40 mph-posted) he went down. Judging by the rear tire, he must have locked up and slid into the grass. Unfortunately his legs hit a steel pole. Tach was stuck on 9000, so in 2nd its around 55 and in 3rd a bit over 60.

Long story short, he was consious, both legs broken, it appeared all three bones in each leg were shattered, compound fracture with the bone breaking the skin on one leg, not sure about the other. Fortunately he didn't clip the femeral artery and he has no head injuries. Full gear, but no shin/knee pads.

Props to our group who stopped and helped keep him calm. It's good to know that if anything ever happens to me other riders are willing to help.

Cops came, medics came, helicopter transported him out to Memorial Hermann.

When we get more information about him, maybe we can call and wish him well. I'm sure he'll be fine but it didn't look to good.

I'm not trying to sensatialize this horrible accident (didn't take pics of him), but I do hope it really makes people stop and think about what you feel comfortable with. Stay within your comfort zone...no need for this to happen.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:00 AM   #2
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and not being a you shoulda took pics of him.. if not posting them he might have wanted them for himself after he recovers.



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that REALLY sucks man.... Glad he wasn't killed or something. Props to you guys for helping him out.
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Dammit. Hate to see that. Hope his recovery is full.
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Not to make myself sound like a "good rider" or any of that nonsense... but an R6 going down doing 55 at a posted 40 seems awfully naive. You sure there wasn't an object in the road or if the rider had a case of the "zeroing in" on a line or object or whatever you call it. When one "locks on" to a target that they should not be seeking. That looked like a clean road with a long sweeping turn.

EDIT: Nevermind... saw the locking up of the rear tire. That'll do it everytime.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:08 AM   #7
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Hope he is ok. Wonder why he went down
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Was his name Femi or something like that?

Nvrmnd, jsut checked my phone and femi rides a zx6r.

Anyone get a sn or know what hospital he went to?
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Sorry to hear this, Glad he will be ok.
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Not to make myself sound like a "good rider" or any of that nonsense... but an R6 going down doing 55 at a posted 40 seems awfully naive. You sure there wasn't an object in the road or if the rider had a case of the "zeroing in" on a line or object or whatever you call it. When one "locks on" to a target that they should not be seeking. That looked like a clean road with a long sweeping turn.

EDIT: Nevermind... saw the locking up of the rear tire. That'll do it everytime.
I had taken the same turn at 90 had no issues. i am far from expert riding skills. Road was clear.
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Not to make myself sound like a "good rider" or any of that nonsense... but an R6 going down doing 55 at a posted 40 seems awfully naive. You sure there wasn't an object in the road or if the rider had a case of the "zeroing in" on a line or object or whatever you call it. When one "locks on" to a target that they should not be seeking. That looked like a clean road with a long sweeping turn.

EDIT: Nevermind... saw the locking up of the rear tire. That'll do it everytime.
"Target fixation" I think it what you were looking for.

Glad he did not die. That pole in a slightly different location could have been the end of this young man. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Wouldn't it be great if every MC wreck that ends up on the news has a big MH sticker on it? That would be one way to get the word out to the community about our nice little forum.
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Bad way to start a day. From the story, all I can say is OUCH..
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The rider was Karthick. He was stable and heavily sedated when they left. He was conscious and lucid the whole time after the wreck, but sustained severe damage to both legs. From what I could see, open compound tib and fib right, similar looking injury to left and a fractured left femur. He had some feeling in both feet and though bleeding on both legs, managed not to nick a femural artery.

By this point, he's certainly in surgery and has a lot of reconstruction and rehab ahead. I don't believe that he has any immediate family in the area. He's currently at the Houston Hermann hospital.

I had not met him before this morning, but he seems like a very nice guy and can certainly use some support and wishes throughout his hospital stay and recovery. He absolutely held it together while we were awaiting the medical crew, and was calm and composed throughout given the circumstances.

I was right behind him when it happened, but won't speak on his behalf nor ascribe fault. Right now he will be facing a lot of surgery and recovery and I wish him the best possible outcome. He easily could have nicked a femural and bled out or took a foot or two completely off. Given the crash it actually could have been much worse, though it was a very severe level of injury.

Hopefully we can find out more room/hospital info after he gets out of surgery and check in on him from time to time.
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I feel horrible for him and he just got the bike, too, on top of that.

Was this his 1st sport bike?
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The rider was Karthick. He was stable and heavily sedated when they left. He was conscious and lucid the whole time after the wreck, but sustained severe damage to both legs. From what I could see, open compound tib and fib right, similar looking injury to left and a fractured left femur. He had some feeling in both feet and though bleeding on both legs, managed not to nick a femural artery.

By this point, he's certainly in surgery and has a lot of reconstruction and rehab ahead. I don't believe that he has any immediate family in the area. He's currently at the Houston Hermann hospital.

I had not met him before this morning, but he seems like a very nice guy and can certainly use some support and wishes throughout his hospital stay and recovery. He absolutely held it together while we were awaiting the medical crew, and was calm and composed throughout given the circumstances.

I was right behind him when it happened, but won't speak on his behalf nor ascribe fault. Right now he will be facing a lot of surgery and recovery and I wish him the best possible outcome. He easily could have nicked a femural and bled out or took a foot or two completely off. Given the crash it actually could have been much worse, though it was a very severe level of injury.

Hopefully we can find out more room/hospital info after he gets out of surgery and check in on him from time to time.
Thank you, I think I know him. If you get room info please post it. I'll call in a second and do the same.

Broke my femur 6 yrs ago and man does it suck. 5 weeks in bed, 6 months therapy to learn to walk again. Sonds like mine was nada compared to him.
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"Target fixation" I think it what you were looking for.

Glad he did not die. That pole in a slightly different location could have been the end of this young man. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Wouldn't it be great if every MC wreck that ends up on the news has a big MH sticker on it? That would be one way to get the word out to the community about our nice little forum.
YES. I just couldn't remember the term!! Target fixation.

I saw Karthick jump into the group ride thread last night. Right away I just knew... he's it.

Best wishes on his road to recovery. I hope he makes it back onto a motorcycle again one day...
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2 weeks experience might as well have been no experience.
Hope this young fella makes a full recovery.
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