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Old 09-13-2011, 03:53 PM   #1
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Talking First Ride Since Accident


I woke up this morning and went to physical therapy, got home, and figured "Why the not? I want to ride my bike and try out my new gear." I have surgery in 3 weeks anyways if these steroid shots can manage to do their job and get some of this inflammation down. (I have a torn rotator cuff and my clavicle is in the shape of a hook. The results of my motorcycle accident in San Antonio after returning from riding the Three Sisters, which I highly recommend if you haven't been out there).

I sat down when I got home and planned my route. It was to be from my house in Clear Lake, down I45S, over the Nasa1 bypass (that's right, I'm going big right from the start), take Nasa Road 1 down through Kemah and Sea Brook, then 146 to Red Bluff to Bay Area and back home. Nothing too long just in case my arm started hurting too bad I didn't want to be stuck and have to call someone to trailer me home.

So now that I had my route planned, I grabbed my gear (Suomy Spec 1r Extreme helmet, Knox Handroid Gloves, Sidi Boots, jeans, and my fancy new white Oakley Flak jacket sunglasses) and headed for the garage.

Next I pulled my GSXR600 out the garage (I am still in the process of rebuilding my CBR1000RR from the accident), and proceeded to become very nervous. Anyone who knows me knows that riding is my passion and I won't let anything stop me from doing what I love and with that I thought to myself, "Kim you are getting on this bike no matter how scared you are and riding until you aren't scared anymore, or your arm gives out, whichever comes first". So I put on my gear and jumped on my bike and away I went. I finished my whole route in this 105 degree hot sunny weather and felt great from a mental/emotional stand point when I got back home. Physically my arm is hurting slightly more than usual and I am a little sunburned (I'm a red head. I burn easy.) but oh well... it was worth it. There are quite a few things I did notice about my riding style that has changed though:

1. I now use my front and rear brake, not just my front brake all the time.
2. I tend to stay more towards the center of the lane.
3. I stay in my powerband so I don't have to downshift anymore incase I need to speed up immediately.
4. I do not stay next to cars anymore.
5. If I am forced to be next to a car, the second I see a turn signal to come in my lane, I immediately speed up, slow down, or change lanes to get out of the cars way depending on where the car is.
6. I take it easier. Not in a rush to get to no where. Kind of nice to just cruise and enjoy the scenery.

I am not sure if these are good or bad habits to start but as soon as surgery gets here I won't be riding for at least 3 months so it was something I felt I had to do now and on my own. Sure, it would probably have been smarter to take someone with me but that just seemed like one more factor I would have to worry about.

Also, my new gear is GREAT! I've never had such nice gear. The Suomy Spec 1r is a great fit, a little too snug but that was to be expected with a new helmet, and extremely light weight. The only down side of it is it is a little louder than my old Shoei. The Knox Handroid Gloves also fit perfect. I've never had a glove that actually fits me. They also cut down on the vibration from the handlebars substantially. They also breath better than I imagined they would. My new gloves and helmet were definitely worth the money.

I might try to take the bike out one or two more times before surgery, as I am not suppose to be riding at all. I won't be going nearly as far though and this ride was considered ultra short by my standards. Hope to see some of you all out there again.

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Lady on I10 came over into my lane and took me out. She took complete fault and was the first person to call 911.
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Lady on I10 came over into my lane and took me out. She took complete fault and was the first person to call 911.
I have wrecked too, back in 06, took me 5 years to get back on. now i've been riding for the past 2 months... godspeed !

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thanks everybody! excited for january so hopefully i can ride like normal again. I miss my bikes!
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Lady on I10 came over into my lane and took me out. She took complete fault and was the first person to call 911.
Congrats on getting out there again, story well told and inspiring to anyone that has gone down and has hesitated on getting back on a bike.

Totally understand those drivers on i-10 almost was hit twice in one night with in 3 miles so I appreciate the tips you gave and will use them as well.
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Super-glad to hear you're a survivor

& muy congrats on hanging in there

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Congrats on getting out there again, story well told and inspiring to anyone that has gone down and has hesitated on getting back on a bike.

Totally understand those drivers on i-10 almost was hit twice in one night with in 3 miles so I appreciate the tips you gave and will use them as well.
Yup^

Congrats, hope you heal up well and update us on your next outing afterwards.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:29 PM   #18
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Yup^

Congrats, hope you heal up well and update us on your next outing afterwards.
Will do.
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Can your avatar please turn around?

just kidding, glad to see you haven't shy-ed away from bikes.
Peter, looks like you got what you wanted!

Nice avatar update.
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You should probably make another short ride tonight out to Twin Peaks and meet up with the rest of us south enders. Now that you are back up on two it's not good for the bike to let the engine get cooled town too much. It could catch a chill. Don't want that!!
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