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Old 12-30-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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Riding after an accident?

If you have been in an accident requiring hospitalization, has your riding style or habits changed?

I'm coming up on 2 months since my accident, and I've only had a chance to ride a few times since then. I've noticed that I'm not as enthusiastic as before, but I'm slowly overcoming that. I'm definitely more vigilant to vehicles on side streets since that is what got me. I'm also trying to avoid riding at peak traffic times, and looking at different ways to increase my visibility.

So has anyone else gone through the same . Luckily my family has not put pressure on me to stop riding even though they would prefer I not ride.
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Old 12-30-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
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If you have been in an accident requiring hospitalization, has your riding style or habits changed?

I'm coming up on 2 months since my accident, and I've only had a chance to ride a few times since then. I've noticed that I'm not as enthusiastic as before, but I'm slowly overcoming that. I'm definitely more vigilant to vehicles on side streets since that is what got me. I'm also trying to avoid riding at peak traffic times, and looking at different ways to increase my visibility.

So has anyone else gone through the same . Luckily my family has not put pressure on me to stop riding even though they would prefer I not ride.
Yes... I am scared of deer... I never judge a road by the road sign I see..or don't see.
It took me a while to get back to the pace I rode before the accidents... I may have slowed down a bit, but I am a better rider now.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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Never hurts to be more cautious and aware of your surroundings.
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It took me a while to get back to the pace I rode before the accidents... I may have slowed down a bit, but I am a better rider now.
This....

I think its normal to be more cautious..I mean who wants to go right back to being out of commission. Its costs a lot and hurts.

I think that you have to learn more about the entire riding exp...the ins and outs of your ego (group rides/solo), road conditions, bike set up, and other variables that make for a "faster"/"safer" rider.

Just take it easy and try not to crash the same way twice (or not at all, just accept you may crash again)....Meaning learn from your mistakes.
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If you have been in an accident requiring hospitalization, has your riding style or habits changed?

I'm coming up on 2 months since my accident, and I've only had a chance to ride a few times since then. I've noticed that I'm not as enthusiastic as before, but I'm slowly overcoming that. I'm definitely more vigilant to vehicles on side streets since that is what got me. I'm also trying to avoid riding at peak traffic times, and looking at different ways to increase my visibility.

So has anyone else gone through the same . Luckily my family has not put pressure on me to stop riding even though they would prefer I not ride.

Everything that you are experiencing is everything that is taught in the MSF basic riding course. Visibility, developing a strategy to reduce risks. Unfortunately you had an incident, but now you starting on the right path to situational awareness. I've been off on the street once, and suffered a stroke back in August. Both times I couldn't wait to get back on 2 wheels-everyone is different though. Only you know when your comfort level will return.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:52 PM   #7
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im much slower after my wrecks, lost a lot of confidence in my riding too. hopefully Ill slowly get it back
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"That which does not kills us makes us stronger"....Friedrich Nietzsch.
A quote from one of the greatest philosophers ever to live. Everything that happens to us in life, good or bad can be used to make us stronger! Use it as a training tool for next time!
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:18 PM   #9
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same quote in my sig line!
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:34 PM   #10
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After mine I was slower and more cautious. I lost a lot of confidence, but after I hit up the track again it came back. I still ride slower on the streets because of it, seeing as its expensive and just sucks to wreck.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:11 PM   #11
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Good thread, and glad to hear you're focused on adapting & learning from the wreck.

Besides being paranoid, scanning for threats, being proactive about leaving yourself a large bubble of space, etc, I can't say enough about the value of a high vis jacket. I just plain don't have the horror stories that everyone else seems to have about bad drivers. I switched from a black leather jacket to yellow textile/mesh, and the effect on drivers' awareness was immediate and significant.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:27 PM   #12
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I've lost all desire to ride fast on public roads. I want to get back out there, but I will have a completely different attitude. This comes from crashing on the track though. I have a beautiful RC51 sitting out in the garage with a minor problem to put it on the road but that burning desire is not there to ride that type of bike. It think I'd rather ride my old GS1100E more. Just a standard motorcycle with moderate power would be good enough for me.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:40 PM   #13
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Good thread, and glad to hear you're focused on adapting & learning from the wreck.

Besides being paranoid, scanning for threats, being proactive about leaving yourself a large bubble of space, etc, I can't say enough about the value of a high vis jacket. I just plain don't have the horror stories that everyone else seems to have about bad drivers. I switched from a black leather jacket to yellow textile/mesh, and the effect on drivers' awareness was immediate and significant.
Due to my size I have had a very hard time finding protective gear that fits. I just got a black classic motorcycle leather jacket, and I'm thinking about getting a high visibility vest. Something like the picture below. Might not fit the image for a Harley rider, but neither does wearing a white full face helmet.


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Everyone deals with things differently. I have a bad crash and was out for 6 months. It took me more than a year to even feel the need to want to ride again, and even now i have very little desire to really "ride". I was overly confident before and maybe even a little cocky. Now I wouldn't say I'm nervous but I'm no where near confident. I guess it just takes baby steps to build yourself back up.
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Yes, and if you had no fear or extra caution I would call you crazy and stupid. I wrecked my son's mini bike and up my ankle real bad. I am sill getting over the "non riding butterflies" as well as the ones that tell me : "Do not push because you do not want to be incapacitated again".
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:51 PM   #16
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Blanco, can you or someone else tell me what BORC means?
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:36 AM   #17
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I think the OP's reaction is natural, I recently got back on 2 wheels after getting cut off by a car and tboning them (other car's fault). Flew off the bike but came away with it without any major injuries so far besides just a bruised shin and a sore lower back. Now when I ride I'm much more aware than before and I leave nothing to chance.

Better safe than sorry right?
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I got t-boned last april, finally got back on a bike a couple months ago, and yeah, the confidence took a bit to get back. Now I'm a much better rider. I knew what to watch for before, but I take it above and beyond now.
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