Had a fellow rider lose part if his leg.

moto.monk

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So this past week a fellow rider lost part of his leg with a pending loss of his knee due to infection. He was dragged for 1 block under a semi. He also faces recovery from massive skin loss. Well I had warned him to use extreme caution with semis trucks. However he though he knew better because I'm so much younger then him. I advise him that I have a wealth of experience and what I had saw when riding behind him. In my opinion he should not be riding at all because of carelessness and that in the end it was his own fault that his happened to him when considering that every time you ride you take your life into your hands. After hearing him cry for a bit I advised him that we must adapt and over come. That life as a rider is not fair but that must continue on living. To which he replied he cant wait to get back on saddle. This wont be months from now but I told him that you can live life in fear or you can just live it.
 

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I'm not sure what you're looking for (debate wise, given where this is posted).

People often don't listen, sometimes advice is given but not received due to how it's presented. And sometimes shitty things happen.

I'm sorry your buddy had an accident and that you warned him, I'm sure that is extremely frustrating because you feel it could have been avoided ...
 

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I dunno, man, I think if I was sitting there faced with the loss of part of a limb and the impending loss of more of it, the last damn thing in the world I'd want to hear would be the "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" speech from someone who in all likelihood has no idea what I'm going through (unless of course, you'd lost a leg yourself). It doesn't matter that you had warned him of the danger of semi trucks; believe me, he already knows how dangerous they can be. If he ever forgets, then the fact that he is missing a leg will be a perpetual reminder.

I'm with jeckyll; what response are you looking for here? I'm a little unclear on your post; did you actually see this accident happen?
 

moto.monk

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52, he rode for a few weeks offroad in the military. I did not and he called me from the hospital. There is no debate, some things just are.
 

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I didn't get the impression that moto.monk was looking for a specific response. . . . just posting a noteworthy event. Other members have posted about their crashes, this isn't much different. Also, it doesn't matter who was at fault in the crash. . . . the situation sucks ass regardless.
 

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so this thread is a little dated but it is important . you are an antelope in an elephant heard . 18 wheelers are dangerous . I see people ride around them ,tailgate (things come up from underneath big trucks ) them , basically treat them as they are nothing . 80,000 lbs running 70mph (or what ever the limit is in your area ,someplace's in Texas is 85mph ) you on a 600lb bike . things fall off , tires blow out , alligators are a serious threat , and they cannot always see you , and stopping distance is in hundreds of feet . and car drivers are just barely better off , they have the shell to protect them from objects that might contact them .
moto , that had to be hard for you to witness . have a friend I met here on the forum ,super nice guy , but seemed oblivious to danger . he no longer rides after 3 major crashes in a 6 month period (I had quit riding with him 'cause I was concerned ) . he is still a super nice guy and he is alive.
I would rather ride alone than with some one who rides like what I described . he wasn't a bad rider he was just not afraid of anything rider . we can all crash , some of us are fast riders some of us are slow riders , but a good rider just don't trust the other vehicles around us .
 

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I've had a friend go though a similar event except it was not his fault. A guy pulling a large flat bed dually trailer loaded with side by sides turned left in front of him. He lost control of his Harley and ended up underneath the twin axles. They life flighted him to Indianapolis and saved his life. He lost one leg just below the knee and nearly lost the other due to infection but after many surgeries they did save that leg. Had he been one his Tenere maybe he would have turned out better. I don't think the Harley had ABS.
He sold the Tenere and now has a side by side.
Hope your friend heals well.
 
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