Ammvio's Crash

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ammvio54
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Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:35 pm

This past Wednesday I was coming home from work; I went to turn off of the state route my parents live off of (I'm living with them for the summer) and a semi rear ended me while I was riding my bike. The rear frame got wedged into the grill of the truck and the rear wheel got pinned under the bumper--luckily this somehow kept my bike upright as the semi came to a stop some 800 feet down the road. Even more luckily, after being knocked out from hitting my head (thankfully I had my helmet on) I stayed on the bike.

I ended up staying at the hospital for 2.5 days. I somehow escaped the accident with only a broken left shoulder blade, broken rib, and a small cut on my spleen, from the rib. I didn't get any burns or scraps, since I stayed on the bike.

Here are some pictures my dad took of the bike. Along with that, my helmet was cracked in the back.

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I'm just happy it wasn't worse, as it could have been a lot worse. The semi driver was cited for not maintaining a safe distance.

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SonnyB
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Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:12 pm

Hate it that it happened. Glad you came out as well as you did from that situation.

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Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:49 pm

:o wow! Scary situation! Glad you are here to tell us your story.
Here's to better rides in the future

-nfd
96 Yamaha Seca II

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Leroy
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Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:44 am

glad you made it through that with what injuries you had, all things considered.

replacing it with another one?

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Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:01 pm

Holy shit!

How did it happen? Do you remember?
Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.

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Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:17 pm

Wow.. Lucky to be alive Dude :o

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Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:35 pm

Wow... That could have turned out so much worse. Man, you are so lucky.


And the fact that you stayed on... Wow!

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ammvio54
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Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:18 pm

Thanks, guys. I appreciate everything!

Luckily, I was knocked out when the semi hit me so I don't remember the accident or the a short amount of time before and after the accident. I don't think I would want to remember it either.

They believe I stayed on the bike because the seat wedged me between it and the gas tank, since the seat was pushed up by the front of the truck. I'm still amazed I didn't fall off the bike or didn't get any scratches or road rash.

As for another bike as a replacement, I'm not sure yet. It'll have to wait until insurance and everything is sorted out. And, if I do decide to ride again it'll probably take some sweet talking to my girlfriend ;) . It's just a tad depressing also that I just spent most of the winter restoring the bike. But I can't complain too much--the outcome could have been a lot worse.

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Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:38 am

At least try to swing your leg over some kind of bike as soon as possible. Just to make sure that the accident isn't the last thing you had on a bike. ;) :twocents:

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Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:57 am

I saw this right after you posted it but wanted to think about it before I posted.

It really sucks that this happened, especially given that you just put your heart and soul into that XJ. I am so glad you are here to tell us about it. Surviving an 800' ride on the grill of a semi is a rare event. I don't know if Yamaha thought about rear impacts but this one sure did crumple up to protect you.

If I were you, I might count my lucky stars and never get on a bike again. And if you go that route, I don't think any of us will fault you. As my wife put it; you don't get too many of these 'miracles' in a lifetime. That being said, if you do decide to keep riding AND you want to put the XJ back on the road, I will be more than happy to help. If you can get it to Denver, I will gladly go through it and make it right; and I'll do it for free, furnishing all parts and labor necessary. This offer lasts indefinitely so no hurry on deciding what you want to do next.

I am glad you are still with us!

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