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#81 Unread post by MZ33 » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:21 am

Wow, Wrider, sorry to know you were hurt, but I'm glad you've had a chance to ride again. How goes the job search? Any nibbles anywhere?
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#82 Unread post by HYPERR » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:41 pm

I didn't know anything about this either. :shock: I first read about your knee surgery in Obama's healthcare thread. Sorry to hear about your crash big guy. :(

It sounds like you are making a very speedy recovery though! :D
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#83 Unread post by Wrider » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:44 pm

Haha yeah thanks guys! (Well guy and gal)
I'm working one really crappy security job and one good one, but the good one doesn't have enough hours right now unfortunately. I'm starting an Alaska job search tomorrow. I've always wanted to go back up there, I'm single, I have no obligations down here, might as well!
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#84 Unread post by MZ33 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:11 am

Less ride time in Alaska, but then, there are snowmobiles. Well, I guess they call them "snow machines."
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#85 Unread post by noodlenoggin » Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:34 pm

Just get one of these "snow-hawks."
http://www.snow-hawk.com/model_home_sno ... 800ho.aspx
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#86 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:49 pm

Hey -- you could do that fishing show - and I hear those guys make loads of money - but I wouldn't choose it for a long-term career. I wanted to do it during the summers when I was in college - but it was one of those things I just never got to. Probably a good thing, sometimes I'm not as coordinated as I would like to be.

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#87 Unread post by Wrider » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:10 pm

Yeah I've thought about it, but my knee is still a bit unstable for that work. I can't fully crouch still, and the fibers from the acl and mcl are still attaching to the bones, so don't want to risk that. Been looking for deckhand jobs though on like tourist fishing boats.
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#88 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:23 pm

So I realized I never posted a picture of how ruined I was after my accident/subsequent surgeries.
I'm the one on the left. The one on the right is my friend Liz.
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The cast is for the two broken bones in my hand. The huge thing around my leg is a brace system that kept my leg 100% straight for 3 weeks that I wasn't allowed to take off, not even for a shower. It was my leg wrapped in an ace bandage, followed by a fiberglass cast from my toes to mid-thigh, followed by more ace bandages, then a walking brace that was set to not allow any movement. I measured how big the thing was around one day (3 weeks of boredom and you tend to start doing things like that) and it was 32 inches around. My one leg was about as huge as a smaller person's hips!

Later on I'll upload and share some pictures of my jacket and pants I had on.
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#89 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:39 pm

So I now have three jobs.
One of which I will be quitting soon. I'm working a construction site access site gig and that's a pretty good gig.
The second job is a security job that wants way too much for way too little. I'm required to drive 20 minutes out of the city to get to where I can pick up my stuff, then 20 minutes back into the city and to whereever I'm required to be. For 8 bucks an hour when you're not paying me for my driving time? I think not.
The third job is working as the only bike tech in a custom car and bike shop. That should be plenty of fun! They mostly do cars, but right now I've got bids in on a bike lowering kit and I'm starting next week on a wreck repair. Guy laid his bike down on the right at probably no more than 20 mph, but because of the aftermarket parts, paint, etc, it's gonna cost the insurance company almost 3500 to fix it back to the way it was. The only thing functionally wrong with it is that a wire got cut while the bike was on the ground.
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#90 Unread post by Wrider » Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:46 am

Alright, well here's most of my gear. Just so you guys know, the jacket is a Tourmasters Transition, and the pants are Dickies work pants. Yeah I know I'm supposed to have pants too, but I don't. Anywho, moving on now.
Ok, first off, where I wrecked. Mom took these pics on the way over to see me the day after, so she didn't know exactly where I did, she thought I made that big dent in the guardrail. Fortunately that was not me!
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Notice the wooden cross from a fatal crash on that corner...

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Like I said, I was just entering the main part of the corner, it's a total of almost 160 degrees through the whole thing.

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This was the bike I was on. Notice the bent forks and bars. The bars were bent forward by my legs trying to go over/through them.

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There's the jacket I was wearing. Tourmasters Transitions. Tourmaster is geared towards cruisers/touring, Cortech is the same company geared toward sportbikes.

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The left forearm of my jacket. That's some very very heavy duty material and the asphalt shredded it like nothing.

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Like I said, very heavy material

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Fuzzy picture, camera couldn't figure out what to focus on, but it went through every layer into the plastic CE ABS armor that's in the arms and bit into that a bit too. It was the plastic armor and the last thin layer (think windbreaker shell) then my skin.

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The two rub spots there are where my knee went. The top one it went through the first layer and scraped my knee up pretty good.

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It went through one layer but not the other. Sad part is that I was thinking "Yay! I can use these pants again!" after the accident before the paramedics arrived. Then the EMTs went and did this to my $50 Dickies.

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#91 Unread post by High_Side » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:03 pm

Thats a scary amount of sand and gravel in that corner....

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#92 Unread post by Wrider » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:26 pm

That's just on the shoulder, the road itself was clear. The sand/gravel is what caused the bike to lowside JUST before I hit the guardrail, causing me to try to go over the rail and the bike to catch my foot and try to pull it under. That's what destroyed my knee. And notice that if the guardrail wasn't there I'd have slid into some nice soft gravel... :rant:
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#93 Unread post by Wrider » Fri May 28, 2010 11:34 am

3000th Post here. I am officially a triple post mean... lol
Not too bad though, considering my first post was back in August of 06.

I picked up a project GS850 the other day, but it's gonna get parted out. Engine turns over and everything so that's good, but the title swapping would be the difficult part. It's got two frames, an engine, and everything except for carbs and pipes, but to get it running would be in the neighborhood of $500-1000 and I don't have that kind of extra cash floating around right now.

I have two jobs right now, one part time bike mechanic and the other full time "security" out here on Peterson AFB. I am still hoping for an Alaska job for the summer, but it's looking very doubtful at this point. I guess that's about all the updates I need to put in here to track my progress throughout the years.
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#94 Unread post by Wrider » Fri May 28, 2010 11:48 am

So I was reading back through and realized I didn't put in the whole story about what exactly I screwed up.
At first they just thought it was one broken hand bone (5th metacarpal) and a very stretched out knee ligament.
Boy were they wrong! :lol:
I broke the 4th and 5th metacarpals in my hand, I detached the MCL below the knee, I tore the ACL in half, tore the meniscus in the knee, and stretched my PCL pretty badly. I had surgeries for the MCL, ACL, and meniscus, but the PCL is ok. Something like 2% of NFL players don't even have theirs, and actually John Elway played his entire career without an ACL, he was born without one apparently.
Let's see, I was also wearing Mechanix gloves at the time of the crash, and the neoprene knuckle guard on it just ripped right through. I scraped the knuckle on my right pinkie down to the bone, so the pair of gloves I bought recently have the carbon fiber knuckle protectors on them to protect against that.
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#95 Unread post by zeligman » Fri May 28, 2010 12:18 pm

wow. I actually had no idea about your accident - I should have paid more attention! sorry R! Glad you are on the mend, glad you are doing better, and your pics are reinforcing ATGATT for me at a time when the pants are just harder to justify (heat, humidity, and feeling more confident [the worst thing of all - i know] )

Glad the work situation is good too! And thanks, as always, for your advice and wrenching hints!

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#96 Unread post by MZ33 » Sun May 30, 2010 7:48 am

Glad you're wrenching at least part-time, Wrider! Lee Parks sells elk skin gloves for a very pretty penny--his point being that the hide is exceptionally sturdy, and that those gloves with hard covers do more harm than good. I wonder if other race-track people know of similar gloves, or of stories about which gloves work best and which are to be avoided.
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#97 Unread post by Wrider » Sun May 30, 2010 7:13 pm

Thanks guys! Yeah the elk leather ones are really nice, and hopefully this fall I'll be able to make my own hehehe. But I got the hard knuckle protector ones because I don't want to have the rub down into the bone again. Plus it's got a slippery surface so it won't grip the asphalt. I've tested them by hitting a few solid objects with them on, and they seem to protect pretty well, so I'm happy for now. The leathers parts on the one I have now are actually Kangaroo leather. It's very tough just like elk and alligator.

I have to be honest I don't usually wear pants, but I am definitely considering them now. I know how hard it is to get those Dickies rubbed through (In Phoenix I wore the same two pairs 5 days a week for a year and a half at school, plus bounced 2-3 nights a week in them, with no ill effects except the zippers broke), so I can only imagine shorts or regular jeans.
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#98 Unread post by HYPERR » Sun May 30, 2010 8:31 pm

Wrider wrote:
I have to be honest I don't usually wear pants,
:shock:

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#99 Unread post by Wrider » Sun May 30, 2010 9:26 pm

Hey, how else do you think I get attention and avoid being run over???
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#100 Unread post by Wrider » Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:02 pm

So I got a job today at Jackel Motorsports. I start on Tuesday the 22nd. I'm super excited, because it's a shop that I've actually heard of and has a great reputation. Plus it's a performance shop instead of just "I want new paint." So I'll actually be working on bikes instead of their plastics. Now I just need to make sure I don't get eaten or attacked by the shop gator...
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