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Old Black and Blue Bites the Dust

On July 15, 2006 I picked up a hitchhiking deer in Arlington TN. My insurance totaled the bike.

I incurred a broken collarbone, six broken ribs, and a slight fracture of one of my vertebrae. Had the frame not been bent around the radiator and steering head, the FZ would have been rebuilt. Can you see the deer fur between the rim and tire of the front wheel?

The deer crossed left to right in front of me. By the time that I processed that information in my brain, I had already hit the deer and was carrying it along. I guess that I momentarily blacked out on impact due to the rapid slow down (probably hit my head on the tank) and when I came to, I saw the deer's moving head and front legs on the right side of my fairing and the deer's butt with flailing rear legs on the left side of my fairing as I was still rolling down the road.

According to the guy riding behind me, it looked like I was going to do a controlled stop when the front end washed out rather quickly. I guess this was due to the deer moving around and getting caught up in the front wheel and/or causing the steering to turn to the right rather quickly. The next thing I know, I'm coming concious and finding myself laying in a ditch with one of my ride buddies (who just happens to be an EMT) taking care of me. Big thanks to Robert! I got to take a helicopter ride to the Med where I stayed for 4 nights and 5 days. Click on pictures to get a larger view.

The old FZ looked like it wasn't that damaged.

I was really thinking that I was going to rebuild it.

But the insurance adjuster said otherwise.

So it was bye bye to old 'Black and Blue'.

This deer fur was firmly stuck between the rim and tire.

The deer and I were laying near one another. This photo was taken after I was carried away.

Yep, this is a deer's tongue. Apparently she bit her tongue off on impact.

Special thanks to Todd for the wheel hair, dead deer in ditch, and deer tongue in the road cell phone pictures.

Also big thanks to Robert, Ishmael, Garrett, Todd, and Darren for all your help guys. And a big thanks to the rest of the guys that I ride with for their well wishes for this old man, as well as for the BIG smiles over many miles of riding with the group.

From April 2007 to June of 2009 I returned to riding in the dirt on this 2001 Yamaha YZ250.

I wanted to get 50 good rides out of it, but in two years I was only able to ride it about 13 different times. Here is a 13 minute video that I took one day in August with the temperture around a 100 degrees.
The next week after the video, I broke my collarbone for the second time while riding in the same area. So reevaluated my priorities.

I also broke one of my ribs while riding this bike on my property in 2007 or 2008. :-(

So between those injuries and my failing arms and wrists, I guess I decided to hang up dirt riding and stick to street riding for now. As of June 16, 2009 I have sold this monster to a friend who will ride it regularly. One of the best things that I liked about riding in the dirt was the cardio work out and I will miss that.

Below is a couple of pics of some gifts that my coworkers provided me. It is a helmet with two deer whistles glued on top and then also some training wheels for my chair at work. You can tell that I work with a crazy bunch of guys and gals, huh?
Here are a few pics of my ribs and collarbone a year later. Apparently the mended bones have a weaker overall structure due to the different structure and leverage points. While the mended portions of each bone may be stronger, the overall structure is weaker due to the increased leverage against the overall bones. Looking at the top three ribs on the right side of the picture you can see a hump in the rib, while on the left side of the picture the ribs are straight. The straight ones handle stress better than the repaired ones. The collarbone has a new break in it from a 10-12 mph get off I had on my dirt bike. It is a simple break, not a compound break. The old break gives the illusion that the bone is broken in half, but it isn't.



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