Back in the Saddle II
Friday, May 21, 2010
Moments before smashing my brains out at Milestone. P.S. The layout of the track is awesome right now!
Hey all, just wanted to give you a quick status update. I’m back in the saddle of a motorcycle after smashing myself a month ago at Milestone Motocross Park
. It was a silly crash—not even that big compared to some of my other doozies. Problem is I didn’t bounce right on this one and ended up separating my shoulder (again) and breaking my shoulder/arm socket bone (glenoid).
Afterwards I was pretty bummed out and felt really down. It is crazy how you take your body and health for granted. One second you’re 100% then a second later BAM, you’re broken and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s not like you can just walk into the dealership and buy a new shoulder.
Up until that day I rode some type of motorcycle every single day for who knows how long and was riding a pretty immense wave of confidence. I felt like I couldn’t do anything wrong on a motorcycle. We’re always testing motorcycles and ATVs—quite often high-performance ones and after a while you get use to ripping around at the controls of Superbikes
and 450 Motocross
machines at a certain level. It becomes routine. And with routine comes complacency, which then can morph into supreme confidence and that’s when things can go wrong like they did for me.
Immediately after my crash I was going crazy. To go from being an active person constantly on the move to having to hibernate to begin the recover process definitely takes a toll not only on your body but your mind. I wonder how guys like Ryan Villopoto and other motorcycle riding elitists handle their own career-altering crashes. To work so hard for something then in a flash it evaporate can’t be easy to cope with.
The week after the crash I was so sore that I thought I was going to be out of commission forever. And it sure didn’t help when my doctor said that it would be at least three months before I’d be able to ride again.
Well fortunately it’s only been 31 days and I’m already back riding the KTM RC8R
. Granted I still won’t be able to ride at the track for probably another month and I can’t even ride a cruiser if I wanted to (due to my limited range of movement and the elevated position of the handlebars) but what I can ride are sportbikes.
Adam subjects himself to another strenuous rehab session at the controls of the fabulous KTM RC8R. Make sure to read the 2010 Superbike Smackdown VII Street comparison to see how it performs.
And thank God. I mean there isn’t another type of motorcycle on this planet (with exception of motocross bikes) that give the same endorphin generating thrill. In a brief 30-day hiatus I forgot how crazy fun liter-bikes are. It’s simply ridiculous the amount of performance they serve up not to mention how easy these things are to ride nowadays compared to the bikes a decade ago. They’re so fast and so fun to ride it boggles my mind why more people aren’t rushing into the dealership to buy one. I mean for the price of a Kia you can have a bike that can out maneuver any Ferrari, Porsche, Lambo, etc.
After spending a month off of motorbikes it’s made me appreciate them more. I also realize how fragile our bodies are and how important it is to take care of it in order to mitigate the chances of getting mangled as well as speeding up your healing time when you do inevitably take a spill.
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