Subject: How to be a statistic. by Tom
Step 1: Buy a motorcycle
Step 2: Brave Los Angeles traffic everyday (rain or shine) (5670
miles since Dec.)
Step 3: Participate in a fiery accident on the damn 10 freeway
Step 4: (Removed for instructional purposes) Die.
It is very ironic that just yesterday
I was telling Kris and Chris that we have enough riders to actually
have a statistic. 1 in 5 riders crash. This worried me sooo much
that I decided (err.. rather a little red car decided) it should
be me. I wear the gear. I think I am tough. I should be the one
who crashes first.
So I did it... Today. =)
Basically this happened after a car
merged into my lane and bounced me over a median and into merged
traffic. After realizing the bike was not recoverable, I bailed
off and ended up sliding across the freeway on my side and back.
Luckily, other than the initial impact,
I really managed to avoid hitting (or be hit by) anything else.
Why the bike burned to the ground I still have no idea. We think
that maybe the fuel lines broke when the bike bottomed out going
over the curb. It took the Los Angeles Fire Dept. about 15-20 minutes
to get there to put the bike out. That’s when I starting thinking
nobody was going to believe this and realized I should document
it this time with the camera phone.
Basically I would like to first thank
God, Jesus, Allah, Jehovah, Buddha, and Ganesha (did I forget any?)
for helping me get through this alive.
Although the whole thing only took maybe a second... I had plenty
of time to see, review, and analyze everything I was doing and that
was happening to me.
So let me introduce you to my bike.
(As it was brand new...)
And this is my bike moment after I had been thrown
to the pavement.
Please admire the concerned citizens
of Los Angeles who just drove by the burning wreckage. Additionally,
did I mention this isn't the first motor vehicle I lost to a fire.
I had honestly thought standing there watching my vehicle burn to
the ground would only happen once in my life... well, at least I
had a camera phone to remember it better.
I have attached more pictures, but
without marshmallows this pictures have no flavor.
Here is my bike now... (parts are
in no specific order.) =\
And finally, my tally of injurys...
Bruised legs.. no those came from paintball.
Bruised hip... check.
Singed hair on left hand... check
Jammed left thumb... check
Road rash on right forearm...
Believe it or not that is the extent
of my injuries. BUY YOUR GEAR! You guys know who I am talking about.
BUY YOUR GEAR!
Analysis... even good riders fall
hard. It isn't always rider stupidity. Gear saves lives. Wear it
always! I wrecked the motorcycle at 50 MPH, burst into flames and
slid across the pavement... and I received less injuries than John
Faith wiping out on a mountain bike. Go figure. =\
Long story short... I am ok. =) Could
have been worse... Hell, my day could have been much better... but
it could have been much worse.
Only question now is what type of
bike am I going to get to replace it? =) (My Mom always said I would
Well, I am off to buy some lottery
I think I am going to change my name
to MySpaceSurvivor now...