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July 21st, 2014, 02:15 AM   #1
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broken leg from California 2011 fe 570

I just picked up a 2011 FE 570. She is a pretty bad ass machine if I do say so myself.

I also picked up some gear including tech 7 boots some pants helmet check protector gloves.

I have been riding bike for 15 years but this is my first dirt bike. I have been wanting to get into something a little physical that I can do with some friends so this seems to be a great opportunity.

I went out for a ride in the dirt with her for the first time today. I am a nood at the dynamics of dirt and bikes to say the least so, needless to say I was keeping it slow and deliberate staying on fire trails while my friend would go off on some short cuts. We finally did go off on a slightly less kept trail and about 10 mins in, on a hill clime, I stuck the rear tire in some soft dirt and gave it too much throttle and she bit me.

I am still a little unsure what happened but I ended up on the right side of the trial with the bike next to me facing down hill. The bike did a 180 around my leg apparently.
I thought I heard a snap but it could have just been a twig I think to my self.

I try to stand up but end up on my face from the pain in my left leg. But no time for that. The sun is going down and we have to get down off the mountain. So I have my buddy hold the bike up for me and I swing my banged up leg over the bike grit my teeth and head back the way we came. In 1st gear this time around.

I takes me about 45 mins to get back to the main road and home. I decide to have my buddy drive me to the hospital and after a few x-rays it turns out the leg was fractured in 2 places below the knee and above the ankle and I might need surgery to take care of it.

I will know tomorrow what the deal is.
Damned this luck

How the hell can one prevent broken legs? I figured the tech 7 was a good investment but hell I don't even know how this happened through those boots.
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July 21st, 2014, 02:17 AM   #2
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Oh, and hello everyone!
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July 21st, 2014, 03:30 AM   #3
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Wow, sorry about your luck. Quite a first post. Heal up. Hopefully your third post isn't in the for sale section.
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July 21st, 2014, 10:11 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear of your crash/broken leg. Perhaps the fractures are from twisting the leg when the bike did a 180 around you. If that's the case, no boot would prevent that - boots typically protect against external impacts. Heal up soon.
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July 22nd, 2014, 06:32 PM   #5
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Thanks fellas.
I still can't quite put my finger on exactly what happened but I don't need surgery and I am in a fairly unobtrusive cast for 6 weeks. I ended up with a broken ankle broken femur (right above where the boot ended) and, for what ever reason, a broken knee.

Doc said I was lucky all in all.

I will admit it will be daunting to get back onto THAT bike after this is all over with. Hopefully things like this can be avoided with more riding skill and technique in the dirt and it's not all just left to luck.
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April 27th, 2015, 10:12 PM   #6
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Well, I am finally recovering from corrective surgery that was done this January for what turned out to be a poorly healed ankle break from my July accident. I'm all pinned and plated up now lol

I'm looking for some more supportive boots now... Any thoughts? I broke my ass in tech7's
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April 27th, 2015, 11:13 PM   #7
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Most of the riding I done is off road 40 years plus maybe 5% on road. Thing is off road to street no real problem but going from street to off road can be a hard thing to do. I'd say you should take baby step I'm not trying to insulting you. Don't try to keep up with someone who's been riding a lot longer off road then You . A friend Got a 650 Honda and broke his foot in the first 2 miles of off road riding. he been riding street bikes only most of his life (more than 40 years) and we both though he could do it and the trail was EZ. Again baby steps it's not the Boots it's your ability. My first 2 years were a bitch for Me. I hope this helps. There are two kinds of riders those who have crashed and those who WILL. Knowing how to fall is an art.

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April 27th, 2015, 11:42 PM   #8
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Without sounding strange, Is a FE570 not too much of a dirtbike for a first time owner? Maybe something less powerful would be better to start on. Riding mates bikes around the pits is different to owning and riding a 570.
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April 28th, 2015, 12:44 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by SunnyRSA View Post
Without sounding strange, Is a FE570 not too much of a dirtbike for a first time owner? Maybe something less powerful would be better to start on. Riding mates bikes around the pits is different to owning and riding a 570.
I agree, I bought my 650 of a bloke who bought it as his first dirt bike. Fortunately his friends and the local bike shop convinced him to sell it. Now with 43 years of experience I went and broke my collar bone and ribs with it. But hey you get that.

But if your starting out, a 250 or 350 four stroke would be a good start. Some rider training for the dirt is not a bad idea as well.
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April 28th, 2015, 01:22 AM   #10
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Yep been riding for 15 years and still I falling off ha ha har.
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