What was your most memorable Dirt Bike Related trip to the ER?

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7/6/2020 1:21 PM

I imagine most would agree, that if you spend much time on a dirt bike, a trip to the ER will probably happen sooner or later.

The most memorable trip for me was caused by the biggest double jump I ever encountered. Not just everybody was doing it & It took me a few laps to work up the courage to try it on my KTM 125. First try, wound out in 3rd gear wasn't too bad - landing was not great but didn't crash. Nailed it on the next try - almost like I knew what I was doing. Next time around, didn't get as good a drive - landing not so great again.

Hmmm, I bet if I hit this thing in 4th gear, I'll own this jump! Seemed like a good idea at the time.

No, came up short, cartwheeled down the track. Probably a pretty good crash, if only I'd seen it.

Got back on the bike, didn't take long before I heard/felt bones kind of scrapping together in my shoulder. Rode kind of slowly around until I got back to the big double - hit it or head to the ER?

Not much of a choice - ER, broken collarbone.

Think my transition to mostly Hare Scrambles occurred the next season......

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2016 YZ250X

7/6/2020 1:53 PM

I don’t know. Don’t remember.

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7/6/2020 1:54 PM

Washougal whoops. Enough said.

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7/6/2020 1:55 PM

Lacerated kidney! Big ouchy.

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7/6/2020 2:00 PM

Dirtydeeds wrote:

I don’t know. Don’t remember.

I'm with you there. For some reason I get knocked out super easy. It is kind of nice though because I'm usually never scared to hit the section I wrecked on again because I never remember haha.

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7/6/2020 2:01 PM

Don’t remember the crash but 28 days in hospital from ruptured spleen. Platelet counts went off after the spleen, or pieces of it, were removed.

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7/6/2020 2:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/7/2020 11:39 AM

GarrettL wrote:

Lacerated kidney! Big ouchy.

Same here, back in 1985. Big crash in moto 1 on a RM250, hit my back pretty hard into a sand roller. DNF, but thought I was not too bad. Raced my 2nd 125 moto, then went to the gate for my 2nd 250 moto and started but only rode about 5 minutes as my diagnosis of being just a bit banged up was clearly not correct. Pulled off, hit the porta potty and pissed bright bright red blood. My brother drove me to the hospital in Edmonton, about 45 min away and for the last 20 min of that ride I was vomiting at every other stop light. Spent a few days on the urology unit, as a 16 year old. Peeing a blood clot was pretty traumatic, no one warned me that was coming!! Guy next to me had an industrial accident and was recovering from having his penis sliced badly by a piece of pipe slag. No kidding.

Funny story, I actually forgot which kidney it was and then in 2017 I was having some gastrointestinal problems and had a CT. Doctor asks me "can you explain the calcification on your right kidney?" and "oh by the way a small piece of your right ilium is missing too". I gave him a one word reply "Motocross".

EDIT: added a few extra details

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Old MXer turned Superfan.

7/6/2020 2:22 PM

Walked into the ER thinking I had broken ribs. Got emergency transferred to another hospital's ICU. Surgery for burst vertebrae the next morning

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"A link is only as long as your longest strong chain"

7/6/2020 3:03 PM

Raced an outdoor AX. They over-watered. Came around to one of the larger doubles, went for it, spun the rear tire, panicked and shut it off...too late. Put the front tire into the face of the second jump, broke my right arm in 4 pieces right above the wrist. Somehow rode it out and realized I couldn’t move my throttle hand. Killed it and flopped over.

Got stuck in the ER overnight because two or three broken femurs came in and took priority. Got stuck in an overnight room with a partition. On the other side was the real life Beavis and butthead. Learned over the course of the night he had broken his leg/ankle, didn’t follow doctors advice, and got infected. They had various tubes in him which he and his buddies were trying to remove so he could leave against medical advice. This was in between them having a contest to see who could pump up the BP cuff on their head the most.

Around midnight, my dad called the nurse and I remember him saying “I don’t care where you put us, but get us the fuck out of here.”

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7/6/2020 3:07 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/6/2020 3:10 PM

There’s a lot of beavis and buttheads. Sometimes it’s comical. Sometimes it’s annoyingly.


Broke my foot. Dislocated a couple toes. My asshole friend recording me and he was laughing villanousely while i almost pass out when they’re wrenching on my toes to get them lined back up. friends are the best.

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Since 1987

7/6/2020 3:17 PM

Mosier Valley 2003 night practice. I was 15 on my RM125. There was a pretty small single to tabletop that was real easy. On the first lap of the first practice I seat bounced it not realizing it had been refaced. I went over the bars and landed hard on my right arm. Broke my elbow, wrist and thumb. My mom had brought me to the track since my old man was out of town so fortunately some nice people helped us get the bike loaded up and my mom drove me to an ER closer to our house. It is the only time I’ve ever been to an ER for myself because of motocross (knock on wood).

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7/6/2020 4:37 PM

March 1st this year. Burst fractured my T-10, fractured T-11, broke 3 ribs, punctured both lungs. Earned a flight to ER. T-10 shattered throughout my spinal cord. Doc was able to remove all fragments and realign the cord that shifted forward from the impact. No walkie now

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7/6/2020 4:38 PM

Doc, what happen???.. I was rollerblading and fell the sidewalk onto my head.. I was wearing my moto gear for safety.

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7/6/2020 4:43 PM

4th grade, shorts on, neighbor’s xr80 and a goon move over a jump and my thigh landed on the silencer/spark arrester. Lied to my parents about what happened(wasn’t supposed to be riding). Told them I crashed my bmx bike on the pavement.

two days later fessed up and off to the ER to have all the skin peeled off that had bunched up on the sides of the burn. No meds as they wanted to make sure no nerves were damaged. Cried my ass off. Had an orange sized pile of skin when they were done.

I’ve broken stuff, but that ER trip has stuck in my mind over the years.

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7/6/2020 4:47 PM

Foot peg to ribs= Broken ribs, punctured lung, internal bleeding stayed in ICU for 3 days.. on a RM 250

Ps a lot of Suzukis are included in above stories😂😂😂

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7/6/2020 4:47 PM

Zycki11 wrote:

March 1st this year. Burst fractured my T-10, fractured T-11, broke 3 ribs, punctured both lungs. Earned a flight to ER. T-10 shattered throughout my spinal cord. Doc was able to remove all fragments and realign the cord that shifted forward from the impact. No walkie now

No walkie now ~ sad

Sorry brother, it is the risk we all take. I’ve broken my back 3 times and my neck has taking a beating on multiple occasions. Getting ready for disc or possible double disc replacement in my neck. I’ve dodged the Bullet multiple times but I refuse to quit.

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7/6/2020 4:48 PM

Moto_Geek wrote:

Doc, what happen???.. I was rollerblading and fell the sidewalk onto my head.. I was wearing my moto gear for safety.

“Mountain Bike accident”, ALWAYS a MTB incident !! Lol

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7/6/2020 4:51 PM

When the wife got home and saw my new bike and called me out to the garage. She started asking a lot of questions and when she asked about a part on the bike I turned around to look at the shifter and she hit me with a baseball bat to the head and I woke up later in the Hospital with a fractured skull. Just Kidding.

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7/6/2020 5:06 PM

Zycki11 wrote:

March 1st this year. Burst fractured my T-10, fractured T-11, broke 3 ribs, punctured both lungs. Earned a flight to ER. T-10 shattered throughout my spinal cord. Doc was able to remove all fragments and realign the cord that shifted forward from the impact. No walkie now

Holy shit man, sorry to read this.

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Old MXer turned Superfan.

7/6/2020 5:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/6/2020 5:41 PM

2000, Patagonia....flat front tire on a KTM LC4 on a concrete bridge that curved to the right. Tire peeled off the rim and propelled me to the concrete barrier on the right. Pinching my leg between the right case cover and the concrete I was launched over the bridge and into the rip rap below. Landed on my back in a pile of large boulders. My back pack saved my back however the landing snapped the neck off my camera.

I was laying there a millisecond later, I realized the my right leg at the ankle was twisted. Hmmmm. My buddies hauled me up and put me in the back of the support vehicle. Off to the ER we go. Hmmm we're in south Patagonia over 8 hours from the nearest ER in Coyhaique Chile!

A third of a day plus, we arrive.....the ER had cob webs in the window, the garbage was over flowing and they wanted to pull of my A-Star MX boots! No!!! The "doc" pulled a 10" plus knife from somewhere and with no further ado, cut my boot off.

Broken tib and fib.....the ride leader (Mr MS himself) leaned down and whispered to me, don't consent to surgery. We'll get you on a plane in the morning.

The story gets really wicked and painful from here to the next morning....X-rays, setting the bones with no pain pills, no food or water.....the next morning I had to get myself on the plane or I was not going. No ramp, just the old fashion tarmac steps. Made it happen.

Off to Santiago and again all my efforts had to be on my own or no flying. From there to Lima to LA......Fkg long painful night flight with my leg down....Mrs MS picked me up and off to the hospital we go.......

The doc was impressed that the collateral damages were minimal.....thanks to cutting the boot off!

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Germany 1975 250 CZ Centerport, laydown shocks, mikuni with reed valve, Marzocchi forks with me as the motopilot

7/6/2020 5:43 PM

Dirtydeeds wrote:

I don’t know. Don’t remember.

I got a $49,000 helicopter ride to the hospital that I don’t remember. Broke neck, shoulder, collarbone, 5 ribs, and punctured lung. I had recently started a new job, so...got checked out of the hospital Thursday morning, back to work the following Monday.

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7/6/2020 5:48 PM

Zycki11 wrote:

March 1st this year. Burst fractured my T-10, fractured T-11, broke 3 ribs, punctured both lungs. Earned a flight to ER. T-10 shattered throughout my spinal cord. Doc was able to remove all fragments and realign the cord that shifted forward from the impact. No walkie now

Wow mate! With Rehab is there possibility of regaining movement?
How did it happen.. If you are Ok to talk about it?

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7/6/2020 5:57 PM

I crashed before a step up. High side lol. Broke 3 bones and separated ac joint. Was out about 5 weeksish. But I was back as soon as I was.heed because my little brother broke 5 bones. Both his wrist and his leg.
I piggy backed him in to the hospital from the parking lot across the street! When we go inside the check in lady recognized me then asked if I was the one with the kid on my back.
We got in right away to a room. I'm hoping for a sprain because my parents are outta town but she informs me in order to get the results they need to call our parents so I had to call and have the quickest conversation ever to tell my dad brother is hurt.
Finally we get to the doctors. Looks over my brother doesn't think anything is broken cause the kid is tough as nails. Half hour later he comes back says it all broken and want to do another xray to be sure the other leg wasn't broken! Fun weekend!

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7/6/2020 6:20 PM

Johnny Lock wrote:

4th grade, shorts on, neighbor’s xr80 and a goon move over a jump and my thigh landed on the silencer/spark arrester. Lied to my parents about what happened(wasn’t supposed to be riding). Told them I crashed my bmx bike on the pavement.

two days later fessed up and off to the ER to have all the skin peeled off that had bunched up on the sides of the burn. No meds as they wanted to make sure no nerves were damaged. Cried my ass off. Had an orange sized pile of skin when they were done.

I’ve broken stuff, but that ER trip has stuck in my mind over the years.

I had almost the same deal. It was my xr80, and my buddy trying to be funny, stuffed me a corner. I had on shorts and sneakers, and the somehow the bike pinned my leg and just sat there burning my calf. 3rd degree burn with a scar for over 20 years.

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7/6/2020 6:30 PM

Helicopter ride out of Mojave.

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7/6/2020 6:34 PM

Bought a brand new YZ125 while my ex-wife was out of town once... first time ever on or owning a bike. Proceeded to almost immediately crash it and separate my shoulder really bad the next day, which resulted in a ER trip. The call to her explaining what happened was... interesting..

The weirdest thing was, as I was trying to get my bike back in my truck after the crash, some dude on a hike where I was riding helped me. 2 hours later, he's the ER doctor on shift... No shit. He says, "I thought I'd see you here"...

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7/6/2020 6:43 PM

MotoPlex northern Indiana

19 years old Broke my leg at a night practice. Didn’t know yet tried to load the bike, leg gave out, bike on top of me half in my ranger half out. Some guys in the pits ran to help. Got me in my truck and the bike loaded. Started back to town to go to my apartment. Truck broke down on the side of the road. 11pm on a Wednesday night on the side of the road with a broken leg. Called everyone. No answers. Had to call my mom. Mom came to pick me up. Luckily the guys from the pits drove passed and offered to haul my bike home so it didn’t get stolen. Mom made me go to the ER I Still didn’t think anything was wrong. Buddy brought me some Arby’s nurse wouldn’t let me eat it. That ticked me right off. Doc finally came back with a broken tibia announcement.

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7/6/2020 6:55 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/6/2020 6:57 PM

2008. 2nd worst crash. New boots, false neutral over a high speed kicker. OTB I went, tuck and rolled to lights out. Woke up to what I thought was only a busted collarbone. Friends gathered me up, loaded up my shit and I chilled with them for a bit til I spit up some blood. Felt fine and my friend drove me 2hrs to home. Wife took me to ER and they start with the x rays and scans and such. While waiting behind the curtain in ER I see the nurse start scrambling around and the old boy in the bed next to me is making all kinds of racket. She tells him shel’ll be there in a minute she’s about to insert a chest tube in somebody and I say to myself, “damn somebody is getting a chest tube”. Then she proceeds to throw all kinds of supplies at the foot of my bed and says “get ready the Dr. is coming insert a chest tube in your ribs”. Holy shit! It’s me. Not knowing going in, I left two days later with broken collarbone, punctured lung, 7 broken ribs and a broken metacarpal in my hand.

Last one in 2017 was no joke either. Pilon fracture tib/fib, radius in wrist and 3 metacarpals in hand.

Back at it, albeit totally different.

No more goals of specific race finishes or even racing at all and backed all the way down to a 125.

Ride to ride another day...

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7/6/2020 7:00 PM

Swapped in the whoops at a private track day with a trainer. Was doing 20 min motos prepping for AM day at Washougal before the National. Head/Shoulder first into the face of a whoop. Went to hit the kill switch on the bike that was still running and on top of me with my right arm and my arm didn’t exactly work. Got off the track and thought initially it was a collar bone or something like that because the shoulder was “dropped”. Went back to the truck and got my gear off and was feeling out my shoulder and found a new hole where my arm should have been. Dislocated right shoulder. My trainer took me to the insta care down the street from the track. Sat in the lobby 30 mins before they got me in to take xrays to confirm. They told me they could try and put it back in but they didn’t have any morphine so I would just have to deal with the pain. I consented. Worst mistake ever. 10 unsuccessful mins later and I’m on my way to the ER. ER #1 sedated me and tried to put it back in for over 30 mins unsuccessfully.
When I woke up and discovered my shoulder was still dislocated they informed me I’d have to be transferred by ambulance to a trauma center for surgery to put it back in.
Arrived at the trauma center 30 mins later and was told they were going to try and put it back in before they went to surgery and if it was unsuccessful they would take me to surgery without me waking up.
Woke up 45 mins later with a properly connected shoulder and no surgery.
Got a mri 2 weeks later and found a Hill Sachs lesion.
13 weeks of PT to regain 80% range of motion. That’s all I was able to get back. 8 months off the bike and don’t think I’ll ever be the same.
I’m hindsight I’ll always go straight to a ER. Never a insta care again. Bad mistake that ultimately cost me movement in the shoulder.

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7/6/2020 7:19 PM

Spring of 2007 I was on my 05 CRF450r & took a good spill. I was in the hospital for week after getting busted up pretty good with broken bones. My rt. foot almost got amputated, but the surgeon was able to save it after a couple of surgeries with cadaver bones. I was supposed to have a 3rd surgery to have some hardware put in since I'm missing ligaments. Reason being that the screws would've kept my bones from rubbing against one another. The draw back to that I would've had very little mobility. I decided against it & told the doc I'd just deal with the pain as I got older.. It does suck on cold & hot days, but at least I have some flexibility & recovered 85%..
The foot specialist wanted me to be off of work for 6 months to fully recover. I couldn't do the 6 & was only out for 4 months since I almost lost everything I had worked so hard for.

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