I haven't heard but I think he'll be OK, just REALLY sore for the next few days and a bum hand for a bit longer.
My only addition to Sarah's excellent summation is a note that the SF riders headed back north to Livermore and came across another downed rider, this guy was on a Kawasaki and lowsided on some gravel around a corner.
Here are a few pics....
The ride started out nice
Then Scott hit this little baby on a straight stretch (why oh why do they put cattle guards in corners????)
He got a very fast tankslapper and left behind this evidence
Excellent ride synopsis Sarah. Awesome photos Michael.
Although it's terrible when any one of us goes down, I really appreciate the way the group comes around to help. You know it's bad when Juan and I stand over a bike with tools at hand and just shrug our shoulders-nothing worth fixing. Too far gone. Scott-thank God you were relatively ok.
The ride itself was great for me. It was the first time since I used to ride my old Yamaha that I got to play with the lead dogs! It was fun to ride behind Scott and see how he rode. Great lines and corners.
Sarah, it seems that you took on the lead for the second group?
Thanks all for a fun day! Scott-let us know if you need anything!
I broke the bone in my hand connected to my
ring finger, plus my thumb was dislocated in two places. Boy, that was fun
to get fixed. Not. I have about a 4" road rash on my upper thigh on the
left side and some very minor skinned knees. My ribs are sore and I have a
tiny bit of stiffness in my neck, but that's it. The bike is safely stored
in my garage after leaking gas all over my friend's truck. We figured out
how to drain the fuel tank before unloading it.
I don't expect to do any more riding the rest of the year and I'll probably
spend most of this week talking to doctors and insurance people.
Thanks for all the help, from you and all the rest who helped me out.
Thanks for all the support. It's rather hard to type with one hand, so you wont see a lot of postings from me. I've written a fairly detailed report, which will be posted in the general section in a few minutes.
Scott, I intended to invite you to wheelie my bike after the ride. The invitation will be waiting. ;D
I got to notice how beautiful the area was only on the way back. At the beginning of the ride I was mesmerized by the gravel and sneaky bumps. Mines/Hamilton is sketchy but with some familiarity it can be a great ride. Glad I decided to go yesterday.
Hey Scott- thanks for posting. Good to hear you're on the mend. Keep us posted on your progress. Maybe you could meet us at our group meetings. We'll allow you to 'cage it' given the circumstances. We'll miss you on the rides for sure.
Just read the report from Saturday and I'm sorry to hear about the mishap, Mr. Nelson. Thank goodness the injuries are minor-- motorcycles can always be fixed.
I was so bummed that I missed it (wife had clients which meant "full-time Dad-duty" for me) that I did it alone on Sunday morning. Very fun, plenty of turns, eh? Gravel not too bad though-- I have a new found respect for cattle guards however.
I even gathered-it-up long enough to fire off a one-finger salute to the stupid teenager in the 4Runner taking up OUR lane on the new-pavement section of Mines. You know the type: "there's never any oncoming traffic when I'm driving this way, fer sure... DUH... drool..."
(What's with the big fire at Frank Raines? Is the park closed?)
Nelson: the recuperative power of beer is often overlooked in the medical literature.
I believe his name is Paul and he lives in the south bay. Don't know more than that though. Maybe the folks at Cal BMW might know him? I think his R1150 is pretty new... (he said it was a birthday present to himself this year)
You might try the BARF board - I think I recall him mentioning it.