Today it has been exactly 5 weeks since I collided with a truck in Colorado and really our last blog post on our site. I think it’s about time to start writing and that means start riding motorcycles again. I am changing how I ride beginning with the addition of more protective gear. Today I want to tell you about the Leatt Knee Brace Protection for motorcycle riders.
I road my KTM 690 about 100 miles yesterday, all pavement but still fun twisty mountain roads. This is only 4 weeks after fracturing my left radius (wrist) and left tibia/fibula (knee) and tearing most of the ligaments that hold my knee together off the tibia. How could I ride? Two things: 1- the bones are healing nicely, 2- I bought a exoskeleton brace that hold my knee very stable but allows movement needed to ride a motorcycle. Most motocross riders wear a knee brace and if I would have been wearing one I might not have such severe injuries.
This ended up being a more exciting day than I had planned. I hit a large truck on a gravel road blind turn at high speed. Much of the Continental Divide Route is desolate with miles and miles of gravel roads. But, on this one blind curve, there it was right in my path, moving toward me at 40 mph. No time to react. I collided broadside of my motorcycle on the left, hit the truck bumper and I went down.
I spent some time in the ER with a fracture of the left tibia and a left wrist fracture. Because this time I was wearing all the gear I survived. Klim Badlands Pro and Arai X-D4 — worth every penny.
This signaled the end of the ride for Jon Baker. Vicky drove to El Norte CO to pick up Jon from the Windsor Hotel. The motorcycle was taken by support truck to Gunnison Motorsports for evaluation. What a great shop!! These guys are awesome.
They determined the KTM 1190 is a total loss and cannot be repaired. The frame and both forks were broken. The radiator was fractured. Gunnison unpacked Vicky’s truck, loaded the KTM for us, and then re-packed the truck. Our truck bed required some modification to hook up the tie downs. These guys just took care of it for us, fixing our truck bed. All we can say is WOW!. If you need help in Colorado go see Gunnison Motorsports.
We set out for the journey home. Two on crutches, helping each other. Both very sad to not be riding. On the way home the highways were full of them! It seemed like thousands of adventure riders out in this beautiful country. We can’t wait to heal up and hit the road again.
But before the collision, the ride was awesome. Please watch the attached video clip to see some of the scenery and guys on motorcycles having fun–right up to the crash. Of course the GoPro was turned off at the time of the crash.
Yesterday at about 415 pm I was coming down a gravel a little too fast and meet a pipeline workers truck on a blind turn. It did no go well for me or my bike
I was hit broad side on my left side. This has fractured left tibia and I have a left wrist fracture. I am now in extreme pain and basically nonfunctional.
The turn was wild and I came into it a bit too fast. Both me and the truck meet in the middle of the road. The truck won the battle.
I believe I owe my life to my Aria helmet and Klim badlands pro suit. No head or neck injury and no chest or abdominal injury
The truck driver was nice enough to give me a ride to the Del Norte hospital where I thought I got good care.
I’m out of the continental divide ride for this year
Vicky my lovely wife is driving out to take me home
The bike 2014 KTM 1190 r adventure is broken. Frame bent radiator broke front wheel bent and a list of injurys.
I’ll be shipping the bike back to Sacramento and see if MPC KTM can repaire it.
Well things change
The bike is broken beyond repair. Frame is broken. Both forks broken many more things. It is now a parts bike. Sad.
Vicky is driving me back in the truck and we decided to bring the broken bike with us.
We are a site when we get out of the truck both of us on crutches. I know people are thinking I crashed the bike with her on the back. Not true.
Continental Divide day 3 began with problem solving for Randy. He discovered a nail in his rear tire on his Suzuki 650 V Strom. Luckily for him and all of us, he has tubeless tires. He was able to fix it easily with a plug. The tire held up fine for the 195 miles of very rough terrain today.
After a breakfast burrito and coffee we were off out of Grants New Mexico. We rode about 18 miles of pavement before hitting the wet mountain roads.
It was as a very long hard day, 263 miles of dirt, sand, rocks, and mud. Thunderstorms and rain showers mixed with dirt to give the greatest challenge of the day —- slippery mud.
Randy on a 650 v strom picked up so much mud his front wheel wouldn’t turn. With Steve’s help we cleaned out the fender then put a bungee cord around his front tire to clean out the mud with each turn. Fantastic problem solving Steve! It worked!!
The water crossing was crazy deep. Take a look, can’t see the bottom. Most of us tried to go around it. And yes, almost all of us took a mud bath. Sorry, no photos of the mud bath!
New Mexico is vastly empty yet very scenic. The air is clean and when it’s not raining, the sky is deep blue.
Tonight we stay in Grant New Mexico in a cheap hotel on the historic Route 66.
All riders made it to Grants safe and sound. Stay tuned for day 3….
We love motorcycling California’s coast for many reasons. The scenic beauty is among the best in the world and the ride is thrilling with endless hills and curves. Wildlife such as sea gulls, whales, dolphins, and shark often appear, bringing astonishment and joy to the motorcycle ride.
To expand our view and capture the thrills of our discoveries Jon purchased a drone and frequently practices his flying skills. Last weekend we drove along Pacific Coast Highway south of Fort Bragg. We stopped frequently and took out the drone. Jon flew the drone along the shore to examine coves, driftwood huts, and the debris along the ocean shoreline.
We were surprised by a glimpse of sea lions resting along the shore. At first glance I thought I saw a large pile of driftwood washed up on the beach. As the drone approached the large pile of driftwood, the wood began to move. When the drone lost altitude and got closer to the shore, we discovered it was not driftwood at all! I was amazed at the variety of their color and skin patterns. It was a quick look because as soon as we realized what was on the shore, we quickly flew the drone away from the colony to avoid disturbing their peace.
Jon Baker departed this morning with much excitement as he begins his three week motorcycle adventure of the Great Continental Divide (GCD).
Jon is riding with GPSKevin Adventures for 13 days, 2700 miles of dirt from Mexico to Canada. Today Jon left his home in Fair Oaks, CA. He will be joined by part of the team as they head for California’s beautiful mountain passes before turning south. Jon plans to complete 400 miles today stopping near San Bernardino to visit his old pal James Ball this evening. Tomorrow he heads on to New Mexico toward the start point for the GCD journey. Jon is on his KTM 1190 looking to increase his skills for maneuvering this large beast on rough terrain along this 2700 mile dirt journey. He is packed with soft luggage and minimal gear to keep light and nimble for the most difficult parts of the off-road trails.
Stay tuned as we share photos, video, and stories from his daily adventure.
Jon Baker is ready to go! July 12th Jon is departing Sacramento to meet the team who will begin the 2700 mile journey from the Mexican border to Canada within 13 days. He tested his packed bike today and all is ready. He has new Heidenau K60s, and prays for no flats as these were the hardest tires he has ever installed. He is packed with extra gas and water, tools, jumper cables, bike pump, cold weather gear, extra tube, zip ties, duct tape, safety wire, chain lube, cooling vest, electronic gear and clothes. Tank bag is stuffed with bug spray, lip balm, sun screen, glasses, goggles, cell phone, go pro… Maximum fuel range for his KTM 1190 is 210 miles so he has plans to increase his fuel capacity for specific days of the journey. He is carrying fuel bottles and a fuel bag that can increase his range to a maximum of 300 miles. Yes folks he is ready! He is seeking a challenge from the trials, scenic beauty, and isolation with time to listen to the engine and clear his mind. Continue reading “Continental Divide—> Ready to Ride”→