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So here I am, third gear in a nasty whoop section when I had the front wheel too high and came down on the front of a whoop and catapulted the bike head-first into a tree. Front of bike is toast [head light assembly, electrical connection behind head light and the fender. I spent 3 hours in the ER and tore a bunch of ligaments in my knee and I'll be needing some serious surgery. Anyway, my buddies got my bike started and I rode the two [excruciating] miles out of the woods and didn't feel any binding on the forks but I'd be surprised if there wasn't at least some damage. My question is: Is there a test or something to make sure my forks are kosher besides the obvious visual inspection? I'm on my back with a full cast and I won't be doing any wrenching soon but it's killing me to think of my baby-green all busted up in the shed. Also, who's the best for OEM parts?

PS: always wear knee guards..........I didn't and paid a serious price:banghead:

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Man, that sucks. You know, I've seen so many threads and stuff about these knee guards. It's kinda got me thinking that I really need them (especially the tight woods riding I do).

Anyway... I wish you luck in your recovery!

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Fork trees, clamps and bars look fine? Not sure the best way to tell if you somehow tweaked the fork tubes and assembly, but sounds like you will have time to really pick through your bike during recovery. Pull those forks apart and do the full overhaul. You are probably fine.

Best of luck with the recovery & I just started with knee pads this year....I've been too lucky/////

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Always.

no matter- what's done is done.

Heal up and get better.

If there is any doubt about the forks, I'd bring them someplace and have them checked; Factory Connection is close to me, so I go there.

But, there are quite a few suspension tuners- or just somebody qualified.

Hope you feel better- I missed the Pachaug Rock Ride in CT last week.

Did the Hoots, though- wet, wet, wet.

Anything I can do, let me know.

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To URNUTS and the rest, thanks for all the "well-wishes"! I had my buddy who's a really decent bike mechainic look at the ole' girl yesterday and said the forks looks fine. After further review, I seem to recollect that the front tire didn't even impact the tree. I believe I was at an angle when I made impact and just smashed the headlight assembly. When I'm able to, I'll drop the forks and do a thorough inspection. Thanks again my fellow brethren! Ride on! :thumbsup:

PS: the "thumbs up" in pure sacrasm :confused:

bike-wreck.jpg

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The impact was up high So I think you are fine as the impact was on the clamps, as opposed to down low.

Your buddy confirmed that, anyway.

Some good news, anyway!

Fenders are cheap on eBay- I get them for about $10 plus shipping.

The light? Get a TrailTech X2 with the KLX graphic- way better, way cooler, and way cheaper.

http://trailtech.net/x2_kits.html

http://www.trailtech.net/3600-SKLX.html

http://www.kevinscycleracing.com/

Kevin's also has cheap plastic on closeout, too- shipping will probably be less and you'll have it in a day or two.... not that you'll

be riding in a day or two! :thumbsup:

Get better!

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The impact was up high So I think you are fine as the impact was on the clamps, as opposed to down low.

Your buddy confirmed that, anyway.

Some good news, anyway!

Fenders are cheap on eBay- I get them for about $10 plus shipping.

The light? Get a TrailTech X2 with the KLX graphic- way better, way cooler, and way cheaper.

http://trailtech.net/x2_kits.html

http://www.trailtech.net/3600-SKLX.html

http://www.kevinscycleracing.com/

Kevin's also has cheap plastic on closeout, too- shipping will probably be less and you'll have it in a day or two.... not that you'll

be riding in a day or two! :confused:

Get better!

Great info bud, thanks! I used to buy from kevin's when I had my XR and forgot about them. Always a good source! :thumbsup:

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Sorry to hear about the get-off. Heal fast, brother!

Too bad you weren't wearing a GoPro camera. :thumbsup:

I actually have a GoPro and didn't have it on that day. Probably would've smashed that too :confused: It'd be interesting to see what happened though.....it happened so fast; or it could just be bad memory repression!

Thanks for the thoughts bro:thumbsup:

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Rome,

I love your first post... I mean you come on here talking about a pretty major crash, some serious surgery, and your primary concern is figuring out if your forks are bent! Lol :thumbsup:

That's the spirit!

Best of luck with you recovery, sorry to hear about the accident.

MD

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:thumbsup: Love it. I'm grabbing one.

Uh, or no. $9.95 plus $63.00 shipping to Canada.

Sorry for the thread hijack. Get well soon Rome!

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UPDATE: Had MRI today and I haven't had the "official" results from my doc but apparently, I have a broken tibia and broken ligaments. in other words I'm fubar....ARGGG! I just want to get fixed up so I can ride again but I have surgery and rehab ahead. Hopefully by September I'll be good to go.....pray to the Green God's for me!!!:smirk:

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Get well soon bro, sorry to hear about the crash. Sure sounded violent. Heal quick and you may not lose the whole riding season :smirk:.

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