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So it's been three weeks and I have loads to blog about. The funny thing is; for a week I just didn't feel like blogging. I guess partly that was caused by my pain-killers which make me sleepy.

Right. So what happened to Mad?
Well three weeks ago yesterday I washed my bike. It had been raining and when it stopped I thought it would be a good opportunity to wash off the inch deep layer of insects on my fairing. When I'd finished I had a look at the clouds and decided to take my SV round the block to dry it off. Now my "round the block" is actually a ride to the main road and then a blat down a bypass, onto a roundabout and then back the way I came. So off I trundle, not wringing its neck or anything because the roads were still very wet and felt quite greasy. I got onto the bypass (the Wedge Drive Road for those who know Coventry) and headed up to the roundabout that the Jaguar Factory entrance is on. As I hit the roundabout I slowed to granny speed as the grip really was poor. As I entered the roundabout I noticed a car exiting off using the same exit I was about to use. I didn't think anything of it and just proceeded as normal. I left the roundabout and accelerated into the next corner which is immediately after the roundabout. I come round the corner to find that the car that was ahead of me has slowed to a crawl for no reason. I had no time to do anything except panic brake. This would have been fine except for a few factors: It was wet. It was greasy. The SV's tyres (Dunlop D220's, if your bike has 'em, change 'em!) are awful in the wet. The front locked up instantly and all I could do was slide into the back of the car. At about 40mph maybe. Ouch.
The next thing I knew I was sliding down the road on my back wishing it would stop, it seemed to go on forever. I'll cut the story short and save my description of lying in the road with people asking me stupid questions for another time; ditto the whole casualty thing.
The summary is: I've fractured my pelvis on the left side (that was caused by my groin getting rammed into the tank by the impact) and I've crushed a projection of bone on the right side of my pelvis (I don't know how this happened, maybe it was bouncing of the kerb that did it). I also have lots of lumps, bumps and bruises. The worst thing is I was wearing jeans so my legs have taken a battering but to be honest the road rash hasn't bothered me once.

I spent two weeks in hospital. It took me that long to get onto crutches. The last week has been spent at home, pretty much in bed. My work has been great and I'm working from home on a nice Dell Laptop until I'm mobile again. Hopefully in a week or two I can start walking and riding again.

I also have to figure out what bike to get next...

Glad to hear you're on the mend, Bubs. What color you thinkin' about?

Date Added: 21/07/2005

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Welcome back to blogging, Mad. Pirellis on the next one, okay? ;)
Date Added: 21/07/2005

Yey Bru yer still alive and not addicted to morphine!
Can i recommend your next bike is made by Raleigh??? only joking. Im just glad yer still alive. Next time you crash at least have the decency to make it spectacular enough (but not fatal) to make it on to international TV that way those that care about you will know immediately. Crashing into Tony Blair or doing a doughnut on Charles's bald spot will probably do it
Date Added: 21/07/2005

Yeah, you know, Jan Ulrich, the leader of the T-Mobile cycling team in the TdF, ran into the back of his own team car during a race. And he didn't even have a motor. The froggies didn't have a camera on him at the time, but rumor has it it was quite
the show.
Date Added: 22/07/2005

LMAO! ahem....its easily done
Date Added: 22/07/2005

Funny you should mention the Tour De France, when I was in hospital a cyclist turned up that had broken his arm on the section of the TDF that they let amatuers ride on; those bicycle things are dangerous!Keef believe me my crash was pretty damn spectacular, sadly there were no witnesses (except the people in the car I hit and they thought I was dead).Dad, three words for you: Pirelli Diablo Corsa.Josh on the colour front I have no idea, I'd rather it wasn't black though... In fact day-glo yellow sounds good right now! I'm thinking about maybe a Yamaha R6 next.
Date Added: 22/07/2005

Bruh, i never doubted for a second your ability to fly ungraciously though the air screaming shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttt. And i have witnessed you hit the ground at total velocity on numerous ocassions. Out of interest did you f*ck the car up?
Date Added: 22/07/2005

Yeah the copper says I f*cked the back of the car good and proper!
Date Added: 22/07/2005

I miss you and I'm glad, glad, glad that you're still alive to pester the hell out of! :X
Date Added: 23/07/2005

Good on ya. That'll teach em
Date Added: 23/07/2005

Hrmm, sort of like a shirt I saw yesterday:
"Kindly keep your boobs from staring at my eyes."
Or maybe not, but it was funny.
Date Added: 25/07/2005

Hey Vanessa thanks for your thoughts, I haven't seen you in WD1 recently; where are you hiding Funny Josh... I'm just not sure what it was in reply to?
Date Added: 25/07/2005

Hoh! Do you have an official time on that commment? As I recall, it was 3:30am. Really, I was sleep-commenting. I thought Keeef was going for a "I hit him in the fist with my eye" sort of thing re: you and the car.
If it appeared in poor taste, all apologies.
Date Added: 25/07/2005

No worries Josh I was just being a bit thick.
Date Added: 26/07/2005

Have you been braking with yer head again?
Date Added: 27/07/2005

Hey Bubbbby, ltns. Now I know why eh? I think you need a Harley Davidson with mud/street tires - lots of power and more maneuverability. Please be careful though ok? No more riding on wet roads..... Do you have a cast that you can write that Kat loves you on?

Well you take care of yourself and please keep in touch.
Date Added: 08/08/2005

glad you're ok.
Is the SV a right off then?
Get Bridgestones on what ever you end up riding.

since when did Harleys have any maneuverability :-)
Date Added: 13/08/2005

Yeah the SV is as dead as a very dead thing. I miss her very much, she was only a month old but I'd done over 3000 miles on her. She'll be replaced with a ickle Bandit (Suzuki GSF400 Bandit) which will be fun. I'm going to buy her off a friend and she's wearing Conti Avenues at the moment, dunno if I'll change 'em yet. I decided to be diplomatic on the Harley front and resisted the tractor gags and corner jokes that came to mind... Cheers for dropping in Mick :D
Date Added: 13/08/2005

Apparently the new Conti Attacks are very good.
Date Added: 15/08/2005

Yeek! Glad to have you back tho!
Date Added: 22/09/2005

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