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ian scott
09-17-2010, 11:35 PM
I've been working on my regular ride lately. My Moto Morini. Just finished repairing two cracks in the frame.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/icoulston/misc/Framecrack003.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/icoulston/misc/Framecrack001.jpg

Happy with the frame and whilst the pipes were off the bike I polished my previosly painted exhaust system. Mmmm. Nice and shiney.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/icoulston/misc/IMG_3033.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/icoulston/misc/Shineypipes001.jpg

As I've been living in Stanwell Park (NSW Australia) recently. Immediately south of Sydney's Royal National Park and right beside some of Sydney's best riding roads. And I had just bought a new place back in Sydney's southern suburbs. I thought I would squeeze in one last ride before the move.

seanz
09-17-2010, 11:40 PM
I hope there isn't a sad end to this because I can't see an 'Oops' yet. I have a soft spot for the Moto Morinis....a 350 version was the first bike I ever really got close to, liked it a lot.....nothing to do with the cute girl that owned it. :)

ian scott
09-17-2010, 11:47 PM
I rode from Stanwell Park up along the Old Highway, down Bulli Pass, along the coast and up through the park. A great ride. Perhaps too good and feeling really pleased with my bike etc I was a bit distracted and ran up the back of a car as the traffic came to a halt on my way home. My leg caught the bumper and I've broken my tib and fib.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/icoulston/misc/leg007.jpg
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/icoulston/misc/leg008.jpg

I didn't fall off. Somehow got to the side of the road and used my hands to get the bike on the stand and slide off to the ground. A police car noticed and came to help. Ambulance took me to the workshop and some repair work was done.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/icoulston/misc/leg003.jpg

Out of hospital and the next weekend my great friends helped me move so I'm closer to civilisation and everyday help.

Love my new house and hope to be here many many years.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/icoulston/misc/11092010026.jpg

Only damage to the bike is a broken footpeg which we found on the highway a week later when I was moving house and an almost imperceptable leg imprint on the tank. Both easy to fix. Easier than me. I wont be able to kick start for quite a while now.

PeterSibley
09-17-2010, 11:51 PM
Hi Ian ,now there's a bike I've never seen in the flesh ! I've admired photos of the 350 but never seen one .Very nice ! You'll have to catch up with TonyH with his 350 Guzzi !

PeterSibley
09-17-2010, 11:54 PM
Ahhh ...that's what the oops was ! I'm glad you're reasonably OK !

skipper68
09-18-2010, 12:20 AM
Nice pix of the "DON"T DO THAT AGAIN!)Your in aussie,right?If you are,I have questions.

ian scott
09-18-2010, 12:44 AM
Your in aussie,right?If you are,I have questions.

Yes "in aussie" ask away.

skipper68
09-18-2010, 12:57 AM
Can you get opals? My daughter say's the best are from there. She makes jewlery,and I heard it's where the best come from.Thanks for responding. Are you still on the bike too? My worst OOPS was the aft head ate my curling iron cord the other day. Peanuts after them xrays!

ian scott
09-18-2010, 02:31 AM
Skip. I've also heard that Australian opals are great quality but I'm afraid I've never bought one and probably you would have as much an idea as me as to where to get them and also what to get. Sorry about that.

Why not start a thread asking Aussies for advice. Maybe someone has an idea.

Good luck.

PeterSibley
09-18-2010, 02:43 AM
Can you get opals? My daughter say's the best are from there. She makes jewlery,and I heard it's where the best come from.Thanks for responding. Are you still on the bike too? My worst OOPS was the aft head ate my curling iron cord the other day. Peanuts after them xrays!

Yep , beautiful opals but it's specialist market and like all specialist markets , unless you know the stones and the market you WILL get done .

The Bigfella
09-18-2010, 02:45 AM
Sorry to hear about the leg Ian. Rick up in Hanoi has a rather similar leg.... he was riding his scooter with crutches strapped to it when I was there in July. He also has metal reinforcements now.

seanz
09-18-2010, 03:15 AM
So the bike was OK but the rider ended up in the workshop?
Practice your knitting.
:)

BrianW
09-18-2010, 03:32 AM
Holy Cow!

Glad you'll alright mate! Nice way to break a leg though.

Good show.

ian scott
09-18-2010, 04:29 PM
So the bike was OK but the rider ended up in the workshop?

Skin grows back... Paint doesn't.

That's what the tough guys say. Truth be known I'd much rather be fixing the bike than taking these pain killers. They're not quite covering it this morning.

paladin
09-18-2010, 05:11 PM
Depending on what they are giving you, don't swallow them whole, swallow half of one, crush the other half in a glass of water or chew it and wash it down....I was in a really bad rear end collision....and I gotta tell ya nuthin makes the pain go away.

ian scott
09-18-2010, 05:48 PM
That makes sense Chuck. It would kick in faster.

I've been through this before, with an arm injury, many years ago and yep ya can't quite cover the pain can you. Mind you taking an extra tablet this morning is making the world a nicer place now.

I'm amazed at the progress with orthopedic surgery. Broke my leg three weeks ago and the cast came off on Friday. The metal work is holding me together and in the right shape. I'm allowed to weight bear as much as I can stand (I think that's why I'm sore this morning - from a few tentative attempts yesterday). I can begin to unseize my ankle and knee. This is cool - the titanium rod is anodised purple.

seanz
09-18-2010, 05:51 PM
Now, take another half and put on some head-phones and listen to Pink Floyd.
;):)

Some extra caffiene is supposed to help with the pain-killers......just no coffee after lunch or you'll be awake all night.....and blame the pain. ;)

ian scott
09-18-2010, 05:53 PM
Ha ha. I'm already hearing Pink Floyd and the stereo is turned off.

Many typing corrections required before posting at the moment.

ian scott
09-18-2010, 06:02 PM
I won't be using or working on the cat for a bit. Dragging the dinghy across the mud with crutches would be problematic.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b41/icoulston/catamaran%2036%20ft/IMG_2869.jpg

Phil Y
09-29-2010, 04:14 PM
Ouch. get back on soon
phil

WX
09-29-2010, 09:08 PM
See I told yers them bikes were accident magnets. Hope you are back in action soon Ian.

WX
09-29-2010, 09:16 PM
Can you get opals? My daughter say's the best are from there. She makes jewlery,and I heard it's where the best come from.Thanks for responding. Are you still on the bike too? My worst OOPS was the aft head ate my curling iron cord the other day. Peanuts after them xrays!
There's 3 main areas for opals. South Australia Has milky white opal. Lightning Ridge in Northern NSW has good colour on black potch and crystal opal and Central QLD around Quilpie has boulder opal with good colour. I've spent a bit of time at Lightning Ridge and the most sought after was red on black. I was specing in a pile of opal dirt one time that was put out for tourists and a bloody Yank picked up a beautiful bit of red on black from right under my nose...not impressed but it was a good find for him.

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:4TC6TKwhGh_sQM:http://australianprice.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/black-opal.jpg&t=1
If you are planning on investing in some opal do your research first so that you know what you are buying.

purri
09-30-2010, 09:46 PM
And make sure you know the import/export laws otherwise you'll get slugged a fortune in tax.

ian scott
10-17-2010, 03:06 AM
I'm off the crutches.

Just went for a half hour walk (using a walking stick). Only got about 400m down the road but feeling pleased.

I'm treating myself to some amber pain relief. Yum.

The Bigfella
10-17-2010, 03:08 AM
Great news.

PeterSibley
10-17-2010, 03:22 AM
BY:DBY:D Well done Ian !

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
10-17-2010, 03:52 AM
... I can begin to unseize my ankle and knee. This is cool - the titanium rod is anodised purple.

Internal or external?

RFNK
10-17-2010, 04:20 AM
Hi Ian, I hadn't seen this thread until today. Yep, as the other Ian said above, I snapped my leg on the bike here in Hanoi in June. The break in the tibia was much longer than yours and the break in the fibula was a lot higher up, so I guess it was more of a twisting break. My foot was left poking out sideways and the ankle was totally sprained so I think my twist/break theory is about right! Anyway, after 4 months, it's the ankle that heals slowly - the break isn't really noticeable! I didn't get a cast at all - just a stainless steel plate with 9 screws holding the tibia together. Good luck with yours! Rick

seanz
10-17-2010, 04:51 AM
I'm off the crutches.

Just went for a half hour walk (using a walking stick). Only got about 400m down the road but feeling pleased.

I'm treating myself to some amber pain relief. Yum.

Now it's a religious thread?
;)

Good news. Y>

ian scott
10-17-2010, 05:27 AM
Internal or external?

Right down the middle of the bone. Only know its purple from the surgeon.

The anodising is to avoid mix ups with fasteners. Each piece of hardware has appropriate sized fasteners to suit its diameter - so a purple "Tibial Nail" has purple screws. Someone with bigger bones would have bigger diameter nail and matched screws - all colour coded to reduce the chance of mistakes during surgery.

Evidently some people who have their hardware removed choose to make custom accessories for their machines from the high tech alloys.

ian scott
10-17-2010, 05:33 AM
Hi Ian, I hadn't seen this thread until today. Yep, as the other Ian said above, I snapped my leg on the bike here in Hanoi in June. The break in the tibia was much longer than yours and the break in the fibula was a lot higher up, so I guess it was more of a twisting break. My foot was left poking out sideways and the ankle was totally sprained so I think my twist/break theory is about right! Anyway, after 4 months, it's the ankle that heals slowly - the break isn't really noticeable! I didn't get a cast at all - just a stainless steel plate with 9 screws holding the tibia together. Good luck with yours! Rick

Sounds similar if different in degree and position. Mine was described as a spiral fracture - you can see the spiral in the x ray. My leg was also facing forwards whilst my foot was pointing out to the right about 70 degrees. It was like that for about six hours - I suppose waiting for the appropriate doc to finish with some other people.

How's the recovery going?

PeterSibley
10-17-2010, 05:33 AM
I have some titanium in my right thumb , but I don't know the colour ...you're a lucky man ! :D

RFNK
10-17-2010, 05:53 AM
Sounds pretty similar. Recovery's okay I think. The ankle stills swells up a bit over the day and then goes down overnight again. The swelling decreases day by day. I swim most days so I think that has helped quite a lot. I stopped having pain after about a month I guess - as you know it's that rush of blood to the leg when you stand that does it! I have to have the plate removed after about a year. Do you have to have the rod removed? I used crutches for about 6 weeks and then went on to a stick after that but found the stick just became a hassle so I stopped using it.
Rick