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Gday everyone I'm Chris 18 from Tasmania this is my first post and I would like some advice about 3 months ago now I was in accident where I jumped off the back of my mates bike (Not recommended) as we were about to crash and I'm very inexperienced with riding and I wasn't sure what to do but I landed standing on both feet for second doing about 85 and the impact split the top of my Tibia bone right in the knee I now have a metal plate and 12 screws in my left knee and leg so it's about 3 months later and I'm just starting to walk again and I'm now building some more muscle in my leg and I'm unsure if the plate screws will be taken out or left in but for now I'm not having any problems with it and it's all healing really well the doctor's are very happy with my progress and are happy with outcome but it's not completely healed yet but I'm determined in getting a dirt bike and learning to ride and in the future hopefully race in a Hard Enduro race would be the goal as Enduro is something I really want to get into but over the last couple months it's seemed almost impossible with my knee the way it has been this is my first broken bone and it feels like it will never heal well enough to be able use my knees for gripping the bike to learn balance control and putting my leg down while riding aswell as all the other pressure my knee will be facing so the main question is how many of you have had bad breaks but have still healed well enough to be able to do what you love I have only ever owned a 50cc pocket rocket when I was little and I have only been on thumpsters but now I'm saving to hopefully get myself a CRF250 or something of the sort to get me started so I can learn to ride a bigger bike and hopefully one day start doing some Cross Enduro training and compete in a race I've never been in a motorcross race or Enduro race and I don't have alot of money but I'm still really keen to get a bike and start learning 

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Hi Chris my name is Paul welcome.i have been on drz for about 2and half years riding almost every weekend.just want to say glad your healing well ,that looked nasty.i am still using crutches but got rid of my moon boot 2 days ago.i snapped my tib in 2 places and my fib 3 months ago ,and hope to be walking proper in a couple weeks.and back on bike very soon.so just to say I feel your pain mate.whatever bike you get ride it heaps(lots of rides going all the time)and enjoy.oh yeah I am 54 and it's my first broke bone ,it's crap whatever age hey.cheers.

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Cheers Paul hope you get there aswell mate it's a long process but glad to hear your also determined to get back on a bike as soon I have saved enough money to get a bike and my leg is healed well enough to  ride I'll be doing it as much as I can cheers

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Welcome aboard mate

That is a decent scar, and decent screw job...

Best of luck with the recovery and your goals  :)

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Yeah I done a good job of it that's for sure haha cheers mate I appreciate it hopefully it won't be to long before I'll be on a bike living the dream 

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G'day Chris hope the rehab is going well!!

Start cycling and getting the knee and leg moving, there is a resident physio on the the forum who may give you advise or at least recommendations on doctors/specialist/physio's etc.

As for a CRF250, if you are really wanting to aim for hard enduro then l would suggest going for a 200 2 stroke through to a 300 - 2T is the bike of choice it would seem for these Hard Enduro guys!!

 

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Cheers mate I've been doing abit on the Mountain bike building some leg muscle up and my physio has given me exercises like calf lifts leg lifts squats and stuff like that also thanks for the advice with the bike I don't know much at all about bikes I've been looking into alot of aspects of it but I'm still unsure of what to get although your advice will definitely help thanks again 

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Hi Chris, you'll heal up ok being only 18.

I'm sure there are probably plenty of people on here that could give examples of getting busted up, going through the rehab then getting back on the bike etc , etc.

Keep your spirits up, get your leg / knee working - cycling is great as well as squats. Just don't push too hard too soon. 

From experience I had a road bike stack in 2005, smashed both my tib and fib. Spent a couple of weeks in hospital then almost 4 months off work and out of action. Was back riding in less than 6 months once I could get a boot on. I was 34 at the time.

As mentioned above, for more serious riding try and get a proper enduro bike. Even something second hand will be better than a CRF230 and 2 strokes are the go for hard enduro style terrain.

 

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Hey mate thanks for the comment I'm sure there would be plenty of people around that have had bad accidents and recovered well enough to still ride lately it's just feels like it will take forever for my knee to heal well enough but I was surprised to hear you were back on a bike in 6 months that dose make me feel better I have been on a couple thumpsters since but not doing anything serious I'm mainly just worried about my leg healing good enough to be able learn the technical skills of Hard Enduro riding and I understand that my leg stability and power will play a massive role in how I ride and also as I said I don't have alot of money and it seems like that style of riding is very expensive so I'm not sure if I should maybe give motorcross a go for awhile first but I have alot of access to the bush in my area and there's plenty of rough tracks around so I think I'd probably be focusing on that sort of thing as it's something I'd be able to practice alot and I like the way Enduro Riders can better there personal skills in way where they can preform as they do also I think I will definitely look into getting a 2 stroke if that's what people recommend for riding rough terrain thanks again everyone for all the support 

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I broke my leg (spiral fracture above the ankle; torn knee ligaments, rod inserted) in my early 30's (MX race at Broadford). Took about 8 weeks to get around in a moon boot without too much pain and 12 weeks before I hit the MX track again. First few races were tough and painful. I switched to offroad races and trailriding for a while and it was a much better way to get back into it - if you're recovering and learning I don't recommend MX, it's much harder and riskier.

Not sure what's available these days but get some decent boots and leg / knee guards. For the leg you want something that'll guard against impacts. Check with your doctors but I think for your knee you'll need something to guard against a hyper extension.

When you get your fitness back and up the riding skills MX is great if you like fast and exciting otherwise just keep building up your slow riding skills and enjoy conquering the challenges of nasty terrain.

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Wow that sounds like some mean damage you done there mate and yeah that would of been pretty full on doing MX with a busted leg although it is cool MX isn't what I'm mainly into ever since I started getting into dirt bikes I've been looking into the Enduro side of things and there's alot of good Cross Enduro training vids on YouTube that will help me out and yeah I'll definitely be getting some good protection gear especially if I'll be getting into Hard Enduro I don't know what I would have to get for Hyper extension protection but I'm sure there would be something out there but it's good to hear that people have recovered well enough to get back on the bike and sounds like you healed up pretty well mate glad you got back on a bike before to long cheers 

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Hey bud.  

Dont buy a Mx bike.  As mentioned above a 200 is good. 

I ride a 150xcw,  it’s super easy to learn on.  Decent torque.  

Very forgiving.  

 

The best hard enduro guys talk about being able to riding slow, balance is key   

Hit me up if you’re ever in Melbourne  

good luck 

 

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You have all been full of good advice but why has no one commented on the phallic  pic on his knee yet ?

Draw some hair on those balls , you will need it for enduro riding at times 

Oh good luck with the recovery

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the phallic  pic on his knee

Draw some hair on those balls



Oh dear Mr@Ghost Rider . Have you just outed yourself as one of those creepy weird guys, young forum members should avoid ?
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On 2/20/2019 at 2:01 PM, Rat Finke said:

 

 


Oh dear Mr@Ghost Rider . Have you just outed yourself as one of those creepy weird guys, young forum members should avoid ? emoji2.png

 

 

Your mistaking me with someone else

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Cheers BenG I got myself a cheap little thumpster to bash around on to feel comfortable with it again I haven't really seen any Enduro style bikes that would be good for me they are all KTM 300s and stuff like that I really like the look of the WRs would you say they are more of a MX bike or Enduro bike? There hasn't really been much available around my area at the moment but hopefully something comes up before to long I travel to the mainland abit mate so I'll definitely hit you up when I'm over that way cheers mate 

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And yeah dosen't look the best aye ghost rider I don't know how that being there helped the situation but they know what they are doing :D

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7 minutes ago, Chris39 said:

I really like the look of the WRs would you say they are more of a MX bike or Enduro bike?

WR250 is a very good / easy off road bike including enduro. It's also surprisingly good for club level MX with a few mods. Hard core riders are on the 300s I think mainly for weight. If you watch the US arena race series the 2 fastest / championship leading riders were both on four strokes (a KTM and a Husky) at the championship determining final race last year.

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Cheers mate I've been thinking about the WRs a fair bit they seem like a nice bike aswell as the TTRs they also seem like fairly good bikes for what I want they are still just out of my price range at the moment but definitely seem like the sort of bike I want and that sounds pretty cool man I'll check that out 

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Looking to spend around $1400-$1600 on a decent bike not anything to expensive at the moment just want a decent size bike to learn on I spent $600 on a 125 thumpster just because I wanted to get back on bike as soon as I could it will take me a little while to save my money back up but I'm planning on spending $1400-$1600 I probably wouldn't get a good YZF or WR for that but hopefully something suitable comes up at the right time 

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If you're tight on cash and looking to learn a WR is not likely unless you're really lucky. I'd be looking TTR, DRZ, XR, KLX etc; they are great bikes, wear better and are much cheaper to run (they'll do tens of thousands of km with little in the way of rebuilds and most don't get that much use from their owners. I know of a DRZ250 that has over 50,000km on it and is still original motorwise). Search the internet for dual sport bikes; there's heaps of articles and video reviews. If your patient some really good buys come up from time to time. These bikes are a bit lower performance and heavier but are easily DIY tuned / lightened for good offroad  performance. You don't need a race bike to have fun or learn! here's a short video of trailriding one of my favorite bikes (2007 DRZ250, cost me $2,000) https://youtu.be/9Z04nIe0ub4

 

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Yeah something like that DRZ250 seems spot in for what I'm looking for a couple of my mates have DRZs and they've had them for years awsome bikes I've also been looking at the TTRs they seem pretty good and there are some around my area for around the price I'm looking for but I will check that out mate sounds good I am being pretty patient with it so hopefully I can find myself  good bike and yes your right mate I'm not planning on going fast as I can everywhere I more wanna try get my balancing right and practice on afew obstacles 

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11 minutes ago, Chris39 said:

I've also been looking at the TTRs they seem pretty good and there are some around my area for around the price I'm looking

The TTR and DRZ are almost twins they're so similar. Save up your money so when you find a good buy your ready to go. Thumpster is pretty neat, capable and a heap of fun too. Mate brought one on a desert trip once and had a ball! Did all the tracks, even the whoops. A bit too cramped for me when I had a go on it though. Same mate once rode his little scooter on a tight trails ride - a real eye opener and amazing what it could do (the underslung pipe took a real beating and we had to carry it over the big logs though). So when on a budget and looking at older bikes don't get too attached on blue, yellow or green go for the best condition one you can get for your money.

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