Weekly Roundup: At Least The Bike’s Mostly Okay Edition

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Let me say this: I rode the new Husky 350 and 450 enduro bikes for all of Tuesday and, er, some of Wednesday, and they’re just brilliant. They are the Ferrari 488GTBs of dirtbikes. A total moron like me can jump them up in the air with no problem. What a total moron like me cannot do is hit a mysteriously deep rut halfway through third gear while riding one. They’re even easy to ride around a motocross track when you have a tibia plateau fracture of severity IV or whatever it is. Go Husky!

This was a busy week for me, before and after the crash. I’m finally home now after two flights so let’s proceed with the Weekly Roundup.


Bark brought us the tale of soaked Tails, with “Tails” being the name of the Chevy Sonic driven by occasional TTAC contributor Caroline Ellis.

Over at TTAC, I wrote a think piece on how divisions in American society could be exacerbated by autonomous vehicles and a TSI Beetle review.

At R&T, Bark and I collaborated for a GT350R Meets Boss 302 piece. We’re the two drivers in the photographs — I’m wearing my Arai Oriental helmet in Bark’s Boss and he’s driving the GT350R in preparation for his Sebring trip. As is usual, some of the readers got caught in the crevasse of minor complaints — in this case, it was my referring to the Mustang as a “sedan”. To me, it is a sedan — it has a B-pillar. But in the context of racing, it’s absolutely a sedan. It races in the American Sedan class with SCCA. So there you go!

And yes, that makes my Accord Coupe a two-door sedan, which is how I think of it.

A brief meeting with an authentic Gulf 917K on Monday inspired me to write The Details Matter, Until They Don’t. There’s something humbling about being in the company of a short-tail 917, particularly when it’s not being displayed but is simply right in front of you.

This upcoming week, Bark is flying to Sebring and I’ll be going through a surgery on Monday to bolt my ligaments back into place. I have a lot of things I need to do in the next 30 days and if they have to use a plasma welder on me to make that happen then so be it. Enjoy your weekend, everybody!

13 Replies to “Weekly Roundup: At Least The Bike’s Mostly Okay Edition”

  1. -Nate

    Nice to see you’re up beat Jack .

    I’ll never be comfortable riding off road , I am told it’s _far_ more dangerous , the street riding I do .

    -Nate

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    • jdh

      One is far more likely to crash on a dirt bike. I’m usually good for a least one screw up every time I go out. And I broken arms, legs, teeth, knees and other bits over close to 50 years of off and on riding and occasional racing.

      You are far far more likely to die (or have very serious injuries) in a street accident than on the dirt.

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  2. Reese B

    1) The more I hear about the GT350, the worse the acts I’m willing to carry out just to drive one.

    2) I’m actually a little unsettled that you’re hurting yourself in such spectacular ways when, not to rub it in but, I’m significantly younger and not having nearly as much potentially injurious fun, and,

    2b) Were I in the same situation, I would have laughed deliriously at the mere idea of updating my website just because some people wanted to read it. Props, you indefatigable mother fucker.

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  3. VolandoBajo

    Keep the circulation going in that leg, and give yourself a little extra rest for a while.

    I’m not worried that you will become too slack if you do so…it’s not in your nature.

    Which is a good thing, as long as you remember to give yourself a bit of a break in the healing department.

    No broken bone is fun, but outside of either a mangled spine, a crushed skull, or maybe a fractured collarbone, I can’t think of much that could be difficult than what you managed to do to yourself in the pursuit of that elusive dream of all type T’s (basically, the adrenaline-addicted, of which I are one, and I suspect you know you are, as well.)

    That elusive dream being “fun”, in all of its incarnations. It is what keeps us alive, and young. But it is also what we have to stay on top of, lest it get on top of us.

    As Jagger sang in the obscure “Memo from Turner”, remember to “…be strong with your beast.”

    I have heard that more often than not, when a fracture heals, it heals back stronger than it was before the injury.

    I hope that is true for you. You certainly have endured enough to have earned that “side benefit” of your search for fun. And I hope you find some encouragement in that observation, also.

    Just be careful not to stick your neck out too far…your son needs a father. Preferably one who will remain ambulatory the majority of the time. But finding balance is the tricky part…every man, every person, has to find their own, even as they listen to a symbolic angel and devil holding a debate on their shoulders.

    My heart and my prayers go out to you, Jack, as I am sure is true for many others of us.

    Keep us posted on your progress please, but don’t push it too hard too soon. If you give yourself some time to heal now you will be fully back in the saddle before too long, though of course, it always seems like it is too long until that time is past. But it will pass…til then, hang tough, as you always do.

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  4. Cdotson

    Good luck healing from your injury. A coworker of mine suffered what must be a very similar injury to yours, having seen his x-rays, from playing softball. It will have been at least 4 full months by the time he’s back at work, though he doesn’t have the luxury of desk bound work as a writer/blogger/computer guy would. Try your best to avoid reinjuring yourself with the type of stupid hijinks to which you appear so drawn.

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  5. -Nate

    “No broken bone is fun, but outside of either a mangled spine, a crushed skull, or maybe a fractured collarbone, I can’t think of much that could be difficult than what you managed to do to yourself in the pursuit of that elusive dream of all type T’s ”

    Oops ~ too late .

    At least I’m still ambulatory although I have to sleep sitting in a chair more often than not these days .

    Agreed , don’t settle down too much m keeping moving has been a god send to me .

    -Nate

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  6. galactagog

    that is a wicked looking dirt bike!!

    at least you went down in style

    really hope the surgery goes well, and your back on your feet again!

    driving standard is probably going to suck, for a while?

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  7. -Nate

    ” One is far more likely to crash on a dirt bike. I’m usually good for a least one screw up every time I go out. And I broken arms, legs, teeth, knees and other bits over close to 50 years of off and on riding and occasional racing.

    You are far far more likely to die (or have very serious injuries) in a street accident than on the dirt. ”

    This is so .

    However , safe riding is all about crash avoidance and being able to control the Moto when you’re sliding crossed up or whatever and there’s no better place to learn this than in the dirt .

    I firmly believe that’s why my Son is so much better and rider than I ~ I get scared in the dirt or sand and go all stiff armed , this is the very worse thing you can do but i can’t help it .

    OTOH , I’ve had several pavement sideways events on various Motos and been able to recover on all but the ice one and the witnesses told me they’d never seen such a graceful laydown .

    I’m askeert of the dirt because I’m sure I’ll crash .

    -Nate

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