I have been quiet about this accident and a lot of Board Members have wanted to put it on the Board but I always feel others are worse off than me so I asked them not to. On 11/29/06 it had been raining but was going up to 66 degrees so myself, Tigger and David M from the board decided to ride some curves and eat lunch in Chattanooga. We rode around Little River Canyon and I noticed my rear broke loose but I got it right back, I just attributed it to wet roads and wet leaves no big deal. As we turned onto Dougherty Gap Rd ( one of my favorite roads) I took the lead. Just before the switchbacks there are some gentle downhill curves. We were not going that fast because we were approaching the switchbacks. I remember my back wheel breaking loose and that is it. The rest comes from Tigger (John Deale), the bike started down then caught and flipped me over the front. I slide down the road face first with the bike catching me and then sliding over me starting me rolling. The bike went into a ditch I went on down the road and went in the ditch downhill from the bike. In the picture that is me they are working on past the bike. David M who was right behind me did an excellent job of not hitting me and managed to get around me and the bike, Tigger got to watch the whole thing as he stayed behind me ( I think I would rather hurt as to have watched it all). I was airlifted to a Trauma Center in Chattanooga. The damage to the bike totaled, to me a severe concussion, 2 skull fractures one starting at the left eye orbit, crushed lower sinus bones numerous facial fractures, torn artery in the temple, cracked disk in neck, 3 broken ribs, hole through and torn spleen, Left ankle and foot broken and crushed. The Doc got a laugh he said there was only 1 bone in my foot and ankle that was not broke and a lot of road rash. I was very lucky, Nurses passing by stopped, the Helicopter had blood on board and pushed it, 2 units in the helicopter 6 units at the ER. After I was released from Chattanooga I was at home for a week and got worse so they admitted me to Intensive care here for another week because my spleen was still bleeding, more new blood. Somehow Dicepilot (George) and Wingit (Jim) snuck into intensive care to see me. What Wingit said is the reason I am posting this and that is that someone else might learn from it. So now I will get on a soapbox. I have been riding on and off all my life. I loved my Gl1800, it was like a sport bike with luggage, I had it 5 months and had put 17,000 miles on it and had it just liked I wanted it. I was bad about running errands on it in shorts and a tee shirt. I wore a open faced helmet with safety sunglasses. On trips I would wear a Leather Jacket or my Tourmaster Intake jacket, I had FirstGear H2 pants and leather chaps. On this day I took the liner out of my Intake jacket and wore it, it was to warm for the overpants so I wore jeans. The Helmet had a visor, the visor was gone as was a lot of the gelcoat and the snaps were sanded down to the studs. The lesson here only Full Face or flip up locking chin bar helmets. It would not have stopped the concussion but probably saved the facial fractures and torn artery which caused me to almost bleed out in the ditch and helicopter. The Tourmaster Intake jacket did its job perfectly the ribs and spleen damage was from the bike sliding over me and no jacket will stop that. I had on leather gloves yet somehow had road rash all over my hands. The jeans came apart so more road rash on my legs. I had intended to get air mesh pants this spring, to late. It is a must to have all this on all of the time. This could have happened on the street in front of my home where I was wearing shorts and a tee shirt. If you do not have time to put on all the gear, take the truck! Ride with others, I don't know how many times I have run this route alone because everyone else was busy I even ran this road a month ago taking pictures by myself. As to the reason, no one knows for sure Dicepilots wreck and mine have similarities. We both had rear Metzlers, his 10,000 mine 11.000 miles the bike acted similar when they went down and both tires looked good except for one spot about 8 inch's long off the side of the center belt with wear bars showing which on damp pavement or a wet leaf would cause it to turn loose momentarily I do not want anyone to go through what I have gone through or put my Family and Friends through so I hope someone will learn something from this. I am sorry if this rambles, it has been done in pieces because I am still in and out of it. It will be another 6 weeks before I can try to walk so I will not be at Cats Cade or Rockies Gold but I will still be hanging around the board and we will see from there. I think Jim was right and I hope 1 person reads this and pays attention.