Hey all, some unfortunate news, yesterday one of our local riders went down riding on the Hellcats, I have included the full excerpt of the post but first a few key points to note before responding.
*This is an experienced rider/builder the margin for user error is low but not zero
*Everything was in factory condition
*Rider is 200+ lbs
*Speed was between 25-30mph
Will post more details when available.
First an foremost I must again stress the importance of good safety gear!! Wear it, period.
I took a serious fall today (more on that in a minute), I suffered scrapes and bruises on my right arm, right side of my torso, hip, and I’m sure a few more areas that will reveal themselves in the morning. However, my gear saved my life! My head hit the ground HARD, and my Helmet did exactly what it was supposed to. Once I quit rolling and everyone was there helping me, I recalled seeing my left foot flopping around as I was spinning. It was a horrific sight. I knew it was broken, just wasn’t sure how bad… any attempt at moving the foot resulted in being able to feel the bones crunching against each other. I knew right then I needed to get to a hospital ASAP, but wasn’t ready to dial 911. The pain was excruciating, so walking was out of the question.
Everyone teamed up to get me back to the nearest place that my wife could drive up to. It was quite a sight.
helped out immensely, and there’s simply NO WAY that I could have done it without them. Thank you all so much!
Diagnosis of the ankle… the X-Rays showed that there was more than one broken bone in the left (leg / ankle) and that surgery was going to be required. However that would need to be done by an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow or the next day. The doctors at the ER put a cast on just to immobilize it as much as possible until surgery. The pain is still over the top…
Now then, what happened to cause all of this? Well, I was taking the New Hellcat wheels and wide tires out for a maiden after just getting the correct sized tubes for the tires. I was just telling everyone at lunch how incredible the ride feeling was. Then on the way back, out of nowhere the tire popped off the rim!! WTF!!! Never in the more than 1000 miles that I’ve ridden on my Lonestar have I ever had an issue with the stock setup!
Seriously, there’s nothing else that I can say about the new Hellcats and wide tires except, if you do choose to run them, be extremely careful!"