Impaled! the gnarliest bike injury you’ll see all day

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Dirt bike helmets are nice and open to allow plenty of ventilation and room for goggles, but what happens when a nice sharp branch exploits that opening? If you guessed the correct answer then you can probably also guess that you shouldn’t watch this unless you have a strong stomach.

Update: we interviewed the rider and have added eight pictures.

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We just spoke to Mike and asked him a few questions about the accident:

Why’d you crash?
I have no idea, it wasn’t even a challenging part of the trail, just a simple mishap.
When did you realize you had a branch through your cheek?
I thought I only had a broken hand. I didn’t realize until my dad told me, when I got my helmet off.
How’d the helmet come off so easy, I woulda thought the branch would be in the way?
I have no idea… we can’t figure it out.

What first aid did you do?
Off camera we tried to pull it out, but realized it was in too deep. It wasn’t bleeding much so we didn’t wrap it or anything.
How’d you get to the hospital?
I sat on the side of the jeep trail for an hour while my dad rode out and drove the truck back in to get me. Then we drove straight to ER, with a few stops at friends houses to show off the stick in my face.
Did it hurt much?
I didn’t feel any pain. The only thing that hurt was my hand. I was talking the whole time with a branch in my cheek.
What’d they do at the hospital? How many stitches?
Took 3 hours to get to the ER at which time they provided immediate attention and sent me straight into surgery where they slit my cheek, removed the branch and put in 24 stitches.
What’s it look like now?
A “Y” shaped incision on my cheek and swollen.
When did all this happen?
Wednesday March 23 at 2pm in Pine Valley HOV area, CA.
You going to have a scar?
I’m not sure if I will have a scar or not, but I really hope I do! It’s a sick story!

I think we have our first contender for the second annual Scar Off.

  • Esteban

    ouch!..
    he should be paying more attention to the road and better gripped to a throttle sensitive off road bike also don’t try to use the renthal handle bars the wrong way..mounted the wrong way..

  • http://www.footshifted.com Footshifted

    “technically we should leave it in there”

  • Brendan

    Glasgow smiles are totally period.

    • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk UrbanRider

      Ha! I knew about Chelsea smiles from football hooligan days, didn’t realise it originated in Glasgow along with the Glasgow kiss of course. Tough city!

  • Beale

    Boy, that’s a freak one. I don’t think his bars are backwards, just rotated forward in the clamps.

  • slowestGSXRever

    Oh dear god. Never going to ever ride without a THICK ASS face shield.

  • Skank NYCF

    I like the fact that he drove around to show it off to his friends.

    • Mike

      how often does something like this happen? i had to take advantage of it while i could!

      • Skank NYCF

        your dad raised you hardcore..props to him for removing your helmet and getting the great video footage and not panicing. Strike a pose, Jr. :)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Correction. His dad drove him around to show it off to his friends.

  • Ben

    Bad day, but a great story. I also like how HFL censored the one photo… but not the 5 below it.

    Gnarly.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ha, well that’s on the front page. Presumably by the time you’ve clicked into here you’re prepared to see some gore.

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    Dang! I swear all the most bizarre and painful looking injuries happen off road…

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    I seldom ride on road with my visor oppened, but if i ever go off road, those goggle are coming off once the engine is off. Could you imagine if that thing went in his EYE?
    The dad is one BAMF for not freaking out first and then taking a tour of their friends to show it off.

  • Core

    Damn, that’s rough. That’s like a freak accident.

    That was like fate being personified and saying “I’m gonna screw you over no matter what you do, your damned if you do and damned if you dont, the helmet only makes my raging boner harder”

    On that note… if I ever get back in to riding a dirt bike, going to make sure to creep through the trail I plan on riding first unless its just wide open.

  • Ducky

    Totally gnarly dude

  • Scott-jay

    Young rider’s demeanor still haunting memory, days after seeing him here.
    This piece begs a follow-up.

  • Mike

    hey everyone, just to let you all know, im going in today to have all the stitches removed. ill give an update after my appt.