I live in Vancouver B.C. I decided to drive my 2016 BMW R1200GSA through the United States to St Johns Newfoundland and back to Vancouver. In August 2016 I was in South Dakota driving to the entrance of Badlands National Park. I passed the sign and thought, man, that would make a nice picture. It was 105 F. and very windy. I drove back to the sign and put my bike on the side stand right nest to the sign. As I was focusing the camera, the wind blew my bike over and the bike crashed against the sign! I was horrified at what I saw because from where I was standing it looked like the gas tank crashed against the sign. I ran over to the bike and tried to lift it upright but it was too heavy so I started tearing all of the luggage off the bike. When I got the luggage off, I could only lift the bike a little so I panicked and lunged at the bike with all of my strength. I felt something twing in my left arm and watched my left bicep slowly move up to my shoulder!! I snapped the tendon holding my bicep to my elbow. I gave up lifting the bike. Eventually two guys on Harleys stopped and helped me get the back back upright. I went into the park that night and set up my tent. The next day, I headed back to Vancouver to get my arm fixed. The good news is I tried doing the trip again in May 2017 and I made it from Vancouver to St. Johns Newfoundland and back in 6 weeks and 17,500 kilometers.
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