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Written by Bryn Davies   

A south Georgian man has survived after being trapped underneath his motorcycle for eight days.

Roland Howard Goff, 63, was found trapped under his Honda VTX1300 in a ditch near his Brooks County home in the USA.

The bike, which would have weighed roughly 320kg, crushed his right leg and, unable to move or call for help, Roland was left to improvise when it came to staying alive. He drank rain water and ate whatever he could reach around him to keep his body ticking over. While he managed to survive for eight days, he told the Georgian State Police that he felt like he could make it one more day.

Roland Goff's story shows the potential horror of being trapped under your bike

By a stroke of luck, Roland was found when his friend, William Shultz, noticed his lack of activity on social media (he hadn't posted for around five days), so he decided to go and look for him.

William found Roland in a ditch just off his driveway. Roland says the only thing he remembered was riding down the track on the evening of Tuesday, May 17th and veering off the side of the dirt road.

Georgia State Police says his right leg was pinned underneath his motorcycle, preventing him from being able to free himself after the accident.

Roland was taken to South Georgia Medical Centre and while his leg is in bad condition, doctors are hopeful that he'll be able to keep it.

CPL Chris Kelch of the Georgian State Patrol said “he didn't think he'd make it much longer. He's still in good spirits. [He is] is really severely dehydrated but he felt like he could make it at least one more day. He said thank the Lord that he was able to survive this long.”

The story of Roland Goff serves as a stark warning to those who venture off trail riding by themselves without letting anyone know where they're going, or when they should be expected back. A lot is made of a bike's weight and how difficult it is to pick up a big adventure motorcycle once it hits the deck, so it's easy to see how this could happen to any one of us who's unfortunate enough to take a tumble while out on a ride.

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92kk k100lt 193214
I had an experience as an 18 year old of falling over at a traffic junction with my then Honda CB500-4. Its a lot less than 320kg too. I couldn't get out from under it and couldn't lift it either due to the positioning, my left foot was well and truly stuck underneath. Eventually it took 3 people to lift it so I could get out. It has always served as a lesson to me as to how one can get trapped, age hasn't everything to do with it. This is all aside from lifting a bike that has simply fallen over and lifting 320kg is no easy task irrespective of age.

Like any sport or any journey, one should always say where when and how. Most important if venturing out alone.

Good to see Roland is alive and well after it.
92kk k100lt 193214 , June 01, 2016
Me and my friend also had an experience of falling in the mud, since we lost control over our motorcycle and could not handle the situation. The motorcycle was completely covered by the mud and we were unable to lift the bike up from the mud. My friend called the people from the hauling company and hauled the dirt bike to our location. He found the company at http://www.wewilltransportit.c...transport/. I must say that the company persons were true professionals and hauled the bike to the desired location in a proper way.
RussellClark , June 02, 2016

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