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Why it's best to wear protective motorcycle gear even if you #3094268
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Why it's best to wear protective motorcycle riding gear even if you think it's not cool. If you think you could avoid this then you're a better rider than me and most any rider out there. Even with lean angle ABS it would be a challenge. That's just one situation that are almost unavoidable, so there's three choices "Dress for the crash or don't ride a motorcycle" or "roll the dice and takes your chances" wink wink



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A buddy of mine hit a black bear on a mountain road. Totaled his bike and got him a few days in the hospital.

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I rode a dirtbike or two when I was in HS, just putting around in the pastures, nothing crazy. It just never did much for me.
But theres times when you just never know what the ride will bring, no matter how prepared and careful you are.
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And for anyone out there who doesn't know A12's background, him saying "If you think you could avoid this then you're a better rider than me..." means you'd have to be world class... and still really lucky.


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Re: Why it's best to wear protective motorcycle gear even if you [Re: A990] #3094299
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I bought a brand new Kawasaki 500 triple when I got out of high school. I discovered pretty quickly that I didn't have any business on that thing. I then bought a Hodaka Super Rat dirt bike. That thing got me down one day. I was in all my riding attire, cut off jeans, t-shirt and tennis shoes. The fixed foot peg had my shoe skewered in the dirt, my other leg was hanging over the other side getting burned. I traded that for the 340 Dart that I eventually turned into a race car. I bought a Honda Z-50 mini trail for a pit bike. Even that, with a little help from adult beverages, can get you down and rub you around.

Re: Why it's best to wear protective motorcycle gear even if you [Re: Brad_Haak] #3094302
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You rolls your dice, you takes your chances. I had a friend who was fully dressed and went around a corner at 5mph, he slipped in some rocks and his full face helmet chin guard hit the ground first breaking his neck and killing him instantly. All his protective gear didn't help him. It all comes down to what you believe and who you believe looks out for you... twocents


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Re: Why it's best to wear protective motorcycle gear even if you [Re: Rhinodart] #3094308
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I'm wondering WTH happended? What hit him?

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Originally Posted by BDW
I'm wondering WTH happended? What hit him?



Looks like a deer to me

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As I tell anyone thinking about riding, wear your gear because when, not if, you dump it that gear will help save you. I'd rather shred leather than skin. Is it 100%, nope, but I guarantee you your flip flops, shorts and T shirt will leave you with road rash every time and worse more times than nought.

I started riding in 82, when I moved to TX my motorcycle endorsement didn't make the transition. Didn't notice it for years till I got a bike. So I had to take a riding school. The instructor was giving me crap about the old school heavy duty leathers I was wearing and I slapping him down. He was a sport bike rider and his gear was minimal, at best. Laughably enough in the middle of the week it started raining, I was the only one who was dry. Every one else got soaked, hell I used to ride in the winter in Chicago. We had one dude wearing a windbreaker, I told him that wasn't going to help him when he lost it which he did during class later on.

You ride a bike, you will go down at one time or another. Heck my SIL got hit while he was stopped in the left turn lane while the light was red. They kept going too. So if you are planning to ride, ride like every one if trying to deliberately kill you, because they are. Your bike has several advantages over a four wheeler. Some of them beneficial to you as the rider. It can out accelerate almost all other vehicles on the road, you can use that to not be where trouble is heading. It can out handle most other vehicles on the road as well, those it cannot out handle, well the bike is smaller and can get around things easier, use that to avoid trouble. It can also out stop most other vehicles, but that usually just makes you a sitting duck. You gotta have your head on a swivel and your brain has to be able to not only process what is going on but be able to continuously update your options in fractions of a second.

My advice? Don't ride.

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Originally Posted by biggE
Originally Posted by BDW
I'm wondering WTH happended? What hit him?



Looks like a deer to me


Yep, went back and looked at it frame by frame and a deer ran out in front of him. Amazing that he was able to ride right through that and stay upright!

Re: Why it's best to wear protective motorcycle gear even if you [Re: Rhinodart] #3094339
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Originally Posted by Rhinodart
You rolls your dice, you takes your chances. I had a friend...

Yeah and I had friend who died from falling down the stairs at this parents' house... but he was a 3-time AMA National Road Racing champion and wouldn't throw a leg over a bike w/o his gear on.

You can use your common sense to be the best equipped for the circumstances... or not. But don't tell me the odds for surviving while wearing the proper safety gear don't improve your odds.

PS - Me in 1990 racing the Amateur day at the Budds Creek AMA Pro Motocross National

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In the case of the video, what difference would lack of protective gear have made?


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Originally Posted by John_Kunkel
In the case of the video, what difference would lack of protective gear have made?


He wouldn't have gotten a face full of deer [censored] or that stinger on his hand.

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Originally Posted by John_Kunkel
In the case of the video, what difference would lack of protective gear have made?


Might have gotten shrapnel in the face from the windshield or other components damaged but not visible to us.

Many years ago a friend and I were going to a parts store less that 3 blocks away to pick up spark plugs. I left my helmet on the headrest (tall one). He shut this bike off and said, put your helmet on or your going alone. I said geez we're only going 3 blocks to whic he responded, I don't care how far we are going. Realizing he was right, I put the helmet on.
About half way there going around a left hand curve in a residential area, I had left my kick stand down and there was a car parked with the LR corner well into the street. I hit the car, went over the trunk lid hitting a short retaining wall with the top of my helmet. judging by the dmage to the helmet it would've likely been a lot more than damage to the bike and helmet tsk

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That is scary. Glad the guy didnt lay it down or get hurt.


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Originally Posted by Brad_Haak
And for anyone out there who doesn't know A12's background, him saying "If you think you could avoid this then you're a better rider than me..." means you'd have to be world class... and still really lucky.


Outside of seeing that deer at roadside so you could be aware, no chance with the conditions that you could avoid a collision. Grab a handful of front brake and the front end tucks and you go sliding across the opposite lane into the trees.

No chance I'd have avoided it either and I have a similar background as A12, national level racing.

Why are deer so stupid that they like to run in front of lights? Someone should get an educational program together for them akin to the crossing streets poems/videos for kids. LOL

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Originally Posted by crackedback
Why are deer so stupid that they like to run in front of lights?


When I was young I had a deer cross the highway in front of me, get to the other side, fall down, then decide to come back across. My elbow hit his tail and he kicked me in the leg on the way by. It was a Z-1 with an open pipe you could hear for 5 miles. When he decided to come back across I basically braced for impact and ruined my undershorts.


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Early in my motorcycle riding days I ened up chasing a dog who had ran out after me on the street going home, I was on a new Suzuki TS185 that belong to some one that wanted me keep at my house so I could show it to another freind who wanted to buy a combination dirt and road legal bike. I had ridden it over to his house and he wasn't home, shame on me not him calling first, mistake #1, the dog had got pretty close to me but slowed down and turned around to go back, so I did the same thing and was chasing him from directly behind him ,mistake #2 I got to about three feet from his tail and he stop running and put all four paws into the dirt to stop and I hit him directly in his butt with the front tire which stop the bike instantly launching me over the handle bars and the bike right behind me. realcrazy
I thought about how stupid i was for riding it with no hat, gloves or long sleeve jacket as I went over the handle bars and when I was tumbling over several times in the dirt, luckily the bike didn't land on me while it was tumbling boogie. I heard the dog yelping, but I never saw him again ever shock. He was gone when I got stopped crashing in the dirt, luckily I was about three feet from the pavement edge when I hit him and I didn't break anything or get hurt serioulsy boogieSame thing on the bike, no real damage luck
I have had rabbits run out in front of me on a motorcycle, but I was able to miss them boogie

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I know 2 people who are here only because of a last-minute "OK, I'll wear the helmet" decision: me, and a guy I used to work with.
He only put it on leaving work that day after a couple of us busted his stones, and on his ride home he needed it.
In both cases, the bikes were totaled, and the full-face hats were sacrificed.
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Been down three times without a helmet on, according to you guys I should be maimed, destroyed, and dead! Read my first sentence, and you can keep telling all the anecdotes you want, nobody will change my mind. I am thinking of NOT moving to Tennessee because of their archaic "everyone must wear a helmet" law! If I want to wear one then I will, nobody should forced to do anything against their will... tsk


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