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Offline Dirt_Dad

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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2017, 08:16:08 am »
Good reminder why I do what I do. 

Of course the memory of my wife low-siding, getting partially run over by an F150, sliding down the road about 100', watching them tow away the F150 (and her bike), then having her home that night because the gear did its job, is indelibly imprinted in my mind.  Still good to have other reminders.
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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2017, 09:46:42 am »
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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2017, 10:19:17 am »
Yep, slept on the couch that night.  I went downstairs and the first thing she said was, "what kind of bike are you going to get me?"

Shook me up enough that I wasn't so sure I wanted her back on a bike.  That led to our brief ownership of a Spyder.
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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2017, 08:33:34 pm »
As I posted in another thread;  Fortunately I've only tested gear once.  Guy blew a stop sigh directly in front of me as I was headed down a divided road at 50mph.  I had on a Joe Rocket jacket and Rev-it pants in addition to all the other gear.  I would not call either of those items high end but both worked better than I could have hoped.  No broken bones, no road rash although I had a concussion..  22 Deputies there could not believe I survived.  Yes the gear works

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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2017, 05:27:33 pm »
Thanks for the good post!


I wear all the gear almost all the time and we just came back from vacationing in Maine. It's all Harley all the time with virtually nobody wearing helmets, with some Ricky-Racer sport bikes thrown in. They'll generally have a helmet and that's about it. Karen looked about like this:


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Sounds like Old Orchard Beach!

Never understod why someone would ride a $20-30K bike and wear a $25 half helmet or no gear at all. To each their own I suppose.

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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2017, 05:44:55 pm »
Never understod why someone would ride a $20-30K bike and wear a $25 half helmet or no gear at all. To each their own I suppose.


From what I've been told, it's all part of the image.  Somebody needs to show them an image of what happens to heads that contact pavement w/o helmets.
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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2017, 05:49:03 pm »

From what I've been told, it's all part of the image.  Somebody needs to show them an image of what happens to heads that contact pavement w/o helmets.

I agree well said.

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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2017, 02:40:05 pm »
There is no helmet law here in Arizona . Most of the Harley riders don't wear them. I always wore mine when I had a Harley
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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2017, 12:03:34 pm »
I've been working as a medic for 22yrs, on the Isle of Man, seen more than my fair share of riders being being brought in and I concur with you whole heartedly, the standard of the gear you wear does go a long way in saving you from serious injury, I've seen riders come in after a 70mph get of and be discharged after a few hours, good gear saved them, flip side of that same coin I've seen some guys with very serious injuries after a 30mph impact, quite often wearing jeans and t-shirt because it was too warm for anything else or they were only making a short journey to the shops, due to what I've seen over the years the one thing I don't scrimp on is bike gear, I also wear Rukka but that said there's also some really good stuff for less wonga, regardless of how long or how short my journey is I always wear it.

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Re: A word on safety gear
« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2017, 03:40:20 pm »
::026:: for AGATT

I commute everyday 55km round trip from the burbs into downtown Cow town.  Full Klim gear, and a Airbag hi viz vest.  I look like a total dork ::015:: picture of said dork below!
but, the airbag has become like a seatbelt for me.  I have harnesses on both bikes.  It's heavy, and doesn't let the air flow as well on hot days, but in retrospect, eating my supper out a straw is out.

Alternately, when riding my XC off road, it's full mx boots (5 saves at least and counting) carbon knee braces (saved my knee once at least), helmet, goggles, gloves, chest/roost protector with full arm protection.
The amount of time you bail on a dirt bike, and are exposed to tree branches, rocks and anything else that could hurt you, you'd have to be completely retarded to ride without gear.  Yes dirt bikes are light, but 270 LB on your foot, bending it the way it's not supposed to, is still stupid heavy.

If I show up to the lot and say I forget my mx boots.  I go home.

Who's air vest do you use?  I use a Hit-Air and like it very much, for it's relatively light weight.

Who's "full arm" roost protector do you use?  I use a G6 with elbow and shoulder thick plastic. Not the best, but the mesh parts help me wear it, instead of nothing at all. I use the G6 during street riding, too, during summer months. Again, the mesh G6 is cooler than a mesh jacket, and better than nothing.
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