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post #1 of 17 Old 01-11-2013, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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The Importance Of Riding Boots

Just a heads up to my fellow riders. A couple of weeks ago I was struck from behind on my DL650 while waiting for the light to change. I ended up pinned to the highway with one foot caught in the handlebars and the other leg trapped under the bike. I believe the motor kept running. After a couple of minutes a couple of guys came running up and lifted the motorcycle off of me. I ended up with a broken ankle, a very bruised foot and knee, and a few other things. I was wearing my AXO boots, leather pants and jacket, and gloves of course. The boots had a lot of the material scraped of the toe area and a hole had somehow been punched into the heel area. The boots and my gear probably saved me a lot more grief so I want to emphasize the importance of sturdy footwear. I hate to imagine what might have happened to my foot without them. I sometimes wear my hiking boots when going to the park, but no more.

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Take good care of that ankle. They are the hardest working joints in your body.

I'm glad to hear you're okay otherwise, and will say that I can't agree with you more. I was wearing Tourmaster Solutions (and otherwise was ATGATT) when an Acura SUV driver decided to drive out of a cross street in front of me on damp roads. I hit the side of the SUV at kind of an oblique angle, and I'd managed to slow down a fair bit. Rather than going over the SUV my shoulder, head and fairing bashed into it and my bike slid out from under me in kind of a low side. My right foot went from the rear brake pedal under the foot peg and was twisted and down getting dragged along the road. It ground a fair bit of leatherette off the toe of the boots but my only injury was a sore shoulder like a charley horse. I was pretty happy that I'd been wearing good boots as I suspect I would have done real damage to my foot and ankle otherwise. The biggest annoyance was having to toss a brand new helmet

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I've been trying to kick out the moths and add shin guards to my riding gear. It doesn't take much to injure, break a bone or damage a joint during a crash, that's unprotected.
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good reminder on boots. i'm a big fan of bohn armor. i don't even know i'm wearing it most of the time, i'm that used to it.

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I've been trying to kick out the moths and add shin guards to my riding gear. It doesn't take much to injure, break a bone or damage a joint during a crash, that's unprotected.
After hurting my shin last year I've been looking for a set of shin gaurds too. Have you seen any that would be good under riding pants?

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After hurting my shin last year I've been looking for a set of shin gaurds too. Have you seen any that would be good under riding pants?

Bohn Body Armor makes knee-shin guards.

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I have been there done THAT! I crashed 85 days ago and fractured my talus bone in my ankle. I am still limping and learning to walk. I was all geared up except real riding boots. I had on some dewalt steel toe 6" high tops boots. The steel toe actually cracked 3 bones in my foot. I fractured my knee and rapped my ankle. here are some pics.
Only 30 mph! impact at 28mph! the bike first.


my ankle







It has been the worst pain in my life!!!!!!

It still hurts and now i have a limp. It is getting better very slowly. I have only been walking without a cast or crutches for 2 weeks now. IT HURTS LIKE HELL BUT I CAN WALK SO THAT'S ALL I CARE ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I had real riding boots at home in the trailer. Now i will never ride without big ass boots on and high tops only like 8" and taller.

The accident was not my fault and i won my lawsuit so now its just healing up that sucks. I have crashed racing motocross, Crashed hitting animals on the road and crashed doing stupid shit and i love every minute of it and would not trade it for the world. I just take the bumps bruises and busted bikes and bones as part of riding. Just goes to show you that you can get hurt at 5 mph just as easily as 50mph. Even the best and the worst crash no way around it.
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The steel toe actually cracked 3 bones in my foot. I fractured my knee and rapped my ankle.
Yea...Steel Toe boots are bad. Luckily, you only broke a few toes...not uncommon for the steel toe to just sheer the toes right off when it gets warped in an accident.

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Steel toe myths abound. Test results belie the old wives tales. MythBusters Episode 42: Steel Toe-Cap Amputation, Bottle Rocket Blast-off is a popular version.

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