Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
Kudos to this guy. I am sure he has had a lot of single track experience, so this was a piece of cake.
FWIW, (probably .02), gloves are recommended but not required. I am sure my comments will draw lots of fire, but when hand guards are present, gloves become less essential. In all my years of riding enduro and trails, the injuries to the clavicle and rotator cuff I have witnessed have been caused because the individual instinctively put their arm out to break their fall. Not all circumstances are the same, but rarely will an outstretched arm do much to overcome the momentum of the upper body and a several hundred pound motorcycle going down without suffering severe injury. I have always preached to my group of riders to keep their hands on the bars all the way down. Last February my longest time riding buddy failed to follow my suggestion when he went a little too fast around a bend in the trail. He put his gloved left hand out to keep him from bouncing off a tree. Result: horribly mashed thumb. The bounce off the tree set him falling to his right, where he reached out to break his fall with a gloved right hand. Result: torn rotator cuff, (2 places). He recalled what we had always practiced just before he hit, but it was too late to pull his arm back. In retrospect, had he kept his hands on the bars, he would have done a header over the right side of the bars and his chest/back protector and shoulder pads would have absorbed most of the impact. YMMV