Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: California Gold Country
Tank padding to protect your..."equipment"
Some of you may have seen an article in Motorcycle Consumer News a while ago written by an M.D. columnist who uses the pseudonym "Flash Gordon." It was about groin injuries from front-on crashes caused by the gas tank hump on most newer sportbikes. The doc said that these injuries can be very serious and even have a fairly high fatality rate because of the number of organs and blood vessels involved which result in massive internal bleeding.
And I know how painful they can be, since I t-boned a car pulling our from a stop sign and did a Superman-like flight over the top of both my bike (a cruiser) and his hood. I managed to clip my bike's windshield with my left lower groin on the way over and out, causing an impressively multi-hued contusion which leaked enough internally to cause my entire leg to turn purple but left no permanent injury. But more directly related to the Strom I recently saw a Wee which had t-boned a van and had a significant dent in the back of the tank where the rider's pubic bone had made contact. If the metal was dented think of what the bone must have looked like. The kid's dad told me that the ER docs considered his injuries extremely serious, but that in time he will fully recuperate. That's a good thing, because when you're 20 years old like that kid you don't want to go through the rest of your life with a useless middle appendage or a catheter to piss into.
Anyway, I'm thinking that a thick pad between the "boyz" and the hard metal of the tank would be a good idea to help absorb and distribute the force if a bad thing happens. I don't mean a thin little bra, but and inch or so of some type of high impact material tastefully covered by bra-like vinyl-- a padded bra, as it were. Has anyone done such a thing? I'd like to see some pix to get some ideas, and would welcome suggestions for what to look for as far as the impact material.