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post #1 of 7 Old 04-09-2008, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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If I worry about everything that can cause an injury while riding/crashing my motorcycle it will suck all the joy right out of it and I may as well quit riding.

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Try reading the post next time. I wasn't asking for anyone's personal philosophy of risk or statement of self-assessed machismo. That dead horse has been beaten so many times it's now unrecognizable.
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Easy Mike. It's far easier to ignore posts that are off-subject than to gas up the ol' flame-thrower.

I doubt that high-density foam would offer you much protection for the kind of forces you are talking about, so you'd probably have to figure out how to get styrofoam molded to fit the profile of your tank. Styrofoam absorbs a lot of energy as it crushes, which is why they use it in helmets. I'm thinking it would look pretty ugly though.
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How about ye-ol' athletic supporter.

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Easy Mike. It's far easier to ignore posts that are off-subject than to gas up the ol' flame-thrower.
But...but...the ol' flame thrower is just setting there flickering and begging to be used. To not flame would be to encourage this anti-social behavior.

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How about ye-ol' athletic supporter.
Ah, yes, a "codpiece" to all you Shakespearean scholars. The added advantage to that approach is that all the ladies would notice the conspicuous bulge and it might help in the social scrum. However, it would no doubt need constant adjusting (think of baseball players) and frequent attention to one's crotch might lead some to suspect a bad rash. Or worse.

But on a serious note -- unlike a head inside a helmet, the groin smashing into a tank would likely be a glancing blow, and therefore the material would not need to absorb all of the energy but just cushion it and distribute some away from the first prominence to make contact.
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As a youth I took my 1972 Artic Cat Puma and jumped it using a slab pile as a ramp. (Slabs are what used to be left over when milling logs into lumber, they are banded and stand about 4 1/2' high). The Puma had a steel gas tank in front, and narrow aluminum running boards. I did a great motorcycle impersonation the first time, front end up in the air standing on the runnining boards. The second time my sorrel boots slipped off of the aluminum and I came down balls first on the gas tank. The right one smashed/lifted up, some how turned sideways and came down. It swelled up to grape fruit size (No, not grape size!) and I got a trip to the emergency room in the morning to get it correctly positioned and restore blood flow properly.

I fully understand your issue of wanting to protect yourself, its painful!!
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