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post #1 of 30 Old 05-13-2011, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Wear your gear!!

Just a friendly reminder now that warmer weather is here.. Don't be tempted to leave the jacket or gloves at home or in the side cases.

Wrecked my other bike wednesday and my gear saved my arm and hand from getting broke after tboning a jeep cherokee.

ARAI helmet, Cortech adrenaline gloves and fieldsheer congo
jacket. The armor in jacket and gloves did their job!
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Not sure gear really prevents broken bones. The armor protects knees, elbows, shoulders, back, and protects from abraison etc, but any direct impact to a limb will still break bones. You likely just got lucky.

I would still recommend wearing all that gear though.
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I don't leave home without it.
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In El Paso gear consists of shorts & sandals. It's to damn hot for gloves:flaming_devil:. Just watch your surroundings, don't be an idiot, and learn to ride.
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Not sure gear really prevents broken bones. The armor protects knees, elbows, shoulders, back, and protects from abrasion etc, but any direct impact to a limb will still break bones. You likely just got lucky.

I would still recommend wearing all that gear though.
A superior back protector does more than just abrasion protection...SAS-TEC, Knox, etc.
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If you think its too hot to wear your gear and that "learning to ride" will save your arse....then God be with you.

The more I ride, and wreck, and learn....the more not less gear I wear.

A good buddy suffered severe road rash...he ended up in the burn ward for repairs. That would be a nice place to discuss how "hot" your gear is that you left at home.

Good gear is not hot unless you are sitting in traffic. I do not deal with traffic unless I make a misstake so....I wear my gear. The more obnoxiously bright it is the better.
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In El Paso gear consists of shorts & sandals. It's to damn hot for gloves:flaming_devil:. Just watch your surroundings, don't be an idiot, and learn to ride.
I grew up in El Paso and road there all the time in the 100+ degree heat. You would be surprised but I always found mesh gear to actually be cooller than the sun hitting my skin directly.

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If you think its too hot to wear your gear and that "learning to ride" will save your arse....then God be with you.

The more I ride, and wreck, and learn....the more not less gear I wear.

A good buddy suffered severe road rash...he ended up in the burn ward for repairs. That would be a nice place to discuss how "hot" your gear is that you left at home.

Good gear is not hot unless you are sitting in traffic. I do not deal with traffic unless I make a misstake so....I wear my gear. The more obnoxiously bright it is the better.
Quit wrecking or quit riding! I've been riding for over thirty years and have never once wrecked on the road. When I used to race I wore full gear. But it sounds like you could use a rider course to improve your skills or lack there of.
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Quit riding? out of the question

Quit wrecking? I try that everytime I leave home. I put all the odds in my favor.

Take training...your first good advice. Already have. MSF twice. Practice heavy braking and crash advoidance manuvers more than most I know. At MSF...which I assume you took, I missed the part about sandals and no gloves. Maybe I was picking my bike up at the time.

Racing? yep thats great too. I did mine in the dirt when I was young enough to heal quickly. Still ride my rather beaten up XR400r...wuss bike I know.

30 years...thats impressive. No wrecks...even more so.

I have 42 years if you count from 8 when I got my mini trail. 34 on the road.
Three serious wrecks and three I got off easy. One was my fault.

I will follow other advice. But thanks for caring about my welfare.
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