TLDR: I was hit, I wear atgatt, it saved my butt, my bike is trashed you please do so also
After 500 smiling miles in two months of ownership on the Vstrom it happened. I was hit by a car on my less than 2 mile commute from home to work during lunch hours. The collision is very simple to recount. I stop at a four way stop, as I begin to inch forward to see if its clear I am rear ended into the intersection. I was lucky enough to have been wearing all the gear, Helmet, ce2 spine protector, olympia full textile suit with hip, shoulder,back, and knee protection, Leather gauntlet racing gloves, and leather full boots with fancy pucks and ce ratings. The hitter was a 4 door toyota sedan and the offender is on probation, said the car is stolen, seemed high, no insurance, and trafficking "the bad kinda drugs"... (his words) was taken into custody at the scene.
Let me say this to anyone who cares to listen, or is wondering what the worst is like. I have a bruise on my lower calf from where the foot peg hit me as the bike was shunted by the car and I have a bruise on my arm. THAT'S IT! After getting thrown from the bike onto my back I am maybe the luckiest guy around when you step back to look at the big picture. The bikes trashed and insurance isn't covering it, but I went to the hospital and took a leg xray and nothing is broken.
I looked at my boot and it has a nasty gash in the leather which would have been my foot if I wasn't wearing them, and the spine protector and back of the olympia suit have seen better days and are scuffed. The guy hit the bike so hard I wrecked his steering and broke that connecting rod, he couldn't turn the car. The firemen were, so happy to see I was wearing the gear and had no apparent trauma(very cool guys btw) Also, I want to thank the very nice day laborers who immediately helped me out of the street and eyed the fool down who hit me, so he wouldn't run. (thank you Jimmy!)
You guys be safe on that vstrom, that blindspot directly behind you is tough and even if you make the right moves there are ppl making bad choices and they are gambling with your life. I really miss the bike it was such a great experience. I hope my story inspires you to ride safer, wear the gear on every ride! (short or long), and have fun.
Bikeless in California. (but safe and healthy!)