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post #1 of 15 Old 05-15-2018, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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Almost crashed today - what armor do you wear?

The light had turned green and two cars in front of me and a line of cars in the left lane. About a half a block up is a turn into a shopping mall with a bank. People do turn in there quite often and I've doing this same deal for over twenty years so am used to people doing so. Well today, someone in one of the two cars had a brain fart and didn't accelerate or made the turn like a retard and I skidded toward the back of the SUV in front of me.

I was almost in a sideways slide (rear tire was like butter on the pavement) and I managed to pull out of the slide and fishtail slightly before threading it between the car and a van in the left lane. Wish I had my gopro mounted. Will do that this week. It was a masterful save I think.

Anyway, what padding are you wearing. I generally just throw on a hi-vis yellow shirt. It saves me every single day I believe. Charlotte NC has inherited ALL of shty drivers in the world so I'm thinking I would like to start wearing more protection after 40 years of riding. BUT, it gets flippin scorching hot and humid down here.

What are you wearing? Links would be great.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-15-2018, 10:57 AM
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-15-2018, 12:37 PM
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I generally just throw on a hi-vis yellow shirt.
Just askin', patroy75: You wear a helmet?

Doubt a shirt of any color would have protected you in the incident you describe, had you gone down.

ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) info abounds; "Yer pays yer money, and yer takes yer cherce!"

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Just askin', patroy75: You wear a helmet?

Doubt a shirt of any color would have protected you in the incident you describe, had you gone down.

ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) info abounds; "Yer pays yer money, and yer takes yer cherce!"
Always wear a helmet but rarely wear much else which is why I'm asking. This is the closest call I've had in over 40 years of riding. Lucky I guess. Just ordered a new vest to go over my Joe rocket jacket and a back insert as well as a new AFX helmet. I do need to start being smart.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-15-2018, 02:32 PM
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I wear a good quality full face helmet, have seen some terrible chin rash wearing an open chin. A few months ago I went down on my Goldwing when the front tire slid out on a canyon turn. That retired helmet shows what my face would have scraped the pavement.

Other than helmet, I wear minimally a protective jacket, jeans (not good enough) and work type boots. If I’m riding canyons, it’s no less than full protect leather jacket and pants, with decent quality riding boots.

My advice is to visit your local sport bike shops. Talk to them. Most everyone understands the money factor.
“Good” protection will run $1,000+, but it’s very important it is properly fitted. I was surprised how tight proper fit is. Same with the helmet.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-15-2018, 03:36 PM
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Foot/ankle/leg injuries remain common to victims of motorcycle crashes; I'd not skimp on high-quality motorcycle boots.

The hinged ankle joint of SIDI Adventure Rain Boots offer lots of protection; also . . . they SQUEAK when you walk, so everyone knows you care enough to buy the very finest!
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post #8 of 15 Old 05-15-2018, 03:38 PM
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I wear a FF Helmet that is DOT and SNELL certified. For Armor, I wear a Textile First Gear Jacket with Shoulder, Elbow and Back CE Certified Armor. I think their current version of what I have is called "Mesh Tex Jacket". Because it blocks the sun and lets every bit as much air through as not wearing a jacket. It's actually cooler than not wearing a jacket. We may not have your humidity here in Southern California, but as I'm sure Dan Filipi will attest to, temperatures can regularly exceed 100*F. I also wear a set of full finger Sedici Lucca gloves in the summer. They're perforated leather and are quit comfortable. Oh, and don't forget over the ankle shoes.

FWIW, after surviving a serious "incident" ATGAT becomes a habit and is second nature. I really don't think about it anymore.

This past week I had a friend (not Dan Filipi) go down in a corner (gravel). We were going at about 45 mph. We were on our Goldwings. His bike slid out and rolled over several times while he and the bike then slid down the road for away and then on the rocks that lined this mountain road we were on. Pretty impressive to watch actually! He was dressed per the above and also had textile pants with armor. His gear looked like $**t but he was fine. We all sat around swapping lies and chatting with the CHP that showed up until the tow truck came. He went home, had dinner, the insurance company totaled his bike the next day (no real surprise) and he's out shopping for a new bike and gear today. A testament to ATGAT!
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As an old, washed up, ex offroad racer, wearing gear is second nature to me and I won't ride without it. WHICH gear is a different thing; it depends on the ride: for highway, I wear mostly leathers and dual sport boots. For mixed on and offroad, I have textile armored coat, pants, dual sport boots, gloves, etc. ....for more serious offroad jaunts, I trade up to my Alpinestar Tech 8's, riding pants, knee/shin guards, kidney belt, roost armor/flak jacket, etc. The very least I wear for short jaunts around town are boots, kevlar reinforced jeans, armored textile jacket, helmet and gloves.

....I've crashed waaaaaay to many times to consider riding without gear.

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I think their current version of what I have is called "Mesh Tex Jacket". Because it blocks the sun and lets every bit as much air through as not wearing a jacket. It's actually cooler than not wearing a jacket. !
Yep; too hot isn't an excuse to skip the armor IMO.

....and ditto on the helmet; ONLY FF helmets for me.


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