Hi Windblown, you and I met a few years ago riding with DAMN>
Hate to hear of your getoff.
I am a believer in gear, but have been unimpressed with the overall protection that even the most expensive stuff gives. My paranoia has identified all the holes in protection, and there are MANY. I've really thought about just doing it myself, and taking my jackets, pants, pressure suits, gloves and boots and filling in the gaps.
Hopefully I won't look like the kid who cant put his arms down. OR.. effect the bond with the bike.
Good luck healing, that crunchy clicky feeling sucks DAMHIK