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Old 01-01-2014, 07:38 AM   #1
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First time down in over 50 years of riding

I was going to meet friends for breakfast. The weather here in Florida was mild, traffic was light and I was feeling good. I was riding a stretch less than a mile from my house that I had ridden thousands of times before. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, a young buck was in front of me. I saw him for less than a half of a second and had no time to react. The next thing I remember was getting into the ambulance. I have no idea of how I hit, how far I slid or any other details of the accident. My new WCGS was trashed. Likely totaled.

Now the good news. Other than a few abrasions on my knees and hands and very sore left shoulder, I am in tact. My helmet was completely trashed. Deep gouges all the way around. My SIDI boots have holes all the way through to the lining in the toes where I apparently slid on the pavement. I was riding the speed limit of 55 when I hit. I killed the deer. The one thing I keep thinking about is the quality of the gear I was wearing. Shoei full face helmet, SIDI riding boots, KLIM riding suit and they all did their job. It gives new meaning to the term ATGATT and I now appreciate the quality of really good gear. I remember thinking about how expensive the KLIM suit and the new helmet were when I recently bought them, but the only thing I think about now is the level of protection they provided.

Ride safe and be prepared.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:54 AM   #2
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Glad you're OK and well enough to provide that excellent reminder!

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Old 01-01-2014, 07:58 AM   #3
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Very glad to hear the gear did its job!
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:10 AM   #4
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Glad you lived to tell the tale! I NEVER ride without ATGATT!!

Here's to a great 2014!
Like a good lover, a good rider has balance, judgment, and good timing. ...

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Old 01-01-2014, 08:11 AM   #5
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I was reading, quite worried, until I saw the I had on good gear part. . .. Glad to see you did!
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:17 AM   #6
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Nicely done,you had the right stuff on and got through it.

I smacked a cow at 55mph 2 years ago and also walked away,it was on a dirtroad out in Nevada,I tumbled and slid for maybe 60',had on a Olympia Air GT jacket with a gore-tex shell over it,couple layers under it so I had some extra padding. Dirt road was wet,the gore-tex shell slid nicely and didnt even tear. My whole body felt like it had been beat with baseball bats yet nothing broken. It hurt too much to sit still so I rode 80 miles of dirt the next day.

Ive felt lucky ever since,it could have ended any number of different ways.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:22 AM   #7
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Good job! ATGATT!
post like this that keep Me motivated to always look for the best gear I can afford
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:45 AM   #8
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Nice to see the gear worked for you. Any time I hear someone whine about the cost of gear I ask them how much their out-of-pocket medical expenses would be before the insurance started to pay at 100%.

Go for the ride, dress for the crash
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:35 AM   #9
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Gonna get the same color on the bike?

Did you have insurance for the gear? I'm so glad you are OK.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:54 AM   #10
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Gear insurance

No insurance for the gear but Florida requires that insurance company pay up to $400 if the helmet is DOT approved. Boots were 6 years old but helmet was purchased in May. I think the jacket will be OK as long as the Gore Tex liner was not compromised. The ballistic nylon KLIM uses in that jacket is amazing and enforced in just the right places. It will be a constant reminder of how good the jacket is every time I put it on.
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:10 AM   #11
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Congrats on making 50 without spreading it down the road but moreso for not getting complacent about riding.
I crash once in awhile (just because I ride a lot does not mean I do it very well) and every time my gear has come through for me.
I try to think of myself in the Emergency room and would I pay the money the gear cost to make the pain go away.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:45 PM   #12
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I had an instance where I had to lay myself down on the ground to avoid a deer. Thinking back on it all, It was a good choice. Good gear is essnetial when we're riding... If I didn't have any gear, I probably woulda ended up with road rash all over. But Since I had my jacket on... it took a 15 foot slide and just left me with some bruises. My bike was easily fixed.

Quality leather makes a hell of a difference against the pavement.

Glad you came out of everything alive, the wildlife is too ridiculous nowadays, jumping out all the time.
If you need a new helmet, sign up for newsletter and they'll send a discount code sometime this year... 10-20% off a new Shoei is good for me .
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:02 PM   #13
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Sounds like you were lucky..... Thank god...
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:46 PM   #14
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Perception disconnect

Your sentence "I killed the deer" totally threw me off. Why? Because when you said suddenly there was a young buck in front of me" I thought you meant a 20 year old guy in a slammed Honda Civic or similar car. Just a strange read for me.

Glad you are ok!
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:51 PM   #15
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glad you are OK!
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