Lucky... aka the importance of good gear

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by V.rider, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. playsintraffic

    playsintraffic Adventurer

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    Glad to hear you fared pretty well, hope you heal fast. A riding jacket, gloves, boots, and helmet are a must for me. I wear riding pants in cooler weather, just jeans when its too hot. I also wear a 3/4 helmet. Your story has really got me thinking.
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  2. jbc1200

    jbc1200 Busy Living

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    Google photos of motorcycle crashes where the rider had no chin-bar protection on the helmet. It's pretty gruesome, and I think the stats say the VAST majority of initial impacts are on that area when crashes happen.


    Can anyone comment on whether jeans with strap-on kneepads, or mesh armored pants are cooler in the summer?
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  3. V.rider

    V.rider n00b

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    Found this graphic that shows where impacts occur. That should be pretty startling to anyone who doesn't wear a full face helmet. Without one my story would have been much, much worse.
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  4. hardwaregrrl

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    Statistic we spit out at the MSF class: " If your'e head was to impact the ground, over 60% of the impact would happen at the jaw/mouth." Then we add that as humans you want to look where you're going, so if heading toward the ground, you begin to look and hence the amount of damage to that part of the face.
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  5. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Glad you are mostly ok and lived to tell the tale. Riding is serious business and should be approached with serious gear. Check out Olympia. They make excellent motorcyle clothing, and use genuine DuPont Cordura fabric at a reasonable price. They have a bunch of options to choose from. I went down at 35mph on gravel and dirt, and despite a broken collar bone (and a few ribs) had not one mark of road rash on me, my Olympia gear saved my skin. You only have to get that shit scrubbed out once to convince you that you never, ever want it again. DAMHIK. Stay away from Joe Rocket, anything I've ever owned from them has falled apart in a few thousand miles.
    Riding pants are hugely important and often ignored - if you were wearing a pair with adequate knee protection, you may have walked away without a scratch.
    Also - the fact that you went down in a curve, on some gravel may indicate that you were riding too fast. Remember to always be able to stop the bike in a distance you can clearly see.
    Best of luck to you bro. Heal up and get back on.
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  6. V.rider

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    I'm definitely using this as a learning experience. Gear wise I know my mistake. As far as riding too fast I'm not too sure. I was under the speed limit and had good sight lines on most of the road and was looking through the turns. It was my second pass through that area and I never saw any of the gravel or sand. As far as the accident occurring I never even realized I was in trouble it happened so fast. I was riding along and next thing I know I'm waking up on the ground dazed. Now obviously if I had just been creeping through the corner without much lean angle I probably wouldn't have gone down but not sure how I could've avoided it under normal riding conditions.
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  7. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing your story and hope you heal quickly!

    I had a similar fall in the early 90s: all good gear except for my jeans.

    Guess what, road rash on the bum and hip, but luckily I wound up sliding around on my back and shoulder and the jacket took the brunt of the slide. It was an easy lesson at that point.
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  8. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee

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    This story reinforces my decision to pick up a full Motoport outfit... Marathon Air Mesh jacket and Ultra II over pants, with liners and the quad armor option, plus gloves... when I was in San Diego a month ago.

    I was wearing a Joe Rider Ballistic 2.0 jacket and over pants. I think I would have been protected from road rash, but not so much from impact resistance. The difference in the armor between the Joe Rocket gear and the Motoport gear is night and day... much more armor in the Motoport gear.

    I hope I never have to recoup my investment. Good luck, and heal quickly.
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  9. bjorn240

    bjorn240 Good with a map!

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    I went ass over teakettle on my mountain bike the other day, at about 5mph. Face first into a rock. Ouch. Full face helmets, they're smarterer.
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  10. V.rider

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    Took a trip out to the accident site yesterday and then went to the dealer and finally got to take a look at the bike.

    I still have no recollection of the wreck but other than that no other side effects from the concussion. I'm off the crutches but still can't bend my left leg much, just waiting for the wound on my knee to heal up to get some mobility back.

    From the looks of it I either just had slightly too much speed going into the corner or took a poor line through the turn. The turn is longer than it appears going into it and there is almost a reverse camber to the outside of the road that I've never noticed before. There is a lot of debris near the edge of the road and I think I got too close or actually went off almost to the end of the turn and it just washed my front tire out.

    Luckily both the bike and I quickly made it into the grass. Bike slid about 70 feet on the left side and then went tires first into a small ditch. Not sure how far I ended up sliding but I stopped short of the ditch. I'm extremely lucky that I only had a few feet of asphalt to deal with or my injuries probably would have been much worse.

    Damage to the Versys really wasn't as bad as I was expecting. The fairing and some of the plastics on the left side will need to be replaced. Left foot peg and shifter were knocked off. The left mirror was off. Minor scrapes to left handlebar end but clutch lever was untouched. No noticeable damage to engine and it starts and runs with no problems although it is stuck in gear for the time being. Swingarm spool took all the damage on the rear end and frame is in good shape.

    All in all I think I am extremely lucky on all fronts. Definitely have a lot to think about but going to treat this as a learning experience.
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  11. hankmoody

    hankmoody Ummmmm?? REALLY?!

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    Im a stich guy. Went down 3 yrs ago at about 60 while wearing a one piece roadcrafter. Walked away w just bruises and a twisted ankle.

    I now have a 2 pc high vz roadcrafter for everyday commuting and Darien jacket and pants for my summers.( im a teacher) My GF has the same darien set up for our summer touring. We wont ride without full gear. Ever.

    Not cheap. But WELL WORTH IT!

    Glad u r in one piece
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