Motorcyclist loses leg. ATGATT?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Chuck289, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Reprobate

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    As to the question - gear won't save you from stupidity. A low speed impact with an immovable object like a lamppost might be less severely damaging with gear. High speed impacts with immovable objects however... Gear is mostly protection for low speed impact and abrasion from sliding along the ground. Not for smacking with 90mph against a wall.
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  2. TrailDoc

    TrailDoc Been here awhile

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    Let me get this right ... No gear. Estimated 65 in a 30 zone and accelerating. Manages to hit a steel light pole. Those things do not move that much and are fairly easy to avoid.

    Was the dude trying to kill himself?
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  3. duck

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    And spinning the rear too. I was thinking maybe the throttle might have stuck open for some reason.
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  4. rmcculloch

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    Firefighter/Paramedic for a busy department in S.Cali here. With a complete amputation the blood vessels actually retract back into the stump itself, so the bleeding itself isn't all that bad, it just looks pretty ugly. Some injuries on bikes are gonna happen no matter what gear your wearing, this may be one of them. The best type of gear around is the one that's HOPEFULLY in a helmet!!
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  5. boomhwr

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    We had a similiar one two months ago. Harley side swiped a service truck that was in a right turn lane. Clipped the rear bumper and took out a large part of the tibula. Didn't get the artery so the bleeding wasn't that bad. Ended up with BKA (Below knee amputation). He went about 3/4 mile before he slowed and fell over. Guess he couldn't hit the brake.
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  6. Max Buffet

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    Former Paramedic here, also. I agree and we've both seen it. A severed artery will constrict, slowing blood loss. A ripped/torn artery however, can be a different situation.
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    Not only is there a forum for it, but there is probably PORN about it too.
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    Now that may cost me some sleep. But I have no doubt you are correct.
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    Gear provides some road rash protection and might spread a sharp, focused impact over a larger area, but big hits are big hits and it is nearly impossible to protect yourself from them.
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  10. VFR_firefly

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    Might as well ride naked then...
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