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Old June 6th, 2017, 09:18 AM   #1
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Got left turned. Always wear your gear!!

Alright kids... it's lecture time! Consider this a shout-out to my gear and a warning to those who don't wear any!

I got "left turned" over the weekend. Collided with the front end of a 2003 Chevy work van (totally his fault) and tumbled over the bars and off of his hood. My foot got pinched between the bike and van and I have some other joint pains but overall, this does not seem as bad as it could have been. I don't have a single visible issue aside from a little foot swelling. Disclaimer; I do have some joint pain here and there and will be getting it looked at by an orthopedic professional ASAP.

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR GEAR. IF YOU DON'T HAVE PADDED RIDING PANTS AND GOOD BOOTS, BUY SOME AND WEAR THEM ALWAYS.

Only dipshits ride around in plain old jeans and tennis shoes. Your jacket and helmet are not enough!!! If good gear seems too expensive, you should probably re-consider your hobbies or your ownership of a fancy Italian bike.

I was rocking:

- Decent Arai Helmet
- Fully padded leather jacket - Roland Sands with good stitching
- BMW city pants (padded and tough as nails)
- Red Wing boots (not specifically for motorcycling but thick, tough-ass boots none-the-less) put it this way, I haven't seen many riding boots that look more durable, short of the "captain kirk" racing boots people wear on the track.
- Well stitched and padded leather gloves - don't recall the brand off-hand.

All of the above sustained some minimal visible damage but frankly it is barely noticeable. Aside from replacing the helmet, all other pieces I would absolutely retain and wear again to ride with.

The doc at the ER said there was another fellow a few rooms over who was in a similar incident who is basically a vegetable right now because all he was wearing was a t shirt and sunglasses. Apples and Oranges in a way...

The More You Know...
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Old June 6th, 2017, 09:26 AM   #2
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Glad you're ok. How'd the bike survive? Did you get any pictures?
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Old June 6th, 2017, 10:53 AM   #3
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Glad to hear your ok. I'm with you on the gear. Arai helmet, gloves with armor, leather jacket with armor and back protector, ballistic nylon with some padding for pants over my jeans, Alpinestar for foot and shin protection. I don't think my Firstgear pants provide enough protection but don't want to go to leathers. The only problem is this stuff gets hot during the summer here in the desert. :-)
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Old June 6th, 2017, 11:55 AM   #4
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Glad to hear you're alright. Sorry to hear about your get off.

I second everything you've said, ATGATT.
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Old June 6th, 2017, 02:59 PM   #5
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Glad your OK.
I've wore the same pair of Red Wings daily for over 12 years. Been resoled like 3 times but most comfortable boot I've ever worn and obviously durable. I wear them for work with means I ride in them about 75% of the time.
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Old June 6th, 2017, 03:24 PM   #6
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Glad to hear you're doing well. I remember reading an accident study a while ago which showed that wearing a boot - any kind of boot - provides much more protection in an accident than sneakers.
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Old June 6th, 2017, 05:25 PM   #7
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Thanks fellas.

The bike has seen better days. Lots of little scratches all over but I think it'll be rideable with some new bars/risers/shift & brake foot pegs.

Is anyone parting one out!?

I'm hoping it's totalled due to the cosmetics and I can buy it back and retain it as more of a beater.
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Old June 6th, 2017, 06:28 PM   #8
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Well I think the plastics alone are like $3k so... you're getting there LOL.

That's a total bummer man, but good thing you're okay.
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Old June 6th, 2017, 09:52 PM   #9
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That sucks man. Glad to hear the gear helped! Where in town was it?
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Old June 7th, 2017, 04:32 AM   #10
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I was heading East off the bridge at 8th/Mariposa.

The bike is over at Erico now, waiting to hear back on the estimate... And weighing the Multistrada vs Super Tenere vs Africa Twin vs 800 GS vs Tiger.

The HS has been a lot of fun and will make a great town beater but it's never been good off road
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