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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Does riding gear do very much to protect them from breaking? My mother is currently using this argument as her defense in the "motorcycles are too dangerous" argument. Any ideas? Anyone have personal experience?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 03:47 AM
 
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Yes, good gear has CE rated armor. This armor provides impact resistance. Of course armor can only do so much and only works if the gear fits properly.

Everyone has a different definition of what is "too" dangerous and mothers will always be at the extreme when it comes to their younguns. There are things you can do to midigate the danger such as gear and training, but motorcycles still are dangerous. For most of us here the pros far outwiegh the danger, but its something everyone must decide for themselves.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well, I have decided for myself. Now my only two problems are saving up the money (which is going pretty good), and trying to keep my mother off my back.
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 09:59 AM
 
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You can break bones just as easily if you are involved in a car wreck....well almost as easily.

Danger is everywhere.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 12:54 PM
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Sudden stops hurt. Gear helps but isn't everything. I had a get-off this year, first in 31 years, at between 80 and 100. I hit a guardrail and/or the bike at the end. I did break my collarbone and a couple of ribs as well as knock the wind out of myself. That was it. The boots with their bracing probably saved some ankle damage. Absolutely NO roadrash though, and no pains other than the breaks. I'll take that any day. Roadrash HURTS! The collarbone and ribs only hurt when you moved wrong... or the ribs when you sneezed... or coughed... or took a deep breath... or tried to lay down..... The ribs just SUCKED. Had I not had the hard impact I probably would have walked away absolutely unscathed.

Best advice is wear good gear and DON'T screw around where there are things to hit that don't move. Safe following distances in traffic, even excessive, and constant awareness of your surroundings. The gear is your best line of defense when all else has failed.

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Well, I have decided for myself. Now my only two problems are saving up the money (which is going pretty good), and trying to keep my mother off my back.
Just keep saving your money, and above all else, not matter how difficult it seems, do not disrespect Moms..............
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 01:17 PM
 
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Hi All-

Limbs are most likely to be damaged if they are outstretched...that is why it is NOT recommended to extend an arm or leg if one is truly going down. Keep your feet on the pegs and your arms on the bars as long as you can. This lesson applies to both road and mountain bicycles as well.

Substantial protective garments might not be magical towards protecting bones, but they sure can't hurt!

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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Just keep saving your money, and above all else, not matter how difficult it seems, do not disrespect Moms..............
Disrespecting my mother is kinda like being a squid on a bike... it's stupid and dangerous. I do enjoy *ahem* debating with her. Thanks for the replies, they helped me arm a little better durring those debates.
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 03:37 PM
 
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I hear when you crash, you should gracefully fall off the bike. The theory is that you could have a higher risk of more serious injuries if you stayed on the bike, then if you fell off it and gracefully (not being stiff that is) fall off and hit/slide on the ground.

I say thats its a theory because I have yet to prove it myself and I don't plan on proving it ever. Wishful thinking that I'll stay accident free, besides the deer collision.
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-10-2005, 03:43 PM
 
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Hi JBaz-

One will soon part company with his or her motorcycle if one is crashing for sure. The idea of actively "leaping" away from the crashing bike is when real problems occur. There is always the possibility that one could regain control at the last moment.

Grip the bars and pegs and "ride it down" as far as possible. Physics will assume full duties shortly afterward!

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