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Top 7 Things That Will Happen in a Motorcycle Crash (NSFW with Pics & Video)

When you crash on a motorcycle there are a lot things that can happen, all of them are bad. Unlike when riding in a car you aren’t protected by safety belts and a roll cage, instead you are ejected from the vehicle. Here is a list of some of the things you can expect if you crash on a motorcycle, especially if you don’t wear protective gear.

Road Rash:

This is the term used to describe the large swathes of missing skin that occur when you go tumbling over the pavement with no protective gear. For a better visual it is similar to starting up a belt sander and pressing it over your flesh until it is nice, pink and bleeding, then pouring gravel and small rocks all over the wound.

Imagine doing this to your entire forearm, finger tips, butt, thighs, knees, and ankles. If you don’t wear a full face helmet add grinding off your nose, cheeks or lips to the previous list. In most cases people will rationalize not wearing gear by saying it’s too hot to wear leathers, or maybe even ‘scars are sexy’. I don’t know anyone who thinks looking like a burn victim is sexy.

If you are lucky enough to survive the crash, you may need skin grafts to replace the skin you have lost to the asphalt. This requires taking portions of healthy skin from other parts of your body, cutting them off, and ‘medically stapling’ them to the road rashed portions of you. Once they do that then you will get to experience the wound vacuum. Here is a detailed account of the motorcyclist who had to have their skin grafts vacuumed:

“Wound vac: a slang medical term that will give me goose bumps for the rest of my life. When a patient receives a skin graft, a suction cup is placed over the completed surgery in order to increase blood flow from under the new skin. These devices are called wound vacuums, and they ensure that the burn tissue does not die, but rather joins with the new skin to create a layer of dermis where none would have grown without the graft surgery. It feels like a leech, a constant sucking on the most painful abrasion you’ve had in your entire life. Multiply your worst skinned knee as a kid by 50, add it to 55 percent of your body, and then let someone suck on it with a handheld vacuum for 24 hours a day; only then will you know what it is to experience a wound vacuum on a fresh skin graft. Each graft received a dose of the painful sucking and after three weeks I was free from the noisy machines.”

(Special thanks to speedfreakinc for the photos!)

If you want to read Brittany’s story of her recovery, check the link. 

Broken Bones:

When you buy decent quality protective gear they will often come with soft or hard armor at the joints. This is to protect against the impact of hitting the pavement at speed. If you crash without protective gear than you are much more likely to suffer broken kneecaps, ankles, collar bones and ribs. If you are very unlucky then you might even get to see your bone poking out of your skin by suffering a compound fracture.

Thrashed Bike:

Even if you manage to come away unscathed for the most part, chances are your bike will be having a worse day than you. Repairs to a downed bike can easily go into the hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars depending on the make and model. I have a 2001 Kawasaki ZX6R and to replace one piece of the fairings on my bike would cost me over $300, and that’s just ONE piece. Generally a motorcycles fairing consists of 2-8 separate pieces!

Once you get your bike to a mechanic (or back to your house if you are your own mechanic) you are going to have to look over the majority of the bike to make sure everything that was damaged is repaired. Forks, clutch levers, brake levers, pegs, crankcase covers, headlights and fairings are just some of the things you can expect to replace or repair in a low speed crash.

If your frame is damaged you might as well total the bike rather than risk it twisting or snapping when you are taking a corner at high speed. I always recommend buying a motorcycle outright, that way you get a better deal. If you did get a loan to buy the bike I hope you have full coverage because if you crash you will be paying for a bike you can’t ride for months and months.

Death:

Death is the ultimate price to pay for anything, and while riding a motorcycle you are much more likely to visit the reaper than if you are driving a car. When you are riding in a car you are surrounded by thousands of pounds of steel, aluminum, and plastic to protect you from the outside world. If that wasn’t enough you also have safety harnesses to keep you in the car, and air bags that inflate in milliseconds to provide a safety cushion against the steering wheel and car doors.

Just to put icing on the cake the car will sacrifice itself since most are designed to crumple in specific spots to absorb the impact of a crash instead of transferring that inertia to you. Motorcycles in comparison are more dangerous than running with a hypodermic needle filled with the Ebola virus. You are almost always thrown off the motorcycle when you crash unless you somehow become entangled in the machine and are unable to escape.

When you are flying through the air you have to pray that you hit the ground and are able to slide to a stop before you become crushed or impaled on stop signs, road barriers or other vehicles. If you land in the roadway you have to decide between staying on the ground and potentially being run over by cars that can’t see you, or moving and possibly making any injury your have (including spinal injuries!) even worse. Anyway you slice it crashing is not a picnic.

Dismemberment:

A guard rail is designed to help keep cars on the road, but if a motorcycle crashes into one then it can turn into an axe with the ability to lop off legs, hands, arms, even tear people in two. 

Bruising / Internal bleeding

Most vehicle accidents will result in bruising of some type, from the mild black eye to internal bleeding so severe that you need surgery to survive. As a rule is you are bleeding from any place you normally shouldn’t (ears, eyes, bloody stool/urine) then you might be hurt far worse than you think you are. It is always a good idea to get checked out by a medic or doctor before going home to heal. Here’s a video of a guy getting 1200cc’s of fluid drained from his lungs after crashing his motorcycle. Fun!

Dislocated Eyeball:

A little known injury to motorcycle and car crash victims is eyes being forced out of their sockets from the impact of a crash. That makes me shudder even thinking about it. How would you react if you were fully conscious and your popped out and started to rattle around inside your helmet. You would be completely disoriented by getting two images in your brain from two different angles, one is your normal eye, the other from your eye hanging down in your helmet. Ugh. Although I couldn’t find a video of an eye popped out, this rider did break his orbital bones and injured his left eye quite a bit.

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Submitted by WendySkeleton on
Just looking at the screenshots from the videos turned me off enough. I always see motorcyclists never wearing any protective gear (apart from the helmet, which is compulsory here), or they will wear a helmet and jacket, and no protective gloves, pants or shoes.
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Submitted by Ben on
I know! It seems like in the summer no one wears any gear except for the mandatory helmet (at least mandatory in california). Once time I even saw someone on a Yamaha r6 wearing shorts and a t-shirt racing a subaru WRX on the freeway during rush hour! Talk about crazy! Ben ~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
im looking to get a motorcycle soon, im soo excited. after reading this excellent article, esp the article dealing with the girl who fell of the bike and has been recovering for over a year, i think ill be reasonably sure to put on all the necessary gear as long as its well ventilated! (i get hot real easy) there seems really no good reason not to.
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Submitted by SuperMotoRider on
The skinned up chick is still pretty hot. =-P That must've hurt. While two crotch rockets race and one dies, I can't imagine what's going to the mind of the guy that fled. I'd go insane thinking and regretting what happen'd, but then again I don't race unless I'm in a closed track. And, what this about eye balls popping outta sockets?.... I'd laugh for 2 seconds and then faint, if that happen'd to me.... Take care and Be Safe.
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Submitted by Kickprivate on
"The skinned up chick is still pretty hot" Oh yeah, id do her!

~Not your average hairless monkey
Kick

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Submitted by Fate on
So the first one.. did she fall off because of how fast they were going or from a regular wind gust? How fast were they going? I don't think it ever said but I might have missed it. From what I read I got the impression they were doing near or over 100 mph. If you fell on certain sections of the interstate here in Oregon I don't think you'd live because the road surface is like crushed glass mixed into asphalt because of the sharp rocks for how it is designed to drain water. I know since moving here it has chewed through the tires on my car much more quickly than for similar mileage where I lived before.
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Submitted by Ben on
I'm not sure how fast that girl was going, but I don't think it was 100 mph (although that is just a guess). I would imagine at that speed, without any protection you would most likely die. Although I guess she did get close to death, so maybe she was going that fast? Haha, remind me never to crash in oregon! ~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin

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Submitted by Kickprivate on
Guess what! She wasn't driving at all. Her boyfriend started to pull a wheelie, stopped halfway and bounced her off. I bet she was pissed huh?

~Not your average hairless monkey
Kick

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Submitted by Fate on
Brittany (the girl in the pictures) is not the girl in the YouTube video (wearing tanktop and jeans) of the guy pulling a wheelie. If you read the linked article it says she was wearing a sweatshirt and capris and that she fell off the guys bike because air/wind pushed her off. "...an oversized helmet, and quickly thrown on a pair of capri jeans, tennis shoes, and a sweatshirt over my bikini." It sounds like they keep accelerating for a long period of time and for the wind to be strong enough to push her off you'd have to be going pretty fast. "As we came around to the right and went down the hill, we kept accelerating. I was scared, but thought I could handle the force of the wind as it suddenly picked up much more than in the moments before. I started to slide back on the seat and felt the cool air fill the small space between my chest and Shaun’s back. I felt a rush of wind hit my face like a brick and our bodies separated in an instant; my visor had come completely open. The force pulled on my face and helmet so hard that it sent my head up and backwards, ripping my entire body off the back seat with it."
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Submitted by Ben on
Man I did not know this. From everything I read (which was a while back I have to admit) everyone was saying she was the girl from the video of the guy wheeling. Thanks for catching this fate! Ben ~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin

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Submitted by NorCalKLR on
Ouch, their goes my appetite. Hard to read Britneys story then mow down a roast beef sandwhich with road rash and wound vacs dancing in my head. Glad to hear she is doing OK and riding a freaking R6! That girl has a pair to be sure All the gear, all the time
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Submitted by Ezekiel (not verified) on
I didn't see who crashed in Oregon, but I live out here and please don't crash. All of our highways are surrounded by trees, hah, not fun. Thanks for showing me horrible videos of motorcycle crashes and encouraging me to get a motorcycle. lol I already have full gear ;)
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
all the vids are "no longer available" :(
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Submitted by Ben on
They all seem to be working for me... ~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin

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Submitted by Daniel (not verified) on
I've gotten most of the skin on my left arm taken off by a dirt bike crash, that one with the girl is so much worse. (I'm going to go buy a leather jacket now.)
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Submitted by Lucky "dork" (not verified) on
I flew of my Zündapp moped once. it was a CS50 (50cc) but my uncle had fixed it to go about 70 km/h, I don't know how fast that is in mph, maybe 40. I drove my zündapp on a really curvey road, just curves all over the place. it's a 20 mile long road and it only has two really straight parts! the curve that I fleww of my bike was leaning in a negative angle and it was a quite tricky one to be honest. for the first, the curve was coevered with rain and for the second of all it is more of a "two curves in one" cind of curve. it keeps turning and then you think it stops but then it continues and that was the problem. so I straitened up my moped as I was not eaven half way through the turn. what happened was that I hit the brake and leaved a nice trail behind me and because of the heavy braking I could not turn so I went of the road and flew of the moped as at the same time it hit a tree (those you have for christmas, what are they called? ah, let's say christmas tree). I blacked out and woke up maybe only a few seconds later. the moped was stil running but it's enginge stopped shortly after I woke up. my point is that many of the guys in school thought it was cinda "dorky" to drive a moped with a motorcycle jacket, but I felt really good in it so I mostly ignored them. as for the fall, I didn't get hurt anything - nothing at all, and I bet it's because of my protection gear. I only woar my helmet, a pair of jeans, leather boots, gloves and my motorcycle jacket. just one of several crashes, but I think it was the most cevere crash. It reminds me of that crash I experienced when I was driving on a snow covered road. I simply fell aside and as I layed on the ground a big truck came and I had to move real fast, but it was so slippery. however I managed but it was a real close one, I tell you that! Conclusion = Always wear every single peace of protection gear you have, no matter what your friends tell you because it's your life and not theirs.
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Submitted by Ben on
Great story lucky! I've seen people close to dragging knee when riding scooters/mopeds before. The type of tree you were trying to remember is called a "pine tree". Keep wearing your gear and keep riding safe! Ben ~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin

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Submitted by Xian (not verified) on
Thanks for this post. As someone who's about to take the beginner riding class in a few weeks, I definitely want to make sure I know what could happen. I'm always had respect for bikes after seeing what they did to my brother (several trips to the hospital and many cases of severe road rash) but it never hurts to see it ... to be reminded why safety is the most important aspect of riding.
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree with the guys above.... Brittany IS still hot, even with the road rash! I'm a girl just gearing up to become a beginner rider and the last two listed (dismemberment and dislocated eye ball) turn me off more than death - THANKS GUYS! I still want to ride though :)
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Submitted by Audioman (not verified) on
Cant believe what happened to her.I saw a guy on a Cbr600rr doing at least 180 km/h down the highway with a girl on the back wearing only a helmet and a dress. He didnt even care about her welfare just about his ego! That girl is still beautiful but Im sure shes gone through more pain that any of us in our whole life Im glad she was Okay Keep it rubber side down
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Submitted by tran2112 on
I wonder if I can tie in complete gear when I buy my motorcycle....
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Submitted by Ben on
Most shops will give you a really good deal, I know a guy that got a free leather jacket when he bought his moto. Ben ~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin

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Submitted by megaspaz on
but I did ask the MSF instructor why they don't show vids like this in the classroom like they did in driver's ed. He said it was because people generally know that riding a bike is risky and the point of the class was to not make students scared but to have fun in the class. I sort of agree, but there's a lot of people there that probably don't fully grasp how much more dangerous riding a bike can be. At least videos like the road rash one would hammer home the fact that scrapping along the pavement "naked" isn't a pretty sight. For what it's worth, I didn't fully grasp the dangers of driving a car even after watching "Red Asphault" in driver's ed as I was doing pretty silly stuff in my youth... I guess the whole point is better safe than sorry... --- If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now...

--- AFM #998 If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now...

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Submitted by Squid on
The guy who popped the girl off his bike because he wanted to do a wheelie should be chained to the back of a truck and dragged. Fuckin dipshit. Want to do a wheelie? Buy a BMX, tool.
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Submitted by Alpha (not verified) on

Amen. What a dumbass.

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Submitted by Slutbags (not verified) on
Yesterday I was on the main street of the city I live in, and some tool was speeding his new motorbike up and down the road, cutting in front of other cars and even buses. What was worse was the fact that he only had on a track suit, had two young teenagers on the back with NO helmets on (who were also wearing tracksuits) and was performing wheelies in front of his crowd of friends outside MacDonalds. Eventually, he crashed into a crowd of people and the road was shut off. So far, I am aware of only ten people being injured but not sure if that includes the driver and passengers or not. They're lucky if they weren't killed.
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Submitted by tjlawson86 on
I will always wear my trusty KBC helment and First Gear jacket when I ride.... No matter how hot it is out side.
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
My dad is in the navy and told me a story of a crash this past week. A Sailor (young) went out bought a 600cc bike and signed up for the safety course. Well he was walking his bike a week before the course (hadn't even ridden the bike yet), Goosed the throttle with him walking next to it. It bounced off a wall, rolled up it and came over on him... killing him. It was pure human error and bad luck.
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Submitted by tpop on
Brittany, (if you read this) I went to your site and read the whole well-written story of your recovery. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm glad that you are able to have a positive attitude and count your blessings. How long did it take for your hair to grow back? I would have shaved it off too. How fast was the driver going when you flew off? How terrifying. Bless you!
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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

A guy at my school was going down the highway one night, doing 70 mph, when a drunk guy doing 100 mph in a truck cut across traffic and nailed him. The motorcyclist was in a coma for 3 MONTHS, he came back to school around january ('08) i guess. The nice little "kicker" is that he has a titanium leg now, no more football or motorcycles because of circumstances he couldn't control.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I think that Brittany is even hotter with the road rash!

It's a constant reminder of the day she cheated death. I think she was pretty damn tough to stay so positive. I probably would've just given up.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I have a terrible fear of injuries and road rash, and refused to ride without a motorcycle jacket AND motorcycle pants. If you think jeans are going to protect you from broken knee caps and road rash, think about this. YOU CAN RIP HOLES IN YOUR JEANS IF YOU FALL DOWN WHILE WALKING OR RUNNING. I live in California, and in the summer heat, sweating, panting, and praying for the light to turn green to get at least some relief from moving hot air, I fully understand the whole t-shirt and shorts thing. I recently made the best purchase since I bought my bike though, and wanted to share it with you, cause I know lots of you want to be safe, and not slow-cooked in your gear at the same time. I got a riding suit from Olympia Moto Sports, I think it's called the Stealth (the name of the suit is not on the suit itself, just the company name). My wife and kids tease me and call it the "Super Suit". We always do the bit from the Incredibles movie where Frozone is looking for his super suit. Anyway, it's made from cordura, and has CE rated shoulder, elbows, back, and knee pads. It also has hip pads, too, but I don't think they are CE rated, and honestly I don't know if they would help much in a crash. It has mesh panels on the inside of the arms, chest, thighs and calfs, basically anywhere that would be a "low impact' area is mesh, the rest is cordura. This suit is a dream come true!! If you wear shorts and a t-shirt under it, you stay pretty much as cool as you would if that was the only thing you were wearing. This thing flows air like you have nothing on. If you are at a stop, you go get a little warm, but NOTHING like a vented jacket and pants. There is a zipper that goes from the top of the left shoulder to the middle of your right thigh, and from your hips down to your ankles on the outside of both legs. I can get into and out of this thing in under 30 seconds without thinking about it, and about 15 if I'm in a hurry. They make the suit in light grey, with lighter grey highlights, and also in dark grey, with burn your eyes out high visibility yellow highlights. There is Scotchlite reflective piping all over the suit for good visibility at night. I got the one with the high visibility highlights, and I notice people staring at me alot. I don't know if they think I look cool or not, but at least they're looking. This suit, like all other textile equipment, will not protect like leather. After doing lots of reading about the whole textile vs. leather thing, I come away with this:
You can crash in leather, save yourself from road rash, and probably ride again in that same leather and crash again and be okay.
You can crash in textile, save yourself from road rash, and probably have to replace it with a new one.
I'm okay with that. I highly recommend checking this suit out, I absolutely LOVE it. I no longer dread riding in the blistering heat, and still feel safe as well.
A riding friend of mine, who commutes from Sacramento to San Fransisco (about 100 miles or so, each way) was in the habit of just riding with a helmet, not even gloves!! After repeated insults about how stupid that is, and showing him some youtube videos, and statistics, I convinced him to consider getting some gear. He asked if he could try on the super suit, and after that went out and bought one the next day. I think we should all be encouraging each other to be smart about wearing protection, and riding safely.

Keep the rubber side down.

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Submitted by Finn (not verified) on

That poor girl, she must have more guts than most people on this forum to take photos of her body after a crash, I know i couldn't, she has a great figure too eh?
I'm from Australia and I don't get too bothered by heat in winter or summer (a good thing seeing as our winters could boil water) but that "super-suit" sounds great, and if it wasn't fullbody then i'd definitely get one. There's just something unappealing about looking like a giant spandex condom riding a motorbike in public, but CA must be damn hot if you convinced yourself to wear one ;) good on ya.

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Submitted by Leesomething (not verified) on

I am a concervative driver so I will be a concervative rider. I took the MSF course before I even bought a bike and I got riding gear in florida so most shops down here have summer stuff and I have not notice any real problem with wearing it 90+% humididty and 90+ degrees F 250 days of the year yea I know all about heat . During the riding course I noticed alot of old school bikers and kids with rockets and though I was in the wrong class but as it turned out I did better than all of them(98 written,99 riding) because new riders who take the course pass at about 99% due to the fact that we have not learned any bad habbits so we listen to the instuctors. The MSF course is good but I hear that the courses in England are on a hole different level and I hope they Have or get something like it in the US somewhere. Most riders I talk to tel that there is a 100% chance of droping my bike at some point during the first year or two of riding but I will due my best to prove them wrong. I have seen alot of videos of riders who due stunts and I am very impressed with their skill but all of the videos I have seen have been on the streets and not a track. I can see the need for some of the skills like knowing what to do if your back wheel comes off the ground while braking but this should be pratice somewhere safe. Did you know that going faster than 100 Miles an hour in Florida will get you Baker Acted (forced psycological evaluaion and sometimes jail) and I hear of at least one rider a month Racing over the Frankenstien bridge and either crashing, getting arrested, or dead . I know newbee rider preaching to the quire but I am a safe driver and I will be a safe rider so my insurance rates will be alot lower than yours no matter what motorcycle I get. it might be just me but I would rather need to take a shower when I get somewhere than a need to see a doctor. think safe, be safe, stay safe.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

always wear your gear no matter how hot it is helmet, jacket, trousers, gloves and boots... i recently had 2and a half toes chopped off in crash and will never ride without all the gear! I feel so bad for that girl it werent even her fault.

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Submitted by BoOZe P-ti Motard on

me2 i didnt care about sweating or whatever..i was(am and still will be) a biker and i assume it uh..though i had a perforated axo full leather jacket ;p
yea but was it her bf or friend?? and nothing was mentioned about him after the accident..maybe she just p* him off??

BoOZe
Solomolo Rider ;D

BoOZe
Solomolo Rider ;D

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Submitted by collinsfriend on

There are people who have never crashed. They say some is luck and a lot is caution. They still wear all of the protective gear at all times. Most people recognize crashing is often related to insufficient caution for the situation-but there are some circumstances such as deer leaping out from brush, drunk drivers, road debris that may or may not ever affect you. Assume it will sooner or later and prepare. Hopefully crashes will decline over the years as people get more careful, wearing gear is a bit of demonstration of caution already. I just read a story about a crash where is guy was gong 100 mph and at night-He said he now knows what he did wrong-didn't wear protective gear! He seemed to miss the 100mph part, the night part and the fatigue that he may already have had! Learn from others so you won't have to learn from your own. DON'T be a "Don't let this happen to you story"

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Submitted by briderdt on

...as a result of bicycle crashes (I raced for many years), and can attest to what pavement can do even at low speeds (say, 20-30mph -- yeah, we go that fast). I think Brittany is lucky.

But road rash is not sexy.

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Submitted by codeMonkey2k (not verified) on

Me and my friend were riding on our way to Deals Gap and I wrecked like an idiot before we got there, I high-side around a turn was thrown from the bike and landed on my left should and head, then slid about 30 feet into an embankment from what I hear (dont remember any of it). Fortunately I was wearing all my "over priced gear" that my friends made fun of me for buying. I broke my left collar bone and had a concussion (happened this weekend). My Icon jeans well cut up by the medics saved my skin from my waste down, with only rug burn on my left knee and a small cut near my lower/mid calf on my right leg (wasnt wearing motorcycle boot/shoes). My Icon jacket is skimmed up on the left side and the seems held up but almost came apart, again didn't loose any skin, but broke my collar bone, a bruse on my side just above my hip. My helmet is all scartched up but definately saved the left side of my face.

Less than 48 hours later I already bought another rediculously priced helmet, and plan on replacing my jacket and jeans with equal or better gear. I consider myself lucky there was not a gaurd rail, drop off, tree/post, or oncoming car, and that I was smart enough to wear my "over priced gear" that was totally worth it. If it wasnt for my protective gear my family would be planning a closed casket funneral at this moment instead of me typing this.

Oh yeah, I swear by Icon, it saved all my skin and most likely my life :-)

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

My cousin died on a bike. Regardless of his protective gear he wore he still died. Of course doing 125mph in the badlands of San Antonio sealed his fate. No matter what you wear (but do wear the right gear) watch how you drive, your life depends on it.

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Submitted by megaspaz on

Exactly. Depending on the circumstances, sometimes the only thing gear will do is to keep your body parts enclosed for the coroner to deal with. Sorry for your loss. RIP rider.

--- AFM #998 If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now...

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Submitted by Newbie (not verified) on

I didn't know how important gear was until i was in an accident. I was doing 50 mph and had a deer jump onto the road in-front of me. Helmet saved my life. Wish i wasn't cheap and had leathers. Tore up my knee and arm. I got lucky. By all accounts i should be dead. I wish i had found this info BEFOR me accident because not i am paying for it. Torn joints and broken bones aren't the worst part. Not being able to go to work to make money, having to drop my classes in college compound the issue. Now all i do i sit at home and wait to be able to use my right arm IF i will ever be able to use it. After i get my sling off it might end up that i cant use my arm.

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Submitted by MDDX416 on

I'm glad I found this article. Growing up, I always looked at the guys decked out in leather gear and all that as equal to the guys in riced-out Civics: Plain Joe's trying to look like a racer/Fast and Furious guy. Who knew they were actually the smart ones.

I'm 18 now and started researching bikes just a few days ago (for kicks really, since I won't be getting a bike until a few years from now. I'm a couple weeks from heading to college, so it's a bad time for that purchase.). I'm still interested after reading this, but now there's no way you'll get me on a motorcycle without leather gear haha. It's very unlikely I'll allow anyone to ride with me without leather as well.

I'm a conservative driver, more interested in getting solid turns and the right performance out of my vehicle rather than speed (when you grow up in and near the mountains like I have, speed is just something your car comes with. I just enjoy driving the winding country roads and stuff, not drag racing or NASCAR. I'd rather know how to DRIVE my car than RACE my car.), so it's unlikely that I'll wreck myself. But there are plenty of ways to wreck, so I'd rather be comfortable when I do.

Props on a great website! Found a lot of helpful stuff so far. Should be well prepared when I pick up my Ninja 250 in a few years :D (though I'm one of the crazy ones who liked the pre-'08 version more than the '08-'09 generation)

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Submitted by ralfo on

I'm a fairly new cruiser rider (Virago 250). I'm not looking to break land speed records, just cruise around, enjoy and learn to ride properly.

I always wear my gear, even if its a short 1mile trip...full helmet, jacket, gloves, icon kelvar jeans and boots.

I'm always being starred by other riders that wear beanies and nothing else but tshirts and shorts, but I dont really give a shit.

Even though its summer, as long as you stay moving, its not that bad (heat wise) and I tend to be comfortable.

Wear your gear...ALL THE TIME !!

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Submitted by Claudia (not verified) on

So I was waiting for the weather to pick up to get out on my new Hornet 250 which I bought 4 months ago but was too wet and windy to use. Have all the gear hanging up in my wardrobe, but after reading this.. mmm should I sell it?

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Full fairing set for 400 to 500 on amazon

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