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Re: Safety gear can save your life... or at least your skin

PostAuthor: amsiservice » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:42 pm

Another old fool.......

Ridden over 50 years, raced 4 years n never "lost it" when driving a bike. Sure, spin-outs but never lost it.

Retired n moved to the Philippines where there is only one real law (that is enforced), DON"T HIT ANYONE ELSE. Very poor and crazy drivers here and viewing scenery is not a good idea.

Long story short...Laid down a Honda at 90. As I had decided I was indestructible, was wearing only thin shorts n a t-shirt, leather loafers (shoes) n a 3/4 helmet.

First dove face first into the concrete, slid for a second on stomach and forearms, then tucked and rolled (like in the skateboarding days).
Yes there is a God! Stood up (to the amazement of onlookers), dusted off my bike and rode home. Being an ex-Navy Corpsman (medic), I didn't go to the hospital or doctor. But, I was pretty much laid up for about 2-3 months (no riding). I lost most of the skin on my outer arms and legs, some on the face, shoulder and back. Thought my left kneecap was cracked (maybe was). Lost a lot of blood.

But main thing, (LOL) my bike was fine except for some minor scratches and a broken piece of luggage strapped across my carrier in back. This again reaffirmed my belief that there is a God!

Now I wear a full-face helmet, body armor, HD boots n leather gloves. Guess I was a little late on getting that! I think that crash took about 10 years of my life away (told I look older) and definitely feel older n slower. But anything that teaches you something is worth it, I guess!
Started riding in 1964. Some scrambles n enduro racing in mid 60s. First Virago, Virago XV500 in early 80's. Many bikes b4 n after. First NEW harley...1979 Low Rider. Retired to Philippines 2011. Found a '95 XV400. Perfect for the hills and curvy roads here. Ride on the good roads, so beautiful and no traffic laws to speak of. Only problem, we are both old n thirsty and new replacement parts are difficult (& $$S) to find.

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Re: Safety gear can save your life... or at least your skin

PostAuthor: mark75 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:15 pm

never been to the Philippines, but it sounds just like Thailand traffic. :ahhh:

here's hoping this thread will convince any 'non-believer'/bare-skin riders that too soon we get old
& too late we get smart ... :olcoot:
"Over the Mountains of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride" ... E.A. Poe

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Time flies whether you're having fun ...
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or not ... :fan: ---

Any day above ground is a good day.
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Re: Safety gear can save your life... or at least your skin

PostAuthor: faffi » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:13 am

Old topic, I know. Having been saved a number of times by my full gear, I never ride without. But I found this quote that really do hit the issue right on IMO:

No safety device works 100 percent of the time––not helmets, air bags, seat belts, parachutes, or condoms––but using them increases the odds in your favor. If you disagree, fine. It’s that sort of keen analytical thinking that keep Las Vegas casinos open, and EMTs working double shifts on sunny weekends. Just don’t try to convince me or anyone else that head-butting the highway without a helmet is safer than with one.
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Re: Safety gear can save your life... or at least your skin

PostAuthor: borgi » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:52 am

I haven't had many accidents but my motto is: "Don't dress for riding, dress for accident"

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Re: Safety gear can save your life... or at least your skin

PostAuthor: wkdenton » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:40 pm

As a former PA-MSP Rider coach, I practice what I preach by donning ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) whenever I read or instruct.
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