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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2015, 07:08:38 pm »




Awareness IS your best defense but all the gear all the time just stacks the deck in your favor a little bit.  Unfortunately for the guy at Palo Duro, no amount of gear could have saved him.  I was at my optometrist's office yesterday and he told me his brother in law was one of the park rangers who worked that accident.  Said the guy was decapitated by the mirror on the Jeep the young lady was driving -- ahem -- while texting.  That just burns me up.  I personally think she needs to be charged and punished severely.  In my mind, that is negligent homicide at the very least.

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« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2015, 09:45:58 pm »

Riding like you're invisible is the best way to survive (any) ride.  You simply cannot count on any driver or rider, to do what you'd like them to do.  You must take responsibility for your own survival.  I have at least a half million miles on two wheels thru eleven states and have been riding since 1966.  Proper gear is your best friend for a numbers of reasons.
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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2015, 01:55:20 am »

Let's keep this thread about gear, please. We have an entire General Discussion to rant about inattentive drivers.
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« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2015, 03:30:01 am »


Let's keep this thread about gear, please. We have an entire General Discussion to rant about inattentive drivers.


That's what I remember, oh so gentle nudging from...forum moderators Rolleyes

I think we've done pretty well talking about the necessity of proper gear.
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« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2015, 01:19:12 pm »

According to the 2006 Hurt report Chest and head injuries are (obviously) the biggest reasons for death in bike accidents. So training, awareness and head and chest protection are the most important. So a quality helmet and armored jacket should top the list of "equipment" that nature did not provide.

Some trivia from the report : Younger riders, 16-24, are most likely to have a fatal crash. Large bikes are less likely to be involved in a crash but their riders are more likely to be seriously injured if they do crash. Alcohol was a factor in 50% of fatal crashes. "The median pre-crash speed was 29.8 mph, and the median crash speed was 21.5 mph, and the one-in-a-thousand crash speed is approximately 86 mph." Poor braking techniques and collision avoidance skills were common contributing factors. Self taught riders are more likely to have fatal crashes. Crash bars are inneffective in preventing injuries (who would think they would be?). 60% of fatalities are not wearing helmets.

I don't have a link, just a hard copy but the full report is available from the University of Southern California.



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