I think the real problem here is that you guys who refuse to wear full protective gear or just wear it some
of the time have never crashed - and somehow you think it "won't happen to me".... really
I've probably crashed a hundred times since I was ten years old, luckily 99 of them have been on soft dirt at relatively slow speed with nothing to run into except hay bales instead of pavement, cars and light posts. A few broken collar bones, fingers, cuts, contusions, mild concussions - run of the mill stuff. The other one crash was broadsiding a deer at 60mph - but that's another story.
Like Todd said - dress to crash
Oh yeah, and those of you that think your $100.00 Joe Rocket mesh jacket is going to save your ass since you were too cheap to buy a quality piece.... the fabric those are made out of will MELT into your skin in a get off - MUCH worse than not wearing anything at all.
How do I know? My best friend is the head of emergency medicine at a large hospital. (he hates motorcycles - calls them murder
cycles) He told me there is nothing
worse than melted plastic, dirt, blood and burned skin. Instead of cleaning the wound and letting it heal they simply remove it and have a plastic surgeon perform a skin graft. Skin grafts work great - IF
they "take". You better have DAMN good health insurance or a spare $50 to $100K in pocket change if you get to spend more than a few days recovering in a hospital. It adds up real fast.
The BMW mesh jacket is made from a special polyamide fabric that has a very high melting point and is extremely abrasion resistant - $350.00. It's a BARGAIN. Perforated leather - as long as it is thick enough - works pretty well too. The only perforated leather jackets I've seen that will work are in the range of $500.00 and up and made by quality manufacturers like Vanson. Undoubtedly there are other companies that use the good, thick stuff as well.
What about Kevlar and Cordura? Kevlar works great, the only problem is that in sunlight it degrades rapidly, so after a couple of years.... Cordura is pretty good, but only when you get into the 1,000 denier category - once again the really THICK stuff. Very few manufacturers use thick Cordura since it does not breathe and tends to be very bulky.
Gee, I wonder why good jackets cost four to five times as much as the stuff hanging on the local shop's rack?
Here's a picture of what you look like after 5 separate
debridement (cleaning) surgeries over a week's time - and this is just advance prepping for the actual skin graft: