Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
I have WAY too much personal experience now, and can say for sure that ATGATT is the way to go, period.
The only accident of four I have had where this was not the case was on my BSA in the late '60's. Had quite a bit of road rash on my legs, but since it was pretty cold I did have on a leather jacket, but no helmet. I ended up with 17 stitches in the back of my head, and a big purple bruise on my chest where my chin hit!
I have unfortunately had three bad accidents on LTs now, but always with full gear and a good helmet. Suffered a few broken bones, but NO road rash to speak of.
I thank the LT for one thing though, no broken bones and onlly one bruise from the waist down!
Good helmets have been the real saver though, as I am absolutely positive that I would not be here now after one of the accidents, and likely the not last one either if I had not been wearing a good one.
On the second LT accident, the one in Arkansas where the pickup truck swerved into me, I had a VERY hard hit to the left side of my helmet, the whole left side of my face from forehead down onto my neck was purple, eye swelled completely shut, and stitches over my eyebrow. That hit would almost certainly have been fatal without the good shock absorbtion of the Arai helmet. My head hit the top of the truck's cab, HARD! I was knocked out for a couple of minutes at least.
The last accident, where I bounced down I-8 from about 80 MPH really did some helmet damage, hard hits'slides in four different places around the helmet, different directions. Even if I would have survived that without a helmet, I would have been really messed up. As it was, only a little road rash on my nose and upper lip, healed completely in a week.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.