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post #1 of 13 Old Aug 11th, 2017, 5:06 pm Thread Starter
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Protective gear and knee armor

Greetings All , I was involved in a accident a few weeks ago at 1:30 on a sunny day going through a small town on a 2 lane road. I was following 2 cars at 30 mph. Can't recall how for back. A car pulled out from a gas station on my right. No time to react. My front wheel hit the left front fender just in front of the wheel. I flew over the bike and car 25 ft per accident report. I had on tourmast jacket / pants flex series gear , helmet , boots and gloves. I landed on my knees , left elbow and right hand. No road rash. Did break both knee caps. Surgery to put screws in the rt and a mesh on the shattered left. Also right hand bruised. Ding on the helmet. All witnesses said "I can't believe he wasn't dead". I said the gear saved my ass.
The jacket has a nice rub on the left elbow and the armor did its job. It was my choice to remove the knee armor for comfort. I have spoken with a few riders and they have also removed the knee armor for comfort. My advice leave it in. Could it have prevented broken knee caps ? I will never know but always wonder. Time will tell if I have permanent issues.
Stitches out and healing nicely. Slowly building muscles and range of motion.
So my question is how many wear protective gear with all the armor in them ?
Thanks have a happy riding day. Have to re avaluate in the spring. Bike total , 2012 R1200Rt. Got a fair price from insurance and I have attorney.

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post #2 of 13 Old Aug 11th, 2017, 6:59 pm
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Re: Protective gear and knee armor

Sorry to hear of your encounter, random excrement DOES occur. I got rear-ended by a semi when I was stopped for a traffic light - nothing I could do.

One of the only reason I wear motorcycle pants is the knee and hip protection.


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post #3 of 13 Old Aug 11th, 2017, 8:27 pm
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Re: Protective gear and knee armor

I always wear my Aerostich Roadcrafter suit, but without the chest and back protectors. The only time the armor is removed is when it's washed. Sorry to hear about your accident, but glad you weren't too seriously injured!

I also have Clearwater Darla lights mounted in place of the stock GTLE fog lamps and they run during the day at 30% brightness. When you flash the high beams three times, the Darlas fast flash for about three seconds at 85% (full brightness is 2,000 lumens per light). The yellow lens caps really show up, and I've had people in front of me pull over thinking I'm an emergency vehicle. ATGATT

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post #4 of 13 Old Aug 11th, 2017, 9:51 pm
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Glad your injures weren't any worse and that you are on the mend. I don't have the best gear but It has all of what came in it as far as armor for knees, back elbows, hips etc. Not all of it is as comfortable as I might like but I have read enough go down stories to know it is there for a reason. ATGATT

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post #5 of 13 Old Aug 11th, 2017, 10:23 pm
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Re: Protective gear and knee armor

Glad to hear you are on the mend and your gear made the difference.

I have the BMW Comfort Shell jacket/pants and always wear them for riding. The pants do have hip and knee armor and I do keep it in at all times. I particularly like the knee armor because it completely surrounds the sides and front of the knee. My body temperature keeps the armor reasonably pliable to it's pretty comfortable.

My protective gear also includes a Schuberth C3 helmet, Aerostitch elk roper gloves and Daytona GTX riding boots.

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post #6 of 13 Old Aug 12th, 2017, 1:53 am
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Re: Protective gear and knee armor

Sorry to hear about your misfortune - especially the knees.

You will now be able to tell when the weather changes! (I have a trimmed kneecap cartilage from being knocked down as a kid, but that is another story!)

I wear everything virtually all the time. I have a couple of casual trousers with armour in the knees for when it is very hot, otherwise I wear the old Streetguard trousers. If it is supposed to have protection - it stays in.

Hope you recover quickly, and climb back aboard.

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post #7 of 13 Old Aug 12th, 2017, 7:35 am
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Sorry to hear about your accident. Glad you were ok. I'll be honest, I have Kevlar jeans that I have taken the armor out of. I did it because they're intended to wear like normal jeans. I'm aware that I'm taking a risk doing so though. Hopefully you heal well.

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post #8 of 13 Old Aug 12th, 2017, 9:32 am
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Very sorry to hear about the accident, and I am glad that you came out of it relatively OK. Special thanks for posting this to warn others!

I always keep all armors in place, and always ride ATGATT, even if I get strange looks from the HD and Wing riders, as well as strange look from car drivers when I stop for gas on hot days! I am a firm believer that additional lights do prevent accidents that you had just experienced. I had added a pair of Clearwater Krista, mounted down low and always on at 30%, when I bought my '15 RT in 2014. Since then, I have noticed numerous occasions when car drivers would start to enter the road in front of me, then suddenly brake to a stop, presumably because they had suddenly seen me with that extra pair of bright lights down low. I had never seen anything like that when I was riding my prior '07 RT, without the extra lights.

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Hope you heal quickly and completely.

I do retain the armor in my Motoport kevlar gear. I also wear it everytime I ride, no matter the distance. I have been seriously considering the airvests that several of the members of my club now wear. Saw them at the MOA rally and would have been wearing one home if they had had my size. Not that it would have made any difference with the injuries you sustained.


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Best wishes for a full recovery; thanks for sharing! I now live in Arizona and have been tempted to ditch the ATGATT for something cooler and the knee armor in most riding pants gets really hot and uncomfortable on even short rides. However, I hate the idea of not being able to ride a motorcycle due to an injury from a crash and I dont like pain; so, even when it is 110 degrees outside, I wear All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT).

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I upgraded all of my protective pads in all of my gear to CE Level 2 D30 from Klim 2 years ago after I totaled my 2004 LT at about 25 MPH. The foam hip pad on my Olympia gear didn't do much to protect my hip. I would never remove any protective pads on any of my protective gear.
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post #12 of 13 Old Aug 28th, 2017, 4:26 pm
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I must echo most every responder to this post. I commute daily in Los Angeles and take several long trips every year. My go to is a Roadcrafter light in summer and a regular Roadcrafter in winter with all pads. I also have the Clearwater Krista's with amber lenses in order to see and be seen. I've been riding for 40 years without a serious injury, so since most of my luck has been used up, I had better cover my ass!
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Kneepads usuallly roll to the sides, so I ditched them. MOTGMOTT.

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