Join Date: May 2010
Location: Minnetonka, MN, USA
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.
Speed doesn't kill - Sudden impact does