Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Charleston, TN, USA
Re: Questions for Aerostich Owners
I have owned BMW motorcycles since 1978, though I have had an LT since May 2009, and am somewhat interested in the Aerostich forum. First of all, I will say that I have owned three one-piece Roadcrafters and simply love them. I live in Tennessee and ride year round. I retired from a Sheriff's office last year and yes, I was a motorcycle cop, also. Motorcycle officers in my area are not permitted to wear Aerostitch products, even though I strongly suggested it. We wore those little half helmets, short sleeve shirts in the summer, polyester riding pants, and knee high riding boots. The only safe garment that we wore was a heavy leather jacket that we used when it was colder than seventy degrees.
I have used the Roadcrafters for over twenty years on all kinds of bikes and through every kind of weather that God has produced. Water that will pool in the crotch area seemed to be a problem on my first suit, until I learned to make sure that the velcro on the zipper flap was actually fastened shut over my favorite area. Since then, I don't seem to leak anywhere that is covered by the Aerostitch. I will address boots, gloves, and helmets some other time.
The most important thing, though, is how protected you are when THE CRASH occurs. At the end of May, last year, I asked my wife to join me for a ride on my new, two day old K1200LT. Normally, I always ride wearing my Aerostitch, but that day we didn't. We wore jeans and some old Firstgear jackets that we had stored back. We were only going out for a short ride, but wound up riding down into Georgia to have lunch at TWO Campground in Suches. That BMW was so good that I became convinced that this was the very best BMW ride that we had ever been on. So, we took a leisurely round-a-bout trip home. In and out of curves, riding along mountain crests, through valleys and alongside rivers. . . We cleared out of the mountains and were riding over a two-lane highway towards home when we met another vehicle suddenly sliding sideways across the road in front of us. My speedometer showed us going 60 (car operator behind us indicated we were at 55), and even though I swerved, I didn't swerve quite enough to avoid being hit head-on by the sliding car. I did notice that the young female operator of the car was holding her cell phone in front of her looking at the screen. Her vehicle hit us, and then it hit the car behind us.
My wife's leg was pinched between the car and the left side of my LT before we tumbled, rolling on the hot asphalt. I rolled into a guard rail and she had to crawl to the side of the road because her leg was badly crushed, and both of us horribly injured because neither one of us was wearing our Aerostich suts. The operator of the car behind us stated that he thought that we were going to clear the wreck, but because we didn't, we caused the collision to veer off enough just enough to keep the collision vehicle from a full head-on collision with their vehicle, saving the lives of he and his wife. Three vehicles were totaled, two cars and my brand new LT.
My wife almost lost her leg. My knees and elbows were ripped open to the bones, and one knee was totally replaced. We still haven't got anything from her insurance company, and if we don't find out something soon, I will find the dirtiest cut-throat accident lawyer to proceed with out case.
I have been riding motorcycles for forty-five years and have had my share of bumps and grinds, but at age sixty, I know that I just can't heal up as fast I could when I was still a Marine. So, even when its stickly hot here in the south, I know that I can open the vents on the Aerostitch enough to keep me cool enough all summer long. I will probably ride as long as I am able, but I will not forget to always wear the stitch when riding.