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    Kevlar-lined pants are the awesoem

    So I finally crashed a two-wheeled motorized vehicle. It was wet, there was a pedestrian, broke too hard, yada cubed...

    ...but I'm here mostly to give another plug to ATGATT: the kevlar pants prevented road rash on my hip and knee, the kevlar gloves kept my hand off the pavement, the Corazzo canvas and elbow protection saved (most of) my elbow and the reinforced boots made it only kinda painful that my left foot/ankle was trapped under my poor Vespa for about 30 seconds (which also served to preserve the paint job on the coque).

    I'm mostly just badly bruised, with a weird little hitch in my shoulder that will probably go away.

    Truth is, I'm less damaged than I was after either of my last two road bike crashes. Maybe I'll start wearing all this gear when I ride my bike............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ibashii View Post
    Maybe I'll start wearing all this gear when I ride my bike............
    Only if you poast pics. Glad you were okay.

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    Glad to hear you are ok.

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    Yikes. Glad you're mostly ok.

    I was geared up when I got hit. Summer moto jacket. Gloves. Kevlar-lined moto jeans. The only road rash I got was a little spot on my lower back where the jacket rode up. I was feeling pretty smug when the EMTs were having a tough time cutting the jeans off.
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    Glad you're basically OK, nicely done. This further confirms that I'll be wrapped in kevlar if I ever get a moto.

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    Yep, wear your gear
    I've hit the deck or been hit 4 times on motos and always fared better than my road bikes crashes. Good gear will help a lot be it leather, kevlar, or one of the many superfabrics available.

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    Glad you're ok. I don't ride motorized bikes but I'm curious as to how hot they are to wear? Do you sweat on the coldest of days? My bulletproof vest keeps me uber-warm even when standing in the cold directing traffic.

    I figure the overall weight is much different but when you're covered top to bottom you must be hot I would imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRoebuck View Post
    Yikes. Glad you're mostly ok.

    I was geared up when I got hit. Summer moto jacket. Gloves. Kevlar-lined moto jeans. The only road rash I got was a little spot on my lower back where the jacket rode up. I was feeling pretty smug when the EMTs were having a tough time cutting the jeans off.
    Yeah, what the hell does one use to cut through kevlar??

    Financially speaking, I'm glad I didn't need paramedics: the jeans are still wearable, with just a little patchable damage on the hip and knee (the kevlar is intact). They're freaking spendy. Not that I'm complaining right now, buy 150 EUR two weeks before Christmas is a meaningful sum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by takl23 View Post
    Glad you're ok. I don't ride motorized bikes but I'm curious as to how hot they are to wear? Do you sweat on the coldest of days? My bulletproof vest keeps me uber-warm even when standing in the cold directing traffic.

    I figure the overall weight is much different but when you're covered top to bottom you must be hot I would imagine.
    There's some great summer gear out there, with lots of mesh where padding isn't absolutely crucial and full-on vents that let the air blow right through. I also bought a 3/4 helmet last summer to wear on the hottest of days, even though it scares me a little. It was getting so hot sometimes with the full-face that I felt like I was going to pass out, and I really don't want to take the car out for two months every summer.

    The coldest days, on the other hand, are butt-azz cold no matter what I'm wearing. Wind at 100+ kmh seems to cut through anything after a little while.
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    Whoa....that stuff really did its job protecting you! Glad to hear you weren't hurt too badly.

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    Glad you're okay. I've learned the hard way too. Nowadays on the cycle I am encased in leather with armor. I don't wear kevlar jeans, but full-on leather pants with pads etc.
    I'd rather sweat my butt off than lose square inches of skin, but I've seen those that have and it ain't pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRoebuck View Post
    Yikes. Glad you're mostly ok.

    I was geared up when I got hit. Summer moto jacket. Gloves. Kevlar-lined moto jeans. The only road rash I got was a little spot on my lower back where the jacket rode up. I was feeling pretty smug when the EMTs were having a tough time cutting the jeans off.
    Ain't nobody wanna see that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlasticMotif View Post
    Ain't nobody wanna see that.
    No ****. Those jeans were $130.
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    You must spread some rep....

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