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Pgbexr 03-24-2005 09:07 AM

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Just in case there's any question to the validity of this, I happen to know it to be completely legit. Gennaro happens to be an active member of where he's posted links to photos of the results of the accident. I've never met, chatted, emailed, etc... with him but I recall the day I ran across the post on their site about his accident. And several months later came across one of his posts in which his signature included links to photos of his injuries. Gruesome and real.

jmoore813 03-24-2005 09:28 AM

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FWIW, Gennaro had a Bandit.

Vlad 03-24-2005 10:05 AM

I am fortunate enough to have a bike with ABS, a 2004 BMW1150RS. I find that ABS is an essential safety feature, and I am unlikely to buy a bike without it. ABS also has a side benefit, which is effective even when the ABS doesn't kick in.

A couple of months back I was commuting in the rain, in the fast lane, doing about 75. The car in front of me suddenly slammed on his brakes, because the truck in front of him had dropped an empty 55 gal trash can onto the freeway. So I had to slam on the brakes. As we all know, how much brake you can use on a wet highway is questionable, so I mentally prepared for modulating the front brake. But I also realized in the same split second that I didn't have to worry. I grabbed as much as I needed, and the BMW's great brakes quickly slowed me so that I didn't even come close to hitting the car. ABS gives you the confidence you need to brake like holy hell in the rain. It never actually kicked in (I don't think), but it sure made a scary moment a much less frightening experience.


gniewko 03-24-2005 11:21 AM

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I don't know if you can say that sportbikes "show a propensity to having the front wheel tuck in". Sure, when you lean over too much in a corner and run out of traction, your front wheel will lose grip first. But it's not a "propensity" in the same sense that "drunk people have a propensity to fall down". Compared to other types of motorcycles, sportbikes are much less likely to lose the front at a given lean angle.

So sure, a sportbike's front wheel is more likely to slide out in a corner than the same bike's rear wheel (which is much safer than the other way around). But a sportbike's front wheel is much LESS likely to slide out than a cruiser, dual-sport, or other bike's front wheel.

Abe_Froman 03-24-2005 11:28 AM

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For what it's worth, Icon has come out with a "field armor vest", with back protector, that basically integrates a rubber chest protector with a spine protector. I plan to get this, as well as their knee/shin guards to wear under my jeans, which will probably be a pair of their reinforced ones.

I know Nicky Hayden, among others, wear a chest protector made by Impact Safe-T-armor.

edward44 03-24-2005 12:37 PM

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Thanks for the links. I spent a lot of time surfing the net looking protection for equestrian and football

applications without seeing anything that looked worthwhile . I found one site that seemed to have really produced something worthwhile and placed an order but never heard from them and e-mails went unanswered.

But the impactarmor site looks like serious business

so will follow up on that. Icon looks good to. There just isn't excuse for not being able to buy serious body armor because believe me, disaster can strike out of the blue.

tomk2 03-24-2005 12:39 PM

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I remember seeing something about an inflatable chest & back protector for bikers, kinda like a wearable air bag thing that inflates in a fraction of a second if ya go off the bike.

Mebbe MO needs to field test that thing...

edward44 03-24-2005 01:04 PM

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Right. I nominate Burns as a test dummy. Just kidding. It broke my heart when he got the boot at Motorcyclist.

TEvo 03-25-2005 01:55 AM

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nokneedragin 03-25-2005 02:00 AM

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We had a test dummy on this site, he just left.

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