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Old 09-20-2006, 08:59 PM   #1
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Was the deer wearing e helmet?
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Old 09-20-2006, 09:43 PM   #2
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Ashby was wearing a heavy gage helmet, a heavy leather jacket, lined leather gloves, new blue jeans and leather riding boots.



Ashby suffered six broken ribs, muscle damage in his left shoulder, a bleeding spleen, knee lacerations and deep general bruising.



Seems to me he would have been much better off if he would be wearing full leathers or Aerostich Roadcrafter. Or at least some riding pants and riding jacket (his jacket on the picture doesn't seem to have any sort of armor).



Good thing he stayed alive and relatively OK, though. Any gear is better than no gear.
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Old 09-21-2006, 12:55 AM   #3
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"I was only going about 35 mph, but it was a hard jolt," Ashby said



I think as much as anything else, traveling slow saved his life.
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:06 AM   #4
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Had he been going 60, he might have missed the deer altogether...



As for the gear he was wearing, he probably would have been better off with some armor as mentioned above; but a lot of his injuries are probably as much a product of his age as his lack of armor.
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:05 AM   #5
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From the sounds of it his deer population is out of control maybe a new hunting season would help. He is right about cringing ever time we see a kid with not lid no nothing on and a yound girl on the back cause you know that is really going to hurt.
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:16 AM   #6
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Lookin' like a good time to replace the ST he used to ride. Glad he's alright. Sucks to hit large animals. Been there.
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:37 AM   #7
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So how would armor have saved him from broken ribs and a bleeding spleen?



My armored gear doesn't have a spleen protector.
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:47 AM   #8
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It would have taken a few seconds longer to put on a heavy armored jacket and therefore he would have started out later and the deer would have already been across the road before he got there.



Had he missed the deer he would have been hit head-on a few miles later by a wildly careening ZX6 anyhow.
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:13 AM   #9
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I hit a deer when I was a newbie. I thought I'd be more prepared next time.



Then, mnay years later, a deer collission killed my riding idol, Larry Grodsky.



If they can get him, they can get me, you or anyone else.



Deer are a riding-risk-wild-card that are very difficult, if not impossible to prepare for, and there's no panacea to be found.



I guess for some fate comes erratically and mindlessly wearing antlers.
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:25 AM   #10
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a lot of the local dualsport crowd are wearing gear that offers both abrasion resistance and armor (including chest protectors) modeled after offroad gear



I think my next investment in saving my hide is going to be two piece perforated leathers sized so I can fit something like a full Bohn system underneath



riding fast on logging roads is fun but those redwoods can hurt if you happen to brush up against one
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