another ATGATT reminder
There is a group of sportbike riders in town who I have mentioned before in other threads. I don't really agree with their riding, and lurk on their message board to see where they're going to be and when, so I'm not there. Anyhow, I found a post today from one of the riders (who recently bragged about doing 148mph on their favorite riding road - speed limit is 55mph). Anyhow, he was not at fault, but decided it was OK to ride about 1/4 mile without his helmet on - partially due to it hitting 80 degrees outside. Pictures are included. Granted, I don't like their excessive road speeds, but I don't wish an accident on anyone. Most of them seem to wear helmet/gloved/jacket, but could probably stand to wear something more than jeans and tennis shoes, which I've seen in a lot of photos. WEAR YOUR GEAR ALL THE TIME.
Young and Foolish!
Was young and foolish once. About 25 years ago, had KZ 1000, wore a full coverage helmet and nothing else (dumbass). Drunk ran light at intersection and we impacted. I went over the handle bars and landed hands and helmet first on the other side. I can still remember the scrub nurse using the nylon brush to remove the gravel and dirt from my palms. She told me I sceamed louder than most kids she attended. Also had broken wrist and collar bone, knees scraped up real bad and feet/toes injured (sneakers). After I mended and began the process of purchasing another bike, I went to full leathers, boots, gloves, etc. This was very rare at the time and I gots lots of looks like I was nuts. Selection and variety were almost non-existent. Now we have everything available. My Dianese gear has taken a few offs over the years and even took a hit from a bird once (weird that one) and I have never had to visit the scrub nurse again. But I see sports bikes and cruisers alike every day with nothing on - they even wear the novelty helmets that would not protect your head from even a modest fall. Go figure.
On the good side he was not seriously hurt and his buddies on that thread got on him for not wearing his gear.
'02 R1150 RT