One of my instructors teaching at the MSF when I took it with my wife was a police officer.
He said "accidents" are when things beyond your control happen.... tire blowout, wheel falls off, deer hits you, etc... Everything else is a "traffic crash" and is avoidable.
@ the OP! I rock the gear! Back in 2010-2011, I first heard
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Warning! This video doesn't show blood or anything major but it does show scars that are leftover from a female rider that went down as a passenger with only a helmet. If you have a weak stomach or uneasy about seeing aftermath videos please reconsider clicking the video below.
I was riding a Versys then and a lot of those folks encouraged wearing the gear. It changed my riding life. I gear up for every ride now and I have other folks who gear up to thank!
Capn Kirk, please post a warning for videos that some people may not be able to handle. I know there wasn't any blood or missing limbs in it but some people have a hard time watching "aftermath" videos.
I COMPLETELY AGREE with what she is putting out there as a message to all riders that think they are invincible/don't ride with enough protection!
I always explain to people that you prepare for the slide NOT the ride!
I would much rather sweat in this Georgia heat than be in the E.R. or I.C.U. getting a skin graph because "it was hot" and I didn't wear a jacket. :-/
Some people have a hard time with seeing videos like that since it gets in their head later when riding.
I know this because I'm one of the people but not just with motorcycles. When I raced BMX or downhill/free ride MTB and was close to going down or if someone talked about going down I would pack up and leave. It would get in my head, cause me to overthink while the adrenaline was still flowing, cause me to make a mistake, and go down the next time. I learned quickly that when this happens that for me (not everyone else) it's best to pack it up and leave so it doesn't turn into an ER visit.
The same thing happened last weekend when I was riding with my fiancé on the back of my bike. I had a great ride all day on some Georgia mtn back roads and had a close call with some pebbles on the road. I left off, pulled over, and got off because I was shaken up since I've never had a close call like that with her or anyone else riding with me. I gave myself plenty of time to let the adrenaline wear off, my mind to stop overthinking it, and not be hard on myself for not seeing them on the road. I got back on the bike and road back home like I was a newbie.
EDIT: I do wish she promoted a Snell Certified helmet instead of the DOT. I have a HJC CL-17 that is Snell Certified (tested with an anvil that has a point instead of a flat surface like the D.O.T. testing/used anvil). that only cost me $130.
Please read as you may look at your DOT or ECE helmet different http://www.smf.org/standards/m/2015/M2015FinalFinal
Lookup the certification on your current helmet
Testing procedures (flame test, dynamic retention, shell penetration, impact, positional stability (Roll-Off), and facial penetration testing)
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"DOT certification is done on the honor system. The helmet's manufacturer determines whether his helmets satisfy DOT and then claims the qualification for himself. There is not even a reporting requirement. The government does contract for some spot check testing at commercial and private labs but not very much. In recent years much of their effort has been spent against so-called beanie helmets that are obviously substandard and are worn only by helmet law protesters.
Around 1990 a few magazine articles appeared questioning whether Snell certified helmets met the DOT standard. Some went as far as claiming that it was impossible to meet both standards with the same helmet but others were more cautious and said only that meeting both was very difficult.
In fact, Snell certified helmets do meet DOT. If you want to be sure that your helmet meets the DOT standard, get a Snell certified helmet. Manufacturers apply for and earn Snell certification because they care about quality. These are the very manufacturers for whom the honor system works. A Snell sticker is your best assurance that the helmet meets both Snell and DOT. Without our sticker, it's purely a gamble that the helmet meets any standard at all."
"The Snell Memorial Foundation is a private not-for-profit organization that sets voluntary standards for motorcycle helmets, bicycle helmets and auto racing helmets, as well as other kinds of protective headgear. Snell Standards are the world's toughest. We demand quite a bit more protective capability in helmets than anybody else on the planet."
Taken from http://www.smf.org/home