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ATGATT, an acronym for All The Gear All Time...

I have noted a huge amount of accidents here in the Phoenix metro area of riders going down because of sand, or a vehicle side swipes them, or whatever.

Most of the time, the bike is still ready to go for another ride. But, the "rider" is still in the hospital getting patched up for skin abrasions or some interior surgery for damage.

This is a land of the free, and you can choose not to wear full riding gear all the time...

But, it would be a lot cheaper to replace a torn piece of riding gear than what the hospital's charge for a human battery tender. Restoration to our bodies is painful.

I'm not pointing any fingers, and not going to display any pictures of my damaged gear. But I did tangle with a semi-truck at 65 mph whereby he decided to merge my bike into the center median concrete wall.

The bike was a loss, I was concussed bad enough to take 3 years coming out of it, but ATGATT saved me for another day.

Pictures of the hard stuff follow. These pictures have been hidden by the lawyers until just this week. I finally got a copy of them. The case is settled and I can talk about it.

So please, consider wearing ATGATT. Yeah, I know, it gets hot and sweaty.

It was hot that day too, but I did not get any skin rash from this wipe out.
None at all...............

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What else is there to say?

Glad you made it through, looks like a h*** of an accident! Another reason to wear ATGATT!

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Someone still has plans for you. That was a nasty accident.

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Bravo, AZ.
I have long been a proponent of ATGATT though, personally, I have not had the bad luck to test the gear like you have! Many seem to believe that FATE will protect them from injury. I believe that we are all responsible for the events around us and it is the small, everyday, decisions that can effect us profoundly.

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Whoa....that's not styrofoam all over the highway.

I couldn't fix my brakes so I made the horn louder
Motor started to knock. Turned up the radio.

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I am with yiou 100% I still have a few pictures of the day we hit the deer. Just seeing your bike brought that back. Mine landed just like yours. We had on full gear. We did get beat up a little but because of the gear wife and I can ride today.

If a person does not want to wear the gear for thereself, then think of your family. It may take you a while to get used to it. But it becomes a normal way of riding it a very short time.

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After reading the other threads about your run in with that Semi, I knew that it was bad. But after seeing those pics, you definitely had someone looking out for you. Glad that he was and that you are still here with us.

As to your post about ATGATT I agree with you wholeheaertedly. Even though I do not always wear my helmet (more on that later)I wear everything else Jacket, boots, gloves and jeans.

For those that do not like leathers or the textile type pants. I just got my kevlar jeans and cannot say enough about them. Comfy and seem to be well made. Comp Acc have them on sale for this week only. I just ordered 2 more pairs here is a link for anyone that have not tried them. http://www.compacc.com/p/Sliders-Kev...Jeans-3-0/10/0

As for the helmet, I just got a new one and installed EdSets so I think I will be using the helmet a lot more, now that I can hear the tunes fully while wearing the helmet.

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unless you wear a one piece racing suit with all the bells and whistles that is safe

wearing a mesh jacket, and a pair of gloves and leather boots and a helmet isnt so safe

when your doing 80+ mph and you gotta dump it there is not ammount of leather or protection on earth that can save you from getting hurt seriously now when you have to dump it doing in town speeds under 40 or so mph sure you'll probably live might be hurting awhile

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Those pics are a serious wake up call to those that don't armor up.

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Glad to see you made it through that one. Would you consider posting what you were wearing at the time?

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