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Most of the people here know the dangers on the road and im sure wear full gear but this is a good post i found somewere else.. specially for newbies ..


Been reading about people not wearing gear because it's too hot - or they are only going for a short ride - or some other BS excuse.

Man - those excuses are syptoms of what we in the medical field call "itwonthappentom
e-itis" and it is a killer!!!

I'm in the military in a job that deals a lot with medicine (and trauma and door kicking). Couple years back I did a rotation in Seattle's #1 trauma center, Harborview as a ER doctor, treating motorcycle (and many other) injuries. That's where these pictures are from.

I've posted these pics in the past on different forums so if you have seen them before I apologize for being redundant.

This is not meant to gross anyone out, nor is it meant to drive people away from biking. I still love to ride even after working on these patients - I just make sure I wear all the protective gear I can, and try to keep my haed out of my ass when I ride


Sorry that this is a bit rough on the eyes. I've put these pics up in hopes that at least a few riders might make the choice to wear some protective gear instead of zooming around in shorts and t-shirts.

These are some of my patients. The have given me permission to post their pictures. These are not the worst ones (the really bad ones I did not have time to take pictures).

There are no pictures of the riders that did not survive.

Patient #1 - thought it was cool to wear a little beanie type "helmet". Low speed high side. The white you see is skull.

Head shot 1 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/head1.jpg

Head shot 2 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/head2.jpg

Multiple layer stitching to close him up. Head CT revealed skull fracture and a small inner brain bleed.

Patient #2 - This gentleman came in pretty scuffed up As the pics show he had a complete, open dislocation of his tib/fib ankle joint after he went skidding along the road. He was stopped by some sort of wall/barrier while still road surfing at high speed -- ouch :insane:

Ankle pic 1 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/ankle1.jpg

He was wearing ankle high heavy hiking boots - just like I used to. Got some Prexports now

Ankle pic 2 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/ankle2.jpg

We reduced his ankle in the ER and then he was off to surgery - Pain pain pain!

Think of these pics when you wonder if the gear is really worth the money.

Patient #3 - TL1000, hit a patch of something in a corner.

Let's start from the head and work our way down....

Helmet pic 1 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/CameraPicture5.jpg

Helmet pic 2 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/CameraPicture6.jpg

Good thing he had a helmet -- he probably would have died without it.

Shoulders, Click here to see 'em http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/CameraPicture2.jpg

The patient told me it was a short ride, he was just going over to his buddie's house so he didn't think he needed any gear.

Too bad we couldn't peel him off the sheets to give you a pic of his back - no skin left.

The rest..... His side http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/CameraPicture3.jpg

That dark spot on the shoulder, not dirt, it's roadrash plus burn - I know it doesn't look it but it was some of the worst road rash I have seen.

It just keeps going... His arm http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/CameraPicture4.jpg

He went to the burn unit for cleaning up. You think the accident hurts, wait till you have full body road rash scrubbed out

Patients #4 & 5 - Two brothers, one 18 and the other 16. Riding on the older brother's NEW 2002 R6 (2 days old - his 1st bike
) Lowside at 50-60mph.

Driver's right arm http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/R61.jpg

This is a closeup of the above hand, knuckles are on the right side.

Close up http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/R62.jpg

His elbow - Elbow http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/R63.jpg

Older brother's elbow - brothers' elbow http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/R65.jpg

Older brother's arm - click here http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/R64.jpg

And for those of you considering an R6 as a 1st bike, see above.

BTW - As you look at these, let this run through your mind, about an hour and a half per kid to get them scrubbed out - painful even under the influence of those good hospital drugs They had to come back for a few more cleanings, suture removal and skin grafts.

No gloves you say - or just those little calf skin cool gloves - bad idea....

Female passenger on a bagger - bike goes down in a corner (5 minutes into the ride) and her hand is between it and the road - we call this a de-gloving

Bad hand injury http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/javahed/Medical%20related/motorcycle%20patients/CameraPicture1.jpg


All I say I please consider the dangers involved in our sport. Use your brain when you ride, and please, choose to wear gear.

Like a sig line that I saw here says - "Sweat wipes off, road rash doesn't)


Saty safe and have fun!

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Great post. I have a friend who rides T-shirt, shorts, and vans. I gave him a extra nice textile jacket but he wears it when it's cooled. Hear is the Kicker to the story....he has gone down at 90mph on a Ninja 10 years and didn't learn his lesson. He was wearing jeans and a jean jacket.

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I've sent this to my father-in-law. He rides a Yamaha Road Start and his answer to not wearing gear is always: "I never push it, so I never crash."

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Seems a bit "nanny-ish" G, but you never know who looks at this board. So thanks for the Morbid Monday Morality post. :p

Since you have brought it up my last get off brought the need for a new Jacket, and my four season old Sidi's should be ready for a museum. Oh - lets not forget a new helmet.

It is SO nice to have use of my left shoulder again. Might get back on the horse this weekend.

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I don't have to be convinced to wear gear. I was wearing proper gear in the V-Strom/minvan collision 5 weeks ago. I still have a foot/leg, I have no brain injury, I was knocked out for 30 minutes but no damage to head found at all. I had a full CT head and neck scan that day in the ER. Full face Helmet definetly saved my life no question about it. I won't be doing any sprints around the neighborhood in the future without one you can bet on that. No roadrash at all, Spidi net jacket worked flawless, the CE armor worked great. The Alpinestar CE approved boots did the best they could against a 2 ton van hood/grill. A broke foot is way better than NO foot. Only real gear casualty was my khaki Dockers, blew the butt out on the landing but no rash only a huge bruise on the butt lower back that held fluid for 4 weeks. I was on my way into the office and it was still warm down here in the middle of Sept. I have better over pants but they did me no good not on me. I also have a Knox back protector hanging in the closet which I did not have on.

I know my mistakes and will improve upon my selective riding gear in the future. No more commuting to work!! As for the weekend rides I am all but going back to full race leathers, boots, gloves and back protector. I don't give a shit what Joe Public thinks I look like, I've been through hell the past 5 weeks in alot of pain that won't soon be forgotten.:twocents

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holy crap the "de-gloving" was gross, UGH!.

i have been hit by two cars and both times my gear has saved my ass. the first time i t-boned a car that ran a light and got hit from a truck that was behind me. my right foot went into the trucks wheelwell and my sidi boot got tore up, but my foot was saved, and my helmet left a indention in the pillar of the cars door jam. i just cant ride without gear, it just doesnt feel right.

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Good article for everyone to read and view. I crashed in June. Cut off by car who slamed on the brakes just after squeeking in my lane at approx. 75 mph. Locked the front tire. First part that touched down was the right side of my Arai. Thank God I was in full gear. Sidi boots (toes) totaled, Alpinestar SP-2 gloves gone (carbon knuckle guard's ground flat), Arai helmet (4 distinct grind spots) both sides of upper visor/helmet deep rain groove damage, R and L spots above ears ground deeply, Z-Leathers, Decorative rain groove patterns on front shoulders, upper back, all over the ass end of the pants as well as the calf areas. Only torn seam on the reinforced pad covering forearm body armor. Bruised from right shoulder to lower hip. Only broken skin was where I must have hit the ignition key during the face plant, it didn't go through the leathers or the 2 shirts I had on under but it managed to gouge a painful crater on my upper shoulder where it dug out the skin. Also bent the key over.

The following weekend another rider went down going the opposite direction on the same freeway. Unfortunately the rider died at the scene. He wasn't run over but the newspaper said he lost control of his Harley and slid down the road. I'm guessing he was dressed more for a poker game than a motorcycle ride.

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Thank you for posting this. I used to ride solo because my wife wasn't interested in being a passenger. Then we went to the Mid-Ohio AMA Superbike races in 2004 and rode the bike (900 Supersport) from the hotel to the track each day.

Long story short, my wife loved it. We sold the 900 and picked up a leftover ST4s (I'm a Ducati ho, what can I say?).
One thing I really couldn't convince her of is wearing the appropriate gear. I've always worn gear since seeing the results of a friend's high speed lowside over 20 years ago. That single event changed my opinion on the spot. It was so bad the only palce to take skin grafts from was his butt. But, I've had trouble getting my wife to fully commit to the concept. She has a quality jacket and helmet, but pants, boots and gloves are an issue.

These pics and stories really got her thinking. Over the winter break we will be shopping for the appropriate gear for her.

Thank you again.

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