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    Why I wear full Armour when I ride

    2 years ago on a hot summer day I was up at Big Bear. In the afternoon everyone in my group started pealing off their armour to combat the heat. I kept mine on. 2 runs later, I had the bike rolling as fast as I could go and crashed on the moto style jump that leads to a left turn (I think Summit trail). This reminded me what sliding on my chest and belly sounded like that day. My shirt was ripped to shread but my armour saved me.

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    Insane.

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    Its funny how it only takes one nasty wreck to make one a believer in armor. I had mine the other day...was trying out a new stunt, and put on my pressure suit on a whim (was pretty sure I could handle it so was thinking of just riding with a helmet). Needless to say I ended up sliding into a large pointy boulder and just wrapping around it. If not for my chest pad, it woulda been broken ribs fo sho...I'd rather be hot than in the hospital.

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    What.....So your better off when your car crashes?
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    no, but they are shinier....it's like the fututre, where everything is really really shiny.....but still really just the same ol'crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCBigHit
    Its funny how it only takes one nasty wreck to make one a believer in armor. I had mine the other day...was trying out a new stunt, and put on my pressure suit on a whim (was pretty sure I could handle it so was thinking of just riding with a helmet). Needless to say I ended up sliding into a large pointy boulder and just wrapping around it. If not for my chest pad, it woulda been broken ribs fo sho...I'd rather be hot than in the hospital.
    nah I always been a chicken and wore armour. I felt like a kook, because I just started riding and I was around all these guys who where great riders and they didn't wear anything. just jeans and a t -shirts or dickies and me looking like the pillsbury doughboy
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    NCBighit can you post a blown up version of your avatar...looks cool
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    I've crashed on that same hip jump at BB. I found myself a few hours later getting CAT and PET scans, my eyelid being stitched up, and a male nurse of questionable orient picking dirt out of my grazed hips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theOtherMrT
    a male nurse of questionable orient picking dirt out of my grazed hips.

    now that is funny
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    NCBighit can you post a blown up version of your avatar...looks cool
    SMT - Thanks man, I hope its not to disappointing. It may be a cooler picture in its small version, since it is not a super huge move or anything. But I do like the colors. It's a picture of this fun adjustable kicker that launches you down this long endless trany...definitely a fun time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theOtherMrT
    I've crashed on that same hip jump at BB. .
    yep I was racing a pro racer and couldn't slow down to hit the jump. I just about flat landed that thing....it sucked. People where rushing to see if I was all right because they said it looked bad....I was lucky and said give me my bike and leave me alone then went and squeezed 2 more runs before they closed the place
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    any suggestions for cheap but well protecting upper body armor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDMiniTrucker
    any suggestions for cheap but well protecting upper body armor?
    just spend about a hundred and get the 661 pressure suit or the new Azonic. Covers the forearms, bicep or tricep muscle, chest, kidney and Armadillo for the back spine
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    yeah , i dont get to sad when i punk out on stuff or wear extra padding. some us have jobs, school, and other responsabilities. Some of us cant risk getting hurt due to this, not to mention not everyone has health insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropoff
    not everyone has health insurance.
    health Insurance is very cheap if you get the right one. My coverage is 1,000 deductable and 20% of the next 1500. Under 40 years old is like 45 dollars a month

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    get insurance if you ride....I am covered if I get into the big accident
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    I just got my armour at christmas and i havent got to ride with it yet(canadian winter) but i know il be happy i have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    health Insurance is very cheap if you get the right one. My coverage is 1,000 deductable and 20% of the next 1500. Under 40 years old is like 45 dollars a month

    Blue Shield

    get insurance if you ride....I am covered if I get into the big accident
    Armor is good. I wear my armor anytime I get on the big bike.

    Insurance is good. It's worth every penny.

    Extra disability insurance (something like AFLAC) is wise- especially if you have a family and or mortgage and car payments...

    Life insurance is also good.

    /it took me a broken foot, broken wrist, two seperated shoulders, broken collar bone, many broken ribs, lung contusion, and multiple back fractures to finally figure out all the above statements are fact.

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    I fractured 4 Vertebre in June riding something that wasnt too gnar that I had hit before. I landed, looked up at my buddies who were standing in the trail hit a downed log and then wrapped myself around a 3' diameter doug fir. Fortunately there was no permanent damage and I was only out of commision for 4 months- which sucked but it was better than being paralyzed.

    Probably would have been a less intense injury had I been wearing some armor. Needless to say I got some (thanks rockgardn) and dont care how I look riding- I just want to be able to continue to ride, walk,..... s#!t happens you know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roaming Oregon
    Armor is good. I wear my armor anytime I get on the big bike.

    Insurance is good. It's worth every penny.

    Extra disability insurance (something like AFLAC) is wise- especially if you have a family and or mortgage and car payments...

    Life insurance is also good.

    /it took me a broken foot, broken wrist, two seperated shoulders, broken collar bone, many broken ribs, lung contusion, and multiple back fractures to finally figure out all the above statements are fact.
    geeze...think you would learn the first time
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattr
    I fractured 4 Vertebre in June riding something that wasnt too gnar that I had hit before. I landed, looked up at my buddies who were standing in the trail hit a downed log and then wrapped myself around a 3' diameter doug fir. Fortunately there was no permanent damage and I was only out of commision for 4 months- which sucked but it was better than being paralyzed.

    Probably would have been a less intense injury had I been wearing some armor. Needless to say I got some (thanks rockgardn) and dont care how I look riding- I just want to be able to continue to ride, walk,..... s#!t happens you know
    yep and people post pics w/no helmet
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    im buying armor as of yesterday...
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    everybody was dressed nice...I had shorts, Rogue T-shirt and sandles

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ-
    im buying armor as of yesterday...
    a good thing... i even ride w/armour on easy XC trails if i can "open it up all the way" Crashing at 25 or 30 mph sucks
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    a good thing... i even ride w/armour on easy XC trails if i can "open it up all the way" Crashing at 25 or 30 mph sucks
    but helmets are so much more important...

    i swear id be pissing out of a straw if it wernt for my Troy Lee...im fcuked up and i was wearing protective gear...

    i cant even begin to imagine how bad it would have been if i wasnt...

    (if i had my camera unpacked then id show u the pics of my fcuked up helmet and pads)
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    everybody was dressed nice...I had shorts, Rogue T-shirt and sandles

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ-
    but helmets are so much more important...

    i swear id be pissing out of a straw if it wernt for my Troy Lee...im fcuked up and i was wearing protective gear...

    i cant even begin to imagine how bad it would have been if i wasnt...

    (if i had my camera unpacked then id show u the pics of my fcuked up helmet and pads)
    unpack the cameara or borry from a friend
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    unpack the cameara or borry from a friend
    problem is i dont know where it is...

    after ive eaten something then ill have a look...
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    everybody was dressed nice...I had shorts, Rogue T-shirt and sandles

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    geeze...think you would learn the first time
    It's that whole Type A thing...

    /stubborn and determined

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roaming Oregon
    It's that whole Type A thing...

    /stubborn and determined

    A is a good thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ-
    problem is i dont know where it is...

    after ive eaten something then ill have a look...
    21 hours and your still not done, geez im dissapointed with you...


    (when in reality im just really mad that he already has his new bike and i am sitting here, not even riding my stinky, watching it dump snow... When will it be summer already... )
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    what were is gnarcal

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    Quote Originally Posted by red bull
    21 hours and your still not done, geez im dissapointed with you...


    (when in reality im just really mad that he already has his new bike and i am sitting here, not even riding my stinky, watching it dump snow... When will it be summer already... )
    found it...

    except ive allready sent the helmet off for repairs etc...and dont worrie...untill i fix the DEMO real good she aint getting ridden anywhere...
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    everybody was dressed nice...I had shorts, Rogue T-shirt and sandles

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ-
    found it...

    except ive allready sent the helmet off for repairs etc...and dont worrie...untill i fix the DEMO real good she aint getting ridden anywhere...
    demo is damaged BJ???
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    demo is damaged BJ???
    front caliper...
    rear wheel...
    both tyres...
    rear derailuer...

    so um...you could say that...
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    everybody was dressed nice...I had shorts, Rogue T-shirt and sandles

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJ-
    front caliper...
    rear wheel...
    both tyres...
    rear derailuer...

    so um...you could say that...
    wtf did you do???
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    wtf did you do???
    bombing through rock gardens all day on a wheel thats not exactly tight will kind of do some damage...believe it or not...

    my front calipers clip for the left pad is somehow bent...interesting as ive only taken my front wheel off twice since i bought it...and the pads are also somehow jammed at 20% applyed...so major rubbage and all problems there...they cant be pushed back either...

    right lever is leaking DOT oil...

    derailuer despite derailuer guard hit a rock and is out of line and a bit bent...

    tyres need new sealent and keep going down after a hard ride...

    pretty much she just needs some maintenence...
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    everybody was dressed nice...I had shorts, Rogue T-shirt and sandles

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    that video is why god invented roll cages and 5 point harnesses.

    i've done about the same thing (minus about 500 hp, and cruising down on the freeway in my sentra rather than a strip) and i got lucky.

    it's pretty scary hanging from a seatbelt while your car slides on its roof.

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