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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Dixie and I just started out on a short trip this evening ... came up on a little scooter, moped type of thing. Just then the guy swerved in a bit of loose gravel and lost it. His passenger, a 19 year old girl was tossed off and laying in the middle of the road. She'd hit her head pretty hard on the pavement and caught some road rash on her arms and wrist. Neither one had any gear. She was almost naked with just a brief top, short shorts and slippers. We stopped to see what we could do. Another car stopped. Three of us called 911 immediately. I grabbed several cleaning cloths from my bike and ran to the girl, she was half sitting in her friend's arms and holding a shirt to her badly cut head. Blood all over but not a serious amount. She was terrified and I did what I could to calm her, holding her hand with my other hand on her shoulder, telling her it wasn't too bad and the ambulance was on the way. NINE vehicles showed up including two volunteer responders, a couple police, a couple sheriffs, and a fire truck. The ambulance was last to arrive. We were three miles out of town.

With so many there to help, we went on our way. Three hours later we were going by the hospital and I thought I might check up on her. She was still sitting in the emergency room with stitches in her head and ugly abrasions on her arms and wrists. I keep thinking that with a helmet, gloves, a jacket, jeans, and boots she would have been laughing rather than facing weeks of pain and life long scars. Very few motorcyclists and practically no scooter riders in east central Indiana wear any gear ....
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Glad she will be OK yeah I get a laugh and horror at the same time when I see many scooter riders only wearing a business suit or shorts and t shirt
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Our bodies have evolved over millians of years to survive incidents to us that happen no faster than we can run and even then we can cause serious injury to ourselves.

So anytime we are artificially moving faster than our legs can carry us, ATGATT protection is wise.

My friend suffered similar abrasions when he fell off his bicycle wearing just tee shirtband shorts.

Meanwhile, this guy walked away from a track day high side after a mechanical failure.


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As a MSF RiderCoach I am always harping about ATGATT. I just shake my head when I see people without gear. Yes she probably would have been real sore for a while but perhaps no stiches (and no stich scares). It's not just us motorcyclists. The number one cause of death for children between 6 and 15 in the US is head injuries from riding a bike without a helmet.

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A few months ago, Baggers Magazine published an article about helmet use. I wrote a letter to the editor commenting on the piece and they published it. See the June issue of Baggers magazine......1st letter.

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Having just been hit from the rear by a car on my wing, I can attest to ATGATT. I have one abrasion on my left knee that appears to have happened when my jeans rubbed my knee pretty harshly, but no other scratches or scrapes. I started a different thread on it with picks so you can see the impact there:

I walked away from it.

I'm stiff and sore today and probably will be for a few more days, but no serious road rashes or anything like that.

Thank you for stopping to help her and make sure she got the help she needed. I had several people stop to help me as well. It's always appreciated, believe me!!!

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Glad she will be OK yeah I get a laugh and horror at the same time when I see many scooter riders only wearing a business suit or shorts and t shirt
Wait business suits?!?!

Scooter riders around here just had one too many DUIs and had their licenses revoked...I cant say I've ever seen a businessman on one before....
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Wait business suits?!?!

Scooter riders around here just had one too many DUIs and had their licenses revoked...I cant say I've ever seen a businessman on one before....
Yes business suits pretty common down here
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No offense to the ATGATT proselytizers, but it's hard for me to picture a teenager and his girlfriend riding a scooter while dressed in armor from head to toe and wearing full-face helmets.
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