Originally Posted by blk-betty
Wanna tell that story to the mother and wife of the 41 year old killed yesterday here in my town?
Hit the back end of a pickup in heavy interstate traffic when cars in his lane suddenly slowed. Fell off the bike after impact and rolled into an adjacent lane where he was run over by other car.
Full face helmet and top-noth gear is no match when run over by a 3000+lb car.
Gear is important but by no means a guarantee that one will live to an old age.
That sounds like a riding skills issue more than a lack of gear issue. No reason to run into the back of a car unless you dont have sufficient braking skills, or you're not paying attention. Dont even get me started on the lack of training offered to riders in this country. Or, how its perfectly legal to walk into a dealer and buy a 1000lb bike with no experience and a piece of paper that you filled in at the DOT the same day. Without demonstrating any proficiency.
That my friends, is a whole other debate.