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Old 09-14-2009, 03:43 PM   #16
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That is true enough. But when I read severed leg I always think they mean the whole leg. Could be I was ASSuming more than actually happened.
Good point.

I also assume the whole leg got taken off.
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:23 PM   #17
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the best gear for protecting a leg from a post while riding.

any R series bmw?

anything with a giant fairing or wide donk - LT, Wing, Valkyrie etc.

good set of boots. Mind you, the energy has to go somewhere. Protect the ankle and you just destroy the knee. Ankle and knee and you might destroy the hip instead. Rinse, repeat and slow down.
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:58 PM   #18
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I know of another rider that survived a severed leg. He hit an ARMCO barrier at 80+, lowsiding on a connecting ramp. Don't know what gear he was wearing though, just pointing out that you don't necessarily die from losing a leg.
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:59 PM   #19
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just pointing out that you don't necessarily die from losing a leg.
land mines and conflict over the past millenia have been pointing that out for quite a while.
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:04 PM   #20
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I remember a news story a while ago where a rider hit a gaurd rail and lost his leg and he didn't even know it right away. He kept riding for a while before he looked down and noticed his leg was gone.


Edit: found the article

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKT13970120070814
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:54 AM   #21
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As to the question - gear won't save you from stupidity. A low speed impact with an immovable object like a lamppost might be less severely damaging with gear. High speed impacts with immovable objects however... Gear is mostly protection for low speed impact and abrasion from sliding along the ground. Not for smacking with 90mph against a wall.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:14 AM   #22
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Let me get this right ... No gear. Estimated 65 in a 30 zone and accelerating. Manages to hit a steel light pole. Those things do not move that much and are fairly easy to avoid.

Was the dude trying to kill himself?
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:45 AM   #23
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Let me get this right ... No gear. Estimated 65 in a 30 zone and accelerating. Manages to hit a steel light pole. Those things do not move that much and are fairly easy to avoid.

Was the dude trying to kill himself?
And spinning the rear too. I was thinking maybe the throttle might have stuck open for some reason.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:28 PM   #24
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Firefighter/Paramedic for a busy department in S.Cali here. With a complete amputation the blood vessels actually retract back into the stump itself, so the bleeding itself isn't all that bad, it just looks pretty ugly. Some injuries on bikes are gonna happen no matter what gear your wearing, this may be one of them. The best type of gear around is the one that's HOPEFULLY in a helmet!!
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:55 PM   #25
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We had a similiar one two months ago. Harley side swiped a service truck that was in a right turn lane. Clipped the rear bumper and took out a large part of the tibula. Didn't get the artery so the bleeding wasn't that bad. Ended up with BKA (Below knee amputation). He went about 3/4 mile before he slowed and fell over. Guess he couldn't hit the brake.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:07 PM   #26
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Firefighter/Paramedic for a busy department in S.Cali here. With a complete amputation the blood vessels actually retract back into the stump itself, so the bleeding itself isn't all that bad, it just looks pretty ugly. Some injuries on bikes are gonna happen no matter what gear your wearing, this may be one of them. The best type of gear around is the one that's HOPEFULLY in a helmet!!
Former Paramedic here, also. I agree and we've both seen it. A severed artery will constrict, slowing blood loss. A ripped/torn artery however, can be a different situation.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:22 AM   #27
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So are you talking from experience?

I never had any idea there was such a thing as a forum about flashlights! Did anyone look up some of the thread names? Such as "New guy needs a real flashlight!" or "My Saturday night flashlight story!"
Not only is there a forum for it, but there is probably PORN about it too.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:02 AM   #28
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Not only is there a forum for it, but there is probably PORN about it too.
Now that may cost me some sleep. But I have no doubt you are correct.
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We are gushy bags of water.

Gear provides some road rash protection and might spread a sharp, focused impact over a larger area, but big hits are big hits and it is nearly impossible to protect yourself from them.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:21 AM   #30
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We are gushy bags of water.

Gear provides some road rash protection and might spread a sharp, focused impact over a larger area, but big hits are big hits and it is nearly impossible to protect yourself from them.
Might as well ride naked then...
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