i've got a nice little story to add to this forum, a few years back i was a typical crazy country kid, i had dirt bikes and 4wheelers growing up.
when i went out and played hard i always had at least a helmet, if i was just goofing off or riding to my cousins house down the road i didnt see a need but usually wore it anyway.
my last bike was a 2000 yamaha blaster bought brand new in the winter of 99, the bike was my life for the 3 months i owned it, i spent every day riding most of the time beyond my abilities, crazy as i was but my helmet was always on.
one day i was out riding with a friend of mine, i had rode the area lot i knew what i was doing but i couldnt get anything right, i would take jumps and my feet would slip off the brake or i would miss and click the next gear, my front brakes went out ....just a horrible day over all so i decided it was time to go home and call it quits for the day, a half mile from my house as i crested a hill a dog that was almost as big as my bike ran out on the road, the buddy and I were side by side just cruising, as i recall i was in 2nd or 3rd gear quarter throttle probably about 30mph or so, when the dog ran out it turned back into the woods, rather than both of us going past this dog i decided to hot foot it past the dog my bike was quick no worries, as i grabbed a handful and clicked thru a couple gears my buddy had backed off his bike, my blaster was a 2stroke his was a 4 stroke with no muffler just a straight pipe.
the bike back fired violently scarring the dog back into the road, out of the corner of my eye i saw this dog turn, knowing my brakes were out i tried to outrun the dog i grabbed harder and clicked 6th gear the bike felt like it was winding out, i had been clocked a week earlier going uphill doing over 60 on this bike so i knew i could beat the dog, but beyond all reason this dog was keeping up with my bike, be it i was a gear lower or the dog was really scarred i dont know but he ran along side the bike for at least 100 feet in this span i had enough time to reach out and try to smack the dog in the head, i saw him turn and come at me and the last thing i recall is reaching for a second swing.
I woke up laying on my back in the ditch unaware of what had happened the wreck knocked the wind from me and apparently knocked me out, my shoes were gone my hand was bleeding as the palm of my hand had been ground down nicely, my left shoulder i would learn later had also taken a very deep road rash, it had rained that day and the ditch was soaked so now i'm cold, wet, its windy my shoes are gone and i've got this ache between my shoulder blades and at the back of my neck, well hard headed as i am i jump up and walk over to my bike, getting ready to give it a once over. I couldnt beleive i hadnt broke anything but my back felt horribly out of place and the only thing i could to to ease the pain was lay over the seat, my buddy showed up a minute later and i just stayed like that till the ambulance came out.
at the hospital i learned that i crushed a vertabra by 40% and blew 3 or 4 discs out completely, the doctors could find no trace anywhere in my x-rays of them at all, they decided the only course of action was surgery, at the time they thought i had messed up my neck as well because i had a huge bruise and serious swelling at the base of my skull turns out my helmet had shifted on impact digging the back of my helmet into my head. i now have 2 steel rods and 13 screws in my back, i have limited abilities to a degree, i can do about anything i want but working is limited because i cant do extended heavy lifting without severe muscle spasms and pain the day sometimes 2 or 3 after.
I know for a fact had i not had my helmet on, which was cracked in 2 places and the visor was long gone when i woke up, my head would of been about a foot shorter, had i been wearing my gloves i wouldnt of had my palms ripped to shreds, keep in mind this was at far less speed than most bikers see daily, my jeans however saved my legs pretty well and my long sleeve shirt did wonders, imagine how well leathers would have helped
on a side note i am a bit larger than average i'm just under 6 foot and around 270 to 280 pounds, everyone says i look about 250 or so as my structure is remarkably large(thats straight from the doctors mouth not mine lol) my problem is where do you get leathers in an XXXL?