If you happened to watch the AMA Supersport race at Barber on Sunday you witnessed a spectacular crash that stopped the race. Jamie Hacking had a rather violent highside that slammed him onto the racetrack followed by Geoff May running directly into Hacking’s motorcycle, flying through the air and hitting the asphalt hard. It’s the kind of crash you hate to see, you just know there were serious injuries involved, except, in this case, both riders were up and talking to Greg White on TV within minutes. There is a lot to be said for rider conditioning but without modern protective gear, they would have been on their way to the hospital, not doing interviews.
In contrast, as I watched the local news this morning, I saw two motorcycle accidents leading to significant injuries, one was the classic left turn in front of a motorcycle while the other was a rider who just rode off into some trees. Neither rider wore a helmet and there was no mention of other clothing the riders were wearing.
The level of protective gear you wear is your choice and in those areas where helmet use is optional, you can choose to leave that behind, too. But, think long and hard before going without anything. The protective gear available today works and works well. We’re pretty open and vulnerable to every oblivious driver on a cell phone and it only takes one accident to change your life forever. Be careful out there.