Just a quick post that could help save your life or certainly reduce injuries... and a note about passing other cars.
EDIT: was in a bad accident. Thank god I had good gear on or I'd be dead.
I'm sharing this for two reasons. <SNIP> SO, BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN PASSING!
2nd, I didn't know Alpinestars had released their Tech-Air airbag system
. If I had, I might not have gotten it partly since I've had so few incidents over the years and it's just expensive.
However, after that crash I found out about it and knew I'd never ride another day without it. If you would have asked me 8 weeks ago if I'd pay $1,500 (for both a jacket and vest) to avoid the pain and suffering that I went through I would have said hell yes. My medical bills are about $35,000 (I have a high deductible and will owe $7,500, but will hopefully get that back from his insurance company) and I suspect would have been much less if I had the vest.
So, in short, it's not cheap but you should seriously consider getting one of these. I did read one story from a guy that crashed in one and he said he felt like he was sliding on a pillow. Crazy, that's sure not what I felt when flying 4 feet high through the air at 65 mph and crashing to the ground.
Lastly, if you're considering it I can help out. There's a little confusion about the versions and the jackets. I got the race version since it can run both the race and street firmware - the street can only run street in street mode. I also got the race version because the jackets available for the street version are what I'd call No Viz.
Since I always love threads with pictures, I'll share a couple. Bike before and after the crash and a couple other things.
I also recommend David Hough's Proficient Motorcycling. He'll point out so many hazards you may never have thought of. Be safe out there!!!
PS: of course I'm adding two loud cars horns to the RC51, and I'll also be adding a headlight modulator. I used to think they were annoying but when you come two feet from death you might feel differently about them too.