Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: NorCal Foothills
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I had a bad crash on my KZ-1000J on New Years Eve, back in 1982. Don't ever take a motorcycle to a New Years Eve party folks! Anyway, I was in the AF at the time, rode the bike home to LA area from Texas on leave, so had no other transpo. I was wearing one of the original Simpson Bandit (Darth Vader) helmets. Had a get off at 60+ mph, and the helmet was ground down on both sides. Wouldn't be here today, had I not been wearing a helmet. I took pics of the battle scarred helmet, and mailed them to Simpson.
I heaped all kinds of praise on them about how their helmet saved my life, etc. Asked them if the helmet could be repaired. They responded, No, it can't be fixed, and should never be used again. Then they offered me a new Bandit, at cost! So, I got a new one for basically half price, and they never asked for the damaged one, or for me to destroy it, etc.
Things have changed a lot since then, with liabilithe's, and lawsuits, etc. I would expect today, they would forward the same request that your helmet manufacturer did. By the way, my mean green Kawasaki slid on its side, on a slight downhill slope, for almost an entire city block. (I was tumbling like a rag doll while that was happening) I got up, ran to it, picked it up, and got it started. People were flowing out of their houses by then. Knew I needed to beat feet, before Cops showed up (Drunk, and in the Service, and all) rode it home the final 5 or 6 blocks. She was spurting oil out of the ground down engine case. Got home though, and a trip to the emergency room the next morning, with a wicked hangover, and my entire body sore, with road rash! Life Lesson
2005 750 Katana
1984 VT500 Ascot
Nice Old Harley you got there! Mind if I kick it over?