Really glad to hear that your riding gear worked as expected and kept you safe.Well, tonight was my turn... It just stopped raining, I was going about 25 mph on highway in slow moving traffic and preparing to change lanes. I took a quick glance over my left shoulder, looked back to the front, and saw a van in front of me stop abruptly. Normal scenario on highways and I’ve been in those a hundred times. I must have locked up the rear or front brake, and bike fell over on the left side. Low speed, maybe 15-25 MPH, but it did throw me off the bike and to the side and dragged me a bit.
Bike damage: scratched front fender, bent forward control foot peg shifter, scratched auxiliary light, slightly scuffed handlebar shield and cracked left Leatherlyke saddlebag.
I was wearing full face helmet, motorcycle boots, winter motorcycle gloves, jacket and Helite Turtle airbag west. No motorcycle pants, just jeans. The only damage to me: a bruise and road rush on my left knee, and a light bruise on my left hip. Helmet shield scratched (did its job - I saw the road bounce in front of my face), left boot scratched badly (must have dragged under the bike for a bit), Helite Turtle airbag deployed (did its job), jacket has light scuffing on shoulder.
Post crash thoughts:
I had some health problems for the past few weeks, and I was not 100% on top of my game today, but I still decided to ride. In addition to that, road was wet. I must have overreacted on the brakes, and tires either caught a wet road marking or just the road surface was too wet.. Result: I’m on the ground angry and happy at the same time.
A couple of things come to mind when you crash for the first time. It can’t happen to me, how come?! Well, here is a reality check! First emotion is happiness - I’m alive and probably unharmed. Then make sure bike is off. Second emotion - angry that your dropped YOUR bike! Then I could hear sounds again, and I’ve heard a strange hissing noise and feeling somehow restricted in movement: Helite Turtle airbag deflating - it really worked! I hoped but had my doubts. I even bragged to a guy who stopped to ask if I’m OK. Helite just got a customer for life. Only if I wore my motorcycle pants with armor this evening (I have two pairs...).
Conclusion: I’m alive, unharmed, I rode my bike home to my family. Damage to the bike is unfortunate, but should be fixable relatively easy. I was looking to get a new helmet: it is time to get another Riding a motorcycle when you are not 100% for whatever reason is like playing dice with your life. I walked/rode away from this one, and I’m glad God gave me a lesson with my wallet and not my health or life. One other thing: ATGAT all the time. If it were 40 MPH or higher, I might have cracked my knee cap or broke a hip by not having proper motorcycle pants with armor.
P.S. kinda thinking to myself: probably this crash would not have happened if my bike had ABS.
You are the 1st person I've known of to report about a real world deployment of that Helite Turtle airbag, I'm glad it worked for you. I had heard of it 2 years ago but was skeptical and when I 1st learned of it availability in the United States was an issue
After reading your experience I decided to look and see if they're now available in the United States, I am still not certain if they're available here but I did find a competitor's product that is available in the United States and is worn under any jacket and also has shoulder inflation.
The j&p cycles website said it should be available for release this Month, here is a link.