Tourmaster Intake 2 road test on the asphalt
I have the Tourmaster Intake 2 Jacket and Coretech Venture Air pants which I tested yesterday for real. I had a truck pull out in front of me and I grabbed the brakes hard as I thought I was going to collide. I think I hit sand and the front wheel slid putting me down hard on my left side. I slid for a little ways and them did a little roll at the end. Between my veer to the left and him getting stopped quick we did not make contact. Anyway the armor on the elbows and the knees definitley saved me from serious injury. I am a little sore this morning but OK otherwise. I was able to ride the bike to the shop and could have taken it home but I figured it would end up at the shop anyway. The damage is broken fairing, bent gear shifter, bent handlebars, broken front turn signal, scraped up left cover (stator cover?) and the tip broken off of the footpeg. Dealer estimated about 1100 bucks. We will see what the insurance guys says. I have full coverage and I made the other guy stop and have a report with witnesses. We will see what his insurance does.
Bottom line is wear the gear, always. I had a habit of wearing the pants about half the time, that habit is broke now! The textile stuff works and the mesh I have is OK in the summer. Make sure it has the hard CE certified armour in it.
Practice panic stops, I would have preferred to stay up but grabbed way too much front brake. I need to practice enough so it is second nature to not squeeze so hard. I am pretty sure the back end came up and the sliding of the front wheel kept me from being pitched over the bars.