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What else do you need to know about motorcycle injuries?

Did you know that each class of motorcycle has its own individual injury list? Hence such differences in the selection of equipment, separate lines and additional elaborations. The emphasis is placed not only on usability, but also on protecting the most vulnerable parts of the body. It is foolish to deny that the nature of the ride, the purpose of owning the motorcycle, the rider’s experience and the motorcycle itself all contribute to injury.

The division of motorcycles into classes, which, by the way, in modern times often have blurred boundaries due to the love of experimentation and curious combinations of design ideas, makes you pay attention to the fit and ergonomics of the motorcycle. This will come in handy for us now to understand the relationship between injuries and motorcycle classes, so I advise you to look in advance in articles such as:

“Motorcycle ergonomics – what is it?”

“Fit and weight distribution are half the success of a good motorcyclist.”

And now a few words about equipment and injuries, depending on the class of the motorcycle.

Sport motorcycles

A class of motorcycles due to which ordinary pedestrians constantly associate any motorcycle with wild speed, excitement and … sudden death. If you pay attention to the statistics, it turns out that among sports bike fans, injuries are most influenced by:

  • Specific Fit – Embryo Pose
  • Suspension features on many motorcycle models
  • Increased speed

Have you not noticed the joke about the tail of the motorcycle, they say, just raise the suspension and here’s a sport for you? If you have ridden sports bikes, you have felt that sometimes the landing is extremely uncomfortable, as if you are falling down sometimes. The embryo pose, in which the pilot literally rams an obstacle with his head at high speed, screams about possible injuries. A motorcycle helmet with this fit should be much better than just good. Diving headfirst into an accident leads to severe injuries to the skull, neck, shoulders and chest. Don’t believe me? With such a fit, maneuvering with a flat back will be problematic, because they are designed for a recumbent position. Injuries to the hands, hands … remember why gloves are so often sewn on the little finger and ring finger?

After falling at high speed, inertia is hard to argue with. It is from the fans of sports bikes that you can find a fair amount of sliders in the outfit, in addition to the standard set of protection. And, of course, professionals put the main emphasis on leather, as it is more resistant to abrasion. Although we must pay tribute to modern developments, which also do not stand still.

Choppers / cruisers

A distinctive feature of injuries of this class of motorcycles can be considered a cardinal difference in the entrance to an accident. If on sports motorcycles a person crashes with his head due to a recumbent landing, then on heavy motorcycles the landing is reversed and the driver enters forward with his feet. Remember the most imposing motorcycles that can be attributed to choppers or those close to them, footpegs are very comfortable after sports, often high and wide handlebars, you ride like the king of the hill.

It is logical that in the top there are injuries to the arms and legs, as well as the pelvis and abdomen. Because in the event of an accident, after a collision, the driver hits the tank and steering wheel. It is reckless to give up extra leg protection or wear a jacket without protective inserts. Vests for these guys and girls are in trend for a reason.

Classic and Touring Motorcycles

Landing on such bikes is predominantly straight or as comfortable as possible for driving a motorcycle on long journeys, tedious simple in traffic jams. It’s not in vain that urban riders are so fond of kits based on inserts or turtle, because the main enemy for them is asphalt. The scourge of motorcyclists in the city is side impacts and tangential accidents, with an additional bonus in the form of a slipper, but they go into it at lower speeds than among sports fans. Tourist motorcycle riders are not averse to fooling around on the track, but most of their injuries are close to those of townspeople. These are falling to the side. Hence, joint injuries, broken shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles, squeezing and friction on asphalt, gravel, sand.

Cross / enduro / pit bikes

Little wild villains – that’s how these motorcycles are characterized. With injuries and equipment for them, in general, everything is clear, maximum protection for the legs and ankle, protection for the joints plus a turtle, and only a maniac will sit on these motorcycles without a helmet! It makes no sense to deny the danger of injury, here they fall at all possible angles of physics.


Regarding injuries, I would like to separately note that when colliding with other objects, dimensions play a serious role. With a high body of a car (especially for a truck), we have injuries to the upper body with strong transverse boundaries of impact. Why? How about the fact that in such cases the motorcycle just goes under the body, and if it does not go away, then it very ugly falls on its side at an acute angle, pinching the owner’s leg, while he is still in shock from the collision.

If the dimensions of the object with which the incident occurred are not large, then the chest, abdomen and thighs suffer, because the impact falls into the body, the motorcycle does not clog under the body, and therefore does not leave such bright transverse injuries on the body.

Separately, I would like to remind you that when driving with a passenger in an accident, he will be the most vulnerable person because:

  • The passenger rarely has a full set of protection
  • The passenger is almost always thrown off the motorcycle in case of accidents due to his extreme position on the seat and the inability to fully hold on
  • The passenger rarely has enough experience to properly behave in an emergency.
  • The passenger does not control the situation at all and is lost in an accident in his actions, panics

Let me remind you of the article “What you need to know about riding a motorcycle with a passenger?” and “What to do if you fall off a motorcycle?”

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