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My experience about a month ago, stopped in traffic on 101 in a merge zone (where lane splitting isn't always practical due to people changing lanes) & the car behind the one behind me didn't stop....

I literally got catapulted off the bike into a front somersault & smashed into the pickup truck in front of me while flying upside down and backwards, then fell to the pavement on my head/right shoulder/elbow

only injury was being speared through the back of the thigh by a plastic PVC pipe that was sticking out of the bed of the truck. My helmet took a heck of a ding on the truck bumper and most the rest of the hit was pretty evenly distributed

the upgraded CE armor in my First Gear mesh jacket did a really good job, I didn't even have a bruise on my upper body and I was up and walking within a minute. I'd definitely have been seriously messed up w/o the gear.

After that experience I've been shopping for back protectors too, probably leaning towards the Bohn also.
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