Wow that is amazing and glad to hear you are all right, sorry to hear about your bike.I had the unfortunate experience of finally validating the effectiveness of my Tech Air 5 vest this past Sunday. My first motorcycle crash ever. I've never even dropped my bike before, much less had a crash. And I always thought my first crash would come at the race track.
Instead, it happened as I was coming home from a nice ride out on my new S1000RR, feeling great about a Broncos win earlier in the day and really enjoying myself, when another motorcycle merging onto the interstate cut across two lanes into the middle lane I was occupying, without looking. I saw him come over towards me between two cars in the right lanes just in time for me to hit the brakes, but all I did was avoid a side-on impact that would likely have taken us both down. Instead, as I was on the brakes, he hit my front tire with his rear wheel, which sent my new bike down hard on the right side and me tumbling down the interstate in traffic at about 60mph. The motorcyclist that hit me took off.
I hit the concrete hard on my right shoulder. The airbag deployed a fraction of a second before impact. Once it deployed, I rolled rather comfortably down the interstate about 7 or 8 times before coming to a rest on my stomach. It was like being cradled in a ball of bubble wrap. I instantly jumped up with my hands outstretched to stop traffic so I didn't get run over. The blue Subaru that was cruising behind me a moment earlier had come to a stop about 10 feet away from me. My bike was about 80ft further down the road. I ran down, picked up my bike, and got it over to the median shoulder while some nice folks called 911.
I am a big believer in ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time). And it paid off. Looking myself over, my right knee was a bit bruised and my right shoulder hurt, but nothing else. Nothing broken. I never lost consciousness. Aside from my shoulder, my entire upper body was perfect, not a mark on my hands or arms or anywhere on my torso. My right knee was bruised but my hips and left knee were perfectly fine, no bruises anywhere else.
Turns out my right shoulder was dislocated from the impact, but there's no bruising on the shoulder at all.
As I was assessing all the damage done to my new bike, the ambulance showed up. About that same time the lady in the blue Subaru behind me who kindly didn't run me over, came up and gave me her contact info as a witness to the whole thing. After the impact and watching me roll down the interstate in front of her, she thought I would be unconscious at the very least. She said I scared the crap out of her when I finally stopped rolling and then jumped up in front of her car with my hands out. I told her I have wolverine blood and drink badger milk. In reality, it was the airbag.
The ambulance transported me to the ER, and after a quick x-ray, the doctor set my right shoulder back in the socket and sent me home. I was there less than 2 hours altogether. He and the rest of the staff were positively floored that I had no trauma injuries. No internal injuries, not even scrapes on my hands. ATGATT.
My Rev'It jacket did its job. The material shredded, but the armor worked very well. My Reax jeans also shredded, but the Kevlar liner held up and protected my skin. The cheap knee armor the jeans came with is not as good as D30 or the Rev'It Seeflx armor, and I think my right knee would have been less bruised with better armor. The D30 hip armor I put in the jeans worked like a champ, no bruises at all on my hips. My favorite Alpinestars gloves took one for the team and are pretty ground down on the palms and sides, but didn't come apart and protected my hands.
And my Bell Race Star helmet doesn't have a scratch on it. Not a single mark. The airbag vest inflated enough that while rolling down the interstate my helmet never even made contact with the ground. Amazing.
So now I have to spend $200 to get my Tech Air 5 recharged. They estimate it will take at least 2 weeks. But the good news is they also wash the thing after it's disassembled, so that will be nice. It really had some funk to it. I'd say it's well worth it, and I won't ride without an airbag vest. The protection is just too good.