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Old 12-24-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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Safety Question: Why Are Neck Braces (Leatt) Not More Popular?

Was thinking about upgrading some of my safety gear during the off season. Stumbled upon neck braces. Seems like they work extremely well (guy was wearing a leatt, and walked away with nothing but a sore wrist)
, Leatt being one of the best companies. They can be pricey (~$400), but that's not much different then a good helmet. What are your reasons for not wearing one? Money, looks, comfort etc. All comments wanted. Thanks!
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:06 PM   #2
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I have been considering one. I have a friend that uses one. It is a bit of a pain to hook it up before a track outing, but otherwise, I would think it is a good idea.

I think costs keep most from buying one. It's not like a helmet where it is an obvious safety need. I think either the price needs to go down, or there needs to lots of PR showing an accident and how the contraption saved the rider from X damage.

For me, I think it's a great piece of equipment, I just don't think about one enough to pull the trigger. I have no first hand knowledge of one saving soemone from extensive injury like I have seen with helmets.

IF that same friend ever crashes and it's obvious this saved his bacon, I'd have one the same day. I know that is crappy logic, but just being honest.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:09 PM   #3
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I have been considering one. I have a friend that uses one. It is a bit of a pain to hook it up before a track outing, but otherwise, I would think it is a good idea.

I think costs keep most from buying one. It's not like a helmet where it is an obvious safety need. I think either the price needs to go down, or there needs to lots of PR showing an accident and how the contraption saved the rider from X damage.

For me, I think it's a great piece of equipment, I just don't think about one enough to pull the trigger. I have no first hand knowledge of one saving soemone from extensive injury like I have seen with helmets.

IF that same friend ever crashes and it's obvious this saved his bacon, I'd have one the same day. I know that is crappy logic, but just being honest.

true enough. at some point, you can pile on gear, braces, personal airbags, armor, and every other piece of safety gear and it will no longer be practical (or fun) to be hoisted on to a motorcycle. might as well buy an abrams tank and call it a day
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:11 PM   #4
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I cant wear the leatt on the street bike due to not being able to look through turns. On the motard it is fine and I dont notice it but on the street bike it is worse riding with. I have not tried to adjust it use on the street bike yet.

I defanatly feel better with it than with out. One less thing to worry about.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:13 PM   #5
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I have laned on my head every time I have had a crash on the dirt bike so I had to have it.

I am sure if yyou dont break your neck that it is still very posible to break your back in a different location.
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I have heard they interfere with turning your head so on the street or track they can be a pain.
I have also heard they make a model designed for street/race bikes so maybe that would be worth looking into.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:51 PM   #7
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I think for dirt bike riding (MX) especially, I could see that as a need more so than street or track. I have heard of some bad neck injuries that are dirt related.

Of course, a friend and I were discussing boots and the theory that although a certain area may be protected, usually something else gives if it has to.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:30 PM   #8
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I have one I use on the dirt bike, does not interfe with turning my head. Don't even notice its on. A* makes a nice one too!
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I used to use one when i raced motocross. Sold everyhting now though. It helped allot. Once you get used to wearing i you dont notice it.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:30 PM   #11
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The idea seems similar to the airbags that are starting to appear on higher end suits. Once they get the price down on the airbags that would be the way to go.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:22 AM   #12
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Crazy wreck in the video. I was actually pondering getting one also.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:24 AM   #13
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:53 AM   #14
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+1 for getting a neck brace if you can afford, but I also do agree with witchdoctor....

After all, all weird sh*t can happen when you fall, sometimes dont matter if you wear a pair of shorts or a bulletproof suit, it's all luck.

Getting as much protective equipment as you can afford is of course the way to go, but dont think you will eventually become indestructible, you are simply slightly increasing your chances with each piece you put on.

Thats my opinion.
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true enough. at some point, you can pile on gear, braces, personal airbags, armor, and every other piece of safety gear and it will no longer be practical (or fun) to be hoisted on to a motorcycle. might as well buy an abrams tank and call it a day
that could be just as fun

I have been thinking of getitng a brace for the track myself.

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lots of people I race with wear one....My wife bought me one for Christmas last year. I returned it. Didn't like it one bit....just a preference I suppose. However, I did just spend over 3 grand on some custom knee braces.
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Was thinking about upgrading some of my safety gear during the off season. Stumbled upon neck braces. Seems like they work extremely well (guy was wearing a leatt, and walked away with nothing but a sore wrist) Session 1 I Group NESBA 27 Aug 11 Barber MSP - YouTube , Leatt being one of the best companies. They can be pricey (~$400), but that's not much different then a good helmet. What are your reasons for not wearing one? Money, looks, comfort etc. All comments wanted. Thanks!
That was the worst stoppy I've ever seen

Do you have any pics of what the neck braces look like on
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true enough. at some point, you can pile on gear, braces, personal airbags, armor, and every other piece of safety gear and it will no longer be practical (or fun) to be hoisted on to a motorcycle. might as well buy an abrams tank and call it a day
Hey, dont knock driving an Abrams until you have tried it. LOL
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:46 PM   #19
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That was the worst stoppy I've ever seen

Do you have any pics of what the neck braces look like on
Here are some reviews with them actually wearing it from SPTG. I will admit it does look a bit goofy haha, but safety is safety!


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