Monday, 5 September 2011

Thanks Davida, Knox, Dainese...

I'm currently on an amazing Moto Aventures 5000km riding trip being led by Charley Boorman from Cape Town, through Namibia and into Zambia. On day two of a 16-day trip, 2km from the hotel for the night, I crashed. This is pretty unusual for me. I slide out of dirt track races all the time, but I haven't crashed on the road for a decade or more.
30 seconds before impact I was having the time of my life, riding in incredible scenery, high on life, then I made a wrong decision. The result was one less BMW 1200 GS on the planet. But, thanks to the fine riding products of a few companies, there are just as many Sideburn editors left as there were before.
So, I would like to thank the fine helmets of Davida (check out the damage); the superb Cross Shirt and Cross shorts from Knox and the lovely Dainese leather jacket and gloves. They did their jobs better than they could be expected and I'm still wearing them now, eight days later (I should really try avoid crashing in that lid again, though).
They saved my skin in impressive style.
Remember kids, motorsickles is dangerous. It only takes a second to eat shit. G.

19 comments:

motoguru. said...

how's your chin?

Diplomate said...

marvelous - very good -carry on

Marcus @ MarcusMotoDesign said...

Good to hear that you're ok, Gary!

Ride safe,

OUTTACONTROLLA said...

Davida rock !
Missed u at Buxton dude , Norton went well and i stayed on for once !
Dave won his first one too !
Glad ur heads ok , won't miss the demise of any BMW's here .
Steve #59

zerofour said...

Lucky or unlucky #13 depending on how you look at it. Glad you're safe.

stevie coles said...

must be mega to be out there.
enjoy!!!.

Anders said...

Stay safe!

Paul Baleta said...

Sorry about your off but glad you're a-ok and still havin' a ball!
Amen to good kit!

minx said...

bloody hell G man...be careful will ya!

Carlito said...

sorry to hear that!

I hope you're back on a bike by now!

take care
Carlito

KrookStreetRacing said...

Good to hear you're OK!

User.One said...

Tour sounds awesome, glad the gear did it's stuff.

antoniomerinero said...

Take care and Enjoy,

JC said...

Appreciating that you are putting yourself in harms way on behalf of all us cushty desk-wallahs, chap. Gird your loins etc.

Dr-Ogo said...

You broke the Panzer tank of motorcycles, well done.....

Hairy Larry said...

Oh yeah, that helmet did it's job...all those get-offs on the track had you limbered up for this one. Other than the wreck, sounds like an amazing trip.

derestricted.com said...

Happy you are ok! surely you wOuld be safer in a full face helmet though man. 3 guys from my work all crashed in the last few weeks too with all their bikes written off but with them managing to avoid too much damage to themselves beyond some broken bones and missing skin. Dangerous sport for sure, but its too good to give up.

View Askew said...

Don't worry about BMW 1200's becoming extinct here anytime soon. More people ride BMW's and KTM's here in Cape Town than anywhere else I have ever seen. Every 2 out of 3 bikes seems to be one.

Good that you're OK!

SLAWESY said...

"So, I would like to thank the fine helmets of Davida (check out the damage); the superb Cross Shirt and Cross shorts from Knox and the lovely Dainese leather jacket and gloves."

Mate you should have also got a pair of leather pants from Dianese, why dont you post a picture of the ones you were wearing and also rode in for the remainder of the trip week... they sure ended up in worst condition than your helmet..... You Drongo!!