So very glad you are here to share your experience. It is always best to dress for the slide rather than the ride. Many in my riding group poke fun at my full gear all the time, without exception, no matter how hot. This is exactly why. I have a friend who had a similar experience, front tire picked up a nail, slowly lost pressure, at 75 MPH the bike went into violent tankslapper. He was not in full gear and 30 years later, he still wears the story all over his body.I can tell you my experience with protective gear, I normally did not wear it other than gloves and a Shoei 3/4 helmet.
In fall 2018 I went for a ride on my 2014 Garbage Davidson Ultra Limited which I had ridden 30,000 kms , including tail of the dragon that year.
It was cold out so I put on my Kevlar lined jeans, a pair of hd chaps, a heated jacket, an hd leather riding jacket, boots and leather gloves. After a few miles my hands were cold so I switched to the hd nylon gloves made for riding in rain. Approx 10 miles from home on a perfectly good highway that was dry, with no wind, that piece of garbage decided to go into the most violent shaking in the front end one can imagine at 70 mph. That's the last thing I remember. When I woke up I was on a stretcher in an ambulance with life threatening injuries.
The gear did its job with the exception of the hd gloves which came off right away, my hands were a total mess and it took months to heal the injuries. The but of the kevlar jeans was torn open but the kevlar was entact. The chaps did their job even though the zippers were torn open in numerous places down both legs. The leather jacket was shredded in places but did its job. The helmet did its job well except the shield tore off and I got some minor facial injuries. I was exremely lucky to have survived this crash. And for the garbage davidson lovers, the bike was meticulously maintained and there was nothing wrong with it when checked over after, it had been in an hd shop 2 weeks before for brake pads and a general check over.
I now ride a 2018 GW and full gear at all times, no matter what the temp. View attachment 365415 View attachment 365416
Once again, so very happy you are here to share. Dress for the side, Enjoy the ride!