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post #1 of 19 Old 06-21-2007, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Back Protector...

Can anyone recommend a good back protector? I'm going to be needing one to go into the intermediate group on my next track day.

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post #2 of 19 Old 06-21-2007, 06:10 PM
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I got one through Central motorsports. Shop around and you can normally find good deals. Check motostrano, new enough and the various other sites. PM me and I can send you a list to your e-mail of places to try. I got mine for under $50.
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I used the Alpinestars tech-back when I had the RR. Now, I use a knox protector. Both good, but if I had a preference, I would have stuck with the Astars. Its pricey, but I felt more secure with it.

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I will sell you one of mine if interested.

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Bump for discussions sake.

So I bought the Icon Automag hero Jacket and the only thing I don't like is I thought the back protector was full ce. Nope. Dual density fused together like in my Joe Rocket, but better/ firmer.

I took it out of the jacket and tucked it under my shirt and lied flat on my back to see what it does.

The tapered shape from center out actually puts more pressure on the spine though it tries to spread the pressure out. ( It does, somewhat)

Since most b/p's are shaped roughly the same, I gotta wonder about their actual effectiveness.

Is there a Hurt report on back injuries due to mc crashes someplace?

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I use this one that got high marks a couple years ago. Should be better offerings now?

http://www.forcefieldbodyarmour.co.u...ctor_sport.asp

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Dang that looks nice ! Repeat performance. Tailbone protection. Doesn't look like foam, looks like soft rubber. Being an owner of one, what's your take ?
Dare I ask if you've had to "use" it.

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Dang that looks nice ! Repeat performance. Tailbone protection. Doesn't look like foam, looks like soft rubber. Being an owner of one, what's your take ?
Dare I ask if you've had to "use" it.
It's not soft rubber, but high energy absorption and spreads the impact across a wider area. I searched for months and still haven't seen anything better. If your jacket is skin-tight you may need to drop five pounds to fit the back protector. Only thing missing is a chest protector (which FFBA also sells). I wear full-gear so I won't "use" it.

Get one, it's cheaper than back surgery.

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I'm sure it is. Now where's my trusty pounds to dollars chart ?

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I'm sure it is. Now where's my trusty pounds to dollars chart ?
There are USD companies that have done the conversion math for you. Thanks to your head's up, I am gonna pickup the matching chest guard.

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Does anyone have replacement UPGRADE back protectors that fit inside the pocket that most jackets have for back protectors?

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I use a Bohn, have tested it, it works.

Check http://sportbiketrackgear2.homestead...ody_armor.html for some more info.

Also, there are some great reviews/comparisons out there.

Webbikeworld has done some great reviews.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/back-...-protector.htm

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Thanks ratdog. The first one didn't come up. (my machine) But the second was very useful. And I think it's still worthwhile to at least lie down on one's back to "test" the protectiveness or area of coverage etc.

I'd like to hear from any and all who use and what they use.

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I use a Bohn, have tested it, it works.

Check http://sportbiketrackgear2.homestead...ody_armor.html for some more info.
Thanks for the great video explaining "just use something!". The Bohn BPs look very nice and they offer a chest protector option. Congrats on surviving "using" it!

Critical metrics not clarified in all protectors' marketing to lower impact force is thickness and compression force. There are many advantages of using a protector with a wide belt velcro strap, in addition to the jacket's foam. On impact the jacket could shift while the protector does its job.

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Check http://www.sportbiketrackgear.com and click on body armor on the left side. Decent prices, good folks. I also use newenough and a bunch of other places.

There was a nice comparo done over on cycleforums a while back, pretty comprehensive at the time.

Just make sure you cover your tailbone, don't go w/ a shorty unless it's for street riding. The energy absorbing foam stuff is often single use, loses some of it's effectiveness after a get off/compression. The kevlar lasts a bit longer.

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Back protector is pretty subjective so try them on and see which one fits the best; preferrably with your suit. I like my Dainese since it has both the shoulder straps and kidney belt and doesn't shifts around.

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Back protector is pretty subjective so try them on and see which one fits the best; preferrably with your suit. I like my Dainese since it has both the shoulder straps and kidney belt and doesn't shifts around.
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strap and belt = secure

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I looked at a speed/strength jacket and a Castle. My factory insert seemed better. Felt up all the leathers at the harley store too. Unless you buy the FXRG Jacket, there's no back protection at all.

Curious thought: What about all those famous dirt trackin' harley pros. Did they not wear any gear? Did they never wreck? The more I watch superbike riders have unscheduled getoffs and walk away, the more gear I want to add.
I'd think the Harley crowd would want same.

Not dissin the H/D crowd, just wondering.

Cue TJ to tell me to get some stats before I talk out of my tailpipe.

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