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So I was reading through some other forums and came across neck braces. At the time, I was familiar with down hill mountain bike racers and Motocross riders wearing them. However, since Moto GP guys don`t wear them, I figured they are not available for road use. Turns out they do exist. Anyone on here use one? If so, what are your thoughts? I figure Moto GP doesn't use them because the hump on the back can take a lot of the impact if the head were snapped back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=j1hPZYxMspo#at=358

On a similar note, how do you guys find back protectors? I've been looking into them but haven't acquired one yet.
 

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Moto GP doesn't use them because they need more freedom of movement when leaning off the bike in turns and when getting into the tuck position for the straits. The hump on the back of there suits are for aerodynamics, they are not for protection. Most neck braces (like the one in the video you posted) are for motocross and road/adventure riders because they work better when your in an upright position. Dainese sells these neck protectors that attach to a back protector, but I think they would still impede you movement a little too much.


These are the pages on the Dainese website for their 2 braces that would be best (the least intrusive) for street riding

http://www.dainese.com/us_en/motorbike/neck-4-placche.html?cat=41

http://www.dainese.com/us_en/motorbike/neck-5-placche.html?cat=41

I also found old article on Visordown.com on neck braces http://www.visordown.com/features/neck-braces---the-future-of-road-riding/6398.html

As for back protection, I've been wearing one since day one on my bike. I wouldn't get on it without it. :D

I started this thread about a month ago http://www.kawasakininja300.com/forum/36-riding-gear-apparel/463-what-do-you-wear-when-you-ride.html
 

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Most neck braces (like the one in the video you posted) are for motocross and road/adventure riders because they work better when your in an upright position.
Yea I understand most are, but that one is still made for road use. They mention is allows more movement than the motorcross ones, and allows for the back hump when wearing race gear

Pretty interesting system from Dainese though
 

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Leatt STX neck brace is for road use. I tried one on but didnt like the fit of it, it interferes a lot with head movement. maybe i didnt put it on correctly who knows.... still not a fan of them after trying them.
 

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I've been thinking about getting a jacket with a back brace built in. There are some back braces that don't disturb movement too much. I don't know about neckbraces. It might seem like it would get in the way of turning my head freely.

I'd be interested to see what someone who has experience has to say about these two safety options for street riding.
 

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I've been thinking about getting a jacket with a back brace built in. There are some back braces that don't disturb movement too much. I don't know about neckbraces. It might seem like it would get in the way of turning my head freely.

I'd be interested to see what someone who has experience has to say about these two safety options for street riding.
We've tried a them a couple years back on the street and track. Exactly what you pointed out, is the lack of movement, especially side to side. We thought it wouldn't be so noticeable on the track, but still the same, especially trying to thru and look thru the turns. Didn't work well in tuck position also.

Concept is good but the restriction really aggravated our riders alot.
 

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How does the neck brace work?

Im guessing when you fall it minimizes the movement?
There is some impact protection, but your right, it minimizes the movement of your neck (so you don't brake it, or damage it severely) of course this will always limit your movement. I looked into getting one of the Dainese ones, but the limited movement kept me from getting it. I might wear one if I was touring or if I commuted on a daily basis, but for sport riding their not really feasible.
 

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Dainese have been developing airbag systems for street riders for a while. They already use them in MotoGP and probably World Superbike. They are built into the suit and inflate and protect the upper torso because in a crash, it's very common to brake the collar bone. The first video is a couple of years old, but it shows the airbag outside of the suit, and the second is a quick video of a suit inflating. I'm not sure if they are available for the street yet, but if not, their very close to being available.


 
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