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From: "John Jardine"
Subject: Re: Back again!
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 01:46:20 -0000
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Sir Charles W. Shults III wrote in message
> "John Jardine" wrote in message
> > Sound like the abortion the British Transport and Road Research Labs
> > with in the late 60's for bike riders.
> > They abandoned it due to problems with gross lower torso injuries.
> You mean some idiots actually tried that?
> Chip Shults
> My robotics, space and CGI web page - http://home.cfl.rr.com/aichip
Yeh they did!.
It was about three years before a law came in that forced us bikers to wear
crash helmets. The TRRL were doing tests to see what was the best protection
equipment the government would be eventually forcing on us.
I saw the photos and write up of this monstrocity in Motorcycle News and
elsewhere and nearly crapped myself!.
The body armour looked exactly like the top half of space suit or medieval
suit of armour or bloated wet suit top. Moulded or laid up out of
Polyester/Fibreglass, with a nice futuristic silver finish. It was a
vertically split two part assembly that presumably bolted together (although
it looked seamless), with a face hole that was presumably to be covered by
The poor bastard who was modelling it for the demo did *not* look
The pic of the after-crash test using a dummy did not engender good feelings
that the TRRL people had our safety in mind. The dummy was literally *folded
in half* at the front wheel of the bike.
The idea was quickly dropped after the crash test and a statement made that
'all avenues needed exploring'
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