This is 3rd. party information as a friend of my friend was involved in a serious collision on Saturday Feb.11. He was riding his HD sportster down Boundry and 48th. ave. at a brisk speed, not that far off from posted limit.
A person riding a 3-wheel bicycle shot out from a side street infront of him, he had no time to react and hit the cyclist at full speed, it was a pretty bad scene. The rider was wearing full leathers and a full face helmet, the cyclist was drunk. Rider has 3 broken ribs, and multiple broken bones on his face, his body looks fine, but his face is black, blue, and deformed. He sustained head damage, the long term extent of which is not known yet, but when my friend asked him a series of simple questions all his answers were laboured and wrong. He was in a coma for 4 days, the doctors were not sure of his survival, but it looks like he will pull through, but will never be the same. I was told the cyclist did not fare as well but all I know is that he is still alive, I don't know anymore details than that.
The reason I am posting this is it is a lesson in wearing proper gear, I am positive it saved his life, and enabled him to still be able to lead an enjoyable life after he recovers.
Now, he usually would wear his beenie, but on cold or rainy days he wears his full face. If he was wearing his beenie there is no doubt in my mind that he would be dead. When the police came to his house to break the news and take information down they were so affected by this that they took his beenie, and with the family's permission immediatly destroyed it. Please, don't dismiss the gear nazi posts, good gear, not loud pipes saves lives.