I use it, generally don’t forget to unhook, and on the rare instances when I do, am reminded by the tug when I try to walk away. It takes a mighty pull to trigger the device; more force than the force of merely walking the one half step away from the bike before one is stopped by the tug on the lanyard.
No one can say whether the vest saved him/her from injury in a crash or get off. Some have walked away from high speed crashes without injury despite the absence of any gear at all. Some have been killed in minor get offs despite wearing all the gear.
This said, I can tell this tale:
Riding my R1250GS at 4:00 am to a meet up with friends in Pa., a distance away from my home, my GPS directed me from a highway onto local streets to link up with another highway. Proceeding on the local streets in the dark at a fairly good clip given the lack of traffic, the GPS gave audio instruction that I should be in the right hand lane of the two lane street. I followed its direction even though I observed that, not far ahead, I was to make a left hand turn. As I approached that turn, the GPS gave the audio instruction to prepare to turn left. I did so by attempting to change lanes from the right to the left hand lane.
In a flash, I was on the ground, my bike sliding in front of me, as I later was able to determine, on its crash bar, pannier mount and left bar end.
My get off was hard and sudden. As I discovered while on the ground, there was a six to inch tall, six inch wide, concrete curb painted black, the same color as the street, separating the right hand lane from the left hand lane, which started a few feet back from where I began to turn into the left lane. I cannot fathom its purpose. It was a classic edge trap, and it did me in.
My Helite vest had popped as it was designed to do. My only damage was a ripped left side sleeve of my one piece Aerostitch. I was wholly unharmed. Did the vest save me? Can’t say with any degree of provable certainty, but my fall was hard enough that I reasonably would have expected to have had some injury.
Unfortunately, they don’t make blow up gear for motorcycles. Fortunately, SM Motech does make fairly stout and effective crash bars for my bike.
After getting my wits about me after the crash, I picked up the bike, checked for leaks, found none, reset the mirror that had been jarred loose, got back on the bike and rode the rest of the trip to my meetup, rode the day’s spirited ride with my friends and made the trip home.
Once home, I took further inventory of the bike’s damage and found that the crash bar had not only been deeply scratched but It had also been bent beyond any repair. this was not a gentle drop. I replaced it, the left hand mirror, which had been scraped up, the left side bar end, also scraped, and the left side pannier mount, which had been both scraped and bent. My Aero was sent to the company for repair. My bike and suit were fully restored. i needed no repair of any kind.
I’m glad I was wearing the vest!
Last edited by GTLen; 11-04-2019 at 02:21 PM.