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    Bohn Body Armor

    Wondering if anyone has any knowledge of this slick looking stuff being tested? Also, if anyone owns some, how do they fit in comparison to your other clothes?
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    I've been interested in buying a back protector lately. With my trip down to the ridge it sounds like it would be a good time to do so. Has anyone uses the Bohn back ptotector. it would nice to know how they fit and comfortable they might be.
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    I have been interested in the armored pants to wear under a pair of jeans when I ride but was concerned about fit and comfort.
    I have also been interested in a real back protector. The foam that comes in my riding jackets wont do much.

    I did read a review of the stuff a while back. There was no "testing" of the crashworthiness of it but the review was pretty good as far as quality and fit. I don't remember where I read it though.
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    I have a Bohn back protector. It's considered their 'cruiser' model, but seems to work fine for me on a Z 1000. I got it from Ridesafer for around $35 on a closeout. Serious armor, well made, good fit and no problem comfortwise. I don't see a lot of people around using back protectors, but if you can avoid a back injury, it's worth a little inconvienance. There is a member on the Z board who suffered a serious spinal injury last year. No telling if a back protector would have done him any good, but I'm willing to wear one.

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    You're Jon the foam stuff that comes in these mid priced jackets are up to par. The CE certified pads are a great improvement. Here is the link to the Bohn armor site. The back armor comes in 3 different styles and a few sizes. I will most likely have one for the ROTR gathering. http://www.actionstation.com/
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    Originally posted by aralr
    You're Jon the foam stuff that comes in these mid priced jackets are up to par. The CE certified pads are a great improvement. Here is the link to the Bohn armor site. The back armor comes in 3 different styles and a few sizes. I will most likely have one for the ROTR gathering. http://www.actionstation.com/
    I really like the "Systemcool" back protector. I am always concerned that when the weather is hot and humid that I would not wear extra gear because it is hot. That looks like a good piece
    of equipment but $200. But then again, can I really put a price on my spine? The cruiser model looks the most comfortable as far as
    ease of movement. The carbon-kevlars look the most protective for the cost, $129. The pants still look interesting too.

    I just found "the one". It is the Motard back protector. It is the same as the Systemcool proracer protector but without the tailbone extension for the more upright riding position. $149 I guess I'll buy that one and use my JR phoenix pants over jeans for leg protection again this year.

    WooHoo on sale for $119 just ordered it!
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    That makes two. I was not sure if whether to get the Motard or carbon/aramid. Carbon 7 plates look good but might be to long for an upright position. You are right about the summer heat and whether the armor will be used when the temperature starts to climb. So I opted for the large motard. The large is for folks 5 ft 10 in and up, well I'm 6-2 so that should fit properly.
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    Are the back protectors designed as an impact absorber or an abrasion protector?
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    I beleive they are design more towards impact protection. they also can sustain multiple impacts without replacing. Bohn will also inspect them after a fall for free.
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    I received my Bohn motar back protector today. Since they discontinued the large size I ordered a small, only 1 inch smaller. Well it's to short for it does not cover my tail bone. I called back and ordered the Kevlar 8 plate mode it's about 28 inches long and will cover more area without I think bothering me while on the bike. The kevlar's plates are 1/2 think and the motar's are 1 inch.
    The motar back protector is well made and light great coverage especially if you get one long enough.

    FYI Jon Michelle at Bohn said that they decided to begin making the large Motar agin, due to popular demand. So if yours is to short you can reorder the large.
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    My Bohn "Motard" back protector came today also. Mine seems to fit well.
    It comes down over the top of my pants (barely) which is what I wanted. The Motard back protector does not have the extended tailbone piece since it is made for a more upright riding position like the ZR gives you. It is comfortable and pretty light.
    I am about 5'11" with an average length torso. Alex is at least 3" taller than me.

    I'm still trying to decide weather to get the armored pants or another type of riding pants...
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    "Motard" OOPS. I rarely mispell a word when I post.
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    I took one for the team today.

    I just ordered a pair of Bohn bodyguard pants. I may get them by this weekend and hope to be able to submit a first impression on Sunday. This is the last piece of "protective gear" I wanted.
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    Re: I took one for the team today.

    Originally posted by JonF
    I just ordered a pair of Bohn bodyguard pants. I may get them by this weekend and hope to be able to submit a first impression on Sunday. This is the last piece of "protective gear" I wanted.
    Jonf please follow cop's example and no pictures. on this one.
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    My Bohn armored pants came today. Sorry Alex, no pics. I know
    you are broken hearted. They are very light, made of Lycra material like biking shorts. The knee pads are soft on the inside and outside but have a hard shell in the middle. The hip pads are just foam. I was expecting something more like the knees there.
    They do fit under jeans, almost unnoticabley, as advertised. They are a bit tight in the knee area once bent into riding position. I also tried them under my leather riding pants. Once again, they are barely noticable and the knees are a bit tight when bent to
    riding position.

    Are they worth $139USD? I dont know. They do seem to offer good knee protection though. The hip pads may not do much but offer better abrasion protection in the hip area. Are they better than just riding in jeans or unpadded leather? Probably so. I guess that makes them worth it to me. Hopefully I'll never have to cash in on their value.

    Weather permitting I am going to ride tomorrow. I'll post more about what I think of them afterwards.
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