Most bikers are gamblers by nature. The unpredictable element that comes with each ride is part of the appeal. But when you get dealt a nail in your tire, or an SUV that changes lanes into you, or a deer that runs out in front of you on a country road (view video of an actual motorcycle/deer crash), it only takes seconds for your ride to become a nightmare. The margin between death and survival, recovery and crippling disability, is often found in a rider's skill and protective gear.
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