P95, Good link to the collision. It reminds all us on 2 wheels of what can happen. I believe it was a gal who was on the bike, and quite an accomplished rider. The original link w/ comments from the gal on the motorcycle. http://socalsportbikes.info/xmb/view...d=34948&page=1
SSKC / ExSoldier - there are predominantly 2 types of MC injuries that can be mitigated to an extent w/ safety gear. impact and abrasion.
abrasion - sliding on the pavement in an involuntarily dismount of the motorcycle. This is when the skin gets turned into hamburger as friction between asphalt and human skin slows and eventually stops the motion of the rider. Safety gear to combat abrasion includes - kevlar, leather and some man-made materials.
impact - when your body first contacts w/ something hard, e.g., pavement, other vehicle, part of your own MC. Safety gear to combat imact is some type of body armor and helmets for the ole brain bucket. For body armor, CE is a rating that has more cache in terms of testing and protective capabilities. The armor spreads the force over a larger area and minimizes damage to your person.
If you are worrying about your gun causing injury, I would say it would be impact injury and not abrasion injury. That is why I gave a web link to CE armor you could put between your body and the gun. And I have that armor. It is not bulky at all!! If you go the route to protect your body from your carry piece on a fall, please choose impact armor, and try to get a CE rated armor padding.
In all honesty, sliding down the asphalt, your gun/holster combo would be more than adequate to combat abrasion. At the very least, all your other abrasion riding gear would have given way long before a metal slide on a gun gave way.
ExSoldier - I'm going to be a little forward (apologies if I offend you) and say ... make your dream a reality. Get the bike, get some MSF training and safety gear, and ride the heck out of it. There are many deals on the 1500 goldwings (since the 1800 came out). If it really is a dream/longing of yours, just do it.
I'm not a doctor or in the medical field. I am a rider and a certified MSF instructor (rider coach) in the commonwealth of PA. I do think/plan/implement on things to manage risk.
Lastly, I am seriously itching to get my bike out. I'm having withdrawls. Can't wait until the salt is washed off the road.