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Hello,

I am actually German, migrated to Texas and refuse to leave(yes I have my US citizenship in case anyone is wondering).

My folks went to Germany last month and informed my relatives I purchased a Motorcycle, everyone asked if I have Kidney Warmers/protectors?

What's the deal with this? I tried doing some internet research and was not very successful.

Danke,

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They are calling you an organ donor. That's what ER doctors call motorcycle riders in the States. You buy a bike, crash and die and donate your organs to someone smarter; their view, not mine. I guess in Europe they use different terms. Many sick folks looking for a kidney these days. Their comment wasn't meant to be flattering.

Unless I'm totally off base, and they actually mean wearing a kidney belt as used by weight lifters or dirt bike riders to soften the hits to the back. I'm going with the first explanation.
 

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I’ve seen kidney belts for moto riders, especially for those who ride Harleys with no rear shock or off road guys who ride on eally bumpy roads. Helps on long rides.

I think the Kidney WARMER reference is about being an organ donor keeping them important parts warm when you die. I know a few emergency responders and they us similar terms.
 

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There is the thought that you can get a Nierenentzuendung riding a bike at cold weather while have your kidneys unprotected.

Assuming you speak German http://www.motorradfrage.net/frage/nierengurt-bei-den-temperaturen

The back protector serves a similar function, I think, here it might be not such a problem because bikes are ridden mostly in good weather since they are more toys.
While in Europe it is also more a form of transportation.

On a side note, I was born in Houston, grew up in Germany and live in the states again, refuse to leave and was thinking at one point about moving to Austin.
(yes I have my US citizenship in case anyone is wondering)
 

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acer66,

Nierenentzuendung was among my first impressions as well. Natuerlich spreche Ich Deutsch, ist ja meine erste sprache.

Europe gets a different kind of "cold" temp than here in Austin. This year we only had a few days of actual cold winter weather, I wouldn't dare ride my bike in it!

You will definitely have to keep in touch with me if you move to Austin. More German culture is popping up here(slowly). Quite a few German groups in this town to make friends and stay with the lingo(I do slack on this part, most of the groups are an older generation than mine).

I would definitely be down for some road trips to New Braunfels and Gruene TX for some German meals.
 
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