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Here on the north shore of Lake Ontario it gets hot and humid in the late summer. 85-95F with 85% humidity. I wear a mesh jacket and either jeans or textile pants.

I once had a spill, 20 years ago, and was wearing full leathers at the time as it was a cold March day. The leathers saved my skin, literally.


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post #32 of 48 (permalink) Old 05-31-2019, 06:16 AM
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Have to confess to wearing the WORST stuff to ride in lately...

Half-Helmet, shorts, tshirt, roman-style sandals, cheap sunglasses...

rarely gloves...no jacket unless rain...no pants...no boots...



And not only do I know better as a retired Firefighter,

worked some of the worst road rash crashes of all time,

and am still running around without much in the way of gear.

One has to question the sanity of doing that...even in Florida.



Been planning to go get a nice Kevlar jumpsuit from the local shop...

but have been putting it off...really need to go do that.

And get some really good boots again...



Lived thru multiple crashes over the years...each time was wearing

just the right gear for each crash to minimize the damage.

All but one were walk-aways...

Gear works, know it works, seen it all work, had it work for me...

seen what happens when you ride in a swimsuit/no gear and screw up...

best friend crashed a bike at 55mph wearing a Domino's uniform...

he got a nice case of road rash which he still bears the scars of...



So where's my freaking brain??

Maybe that really bad crash years ago that shattered my helmet put me in DILLGAF mode? Or damaged my logic center? <img src="https://www.hondashadow.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> Reguardless, i do need to get the proper gear and quit farting around. Like my skin the way it is...whole with only a few dozen scars!


Or maybe you are being an individual instead of a sheep.



Don’t take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

Atleast 8 out of 10 bikers I see riding in my area have no helmet, maybe gloves, if so usually fingerless, t-shirt, maybe boots or tennis shoes.
So 2 out of 10 are wearing a helmet, maybe jacket.
So who are the sheep?
Oh yeah and the 8 out of 10 are usually on Harleys.
Another reason I wont buy a Harley. I dont want to be like everyone else.
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Atleast 8 out of 10 bikers I see riding in my area have no helmet, maybe gloves, if so usually fingerless, t-shirt, maybe boots or tennis shoes.

Didnít know so many tennis players rode motorcycles in Ohio. Impressive.



Donít take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

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I bought a pair of these wicking sleeves and wear them under a t shirt. I switched from ff helmet to half. I stopped wearing my armored mesh jacket. I'm not happy about losing the good gear, but it's too hot in Houston with the gear, I think I'd have a heat stroke. Sometimes I drench the sleeves before the ride. The water dries fast, but while it's there, it feels like my arms are in a freezer. They block UV, too, I love them.

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When the discomfort exceeds the true pleasure of the ride.


As soon as you become accustom to anything, some moron has to change it.
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Or maybe you are being an individual instead of a sheep.



Donít take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.
Nah, just being dumb, really. Gear keeps yer skin looking pretty
Let's face it, road-rash looks like heck...big patches of scars all over a guy really don't do much for the ladies. Even worse when those big road-rash scars are ON ladies...because they didn't wear appropriate clothing to ride in. Has nothing to do with being a sheep, has a lot to do with wanting to take less damage when something inevitably goes wrong while riding...sooner or later, everyone BITES it. Might be a low-speed getoff because an old lady ran into ya at 20MPH...or a slide due to radiator fluid/oil on the road coming up when being caught by a light rain...or just a little SAND dropped by a maintenance truck just ahead of you causing a highside...ya ride a bike long enough, yer going DOWN. It's the law of averages...what each of us has to determine is how much pain they wanna be in afterwards...and ya know...Skin Damage
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Ride paranoid. Don't let anything distract you.
Keep the paint side up, wear the lid & leathers.
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ya ride a bike long enough, yer going DOWN. It's the law of averages...what each of us has to determine is how much pain they wanna be in afterwards..

I know many people that have ridden for 30 to 40 years and never gone down. Of course, they also never used the excuse ďI had to lay it down.Ē That really reads ďI ran out of training.Ē But, still...just an excuse.

Pain is mental. Some people are tougher than others. Some people donít care.

Thanks for your concern, but Iím good.



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Oh, there's always the splat...sometimes it's just getting your pants leg caught in the kickstand & tipping over in a parking lot...wonder how many won't admit to that??

Ride paranoid. Don't let anything distract you.
Keep the paint side up, wear the lid & leathers.
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This is getting off track. Why is this a debate? I wear gear because I want to and my experience showed me it works. Others donít wear gear because they donít want to, thatís their choice to make. Letís just leave it at that.


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As far as accidents I have been in many but most were on trail bikes.



There were a few dumb moments like when I rode up to a traffic light, it had been raining for maybe 2 minutes. Put my feet down and dropped the bike right there, where my foot landed was very oily with some rain on top. With my sport bikes I had more then one case of, "Watch this". The crowd was entertained but not in a good way for me. Ripped the back fender and light right off my bike once.



I've been hit by various road debris including a bird and some giant bugs that felt like rocks being thrown at me.



All in all gear is good even for minor stuff. I don't want to say everyone will crash at some point but you do never know.

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