Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Oztrailia NSW Royalla
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You can't overcome dumb!!
I had a conversation that escalated into an argument today, that I didn't even start... about riding gear... that I was wearing.
Moustache and muscles Harley rider at a service station pump opposite me asked me if I thought leathers still looked cool in the heat today. It was 41c and was pretty hot standing still fuelling up my bike on my way from the coast to home.
Personally I think he was just insulting my little odd bike not really me.
He was wearing an open face helmet no shirt, a leather vest, no gloves, torn denim jeans and sneakers. I was in full leathers as usual.
I'm not sure if I was being rude to call him names for his stupidity on the subject but I did anyway because riding gear is something I feel quite strongly about after helping care for a particular patient that happened to come off his bike on a hot day...
though not nearly as hot as today... dressed just like this fella and riding the same bike too.
Bike vs Road only..
Pt died from massive systemic infections 5 days after a minor fall due to no skin left on his body at all except his scalp and inside legs. Pretty much he was gloved head to toe of skin, but covered in road base, pebbles and dirt instead.
That had to be removed of course by tweezers mostly and feeling inside the deep tissue injuries with thumbs for foreign objects. A bottle top was found too from memory of his notes. Bike riders always stick to mind with the little interesting details...
When I asked him politely how fast he thought his muscles, elbows and chin would sand down to nothing on the hot tarmac at.. say?? 80 km/h he did take a pause to listen, to which I jumped right in to further say.. "go on mate try and put a hand on it"... but as expected came he back with, " I've been riding longer than you been alive dick head".
He even looked 5 years older too
So about then out came that immortal line of mine..
"Ya Fu*#ing Wanker... ya just can't overcome dumb can ya mate!?".
The rest is in the past now but I am never surprised by riders that think its too hot to gear up even when it's bloody cold.
Leathers in the heat, nylons or both in the cold but cover up no matter what. It's not a fashion game....or is it??
Last edited by crow; 01-05-2013 at 06:44 AM.