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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-07-2009, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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You've all heard it before...

but wear that gear fellas!
I saw a guy on a Harley yesterday biff it on the I10. Going about 80...
leather jacket and boots were the only proper gear he had on, and believe me none of us would want to look like he did when I came across him and helped pull him and the bike off the freeway with cars roaring by at about 80 mph.


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Good on you for stopping to help , I ride a Harley as well as sportbikes , I don't gear up on the hog as much as I would if I was spending the day racing around the streets and highways . It is common practice , most cruiser types don't push it as hard when riding ,(generally enter corners slower or keep speeds about legal limit ,etc...) so you aren't as concerned about crashing and sliding down the pavement and a Black T-shirt is "good enough" , on the sportbike I could do 100 in first gear and regularly saw speeds 2-3 times the legal limit even on regular rides , late brake into corners , wheelies , high speed passing etc.... , even with all the proper gear this is still dangerous , but dress for the crash . Problem with the black t-shirt mentality is when you decide part way through your easy sunday ride to hit the freeway or to chase a motard on a mountain pass , and things do awry , then you quickly realize the mistake you made as the road grates of your skin at .35 mm a second . I switched to a dot approved helmet last season , and no longer use those "skull" cap novelty ones , at first some of my Biker buds laughed and joked about it , but 4 have now switched over to the DOT ones since I explained I don't want my son to have to feed his dad soup for the rest of his life . They are all fathers too ......

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Even worse than the cruiser riders without all the proper gear are the scooter riders in shorts, tshirt and flip flops. Pavement eats skin at any speed!!!

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Sounds like a challenge to me!

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full face on any bike is the way to go.Skull caps don't look that cool
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Full face or modular is the only way I would ever go. I wouldn't take a passenger with anything less either.

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Even worse than the cruiser riders without all the proper gear are the scooter riders in shorts, tshirt and flip flops. Pavement eats skin at any speed!!!
Funny ......I crashed a scooter doing a wheelie at 60 km/h in shorts , t-shirt and sandals . Granted this was in Mexico , the day before my wedding , all I could do was the grade 3 safety roll ( remember , tuck and roll ) , Damage from the hand laid brick road ( meatgrinder) ...toes , leg , knee , forearm all bloodied and bruised , lucky my friend an ex-pro football guy bandaged me up all fancy for the wedding , wife was pissed , but at least I saved my face for the wedding pictures ........

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