After watching what these guys do with a Yamaha R6.
Skulls don't absorb impact like the rest of the body. There wasn't even armored gear when I was a teenager. A leather jacket was work when it was cool out, not if you go down.Shorts , tennis shoes, and no gloves? why bother with a helmet.
This may be the best argument I've seen for full face helmets and armored jackets. Down side is, now I'll be worrying about june bugs when they are out - 🤦♂️... when june bugs ... hit you at speed ...
Are you seriously saying that shorts, no gloves, and running shoes are just slightly inferior to wearing kevlar-lined, armoured, or leather pants, jacket, gloves and proper boots? I've never met a rider yet who has leather pavement-proof skin, plus hands, elbows and ankles capable of sustaining impact with solid objects at speed.Wearing ATGATT is like wearing a mask. You might think it is protecting you, but the level of protection is minimal.
In my teenage days I got hit in the shoulder by a grasshopper that left a welp that you could definitely tell it was a grasshopper. In my twenties, wearing a full face helmet, I took a glancing blow from a bird to the side of the helmet at 80 mph, thought it was gong to peel me off the bike, glad it wasn't straight on!This may be the best argument I've seen for full face helmets and armored jackets. Down side is, now I'll be worrying about june bugs when they are out - 🤦♂️
I can see the police report now -- "north Georgia man in ICU, hit in the neck by a june bug, paramedics stopped the bleeding, and he was rushed to the trauma unit" ...
Joking, of course, but it would raise quite a whelp to get hit by a june bug !?
No, I am saying that you shouldn't let gear lull you into a false sense of security. I have observed that the more geared up riders are the more willing they are to take risks. Also, no amount of gear is going to eliminate injury when you get run over by a car. And that armor is designed for falling off the bike, not impacting a moving vehicle. 5 foot fall, not 30 miles an hour into a pole, car, or wall.Are you seriously saying that shorts, no gloves, and running shoes are just slightly inferior to wearing kevlar-lined, armoured, or leather pants, jacket, gloves and proper boots? I've never met a rider yet who has leather pavement-proof skin, plus hands, elbows and ankles capable of sustaining impact with solid objects at speed.
I used to wear an open face. On 2 occasions, I’ve picked up a yellow jacket in my helmet, right next to my ear. Wings buzzing at full throttle trying to escape right next to your ear is a very unpleasant sound. Emergency stop to rip off the helmet ASAP. Stung both times just as I was pulling it off.I got hit right between the eyes by a 'bumble-bee'
Dude, your gear is not going to prevent broken bones. You say you wear ATGATT, but you don't really. Unless of course for every ride you are wearing 10 - 12" armored moto-x boots, race quality armored in the knee and hips leather pants, kidney belt, chest protector, race quality armored race jacket with air back technology, LEATT neck brace, knee brace, race rated full face helmet, and race rated gauntlet gloves.Wearing ATTGAT gives me a feeling of lessened risk of skin loss and broken hands, elbows etc., not a false sense of security and I do not take additional risks because I have always worn full gear.
No, he was not riding in traffic but bones could have been broken in a fall and skin would definitely have been lost. But those guys are all young and invincible with their armoured skin.
I'll stick to ATTGAT.
I wear gloves for almost every activity I do. Nitrile gloves when handling raw meat or wrenching on the vehicles. Ropers when working around the animals. Padded fingerless gloves when working out.MY understanding is that your hands/fingers are some of the ONLY parts of the body that won't accept skin-grafts, so wearing AT LEAST gloves is a VG idea, so you don't end up w/ paddles at the end of your arms after a 'slide' down the pavement.
ATGATT is the RULE w/ me!
My brother and I joke that he probably wears gloves to take a pee.I wear gloves when appropriate, which means anytime I ride and the other times I should. My dad takes this to a whole new level. My brother and I joke that he probably wears gloves to take a pee.