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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Cool What's your gear?

What gear do you wear:

Helmets, Leather Jackets, Boots, Gloves, Safety Glasses, tinted/clear, Leathers, etc. no need for mocha crap, just safe

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 07-31-2014, 06:09 AM
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Always a helmet, eye protection, boots and gloves. When its not blistering hot I will wear my riding jacket with armor.

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My cut. If it's winter I'll put on an armored leather jacket and leather chaps. I dress for comfort, not safety. I'm ready to go when it's my time.


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Leather jacket/gloves cold full face, summer or warm/hot mesh jacket/gloves and 1/2 helmet with ear covers for the cb. Boots and jeans always, chaps on the long hauls in colder months. Reflective vest, orange, always. Tinted glasses day, yellow or clear at night. 1/2 helmet had a drop down visor I uses in rain, no fogging. Rain gear is gortex.

Used to dress for comfort but a speeding cager ran a stop sing from a side street and side swiped me. Kept it up but some damage to the leg and almost laying it down made me rethink this. Since then it's not the fear of going down that I dress for, it's reducing the damage should it not be my time to check out.

I'm on the fence on the helmet, two riders I'm with both got hit and both sustained heavy damage to left jaw area of full face module. Both were local and in a commute, not highway which is 90% of my riding.

I ride year round, minus ice or freezing temps after precip about 18-20k per year. 60% rain means 40% sun in my book.

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Track is obvious, 1 piece custom leather suit, full face helmet, gauntlet gloves, heavily armored boots, back protector, chest protector.

Street varies a bit depending on my mood but is never less than full face helmet, armored jacket, armored gloves, and sturdy if not armored boots. I'm casually in the market for an armored onsie like a Teiz or Aerostitch but that always depends on funds.

I've been down in full armored leather at low speeds and sustained enough damage to self to never want to experience highway speeds on the ground without something to protect my hide. And after hitting my head on the track hard enough to take a chunk out of my helmet (and not get a concussion, THANK YOU KABUTO!!!) I will never ride without a quality full face helmet.

I have gear for lots of different weather. If it's too hot or too cold for the gear I have, take the car. The risks are just too high. I'm not perfect, and neither is anyone else so I'd rather play it safe and stick around as long as possible in the best shape I can be.

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Originally Posted by Twowheelzkc View Post
What gear do you wear:

Helmets, Leather Jackets, Boots, Gloves, Safety Glasses, tinted/clear, Leathers, etc. no need for mocha crap, just safe

Lot of deer here everyone hits them, weather can change quickly and you we are surrounded by high passes.
I have gerbing heated gear, the whole set to go under leathers + gloves and socks for the winter. I also wear my heated gear instead of a rain suit if I am traveling, saves space . In the rain you are warm. Mine are about 20yrs old, look worn but work well still. I bought the insulated ones so if the electrical system goes bust I won't be in danger on hypothermia waiting for a wrecker.
Means I don't have to pack a sweatshirt too when I pack them.

They are one of the best investments I made. They add 4 months of comfortable riding each and every year. On top of that you end up going places that you might not because it looks like it "could" rain or snow, or turn cold. You know if you pull over and throw your gear on your going to be comfortable coming home almost no matter what. And you know your going to get there alive and coherent.
When I worked it was not it was not uncommon for me to commute the 20 miles when it was 32 degrees. Turn up the Tsat and it's like being on the recliner at home only more fun.

I wear a mesh jacket with armor in the summer. Really like that a lot. I wear it even when it's well over 100 because it is cool when moving and I don't dehydrate as bad with less air running across my skin. Plus if I hit a deer and go down there is some protection.
Sliding down the road with out any protection is never fun.. I've tried it. Brushing the rocks out of the road rash, something to be avoided.

That's the unusual stuff. .
Then American made Leather Jacket and heavy chaps. I wish everything I wore had armor in it. One of my leather jackets does, one doesn't. Unfortunately the one with the armor is only good to about 50 degrees.
I wish I had one of the touring suits like an aero stich but not bad enough to pony up the money for it since my leathers and the heated suit do the same thing only not quite as nicely.
If I were starting from scratch again I would seriously consider an Aero stich or other name brand riding jacket and pants. Something with armor. Especially in the Pacific Northwest where I live.

Had these leathers for 20 yrs. They will go another 20 if I do. I take care of them. Re sew them when needed. I always keep a snowmobile balaclava in the saddle bags and a pair of extra heavyweight silk long under-ware plus Marino wool socks as well in the summer and winter incase I don't need the Gerbings but I am cold. Silk is completely wind proof,(that is huge) light and stores in quart ziplocs where it is safe from Velcro.
Weather changes here pretty often and I am prone to hypothermia from having it in the past before I could afford good gear.
In early spring and late fall I wear leather pants. Then I can pull the chaps out of the saddlebags for a little more room. They are just too hot for summer though.
I wear black deerskin driving gloves that I bought at a hunting store and a bell half helmet from Wallymart.
My riding boots are danner rainforest for support in a wreck and they are gortex so the boot doesn't wet through traveling. I seldom move a bike without real boots of some kind and gloves on. Just a personal thing after falling down racing so much when I was younger. I just flash back at some of the injuries I have seen on others as well as myself. On go the gloves..

I try to make everything do a couple of things. My gerbings suit means I don't have to pack rain gear or a sweat shirt etc
The danners mean that with the gerbing socks on my feet won't get wet or freeze in a sleet storm on a mountain pass and they protect me if I somehow end up under the bike instead of on it. Don't have to pack rubber boots.
Every spring all the leather gets cleaned and oiled up. Good to go.

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ATGATT. (Textile armor and Kevlar reinforced jacket and pants, FF helmet, MC tour boots, armored gloves, ear plugs) Not for everyone, but keeps me cool when it is hot, warm when it is not, and is there for the temp changes that happen. Clear shield, but too lazy to change them out all the time. Glasses work fine.

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Half or modular helmet, eye protection (clear or tinted) armored gloves, armored jacket, MC boots, jeans. Subject to various configuration based on the weather. When riding into work, I will skip the jeans and usually sub the boots out for regular shoes. I have a couple with some tougher leather build but still presentable for work.

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I seen ads for guards to protect your sneakers from getting dirty from shifting.

I don't have any of that, sneakers and such..

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All ways have heated jacket in bike and rain gear. Even in the middle of summer heated jacket is great when your cough in the rain.

Just about ever day out there you see the guy in shorts and sandals.
He must have more money then us.

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