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Old 05-21-2004, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default Re: Casual Protective Gear

OK, I'll start. The gear described is better than plain old jeans and a tee shirt. But even a good set of protective gear is barely enough, at least for this fragile oldster.

Wednesday I took a short jaunt (well 180 miles is short in this part of the world -- Denver is close to 300 miles RT) with the wife as pasenger. Beautiful scenery; that's why we live here. The Winnebagos and SUV's weren't out so I could actually average at, or a bit over, the speed limit.

But.. about 10 miles east of Salida (look it up, folks) the bike began to wobble. Thinking "flat", I decelerated gradually and pulled to the side of the road. When we were nearly stopped the rear wheel came off (single side drive on that bike), throwing us to the pavement.

The leathers have a few new scratches, the jacket sleeve rubbed a silver dollar size piece of skin off my arm, and the helmets have a few new scratches. and my ribs are kinda sore. My wife got only a bruised elbow. Dressed like EBass, we probably wouldn't have broken any bones, but fersure we'd be scraped and bruised. And I wouldn't be the first to type here - I'd still be too sore, or doped up like Rush Limbaugh usta be.

Moral: If you don't think to check that the wheel mount nuts are nicely torqued down, you'd better wear first class protective gear. And all folks who disdain even the protective clothing EBass reviewed and/or chaps (with fringe) and engineer boots: when was the last time YOU checked the wheels on your scoot?
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Old 05-21-2004, 05:15 PM   #2
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You guys are the COLDEST mofo's I know -- and I'm down with it. Still, what are you gonna do if Timmy ever learns to drive a D-10 and comes to your neighborhood???

Ebass -- you da man. Thanks for the sterling review and more than a single chuckle. BTW, how's all that stuff to nap in? Comfy?

Wait.... Isn't Sean the first runner up in the MO Tim B trophy cup?

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Old 05-21-2004, 05:51 PM   #4
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Default Who is that guy!?

JEEZ LOUISE!!! Ebass looks like Lenin on steroids!
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Old 05-21-2004, 06:54 PM   #6
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Default Better pick up some arm chaps....

If you'd been wearing fringed arm chaps you wouldn't have lost that silver dollar size piece of skin off your arm.
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Old 05-21-2004, 07:03 PM   #7
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Default Re: KPaul looking for cool jeans

What the hell is 'morjning?' Seriously: 3rd year 4th grader. You make fun of me for not trying stoppies on a motorcycle and YOU'RE TOO AFRAID TO RIDE IN TRAFFIC?

As for the laptop: Have you checked out one of those hard shell backpacks? I can't remember the brand, but there's a guy riding an MV Agusta in them. There in the print mags. Also, I think I've seen tailbags made to haul laptops (correct shape and waterproof).

As for the pants: I can't help but recommend Aerostich Darien pants. They're pricey, but they're more comfortable than the tighter-fitting Roadcrafters and they have knee armor w/ hip armor optional I believe. Also, they're GoreTex which I'm sure would be nice in your climate. To top it all off: You can customize the sizing. I know they're expensive, but I can honestly say I know a couple people that have had theirs for around ten years.


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Old 05-21-2004, 07:09 PM   #8
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Default Yes, grasshopper...

... it is true that I can be quite cold at times. But I can not in good conscience accept your claim that I am the coldest. I tell you grasshopper that there is one far colder than I. Colder than a penguin who has squatted on an importunely placed icicle. Colder than a night in bed with with Janet Reno. Colder even than an Abu Ghraib prison guard.

Grasshopper, there is one so cold that her true name is unspeakable. This coldest of all beings has indeed foresaken her own humanity and exists only to haunt this earth and those who would rejoice in it, her frostbitten soul snuffing out warmth and light wherever she roams, known to mankind only as....

....the ex-wife
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Old 05-21-2004, 07:14 PM   #9
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Default Re: KPaul looking for cool jeans

The Icon jeans aren't really any more protective than regular jeans. Now their TiMax pants should be a fair bit more protective, and include knee armor as well. The regular textile ones seemed a bit hot when I tried them on at Plano Honda, but the TiMax Mesh might do the trick.</p>

On the other hand, if it's jeans you want, you could go with a pair of Draggin' Jeans, which have Kevlar lining in the seat and around the knees. I've got a pair of their carpenter jeans that I really like — even have a neat little pocket on the side of the right leg for putting your cell phone in.</p>

Or check out Hood Jeans, which is a U.K. based company that looks like they make an even nicer product than the Draggin' Jeans. Their jeans are lined with Aramid fiber from top to bottom, and are available in additional colors to the Draggin' Jeans black and Ultra-70's dark-dark-blue. And you can have Knox armor added to the knees and hips if you like. If I had known about these when I bought my Draggin' Jeans, I probably would have opted for these instead. They've also got some nice Aramid lined khakis. I've heard a lot of good things about them on the SVRiders website. If you end up picking up a pair of Hood Jeans, let us know how you like them.</p>
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