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Old 05-04-2013, 06:26 PM   #11
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A decent helmet, leather gardening gloves and leather work boots or hiking boots, along with stout jeans and a thick jacket work just fine. What do you think we used before all the new textile gear and motorcycle specific boots came along?

I'm not downing good gear but there are a lot of cheaper options available depending on your budget. That's the trouble with motorcycling today, someone wants to ride and finds how expensive it is and that's that.

Hell buy a used duel sport and a good 3/4 helmet and go for it. ATGATT is all well and good but if I had to sweat my ass off gearing up for a 5 minute ride to the store it usually means I drive instead. Once the bike goes from a viable transportation option to this dangerous machine I need to do a Michellin man trip on then it becomes an expensive luxury and winds up buried in the corner of the garage..

my $.02 gained from over 40 years and a million miles YMMV...
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #12
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A decent helmet, leather gardening gloves and leather work boots or hiking boots, along with stout jeans and a thick jacket work just fine. What do you think we used before all the new textile gear and motorcycle specific boots came along?

I'm not downing good gear but there are a lot of cheaper options available depending on your budget. That's the trouble with motorcycling today, someone wants to ride and finds how expensive it is and that's that.

Hell buy a used duel sport and a good 3/4 helmet and go for it. ATGATT is all well and good but if I had to sweat my ass off gearing up for a 5 minute ride to the store it usually means I drive instead. Once the bike goes from a viable transportation option to this dangerous machine I need to do a Michellin man trip on then it becomes an expensive luxury and winds up buried in the corner of the garage..

my $.02 gained from over 40 years and a million miles YMMV...
Duluth sells these firehose material jeans with a double layer. They're pretty good. Combat and engineer boots are mostly what I've used for the past 50 years of riding. Don't see any need to spend hundreds of $.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:26 PM   #13
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Duluth sells these firehose material jeans with a double layer. They're pretty good. Combat and engineer boots are mostly what I've used for the past 50 years of riding. Don't see any need to spend hundreds of $.

I bought a pair of the Aerostitch Combat Touring boots a couple of years ago but the velcro is worn out on them so they pretty much sit in the garage while I wear my plain jane RedWing work boots on the bike. If it's hot out I wear Levi's or the Duluth dungarees and a 1/4 zip sweat shirt and my 3/4 helmet. Sacrilidge to the ATGATT crowd I'm sure but I alone am responsible for my actions and the consequences of them and I'd rather be comfortable.
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I bought a pair of the Aerostitch Combat Touring boots a couple of years ago but the velcro is worn out on them so they pretty much sit in the garage while I wear my plain jane RedWing work boots on the bike. If it's hot out I wear Levi's or the Duluth dungarees and a 1/4 zip sweat shirt and my 3/4 helmet. Sacrilidge to the ATGATT crowd I'm sure but I alone am responsible for my actions and the consequences of them and I'd rather be comfortable.
Perhaps but IF you get in an accident yiu MIGHT end up getting govt healthcare therefore millions of progessives have the right and duty to make you do whatever they want whenever they want.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:28 PM   #15
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I have to admit that the CB has me slipping back into some old bad habits. Like popping up to the store in shirts with no helmet. It's so easy to hop in it and go. The neighbor lady gave me **** about it the other day, so I asked her why she let her son (40 something and living at home) ride his scooter the same way. "Well that's just a scooter!". It must have a magic forcefield or something.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:46 PM   #16
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I have to admit that the CB has me slipping back into some old bad habits. Like popping up to the store in shirts with no helmet. It's so easy to hop in it and go. The neighbor lady gave me **** about it the other day, so I asked her why she let her son (40 something and living at home) ride his scooter the same way. "Well that's just a scooter!". It must have a magic forcefield or something.
If he's 40 and living at home she probably wants him to ride it that way.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:48 PM   #17
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I have to admit that the CB has me slipping back into some old bad habits. Like popping up to the store in shirts with no helmet. It's so easy to hop in it and go. The neighbor lady gave me **** about it the other day, so I asked her why she let her son (40 something and living at home) ride his scooter the same way. "Well that's just a scooter!". It must have a magic forcefield or something.
Theoretically speaking scooter boy may have already excluded himself from the gene pool if he is still with mom. I'm sure she is looking for an easy way out of an unpleasant family situation. I'm also sure I speak for all of us when I say please Spaceman wear all the gear all the time. Your safety is of concern to all of us. Go in peace.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:31 AM   #18
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A decent helmet, leather gardening gloves and leather work boots or hiking boots, along with stout jeans and a thick jacket work just fine. What do you think we used before all the new textile gear and motorcycle specific boots came along?

I'm not downing good gear but there are a lot of cheaper options available depending on your budget. That's the trouble with motorcycling today, someone wants to ride and finds how expensive it is and that's that.

Hell buy a used duel sport and a good 3/4 helmet and go for it. ATGATT is all well and good but if I had to sweat my ass off gearing up for a 5 minute ride to the store it usually means I drive instead. Once the bike goes from a viable transportation option to this dangerous machine I need to do a Michellin man trip on then it becomes an expensive luxury and winds up buried in the corner of the garage..

my $.02 gained from over 40 years and a million miles YMMV...

Very practical advice, and right on.
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