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Old 10-27-2009, 05:57 PM   #1
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Explain Leather to Me...

So today I am caging it in my chick-magnet '91 Honda Civic, manual transmission, sedan over to a motorcycle salvage yard in Pasadena to pick up an old rusty 520 "practice" chain. While driving there I notice a nice H-D cruiser all farkled up with leather bags, windshield, boards, etc. Really nice looking bike.

The rider is wearing all leather "biker" style apparel. Looks good, must be expensive. Offers good protection against abrasion. HOWEVER! He is wearing a bandanna on his head and not a helmet.

So help me out here. Why does one want to protect one's skin, but not protect one's head? Now I am not one to push helmet laws on anybody, and quite a few of my buddies ride without helmets, but they also ride without abrasion suits. I can see riding with a helmet and no abrasion suit, but I can not see the converse. Help out here...
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Ah yes. The age old question. I will monitor this thread for the answer.

My take is this..... The leather is simply part of the image this gentleman wants to portray. The leather is not intended to be safety device. It is just a side benefit of being the follower he is.
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So true! I used to think I was cool
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Also most of those "biker" leathers do not offer protection in the back, shoulders & elbows like a regular Motorcyle leather jacket.

I also got myself several years a go one of those "biker" leather jackets at SAM's for $100.00 the leather is thick and when I use that jacket I use my "Alpinestars Bionic 2 Protection Jacket" but the whole setup is very unconfortable and very hot during the Summer months.
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i walked in a place the other day with my leather and all my gear and and a woman laughed as i was leaving putting on my sweaty jacket. i made a comment about putting on my sweaty jacket. she laughed, i said id rather sweat than bleed. she said "i thought it was all just to look cool while wearing".
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Because it hurts for a long time when your skin gets ripped off.
Not so much your for your head.
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...My take is this..... The leather is simply part of the image this gentleman wants to portray. The leather is not intended to be safety device. It is just a side benefit of being the follower he is.
Did you have to write the correct answer so early in the thread before all the fun began?
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Maybe he was on the way to the blue oyster bar
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its so they can identify other gheys when not on the bikes.

I mean ... you see the full face but cover your hair so balding individuals dont feel bad... and you wear leather pants without a back to them...

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Did you have to write the correct answer so early in the thread before all the fun began?
Well, I just never presume to be right. So often I am not.

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its so they can identify other gheys when not on the bikes.

I mean ... you see the full face but cover your hair so balding individuals dont feel bad... and you wear leather pants without a back to them...

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its so they can identify other gheys when not on the bikes.

I mean ... you see the full face but cover your hair so balding individuals dont feel bad... and you wear leather pants without a back to them...

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Old 10-27-2009, 08:48 PM   #14
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This thread is as dumb as the guy not wearing a helmet.
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thank you for adding to it
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you guys must not have seen the new DOT bandannas.
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thank you for adding to it
couldn't help it glad to help though
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Ah yes. The age old question. I will monitor this thread for the answer.

My take is this..... The leather is simply part of the image this gentleman wants to portray. The leather is not intended to be safety device. It is just a side benefit of being the follower he is.
exactly why you see harley riders with gloves leather gloves that have the knuckles cut out
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So today I am caging it in my chick-magnet '91 Honda Civic, manual transmission, sedan over to a motorcycle salvage yard in Pasadena to pick up an old rusty 520 "practice" chain. While driving there I notice a nice H-D cruiser all farkled up with leather bags, windshield, boards, etc. Really nice looking bike.

The rider is wearing all leather "biker" style apparel. Looks good, must be expensive. Offers good protection against abrasion. HOWEVER! He is wearing a bandanna on his head and not a helmet.

So help me out here. Why does one want to protect one's skin, but not protect one's head? Now I am not one to push helmet laws on anybody, and quite a few of my buddies ride without helmets, but they also ride without abrasion suits. I can see riding with a helmet and no abrasion suit, but I can not see the converse. Help out here...

It's the same reason your buddies ride with out helmets or gear.

Some of those folks are just to cool for helmets, just like a lot of sportbike riders are too cool for protective clothing.

It all comes down to some "image" said riders want to project.

My favorite is the squids that have the latest $800 super helmet bungied to the tail of their bikes cruising down the highway at 20+ over the limit wearing a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. They are usually followed by the guy on his hog wearing a denim vest and bandana and smoking a cig.

All about image. And image is all some people care about.

I ride both and do my best to ensure that I am as protected as I can be when on either of my bikes.
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