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Old 06-03-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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THE MORE/BETTER GEAR YOU WEAR THE MORE INVINCIBLE YOU FEEL???

As a rider, do you feel more comfortable/empowered when wearing more/better gear, to ride faster???

Is this a rationale that alters how we ride? Does it affect your judgment?

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Old 06-03-2011, 09:23 AM   #2
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Duh. I feel way better pushing it when Im geared up.
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No, but I sure dont feel right without my gear. feel nekked
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:27 AM   #4
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It's been my experience that riders that wear the most gear, need it the least, and riders that wear the least amount of gear, need it the most
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:33 AM   #5
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When I wear my gear, it doesn't change my judgement, but it affects my FOCUS.

I'm less worried about how much it would hurt if I went down, and more concentrated on the dynamic environment around me.

I think this goes along with what Bevo is saying as well.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:35 AM   #6
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It's been my experience that riders that wear the most gear, need it the least, and riders that wear the least amount of gear, need it the most
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I wear my gear for the many benefits it gives while riding. It allows me to ride better, stay focused longer and react quicker. As a by-product it has me covered if I crash.

It doesn't cause me to ride like a tool. It's the uniform of a professional rider.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:38 AM   #7
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When I wear my gear, it doesn't change my judgement, but it affects my FOCUS.

I'm less worried about how much it would hurt if I went down, and more concentrated on the dynamic environment around me.

I think this goes along with what Bevo is saying as well.
I prefer leathers because they're cut for a riding position and fit me better than anything else
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Also I forgot to add that, if I DON'T have some of my gear on (the very few times), I ride EXTRA cautious. Like as in, I didn't wear my knee-pads because I'm just cruising to a meet, or I'm in tennis shoes the day before to fill up at the corner gas station for a TD or SMR. I feel uncomfortable without those items or my suit.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:44 AM   #9
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No, but I sure dont feel right without my gear. feel nekked
Thats how I feel.... no gear is like walking around with my out (it just dont feel right)
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riding with gear allows me to enjoy the ride. I don't get sunburned. I don't feel the heat from the exhaust as bad, I am not dehydrated at the end of a ride and I am more protected if/when I go down(and yes, gear has saved my during an accident on the street).
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Also I forgot to add that, if I DON'T have some of my gear on (the very few times), I ride EXTRA cautious. Like as in, I didn't wear my knee-pads because I'm just cruising to a meet, or I'm in tennis shoes the day before to fill up at the corner gas station for a TD or SMR. I feel uncomfortable without those items or my suit.
This big time!!! Before I was so big on wearing gear it didnt matter. I ride like a hooligan especially on the Motard so I gear all out. But even if it is just no knee pads or boots or back protector. I putt around and feel all scared lol Guess having been down on that quick run to the store and getting rashed/beaten up bad helped with that mentality also lol
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Minimum gear I wear is jacket helmet gloves ankle boots. The more gear I have does not alter my judgement. But if I am fully geared up with full leathers, full boots, gauntlet gloves, etc. the more I will push things to the limit
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:54 AM   #13
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I normally ride with everything (Jacket, Boots, Pants, Gloves, Helmet), but the other day I ran to the gas station to fill the bike before an early ride the next day and ONLY wore my helmet, jacket and gloves. It just didn't feel right !! I don't feel invincible when I'm wearing gear, but I felt near naked without ATGATT.
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any time for any reason thinking you are invicible on a bike is a bad thing..
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During the week if I'm going to a meet I'll just wear t shoes
You'll break yourself of that habit fast the first time you get to see what ankle and foot bones look like without the skin on them.

I've seen more than a couple of kneecaps, elbows, ankles etc. poking through where there used to be skin. - AND they still usually scrub around it in the ER with that evil bristle brush and some antiseptic. Do youself a favor, wear boots.
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That which did not kill me has only made me a lot more stiff and sore the rest of the time.
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I know, I've already went down and the only thing that got hurt on me was my ankle. Shifter dug a nice hole in it. I'm a hypocrite, I know.
No, not a hypocrite. There is an evil branch of Murphy's Law/fate that seems to apply even more to those that are normally conscientious. I never ride in less than a helmet, gloves, boots, pants and a jacket. Never - except for 30 seconds a couple of years ago when I was thinking about selling my 2 stroke race bike to a friend.

We were at work, and I'd trucked it up there for him to take around the lot. I started her up, and was letting her warm up so he could try it out.

I was about to give it to him, when I deciced that I wanted to take it across the lot first to make sure it was running OK - didn't want him to get a bad impression of my evil-assed little skeeter killer. It was running well. REAL WELL. I took it up through first and then let off an grabbed some brake, as I was running out of parking lot. Hmm. Cold brain, cold race tires, cold pavement... WHAM.

Shattered (again) right collarbone and a nasty dose of road rash on my right arm (again). I had boots on, and a helmet and gloves, but the jacket was back in my office and I was "just going to putt it around the lot."

The one time in years I didn't at least have a jacket on bit me in the , or at least in the arm and shoulder.

You never plan to crash. We had a friend in Atlanta that ALWAYS geared up for mountain rides with us, but was killed a block from his home while testing some carb work he was doing on his old Triumph. Dog ran out in front of him and he ended up hitting a car and mailbox. Only doing about 25-30, but didn't have a helmet on. Never saw him without gear in my life, but it only takes once...
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I am almost always geared in a suit, boots, helm and gauntlet gloves.

I've always got boots, gloves, and helmet on.

Even without the other stuff I feel vulnerable. Any time I do highway riding, I have a jacket. Anytime to go out to the twisties, it is fully geared.

Even when fully geared, I ride like a sissy.
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No, notThe one time in years I didn't at least have a jacket on bit me in the , or at least in the arm and shoulder.

You never plan to crash. We had a friend in Atlanta that ALWAYS geared up for mountain rides with us, but was killed a block from his home while testing some carb work he was doing on his old Triumph. Dog ran out in front of him and he ended up hitting a car and mailbox. Only doing about 25-30, but didn't have a helmet on. Never saw him without gear in my life, but it only takes once...

rough story man. i've rode around the neighborhood with/out a helmet on before and yeah.... it's very risky. I have no idea why ppl ride without. just retarded.

i was feelin lazy and rode the other day with shorts on just cause.... an wouldn't ya know 5 minutes later i had a bee sting on my calf. that's what i get lesson learned...the EASY way
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I would rather have all of my gear on. You never know when an accident will happen. I went down a few times when I was a kid and still have the scars, one on my face for not wearing a helmit.
Back to the point, I tend to push the limits of my motorcycle with all of my gear on.
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