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Old 04-22-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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appreciate your gear?

I do. Now more than ever. I am new to the track scene and had sort of viewed gear as something required to be able to ride. I had some appreciation for what it represented, but had never really had the gear do what it was intended for, protect me, until the last couple of months.
Next weekend I go to Denton to race the mini so this weekend i have spent a little time getting ready for the trip. I took the truck in and got the inspection renewed, had the oil changed and the tires rotated, took it to the filling station and filled it up. I took it to the car wash and had them clean it out and wash it.

I then turned my attention to the bike, got it out, looked it over to make sure everything was in order... fired it up and ran it, ok everything looks good, so I put it away.

My leathers and boots were bought last august and had not really had a good cleaning since then, so what the heck. I got out the leather cleaner and leather treatment and set about the task.
As I went about cleaning the leathers I noticed all the little scratches from the 3 low sides i have taken this year. All 3 were really minor, exiting low speed turns... rider input errors... two in the same corner.
The leathers had scratches on the right shoulder armor, the left forearm, the left and right thigh and hip area. The boots had a slightly ground right heel and scratches in the ankle brace on the right and left boot and one missing toe slider...
I got to thinking that the 3 low sides would not likely have resulted in any serious injuries with out the leathers and boots, but all those gouges and scratches would have been in my flesh if not for the gear... sure glad i had it on.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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I truely appreciate my gear and am glad I was able to afford quality products. It is a little piece of mind during that silent eternity before impact.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:06 PM   #3
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yep, when you realize you are going down, things do seem like they go into slow motion, don't they? or is that just me?
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:09 PM   #4
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Yup. Enough time all to realize how much this is going to hurt and add up how much it is going to cost. Thankfully I've had plenty of time to think about it. LOL.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:10 PM   #5
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it does slow Down, did for me on my ninja
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