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When I first started riding I wore a helmet, and leather. After a bit I wore nothing and rode in t-shirt and jeans with no helmet.
Sold the bike when starting a family and just got a new one again. I got a new helmet and always wear one but have been debating whether I need leather. Do you guys wear a jacket, chaps, gloves, or what is your preference in protective gear?
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-14-2011, 09:20 PM
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Completely depends on the weather for me. The colder it gets, the more i put on. Hot days will still find me wearing at least a shirt, jeans, gloves (with fingers), and boots though.

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I always ride in an armored jacket, full face helmet, and gloves. The jacket doesn't have to be leather, as long as it's adequately armored to survive a fall and subsequent slide. I'm still using the textile Fieldsheer jacket I had on when a deer ran out in front of me on the Parkway 5 years ago. Hit and tumbled at 45 or so and walked away without a scratch. That was enough to keep me wearing the gear for good.

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This is the jacket I am looking at http://www.mmccleather.com/leather-j...azy-horse.html
Theisens has it at 25% off.
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When I first started riding I wore a helmet, and leather. After a bit I wore nothing and rode in t-shirt and jeans with no helmet.
Sold the bike when starting a family and just got a new one again. I got a new helmet and always wear one but have been debating whether I need leather. Do you guys wear a jacket, chaps, gloves, or what is your preference in protective gear?
bloodhound,

Like you, I was once young and foolish. However, like you, I have learned the error of my old ways and reformed.

Everyone is different, but for me, no matter how hot it is, this is the MINIMUM:

T-shirt
Jeans
Eye protection (face visor or safety glasses)
Boots
Light leather riding gloves
Jean jacket (and usually the leather X-Element jacket, unless SCORCHING HOT)

More extended rides (higher highway speeds) alway the leather - no matter how hot.

When it's too hot, the full-face helmet is too much for me to take. I know I should always wear it, but I enjoy the air too much.

Also, unless wearing a full-face visored helmet or a face shield on your more open helmet, get some full coverage safety sunglasses (and clear safety glasses for night riding). It's not easy to recover from a big bug or a small stone in the eye at 70+mph.

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Yea I always wear the full face helmet (bell star) if the speed will exceed 35 or so. I went and bought the jacket tonight. I still need to decide if I am getting the chaps though.
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I always wear all of the gear. My GX Air with all of the liners out is quite cool in hot weather and still gives me protection.

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Yea I always wear the full face helmet (bell star) if the speed will exceed 35 or so. I went and bought the jacket tonight. I still need to decide if I am getting the chaps though.
houndoggy, you did good. them kiddo's are counting on you to be around for a while. hey, somebody has got to pick up the tab for all this fun.

FF helmet is best. I take the check pads out for summer. It allows more ventilation in around the numskull. still gives a good bit of face protection should you get served a heaping plate of asphalt. That stuff dont taste none too good. leaves bad aftertaste.

Mesh Jackets are the tiket for warm weather riding. When it gets hot..100f+ in these parts, not even the mesh is cool 'nuff.

I use a Wet Vest for running accross the desert. It has some poly-crap in it that holds 1 gallon of water. Not to drink. It evaporates as you ride and knocks 10-30f off your chest n back. It can be downright chilly at times. But it helps reduce body temp and core temp to keep you from blacking out while at speed. not a good thing. the blacking out part. the Vest is a good thing.

ok, gear up for the kiddo's. they wouldn't have it any other way. ponch out




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Dress for the slide ... not the ride, i like that. For me on the highway, touring, textile jacket with armor, heavy jeans with armor, boots, full face helmet and gloves. My textile jacket has a complete zip out and converts to full mesh with the armor still in place. It also comes with a full quilted liner for colder weather ... 2 Jackets in one.

Putting around town is min jeans, mesh coat, gloves, helmet and boots.

I do have chaps and a leather jacket, as well as armor textile touring pants and coat from my sport touring days, may not look cool but in realy bad, cold , wet weather it does the job.

Anything is better than nothing ... when i was 16 i was out riding thru an intersection when a drunk driver ran a stop sign, i plowed right into the side of him wearing flip flops, shorts, muscle shirt and helmet, boy did i get carved up, no broken bones but lots of gravel rash, next day i was back out riding with protective gear on .. jeans, t shirt gloves and a new helmet on, had to wear flip flops again as my shoes would not fit over my bandaged toes.

Fortunately these days I'm slightly wiser.

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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-28-2011, 11:26 AM
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I picked up a Joe Rocket jacket at a store that was having a big clearance sale. It's a nylon jacket with some built-in padding and it has zip open vents on the front and back. It breathes very well and is surprisingly comfortable so long as you are moving. We'll see how it feels in July and August but at least for the rest of the year it seems fine.
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