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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-24-2012, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Clothing out of place?

So, just curious what others on here wear and think about protective gear. I have a feeling that what I wear doesn't really look like it fits on a cruiser style bike. I have the Tourmaster Air Intake 3 jacket in silver/black, a full face helmet with skulls and bones on it, full finger gloves, jeans and black Dr. Marten boots (looking for some new riding boots). I feel like that would look more at home on a sport bike, but that's what I'm comfortable in. Am I the only one like that?

When I first started talking about getting a bike I was planning on the half helmet (German style) and leathers, but that's not what I'm comfortable in. To be perfectly honest, I could care less what people think about how I dress on the bike or off, but just curious if there is anyone else out there like that.
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Exclamation Clothing out of place?

I'm more into safety rather than looking cool...I guess that happens when you get old (read more mature)....

I wear a leather Scooter jacket unless it's hot and then it's a vented jacket with protection. Leather chaps, full face modular helmet, polarized sun glasses, leather gloves and motorcycle boots. If you've ever laid your bike down, you know why I wear chaps and a leather jacket....

Dress the way you want, unless you like your skin then wear what will protect it........

Oh, BTW I wear the same equip. on my Ninja!

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I haven't had this bike that long so don't really have any gear, I have my Frank thomas textiles that do ok and I have full faced helmets, the thing is I have been using yellow/black IXXS leathers because I also ride a Yam Fazer 1000 and I have always been equiped for sport type bikes, but like you I don't really care what others think and if the urge takes me I will put on the yellow leathers and ride the VN in those.
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I'm pretty much an ATGATT kinda guy. Armored jacket, pants, armored gloves, full face helmet. I don't dress to impress, I dress to save my ass....

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I haven't had the bike long enough, or the money to "outfit" myself according to others' standards. I wear whatever I have on plus a half helmet and some full gloves. I don't dress to impress, I dress to feel comfortable. I agree with projection. But I live in Florida where it is 90 degrees out most days. If I have to wear that much protection, I would not be comfortable on the bike and end up not riding as much.

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I agree with you Chris. Summers are brutal here. That's why I got the mesh jacket so the wind can flow through it.

KM, I completely believe in ATGATT as well, I just haven't found the pants that wouldn't give me a heat stroke yet, so I've stuck with jeans so far.
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it doesn't matter HOW you look, as long as you are comfortable and safe! i wear jeans, cordura chaps at times, a fieldsheer mesh jacket i got for $60 on clearance (love it!), and "cop" boots. i wear fingerless gloves, which in my opinion look stupid as hell, like some kinda billy idol wanna-be, but they make a huge difference, and keep my hands from tingling... as well as give me at least palm protection in a crash. the nebraska summers are brutal, 100* and 98% humidity is common. a half helmet about half the time, a bandana the other half. and one thing no ones mentioned, LOTS of sunscreen. keep a big bottle in my side bag. with my gasketed biker sunglasses, i look like a racoon if i forget sunscreen! you don't have to spend a lot of money on gear. i have never liked leather at all, cordura is much cheaper, and has armor. i found some sweet cordura chaps made in colorado.

http://www.coloradochaps.com/miva/me...tegory_Code=MC

they will alter them if you get them and they don't fit. i had a local sewing shop double stitch the knees and it cost $10. i may get some of their spat chaps, $60 is cheap. the regular chaps hook around your pants belt and have a full zipper, so easy on and off. and they have an elastic stirrup strap so they won't billow. good stuff and all pretty cheap, maybe $300 for all including the helmet.

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I agree, it doesn't matter how you look if you get the "look" you want...or not.
I wear a First Gear mesh jacket in bright yellow and gray with armor; gray leather chaps I made and love; Harley boots (thick soles help me reach the ground better); bright yellow, black, gray and white full-face helmet; gloves, either lightweight leather or kevlar or with a squeegee on the first finger or fingerless or...yes, I have a glove fetish!
It all goes well with my black and silver 2005 Vulcan 750, and I am pretty visible with the bright yellow clothing and helmet, with piping that glows in the headlights. Nobody has ever said I look dumb in my gear, so I guess I pass muster ok.
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I guess another way to look at it is if I people see me and think I look out of place on a cruiser, at least they SEE me. I kind of figured I would get responses like these on here. Just had to ask since my wife has made a couple of comments, heh.

I'm all for her wearing the leather if she wants. I might even let her ride on the bike with it on.
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KM, I completely believe in ATGATT as well, I just haven't found the pants that wouldn't give me a heat stroke yet, so I've stuck with jeans so far.
I wear these in the summer:
http://www.revzilla.com/product/fiel...-40-mesh-pants

They are actually cooler than jeans. Good armor and adjustable knee pads.(a plus if you have short legs)

I just wear boxers under them. I did take out the hip padding as it was a bit hot, but these and my mesh jacket are my hot weather gear.

For gloves, I wear vented golf gloves. You have to buy the left and right hand separately, but they are light weight, cool and have great dexterity.

I always wear a full face helmet. If you ever happen to be in the emergency room and see them bring in a biker that landed face down in a crash. You'll never wear anything less.......

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