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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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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....:doh:

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

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. :smiley_th
 

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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/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=CC&Category_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/fieldsheer-titanium-air-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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Heavy denim jeans and leather jacket for me. I wear a vest about half the time if it is really hot out. I also wear para boots (full leather) for riding. I would say you are safer if you are comfortable as it is one less think on your mind while you are out riding.
 

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I have Bilt Shadow gloves I got on sale at CycleGear. They are pretty well padded and kind of hot even though they have "mesh" on the knuckles and fingers. I also have some Firm Grip (sold at Lowes) general purpose mechanics gloves that are really breathable and have a rubber/grippy surface on the palm and fingers. But they don't really offer anything in the way of protection.

Thanks for the link on the pants. Definitely gives me an idea of what I'm looking for.
 

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damned sexy, if you ask me:)

 

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I dress for comfort...always have, because IMO, a comfortable rider fatigues less and responds better. In real cold weather I wear a 3/4 bell SuperMagnum, and heavy leather...a lil warmer, I switch to half-shell and a leather fringed jacket. When real warm, t-shirt with a cutoff flannel or denim vest.
Ive been wearing sneakers lately, and I never did before, always boots, but because my feet have swollen from illness, none of my boots fit. I normally would wear a high ankle logger type boot, or high cowboy boots (yup, pointy toe and all)....ankle protection is real important.
 
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