lately since this beautiful weather , i have seen a gazillion moped riders wearing a t-shirt and shorts but i put that down to inexperience and just plain stupidity , but then i started to notice r1 riders and bandit 12 riders wearing shorts and still blasting round ... am i wrong or is that just plain moronic ? just cuz its hotter doesnt make the tarmac any softer on your skin,ligaments and bones ? whats your stance on this ?
Protection means nothing ???!!
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There choice no matter what you think
but surely its gonna be splat on tarmac should they come off ? r u a tshirt wearer or a protection kinda guy ?
...I'll take a pair of bettys over losing half the skin on my body any day. Full gear every time.
And I only ride a 125...
thats what i think
my theory is that a 70 mph crash on a 125 is exactly the same as a 70mph crash on a 1100cc trackbike ... the floor doesnt become any more forgiving because your riding a bigger bike ...
i wouldnt go without but its up to them there choice maybe to them skin grafts broken limps and missing fingers is worth it if it means they can stay cool while they ride around all you can do is cross your fingers and hope your arnt around to see it when bits of them are scraped off the road with a shovel
Their call really
I always ride in full kit, but after washing bike on Saturday did pop down the petrol station to fill up without my jacket on.
Still had boots, kevlar jeans, gloves etc, but what the hell, petrol station is only at the end of my road and never got above 15, would have come off faster on the pushbike.
My daughters teacher came off a scoot in Greece a few years back, poor girl, in hospital for months having grafts, and now still suffering.
As others have siad, their call.
I always where full gear. Protective jacket with frulesent over jacket. Boots and my jeans. And I only ride a 50 cc scooter.
But I want to keep my skin and keep on biking, so it's protective clothing all the time for me!
Ps. I forgot to mention my leather gloves!
i agree its their call you know Im not the kinda person to have a go at people for that sort of thing , I just wanted to know if i was the only one that sweated like crazy in this heat in the name of my life lol , I have worn just a thin pair of trousers before but I still had everything on and i was just popping to the shop , but it always makes me cringe when i see people leaning so low round corners and their knees are just centimeters away from the road lol
After my 'off' 10 days ago.....
I know I will always be wearing full kit! Was only on a 'blip' round town testing my nephews bike and the bugger spat me off. Had helmet, jacket and gloves on, all good stuff, but only combats and trainers !
Gotta say I consider myself lucky that it was the top half of my body that took the brunt of it. My helmet was fkkered, and my kit generally took a beating! But my hand is smashed! My gloves were a good pair with hard knuckle protection but still my hand is now held together with pins! I dread to think how bad it would've been with cheap or no gloves at all!
So yes, it's their choice and entirely up to them but if/when they come off they will regret that 'choice'!
Brake lights are contagious...
I should also add
It was a 125 at about 40mph!
Brake lights are contagious...
I nearly always wear full kit. If not its jeans, boots and an armoured jacket. A friend of mine wanted a lift down the shops the other day and I made her put jeans, jacket and trainers on at least which I spose was better than flipflops! Even so, I went so slowly people must have thought I had Miss Daisy on the back. If people want to ride without protection thats their choice but it's mine if they want a pillion ride with me. Gravel rash aint cool
I'd rather sweat like a blind lesbian in a fish market rather than lose half my skin and shatter my joints.
Just a thought.
........I need to get out more
Like a lot of people have pointed out, it's their choice but it does make me cringe when I see people in T-shirt, shorts and even sandals(!!!???) Once you're on the move you cool down quite a bit anyway and the only time I stop is when it's necessary i.e. traffic lights, junctions etc. Why sit in a queue of traffic getting hot when you can filter, as long as it's safe that is.
Perhaps the T-shirt and shorts type people carry their own special, soft tarmac with them.
Have you never heard of the safety bubble?
The youth use them as do cruiser riders!
They are available on eBay I believe, cool and safe at the same time.. When you come off you don't actually touch anything!! Pmsl
Brake lights are contagious...
Mesh armoured jacket cool as a cucumber
I always wear a neck warmer> gloves,boots,jeans,armoured jacket, and obviously a helmet with the strap done up.
I pity the fools!
stay cool, hang loose
well ive got a dainese textile jacket, i wear it all the time even if not on the bike, kevlar jeans are cool enough to wear anywhere, so whats the big deal.
Anyone got any tips on how i can stay cool under my gear?? no matter what heat. Breathable fabric can only do so much!
maybe a long sleeve coolmax tshirt ??
This particular subject always draws a wide range of opinion. As I think I have stated before on similar threads, I started riding in the 1970's then there was little or no protective kit ove rand above your helmet and boots. Even most of the jackets would not qulaify as safety clothing by todays standards. I usually wear full kit - I have a mesh type summer jacket and trousers made by IXS. They are not windproof and therefore very comfortable, even when touring Spain in summer. However, I personally am not uncomfortable riding in jeans either as it was common when I was younger.
We fight to protect our right to ride and, more recently, ride machines as we want them. That freedom also needs to include what we wear. We are all adults, we know the risks and are capable of making our own choices. To borrow from another quotation 'I may not agree with your choices but I would fight for your freedom too make them'
One interesting thing I have noticed about the scooter riders mentioned elswhere though. I too cringe when I see them. Not because they are wearing shorts but because of the way they are riding - they are still as reckless as ever. I look at most of them and think it's only a matter of time before they have a spill. Most of the guys I notice on larger machines that are not fully kitted out are at least riding in a manner that suggests they have weighed up the risks.
I always wear leather if I can.. though there are some pretty handy textile/leather hybrid summer jackets etc out there.
Look at the Police riders and what they wear day in and out...leather trousers, decent boots and an armoured hi viz textile jacket. Im sure a million risks assessments must have been carried out before any police force decide an what is best for their riders to wear.
I had a head on with a transit van ( his fault...not mine before you ask )... I was doing 30 mph...in a 30 zone.... wearing full leathers, gloves and boots..... The Police said I was very lucky indeed.. I cant remember much about the accident... but Im glad that I was wearing the full gear..
I know its been hot..but its no justification to let common sense go out of the window. I believe it should be an offence not to be wearing the appropriate armoured clothing... either textile or leather... surely your life is worth it ?
As far as these numpties riding around in shorts and t-shirts...its their choice and ultimately their life !!...let them do what they like !!