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What would you say?

Post by egschade on Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:03 pm

So I was riding home from work yesterday when a kid on an older crotch rocket rolled up next to me at a stop. It was 89 degrees and humid, me wearing jeans, jacket and gloves, him in a t-shirt, shorts and sneakers. "Hey, must be hot in all that gear" he yells. I replied, "Yeah, but it's better to sweat than bleed." at which point we both rode off in different directions.

Got me to thinking a couple things: 1) what do you say when some numb nuts says something like that and 2) is there a better response? The other day I saw a video on motorcycle.com where a guy falls out of a wheelie and rashes himself up pretty horrifically. Maybe I should yell back "Google road rash accident if you want to know why".

On a related note, what do you do to stay cool but protected in weather like this? For me it's a perforated leather jacket and gloves.
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Post by rotten on Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:45 pm

How about "Yeah - do you know your fly is open?"

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Post by Kev M on Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:03 pm

"Nope, not really, you should try it."

And I've had that conversation before.

Likely at the time I'd be in an armored mesh jacket with a neck cooling bandanna/wrap from Lowe's, plus gloves, jeans, boots.


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Post by rotten on Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:27 am

Actually, one of the guys I ride with wears a t shirt, shorts, and boat shoes in the summer while I have on a perforated leather jacket, jeans, gloves, and boots.
We avoid preaching to each other and get along just fine but I do hope that if he does go down I'm not there!

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Re: What would you say?

Post by Nick on Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:04 am

Hey, to each it's own!
I would not lecture anyone on what to wear, as I would not want any one to lecture me on things I do or how I choose to ride....


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Post by mogu83 on Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:19 pm

I think it's all about exposure. If your only putting on a thousand miles a year you can get away with it, 20K is a different situation.
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Post by Mac on Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:09 pm

Yes I am one them, in the hot weather you will find me a tee shirt,jeans and boots most of the time.Yes I should know better, but I never listened to reason anyway .Been doing this for almost 40 years. Not bragging just stating the facts.Like it's been said different strokes for different folks.
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Re: What would you say?

Post by mogu83 on Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:50 pm

I use  synthetic oil Shocked
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Re: What would you say?

Post by Nick on Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:30 pm

My thing is that I actually don't care what others wear. I feel OK with helmet, gloves, riding pants, riding jacket and riding boots. What gets me is the stupid questions: Why do you wear all of that? Isn't it hot?
I would never ask another rider: why don't you wear a helmet/riding pants/ etc...? I really don't care.....

Wow....I'm a cranky old guy, ain't I? Wink
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Post by egschade on Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:35 pm

Nick - I'm in your camp. I feel vulnerable w/o the gear and that's my choice (phobia?). I don't comment on what other do or don't wear. I guess it just bugs me when someone does say something so I want a snarky comeback. There's another part of me that wants to help the other understand the risk they take but that's starting to sound preachy.

The only ones I do bug about it are my 3 sons who ride. Still feel a need to protect them at some level...
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Re: What would you say?

Post by Nick on Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:01 pm

Well......the kids fall into a different category. I would bug them forever ;-)
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Re: What would you say?

Post by mogu83 on Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:02 pm

Somehow at the BMW National during a night of drinking I became a Canadian.  The brief ceremony somehow involved a blow up sheep, a conga line and singing Oh Canada.

On the gear question, I'd only have that discussion with someone I care about.
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Re: What would you say?

Post by rotten on Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:10 pm

You can't pick when you'll need all of that abrasion protection (two feet from your driveway?) so just wear what floats your boat (and no one else's). Very Happy

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