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Riding in Shorts??? What's Up With That?

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  1. SdzSVP
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    I agree that your a whole lot safer with your layers of protective gear on but here in east Texas with all the heat I have more freedom of the road in my car than I have with all the protective gear on riding my bike.I know its a risk I take when I ride without my helmet and have shorts,sneakers and tshirts on,but for a few brief minutes I cant explain how great it feels.I read in some of the other sections that some of yall wont even wave at us so called squids,hey get a life and quit worring about what other people are doing especially if they are obeying the rules of the road.

  2. SlovPoge
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    While I disagree with shorts and flipflops, I don't have a problem with folks riding in jeans and a T-shirt in the heat or a hoodie in the cooler weather.

    I've been watching the people riding (non-sports bikes) around here and jeans/t-shirt is pretty much the unanimous riding attire. Of course, several H-D riders wear vests and the only people I've seen in a jacket of any type were a Gold Wing and a BMW.

  3. quicgmicg
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    One thing nice about living in a free country is that you can wear what you want. I don't really care what the heck anyone else is wearing to be honest. To each their own and more power to them.

  4. Peapotj
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    I agree that your a whole lot safer with your layers of protective gear on but here in east Texas with all the heat I have more freedom of the road in my car than I have with all the protective gear on riding my bike.I know its a risk I take when I ride without my helmet and have shorts,sneakers and tshirts on,but for a few brief minutes I cant explain how great it feels.I read in some of the other sections that some of yall wont even wave at us so called squids,hey get a life and quit worring about what other people are doing especially if they are obeying the rules of the road.

    I don't know about Texas (other than the fact that Houston drivers don't obey any of the traffic laws) but Florida requires the use of safety gear-or you may get a ticket. They can technically pull you over for not wearing gloves. My only gripe is that its at the LEOs discretion whether your properly equiped or not.

    As for shorts and flip-flops, You not only increase statistics related to motorcycle crashes & fatalities, but I know way too many ex-riders who were riding along when a bug or rock or something hit their bare leg, foot, whatever and caused them to crash. On one occassion they crashed into other riders in their group, so you are a hazard to other people on the road when you're ill-prepared for the hazards of open cockpit vehicle operation.

  5. SdzSVP
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    I have driven in Houston quite frequently and I do agree that there are drivers who dont always obey the law but thankfully most do,but concerning these people that were riding in groups and not properly attired and caused the wrecks of other people in the group because they were hit by a bug or stone,my question is was the group in staggered formation and using the two second rule or were they side by side.It pays to be a defensive driver.Texas is not as restrictive as Florida thank goodness.Like I said,as long as their obeying the rules of the road I dont care if their naked because my job will be to look out for the other driver.

  6. gerowicg
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    I occasionally wear shorts when I ride to work (1.5 miles each way) but never when out for a real ride. I always have gloves, boots a and a lid on. Not to mention jeans and a t-shirt minimum.

  7. yajare
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    I was out for a ride the other day when this huge guy heading my way waves and I noticed all that he was wearing was a speedo (I think!) and a beanie.

  8. macrozzfan
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    I was stupid and used to wear shorts when I lived in scottsdale. Never again. I don't buy the argument about the heat...I have a first generation Joe Rocket armored Phoenix mesh jacket that felt like a t-shirt at 110 degrees in Scottsdale. Stoplights suck but even moving at 30 its perfect and keeps you from getting sun burned. best $80 I ever spent. When its 85 in MN I actually feel rather cool with it on since it reflects the sunlight off me and doesn't really heat up. The new one's are supposed to be even better.

    I always wear a full face Arai helmet (thoroughly vented and light) but am toying with getting a quarter helmet for the occasional days that I ride in a group.

    I always wear at least jeans now and want to get a pair of kevlar pants. Problem is I'd like to have a set that the legs zip off to make them into shorts so I can still teach at the university with them...my building is like 90degrees in the summer.

    Usually I wear heavy boots but in the summer I do wear full leather high top sneakers (probably better leather than my boots). Better traction and venting for my feet (I have some foot problems and they swell up sometimes). Wouldn't be caught dead in flip flops or tennis.

    I've always thought that if your going to wear shorts people should wear something like a hockey shin guard...wish somebody made a decent one.

    I'm torn on the gloves. I wear a variety from fingered to non and am thinking about getting one's with knuckle armor. Expensive though.

    Problem with great protection is the price...most of us would rather put the money in the bike for something like a new fender.

  9. Trollpj
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    I pretty much have 3 sets of riding gear.

    Cold weather, Warm weather and Hot weather.

    Cold is my full leather getup, and really cold I throw on the rain suit over that (under 30*) with heavy leather riding gloves

    Warm weather I wear lighter leather and chaps or the Meshtex jacket with or with out liner and light leather gloves

    Hot weather I wear meshtex jacket and matching mesh armor gloves with mesh pants or my Slider jeans

    I always wear boots, I don't care how hot it is my ankles and feet are very important and footing is key.

    I also always wear full face helmet.

    Just an FYI when I was young and dumb I had a wreck I was going excess of 75 when the rear wheel locked on my bike, about 55mph the ass end slid out and I slid on my Hein Gericke riding suit with FF helmet for something like 150ft.

    I walked away bruised up but no cuts, and about $450 of leather ruined, BEST $450 I ever spend in my life!

  10. Yammj
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    I also find the ventilated textile mesh gear cool as long as one is moving, and it definitely provides protection.

  11. mpurlej
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    Was heading home one day and saw a guy on croth rocket with a Members Only Cloth Jacket, Helmet, shorts, and sneakers (oh well). In the summer I wear my mesh jacket, boots, blue jeans, and helmet. When it gets cool out I wear the leather jacket, and chaps. The old president of our Star group will yell at you if you do not have a helmet on when you are on the bike. He went down at 35 M.P.H. and went through 2 layers of the helmet, and he will share his wisdom about helmets. Can't understand the silliness of not wearing gear. I would not let the wife ride with me until she went and got protective gear that fit her.

  12. micg10
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    too many people think they won't be the ones to fall off.
    i leather up head to toe all year round. i like my skin where it is!

  13. 4mrAkankmpr
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    Having been down more times than I can remember in my younger days and seeing the quarter-sized hole in the leg of the downed rider wearing designer jeans, where you could see the bone slide back-and- forth as he checked to see if it was broken, I , for the life of me, cannot understand the shorts and t-shirt attire! Fine for around the beach, but definitely not for the road. I don't even wear sneakers any more after my laces got wrapped around my shift lever and almost crashed me. Since I renewed my riding, I have ridden w/o a jacket very few times. I bought a TourMaster mesh jacket from BikeBandit for summer riding and full-face or modular helmet. My only concession to the North Texas heat, besides the mesh jacket is fingerless gloves, which I may or may not wear. I have 'warmed my leg' often enough through my heavy denims to be unable to understand even the thought of riding wearing shorts-those engines get HOT!

  14. retzdaret
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    I once sat on a friends bike in shorts and burned the heck out of my leg. I don't even dream of getting on a bike now in shorts. Especially if I'm going for a ride.

  15. macrozzfan
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    Speaking of riding pants...

    Do any of you know of a pair of good riding pants that can unzippe the lower half for shorts once you arrive at your destination?

    Who has the best price on Sliders?

  16. retzdaret
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    Never seen the zip off shorts in riding pants, but compacc.com/ has the best price on Sliders I have found. Got mine there.

  17. macrozzfan
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    found these from shift...seem almost the same as the Sliders. My dealer is getting a couple of pair for me to try on to make sure they fit right.

    Shift Lowdown Kevelar Jean $79
    shop.shiftracing.com/ecomm/ProductForward.do?forward=product.pagedef&proId=21523&cid=258&cname=Pants&proNumber=70137&imgName=70137202F.jpg

    Sift Torque Kevelar jean $99
    shop.shiftracing.com/ecomm/ProductForward.do?forward=product.pagedef&proId=21522&cid=258&cname=Pants&proNumber=70136&imgName=70136202F.jpg

    They don't list an inseam but Shift says they are 35" at least for a 36 & 38" waist.

    If these don't work I'll go with the slider.

  18. Hacger
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    I absolutely never ride without jeans or work pants, boots (either work boots during the week or Redwing 962's on weekends), helmet (Fulmer half, or HJC Symax II), gloves, and a Tourmaster Draft jacket in hot weather (mesh, with CE armor in the shoulders/elbows/back), or a Fieldsheer Drifter (Textile, fully padded) in cool/cold weather. When the temps get below 55 or so, I add chaps to the mix. I actually feel cooler in the mesh than a t-shirt. I don't care what others wear, after all, it's their hide, not mine.

  19. rn25
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    Hi just want to say if you do not were protective clothing you are dumb.I went down on memorial day doing 25 m.p.h.and there was alot of gravel. ripped the jacket and got a little road rash it could have been worse.but the bike fell on my leg and broke it in 3 places.I have a rod and 2 plates and 4 screws.PLease be smart and protect yourself.I wore a helment

  20. flakkerbhil
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    Riding into work today (in my car) I saw three crotch rockets with riders popping wheelies on the freeway. One of the riders had no shirt, the others were in t-shirts and shorts. It was crowded enough that if one of them had gone down it would have been all over for him.

    When the one without the shirt came passed me (on the right), I looked at him and mouthed "idiot." He promptly cut across the front of my car and I almost hit him.

    How stupid can you get? It's bad enough riding shirtless or in shorts, popping wheelies on the freeway and giving bikers a bad name, but to cut across a CAR that will run over you if you misjudged?

    I rode the crotch rockets of my day ('70s) and I can't remember trying to go so far out of my way to kill myself.

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