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post #2791 of 4527

AHRMA...fingers aren't working tonight...

post #2792 of 4527
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Originally Posted by EgliComet View Post

Those are reminiscent of Bates Fast Lanes which, incidentally, are still made today and are also custom made.  I raced in them for a long time with AHRAM, WERA and WERA Vintage on both sidecars and solo bikes (RS125R)...and I have the x-rays to prove it.

 

These Bates' look like pretty solid boots. Were it not for the bright yellow "Fast Lane" logo I'd certainly consider a pair.

 

 

post #2793 of 4527
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

 

These Bates' look like pretty solid boots. Were it not for the bright yellow "Fast Lane" logo I'd certainly consider a pair.

 

 

Nope, not solid at all.  They're extremely soft leather with no structure whatsoever.  I fell off at Roebling where I ripped off a finger and broke a couple of bones in my foot.  Afterwards, I had a pair of custom Held gloves made (it's funny how an empty finger looks like the reservoir tip....) and got some Sidi boots.  Vanson had to completely rebuild the left side of my leathers.  

For what it's worth, I believe you can order them without the logo.

post #2794 of 4527
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Originally Posted by EgliComet View Post

Nope, not solid at all.  They're extremely soft leather with no structure whatsoever.  I fell off at Roebling where I ripped off a finger and broke a couple of bones in my foot.  Afterwards, I had a pair of custom Held gloves made (it's funny how an empty finger looks like the reservoir tip....) and got some Sidi boots.  Vanson had to completely rebuild the left side of my leathers.  

For what it's worth, I believe you can order them without the logo.

 

Damn!  People tend to forget what boots are for.  If you can bend them laterally they pretty much suck as far as protection goes...and that includes those gasolina boots

post #2795 of 4527
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Originally Posted by Rumpelstiltskin View Post

 

Damn!  People tend to forget what boots are for.  If you can bend them laterally they pretty much suck as far as protection goes...and that includes those gasolina boots

I used them on the street and then for racing sidecars where flexibility is most important as I was the monkey.  When I added the gp bike to the mix I figured I'd ride with them until I found something better.  Lesson learned.

The gloves were Alpinestars GP-Pros.  I don't think anything could have prevented that injury as my finger was trapped between the bar and the pavement, which, at the time, was a sea shell composition.  It obliterated tires.  It did worse things to fingers.  Roebling has since been repaved.  I hate that track.  Always have, always will.  I've seen some nasty, nasty accidents there.

post #2796 of 4527

It's over 50 degrees on Long Island today.  Seems like a good day for a ride on the Nortons.

 

 

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post #2797 of 4527
This is sad news about the Gasolina's. I was looking at buying a pair of the autobahns. Anyone have recommendations at a similar price point?
post #2798 of 4527
:: Goes off to search for more sturdy boots:: ...
post #2799 of 4527
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Originally Posted by EgliComet View Post

I used them on the street and then for racing sidecars where flexibility is most important as I was the monkey.  When I added the gp bike to the mix I figured I'd ride with them until I found something better.  Lesson learned.

The gloves were Alpinestars GP-Pros.  I don't think anything could have prevented that injury as my finger was trapped between the bar and the pavement, which, at the time, was a sea shell composition.  It obliterated tires.  It did worse things to fingers.  Roebling has since been repaved.  I hate that track.  Always have, always will.  I've seen some nasty, nasty accidents there.

GP Pros are pretty highly rated too.  Hell I have..err...had a pair.  Had a pair of Helds as well (sold both)

post #2800 of 4527
I had a pair of Dainese Redgate gloves and they worked fine until I got into an accident. I took a little spill going around 15 mph and the leather on the palm tore. My hands were alright though, the gloves did their job. After that, I decided I wanted a pair of gloves with palm sliders so I went with the Held Phantoms. They're hand made out of kangaroo leather, stingray hide, and Kevlar stitching. Best gloves I've used so far.


post #2801 of 4527
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I picked one up, it's a few millimeters taller and thicker than my conventional, but it should fit. Not sure I will need it (forgot to detatch the battery when I stored the bike...) but it will be nice to go with a maintenance free battery.
post #2802 of 4527
^ Good price on a battery.

So for my next pair of boots, I think I have it narrowed down:

Gasolina
Chippewa Rally (maybe trooper)
Red Wing Engineer boot (although I doubt I'm willing to spend $100 more on the Red Wings over the Chippewa)

Any thoughts?
post #2803 of 4527
I have the Chippewa Rally Boots. They are well made old style moto boots. They don't have any armor like plastic race boots (not my cup of tea) but they are substantial and are good for a non armored boot. The only thing I don't like are the velcro closures. They wear out after awhile. I'll probably just have them replaced with snaps by a cobbler when the time comes or just new velcro. I like them because they look good either under jeans or with my leather race pants tucked into the tops. I believe Chippewa has a re crafting program when the boots need refurbishing.
post #2804 of 4527
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Originally Posted by John Doe View Post

I have the Chippewa Rally Boots. They are well made old style moto boots. They don't have any armor like plastic race boots (not my cup of tea) but they are substantial and are good for a non armored boot. The only thing I don't like are the velcro closures. They wear out after awhile. I'll probably just have them replaced with snaps by a cobbler when the time comes or just new velcro. I like them because they look good either under jeans or with my leather race pants tucked into the tops. I believe Chippewa has a re crafting program when the boots need refurbishing.

Great info on those. I don't care for the armored plastic ones either: I don't want to walk around in them.

Do you have any experience with Gasolina? I understand some people objected because they lack protection, but they don't seem to have much less protection than the Chippewas.
post #2805 of 4527
I have no experience with the Gasolina's. Based on photos only I think they are about equal in protection.
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