Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Mar 15, 2006.
I don't know Steve, he seems to know what he is talking about.
That almost pays for a tank of gas .
I took the windshield off my Shadow today and had one of the most fun rides yet. I went and checked out a cool dealership west of Houston and drooled over the new Victory Judge and saw a really nice Steve McQueen edition Bonneville. I picked up a pair of goggles and it made the ride a lot more enjoyable by letting me actually keep my eyes open for more than a few seconds at a time. I caught a few bugs in the face, but I just had so much more fun and felt a little old school at the same time.
I have only ridden a couple of miles sans helmet, and it was cool. The main thing which grabbed me was the field of vision, like riding in a top-down convertible instead of a sedan.
I'll never ride w/o helmet and jacket/gloves. I went down on the duc a few weeks ago wearing just a helmet and hoooollllyy shit i never knew you could get so much rash going 15mph. >.>
Hope you heal up quickly.
I ride without a helmet about half the time. I know it's reckless, but I just feel like I enjoy the ride more that way. I'm an idiot in that I know most wrecks occur close to home and still only wear mine when I'm out on the highways. Part of my problem is that I have a large head and have a hard time finding a helmet that doesn't give me the dreaded mushroom look, so I guess I am letting my vanity get in the way of safety sometimes as well.
Funny, but I had composed another paragraph to go with the "sans helmet" comment above. Here is the non-preachy version:
My minimum bike riding attire is as follows: Full face helmet, motorcycle jacket, motorcycle gloves, blue jeans, boots. Absolute minimum. And I consider blue jeans to be half-assed as protective gear. If it's too hot to wear a motorcycle jacket, then it's too hot to ride.
I recently upgraded from a vintage pair of USMC issue aviator's boots to a pair of MX boots. It is shocking to look at the two pairs side by side. If you have a get-off which would you rather be wearing?
I only ever tried this once, just to see what it was like. It was a beautiful evening in La Jolla, but I found the experience rattling and never tried it again. Of course it isn't legal around here anyway ...
Do you guys ever interact with the drivers around you? I'm usually not the type to mouth off to people when I'm on the bike, but some guy really ticked me off today. I was taking a curve in the highway at around 65 (the speed limit) and he decides to speed up and cut RIGHT in front of me. He was literally within 8 inches of my front tire and then decelerated down to where I had to slam on the breaks. He then decides to get back in his lane and look at me like I'm the asshole. I told him what he could do with himself and made some hand gestures which he promptly returned. He then pulls up next to me again and starts mouthing off and I really let him have it. The weird thing is that he then speeds up to where a cop is pulled over on the road (he was in the process of pulling someone else over) and parks next to the cop. I'm guessing he was trying to tattle on me. I just hate Houston drivers
Also, while on the way home I'm just driving in a straight line and about to stop at a stoplight while some guy in a truck drives by me and gives me a jerking off hand gesture and speeds off. I guess there are just some jerks out there.
Drivers who flick ash from their cigarettes out their windows piss me off.
I like this jacket, too. I'm on the fence as to weather it would be a coherent and complement Sidi boots. (In reality, it is only motosuits that would be coherent).
I posted earlier about getting the Spidi S/S windsuit (track ready) or the Roland jacket. What pants would y'all wear with a Roland jacket. If it helps, I have a ZRX1100 (in purple, green, and white).
I'd be wearing jeans. I haven't had the chance to try any kevlar reinforced jeans, but some of the dianese ones look nice.
Wow, these looks really awful.
Yeah, but it would be coherent with his bike.
I am not necessarily sure that's a good thing. Not knocking his bike, which I actually think looks good. Just the practice of matching the color of the power rangers costume with the color scheme of the bike seems a little, ugh...
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