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Offline Greg Habel

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« on: August 26, 2008, 04:26:00 pm »
Do you wear all the gear, all the time (ATGATT)?
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008, 04:27:00 pm »
I'm anal about this one.  Even if I'm going 1 mile down the street.  If it's hot I wear all mesh with a short sleave underneath and LD comfort riding shorts.    Greg H from Mass, Connie Droppers Anonymous Awards Dude  COG# 7010,a Tracey  CDA 120  99 Connie "Herrin Christabelle", 05 Ninja 250    
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008, 04:52:00 pm »
+1, but I did not start out riding that way...    I lived in NY until I was 28 y/o (where helmet use was mandatory, and the would occasionally ride with t-shirt, shorts, & sneakers (never flip flops tho) You would have thought those younger years of ridin
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008, 07:48:00 pm »
I know I probably shouldn't but I do ride in tee shirt and jeans when really hot.      However, I don't move the Conk farther than putting it on the center stand without having a lid on.    It is not justification but 90% of my riding is over 70mph in traffic and at that speed I am really more concerned about broken backs, compound fractures, and becoming a hood ornament. :8o:  Respectfully Yours!  Wess Heavner  COG #8010 CDA #0239  
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2008, 04:41:00 am »
In '05 got run off the road without any gear except my 3/4 helmet,   goggles, and gloves.  I got skinned pretty good from my armpit to my   toes (literaly), one abrasion later abscessed.  Holes were worn in my   Levis at the knees.  My shoes came off.  My goggles were scratched,   but there were no marks on my skid lid.    I also got broken ribs, but it is likely I would have gotten them even   with a MC jacket since I hit a concrete curb.  However, if I HAD been   wearing a MC jacket, pants, and boots, I probably would have come   out somewhat better off.  Maybe my lung wouldn't have been punctured.  I certainly would have saved myself some nasty abrasions.    Why didn't I have my MC gear on?  I had ONLY gone to get gas at a   station which was less than a mile away, and didn't figure I needed   anything but a legally required helmet--so I wore my 3/4 not my   modular.    Now days, even if I am only going to get gas, (besides my helmet) I   wear at least a MC jacket and some boots of some kind.  raulb    2003 Connie  COG #6043  CDA #281  AMA #699463    "It may not be smart or correct, but   it's one of the things that make us   what we are."  --Red Green, "The New   Red Green Show"
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2008, 10:40:00 am »
I got too hot this summer to wear my Olympia. I'm in the SE after all and 96 degrees even with generous venting is too much. Rather than abandon my gear, I bought the Bionic S2 armor from Alpinestars, along with elbow and knee armor. There have been a couple of occasions when riding home at night that I was getting chilly, so the armor is definitely a summer only gear choice. The knee armor though is a year round keeper. It's thick, tough and fully articulated and since statistically, knees are the most common injury on a bike, a little extra insurance isn't a bad deal.  
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2008, 11:06:00 pm »
When I crashed my C14 in the ditch on May 16th going to the Bun Cooler in Idaho and did my best impression of Superman, I truly believe if I was only wearing a T-shirt, shorts, and a 3/4 helmet, BTW it was 95 degrees that day,I probably wouldn't be writing this right now. I did however sustain 4 broken ribs, a broken clavicule, and a broken shoulder blade, but not a scratch.  I think I'm ATGATT proven!!!  ;p  Claude / BC, Canada  COG #8173  2008 C14 aka Ribbit II  I'm BACK boy's!!!
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2008, 01:17:00 pm »
It's just a calculated risk, riding without ATTGATT. I confess that last year, when I went back to Canaan Valley, I thought I was going to pass out from the heat and humidity of July in the eastern half of the country.    I got powerful sick with bronchitis there and beelined home to Oregon in the heat. At times I was without my riding coat and pants and wore a half helmet I had brought along.    My bad! I know it.   Bob "Flylooper" Burns  COG #5887  E Clampus Vitus, YB#1  '04 FJR 1300  
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2008, 01:34:00 pm »
The bare minimum helmet AND both gloves. Prefer boots and a long sleeved shirt to keep the sun off the skin, too.    When I'm going for a long ride I'll suit up with mesh jacket and mesh over-pants.   I would prefer a "Stich" or like but cost and heat kills that deal.  I keep looking for something better and YEAR round.    Yuma,  Summer in Yuma is not hell, but hell is a local call :-)  2006 Connie http://community.webshots.com/user/Lateck?vhost=community
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2008, 01:52:00 pm »
Most of the time.  When I'm working on my bike and need to warm it up I'll throw my helmet on and run down the road and back.  </img>  '07 Wee, "Slightly Dangerous"
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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2008, 02:29:00 pm »
I'm MOTGMOTT- most of the gear most of the time  :) .  As I commute daily to work, riding has to be practical for me, and I can't afford the one-piece 'Stich, so it's jacket, boots, gloves, helmet 90% of the time when I ride.  When I do fun rides and trips I am 100% geared (as I was for my recent flight into a hay field) and do feel much better about it.  Steve K.  '02 Concours  COG# 6550  AMA# 965469  'No matter where you go, there you are...'
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