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Offline RoadKillHeaven

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Re: ATGATT!
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2018, 02:52:50 pm »
Tour1, for myself, I made the transition fairly quickly.  Someone else here mentioned they learn from others mistakes.  I try to do the same thing.  I've seen road rash on others, and it isn't pretty.  I've also seen the months and months it has taken for them to be able to ride again...and not without pain.

I also look at the comments of others and shake my head in wonder.  One guy had riding pants...but he usually carried them in his storage.  I guess he knew when he'd get into an accident, and when he wouldn't???

And I can just see myself trying to explain to my wife why I'm stuck now in a hospital bed and rapidly draining the family's savings because I had my riding gear, but chose to not wear it.  I don't want to go there.

Putting on my riding gear is just a part of riding to me now.  When I realized that the difference between riding in the summer and winter was just one layer of clothing, it didn't seem so bad.  And the couple times I carried my riding pants in the trunk...I felt so uncomfortable, that I just put them on all the time. 

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A few years ago, I was riding to work on local freeway. Saw an accident Lexus RX350 vs crotch rocket (couldn't make the make/model out) The rider was on a stretcher motionless. The rider was wearing full leather suit (i am sure high quality). I didn't stop, but I am sure rider was badly hurt. It was a nice, clear and dry day - perfect for enjoying a spot of riding!

I am aware that ATGATT makes some riders feel invincible.
But behind the most rigid armor is still a malleable human body highly susceptible to internal damage from g-force of an impact.

The number one cause of motorcycle death is reckless behavior which includes speeding, impaired operation, failure to yield to name a few.

I still wear jacket, boots, gloves when riding. But I do not have blind faith in motorcycle riding gear. 

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Re: ATGATT!
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2018, 03:45:03 pm »
...The number one cause of motorcycle death is reckless behavior which includes speeding, impaired operation, failure to yield to name a few.   
In my younger day, I did some mountain climbing.  There were a couple times when I realized I did some stupid things, but for the most part, it was just a fantastic time.  Many would say it was too hazardous, that I could get myself killed hanging off the side of some cliff face, especially as the lead climber.  (The lead climber gets to fall twice the distance of the rope, not just a few feet.)  Yet I think it was a safe sport.  You looked at the risks.  Trained.  Got the right gear.  And did it.  The couple times I did something I consider stupid, fall into that phrase used above, "reckless behavior".  Just like motorcycle riding.
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Re: ATGATT!
« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2018, 03:48:16 pm »
Air bags and seat belts in your autos are also no guarantee that you will emerge unscathed from a collision.  They do greatly improve the odds, however. Being ATGATT also improves the odds but is no substitute for not being stupid.

FWIW, there's plenty of riding gear that doesn't require you to look like a "power ranger."
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Re: ATGATT!
« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2018, 11:11:51 pm »
...The number one cause of motorcycle death is reckless behavior which includes speeding, impaired operation, failure to yield to name a few.   
In my younger day, I did some mountain climbing.  There were a couple times when I realized I did some stupid things, but for the most part, it was just a fantastic time.  Many would say it was too hazardous, that I could get myself killed hanging off the side of some cliff face, especially as the lead climber.  (The lead climber gets to fall twice the distance of the rope, not just a few feet.)  Yet I think it was a safe sport.  You looked at the risks.  Trained.  Got the right gear.  And did it.  The couple times I did something I consider stupid, fall into that phrase used above, "reckless behavior".  Just like motorcycle riding.
If you were climbing skyscrapers instead of mountain cliffs, that would be stupid.
Climbing is a dangerous sport, and just like motorcycle racing requires intestinal fortitude to be successful.
When engaged in extreme sports, most of the time public is not in danger , only those who participate are. Usually extreme sports take place at areas where public will not become casualty. 
Reckless driving on public roads creates dangerous conditions for others and puts a burden on first responders to clean up the mess that could have been avoided in the first place.

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