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Is gear necessary???

Old 10-03-2018, 12:47 PM
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Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: U.P.
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I always have gear on. Most of what I get is second hand. Ebay Ive gotten some great deals. New helmets and new gloves otherwise the rest can be second hand if only used "a few times". It is your experience. I have gear on for the way crazy people drive; always on those dang smart phones. The only time you need gear is when you go down but you will never know when that will be.
Old 12-18-2018, 09:37 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 60

Necessary? Other than a helmet, no. Wise? Absolutely.

I once crashed my CB750F in the middle of the summer. I was riding in a t-shirt and jeans and lost the front end on an exit from the PA turnpike. I got thrown over the bars and slid to the bottom of an embankment where there was a guard rail. I went under it but got my arm hooked around one of the stamped-steel posts which left me with a forearm laceration that went right to the bone. I looked into the hole and I could see muscles moving when I wiggled my fingers.

If I had been wearing the denim jacket that was bungeed to the passenger seat It would have made an enormous difference. With a leather jacket I'd likely have been bruised, but not cut.

So it's up to you. With armored, ballistic textile jackets available for only a little more than a regular winter coat it's certainly affordable and since nearly all of them have zipper vents built in, summer comfort isn't an issue. Leave your jacket home if you want but don't whine when the nurse is using a stiff bristle brush to clean the dirt out of your road rash.

Last edited by Commander_Chaos; 12-18-2018 at 10:50 AM.
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