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post #11 of 89 Old 07-17-2012, 03:08 PM
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Average human walking speed is about 3.0-3.5 mph. If you "power walk", that's up to 4.5-5.5 mph.

between each edge of that spectrum, you're looking at 6-10 minutes.

The amount of time it would take for you to suit up, start up, ride out, shut down, strip down would be at least 6-10 minutes.

Walk it. Your heart will thank you.

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A number of years back....I think it was the Beginners Motorcycle forum...
This beautiful blond said how she wore ATGATT leathers.
Can't remember the whole story.
I think she had to go just a few blocks and..the unexpected..
She's known as the "Road Rash Queen".

Here's 2 videos. The first is in German but words are not necessary!

WARNING.....GRAPHIC

Brittany Morrow - Road Rash Queen - YouTube

How to Avoid Skinning Yourself Alive - Brittany Morrow on Vimeo
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I live 10 minutes away from my work, minus the heavy construction lately, more like an 8 minute drive/ride. I have always worn my jacket, gloves, and helmet. Recently I let my good friend take my 250r for a ride, his first, and I made him wear the gear. Unfortunately he dropped the bike doing about 5-10mph on a side street doing a u-turn. Messed his ankle up pretty bad and had it not been for my jacket, which is now pretty banged up, he would have had some serious road rash up his left arm. Now granted this was a rookie mistake and his first ride, but nobody can avoid riding through a mysterious puddle of oil/anti-freeze, or hitting some unexpected gravel as they head off to work. My opinion (re-enforced by this experience): Always wear your full gear, no matter what, no matter how short the distance, or how cool you might feel just taking her for a ride around the block. Chances are, you will be fine, but on the off chance that the unexpected happens, you will be so grateful you did. End of story.

Side note: he will be ordering me all new parts for the damage he did to my bike, like a good friend does.
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I always gear up - full face helmet, gloves, boots, perforated leather jacket if its hot out. The only thing I'll not wear if its a short ride are my riding pants, but always heavy jeans if that's the case.

Having crashed at 40 kph on my road bike (bicycle) in cycling apparel, i can't imagine crashing at higher speed without proper gear.
I used to ride BMX so I've done a fair share of crashing. I've hit the road at 25 MPH before and then got back on the bike and continued on to school (on more then 1 occasion) which is why to me it doesn't seem so dangerous to go 1/2 a mile without gear. My biggest fear would be being hit by a car but I don't know how gear will protect you against an impact like that.

I know that sounds bad the way I've stated it and I don't mean to come off like "it wont happen to me" I know things happen. I guess I just don't see a 25 MPH crash that doesn't involve another vehicle causing anymore damage then a few scrapes and bruises. A helmet seems sufficient. If it wasn't 100* out I might consider at least putting on a jacket but the jacket I have was made for cool days....

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For the record.... many of us have seen this....



I can't remember if that is Brittany or not- but if not, she suffered much the same situation as Brittany did.

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Don't try to justify it. A 25 mph off is a 25 mph off no matter where it is. You either accept the risk or you don't.

Gear will help you in a car collision because you're still going to suffer impact and abrasion injuries.
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In many jobs I've had they always say safety first. Thought this may answer your question ->
https://www.cbr250.net/forum/showthread.php?t=5349

With safe regards from the mostly frozen north.
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Yes. Even if it takes me as long as the ride itself, then I will still ride in full gear.

All its takes is one slip and you suddenly wish you were wearing full gear..but then its too late to slip it on.

If you don't want to wear gear for a short trip..then walk

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I used to ride BMX so I've done a fair share of crashing. I've hit the road at 25 MPH before and then got back on the bike and continued on to school (on more then 1 occasion) which is why to me it doesn't seem so dangerous to go 1/2 a mile without gear. My biggest fear would be being hit by a car but I don't know how gear will protect you against an impact like that.

I know that sounds bad the way I've stated it and I don't mean to come off like "it wont happen to me" I know things happen. I guess I just don't see a 25 MPH crash that doesn't involve another vehicle causing anymore damage then a few scrapes and bruises. A helmet seems sufficient. If it wasn't 100* out I might consider at least putting on a jacket but the jacket I have was made for cool days....
It's 100 degrees just about everywhere in the USA. I still gear up no matter where I go. A crash at 25 miles an hour can still kill you. I think you are assuming that you lay the bike down when in fact, you could go down face first. A helmet is fantastic but what about gloves? Where do you THINK your hands are going as you are becoming road pizza?

My sis' works in the ER and she's seen first hand how bad riders are even with full gear.

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for me, it boils down to how much I like my skin! thats it! I've had riding
buddies that had fairly minor spills, but terrible road rash, just because,
they were just running down the street real quick. If you ever get an
elbow, hand, back, chest or arm full of asphalt, you'll wish you took the
time to gear up. at the end of the day, it's up to you, you have the
freedom to choose. for me, its a no brainer. I choose my armor! Period!
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