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It's strange that I won't get on the motorcycle without a
)full-face helmet,
)armored leather jacket with CE2 junk everywhere and
)at least kevlar jeans but usually fully armored leather pants.

But I'll ride a 16.5 lb bicycle around the countryside, usually hitting 40mph+ a few times (and in CA sometimes 60+), wearing a few ounces of lycra, sunglasses and a helmet that's so worthless I sometimes forego it altogether.

I suppose if moto gear could be as lightweight and breathable as bike gear I'd do it differently.
 

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only smash in lifelong motorcycling was at low speed
thru a quiet country town, double yellow lines,
when car did a u-turn right in front of me from curb,
without blinkers, without turning front wheel first,
over double yellow lines at end of a traffic island..

superman... landed on the road after flying over him,
[apparently, i remember nothing].. police measured skid
marks, said i must have fantastic reflexes, but had 'no chance'..

point being, i was wearing an old half face helmet id picked up
years before.. main injuries, depressed fracture left cheekbone,
fractured [snapped in two] left mandible [lower jaw bone]
small 'crack' in left eye orbit.. [jaw wired for 3 months
eating 'baby food' thru gap in back teeth, which if not there
already they will create by pulling teeth, in case you vomit]

point as to gear; had i been wearing a full face helmet,
i would not have sustained the multiple left side face
bone fractures as the result of my face hitting the road..

again, it was quiet, slow, uneventful, close to home
[navy base] i wasnt in a hurry, yet as an already
experienced rider [on my third honda, a 750/4]
with habits such as watching parked cars for
front wheel movements etc..

as the police report stated; 'but he had no chance'...

needless to say, from then on i always wear
a full face helmet, even if i ride around the block..

but then again for all those who prize their personal
liberties at all costs, its fair to say that before helmet
laws here i used to ride to the beach often without
any helmet, and never got caught..

i also prize my personal liberties..
but from experience i also prize
having an intact head and face
as a higher personal choice...
 

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I don't always go full; when I don't go full, I'll usually wear my motorcycle jacket, gloves and of course the helmet. Mid-range trips I usually add the boots and it's only on the longer (or when it's cold) trips that I actually can be bothered to put my motorcycle pants on; too much of a hassle.
 

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Would you jump from a plane without a reserve parachute ? It might open 100 times no problem, all it takes is for that one time you need it it's not there. Same goes for your gear...
 

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Would you jump from a plane without a reserve parachute ? It might open 100 times no problem, all it takes is for that one time you need it it's not there. Same goes for your gear...
There's a difference between the risk of falling to death or the risk of having a hefty rash and some parts might be more easily broken; what kills you without gear can most likely kill you with gear.

A couple of years ago I drove past a motorcycle incident at the Autobahn in Germany; the guy was in full gear, but had managed to slide under the safety rails at the side of the road, effectively snapping his neck.

There are a number of safety measures and gear is one of them; but gear won't save you from bumping into a car frontally. I see a lot of riders that behave like headless chickens, just because they're in full leather. I'm fine with that, but that gives them no right to lecture me when I'm wearing just the boots, gloves, helmet, jacket and some thick jeans. I have the staunch conviction that not all accidents can be prevented, but most actually can by proactive driving; anticipating and adjusting to circumstances will prevent more nastiness than the full monty.
 

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I literally live just over 1/2 a mile from work. Sometimes even putting my helmet on seems like it takes longer then the actual trip and I just got to wondering what you guys would be doing in that situation. Over half of the trip is in quiet neighborhood streets @ 25 MPH and I don't even see a car half the time. Do you guys spend 10 minutes putting on all your gear to ride for 4 minutes?

Personally I'll just put on my helmet and head to work and I'm sure a couple of you are going to come in and call me a squid for it... w/e I guess but I'm just curious on what the majority does.
For that distance, I ride my bicycle.

Otherwise, for me it's ATGET: All The Gear Every Time.
 

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Not that you'd be interested in the 9th page, but I ride five miles to work one way. Full face helmet and armored coat. I often leave work to run errands. Would never ride without this gear in traffic even for a mile.
 

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I work 17 miles from my house to work. So, to skimp on gear isn't an option! Early morning car/truck drivers are not fully awake. So, to increase MY chances of survival IS to wear full helmet, boots, jeans and gloves and be aware of the surroundings! I've got a full rain suit as well! To many close calls!
 

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I go Helmet, Jacket and gloves all the time. I don't have the riding pants, so it's jeans for me. Also, just a pair of work boots or combat boots for now. Planning on some riding boots but haven't gotten them yet.

Also, I can understand not wanting to completely gear up. It's much more comfortable to not be in all of my gear, but I make a choice of putting it on. Those that don't wear it make that choice. Yes, I think everyone should gear up, but I would never remove their right to choose. Rules and regulations on things that hurt no one but yourself are asinine. If I want to go out without any gear on, I should be able to make that choice free from judgement by others.
 
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