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Old 03-31-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Staying safe and looking good?

Seriously, is it ever possible to do both at the same time? My current riding gear consists of:
  • Textile jacket - functional but baggy, lots of zippers
  • Overpants - padding, zippers, reflective piping
  • Riding shoes (dorky!)
  • Full-face helmet
Is there any way I can keep the same level of protection and convenience (i.e. taking off overpants when I get to work) and also not look like I got dressed in the morning by running through my dad's closet? I know safety isn't cool*, but maybe at least I can avoid looking like a grandpa

*definitely not - when the hot girls who ride pillion in flip-flops sneer at you for wearing a helmet, you know you've got no chance
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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It's already hard to look cool on an enduro caked in dirt and mud.

Get a crotch rocket and one piece track suit. Carry your change of clothes in a backpack.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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Never thought about it I guess. If I'm going somewhere I have to present a pressed and starched appearance I go in the cage. In Texas in the summer, it's hard to look calm and collected when your soaking wet with sweat.
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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I've gotten to the point of leaving a coat and tie at the office for "dog and pony shows" that happen without notice. Kakis and a decent shirt normal uniform, commuting garb over pants and a jacket, summer - carry the work clothes in the bags, reward is take the long way home.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:55 PM   #5
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Some girls dig guys who look bulletproof. There are even girls who appreciate wearing your spare armored jacket.

Seriously though, Hell for Leather Magazine has some articles on gear they consider stylish, though it's $$$.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:25 AM   #6
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Looking good is of course highly subjective. But I too detest the power ranger look if I can avoid it, especially on short rides in good weather. On nice days I wear a leather jacket with a sort-of 60's racing style and built in pads, and 'denim' motorcycle pants with armor as well. Black leather alpinestars boots. It has a classic look but still meets standards for motorcycle protection.

It's a pretty classic look which is comfortable and still safe for the ride. I then keep clothes at work and change to professional attire.

I like it, and then save the full textile gore tex rig for rainy and cold days.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:19 AM   #7
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Interesting question here. Personally I prefer Smarter and safer, besides, if they made a decision about who I am all geared-up before they meet me, I probably don't want to know them anyway.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:24 AM   #8
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I don't look good naked, and no matter what I wear have noticed no significant change from that state. So I might as well dress for safety.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:51 AM   #9
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Might I suggest taking the time to find gear that actually fits? There are plenty of different shapes and sizes, along with very good protection and you won't look like Elmer Fudd trying to pull off a fashion statement.
The way you discribe your gear, you won't get the full bebefit of what it offers should you have an unplanned get off. It sounds like the armor will move easily, if it was ever in the right position to start with and leave you out in the cold.
Proper fit will go a long way to getting you the "cool" look and will have the right things in the right places when it is needed.

As for the "Hot Girls", if you need a bike to get laid, you are doing it wrong.

YMMV
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:09 AM   #10
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A KLIM motorcycle suit is pretty stylish. Personally, I don't care if a bikini babe thinks I'm sexy. My main gear is a BMW tourance pants with scuffed Alpinestars boots and a silver and blue Stadler jacket. Or the BMW Tourance jacket if I want to be more representative. My helmet is a hi-viz yellow Nolan N143 air with detachable chinguard.

On the fire engine red Guzzi sidecar outfit, I wear jeans and boots and a red softshell with 'Advanced Motorcycling' [in Dutch] on the jacket. And a Nolan jet helmet in the Italian Tricolore.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:35 AM   #11
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Most Harley riders around here stay safe and look good.They wear leather jackets,chaps,bandanas and fingerless gloves(nosepickers) and drive a big pickup festooned with Harley stickers such as "Screw it,Lets ride"
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:50 AM   #12
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Most Harley riders around here stay safe and look good.They wear leather jackets,assless chaps,bandanas and fingerless gloves(nosepickers) and drive a big pickup festooned with Harley stickers such as "Screw it,Lets ride"
fixed it for you.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:53 AM   #13
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A KLIM motorcycle suit is pretty stylish..

Well it would be if it didn't have obnoxiously huge neon yellow

Klim


all over it.


The gear I wear on any given day is for Comfort (protect me from the elements)
Looks and protection from crashing are low on my list.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:01 AM   #14
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Well it would be if it didn't have obnoxiously huge neon yellow

Klim


all over it.


The gear I wear on any given day is for Comfort (protect me from the elements)
Looks and protection from crashing are low on my list.
Well, that's why I like the Tourance suit I bought secondhand -- not many BMW decals on it, just stylish grey-black with retroreflective parts. So I fucked it up by wearing a yellow hi-viz helmet with it.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:06 AM   #15
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Well, that's why I like the Tourance suit I bought secondhand -- not many BMW decals on it, just stylish grey-black with retroreflective parts. So I fucked it up by wearing a yellow hi-viz helmet with it.
You mentioned the N43 helmet. My N43E is my favorite helmet I have ever owned. Mine is the Flat Black color... You know how I like to be stealthy.
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