Are boots necessary?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Taelan28, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    I'm a new rider and I wouldn't think about riding with out boots .I don 't have riding boots so I wear my Rocky ranger work boots that have saved my ankles twice from harm.a good pair of riding boots are on my short list.
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  2. Reino

    Reino Been here awhile

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    Good to hear you have common sense
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  3. BigKnobby

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    Your hands, ankles and feet are the most complex and fragile skeletal structures on your body. Physics takes over at a fairly early point and you won't have any control if your arms or legs start flailing in an accident or even a getoff.

    Buy some boots. Your safety and physical well being are worth it.
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  4. Reino

    Reino Been here awhile

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    In the minor accidents i have been involved in, like the bike sliding out from under me on the motocross tracks. If i was not wearing my boots or my motocross specific pants etc. i would have some major injuries.
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  5. DevilsAdvocate

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    I dunno if the OP is still around. But I figured I'd chime in none the less.

    I personally have been fortunate enough to not have any catastrophic get-offs on the road or off. But I have dropped my bike a couple times and got caught under it going slow, and even with boots on you still end up a bit sore.

    The point I wanted to make though is if you're considering the "fashion" aspect of riding gear, I know in the US there's a saying, "Everyone is sexy wearing a helmet." Granted this specifically states helmet, but I've never noticed it not to include other gear as well. I realize in other countries riding a motorcycle is far more common that in the US, but that still doesn't mean you can't make a social statement while protecting yourself as well. You've made it to the Advrider page, so clearly you view riding as something more than just basic transportation, so why not make the statement "I ride, and I'm serious about it" by dressing like it?

    Plus as others have pointed out, there are plenty of reinforced "normal" looking boots that will do the job of protecting your feet and ankles and still look good doing it.
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  6. Laconic

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    Here's my wifes ankle after a very low speed fall we had two weeks ago. She was wearing boots at the time.

    [​IMG]
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  7. Reino

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    This is one of those eye opener threads :eek1 !
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  8. lovias

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    Well OP, guess I'll dchime in with my 2 c's. Broke my right ankle in a idiotic reverese side spin at about 2 miles per hour. Scare hell out of wifey who was standibg near by. Point is my work boots helped greatly.

    Have hard toes, no steel toes, becuase they are cold inwinter.

    Don't wear bike specific boots 'cause can't find any that fit, damn it.

    But goinbg to look into this BMW thing, thanks you all for that input.

    Guestimate that 87.34.12 percent of the riders around here, eastern Nebraska, wear soft shoes or flipies.
    We are very intelligent inthis area. No?
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