ATGATT takes the fun out of riding?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by whitetiger7654, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. whitetiger7654

    whitetiger7654 Been here awhile

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    I love to ride my bike many for many reasons. But sometimes it seems like ATGATT takes the fun and desire out of it. I may be thinking great weather today, but when I think about getting all geared up I'm just like forget it. It's more like work. Do you guys ever get like this?
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  2. ikonoklass

    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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    As long as my intent is to "go for a ride," it doesn't bother me, but it's probably the reason I don't commute to work by motorcycle. The time it takes to get dressed and undressed is almost as long as the commute.
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  3. Andrejs2112

    Andrejs2112 Been here awhile

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    Road rash takes the fun out of riding. :D
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  4. whitetiger7654

    whitetiger7654 Been here awhile

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    I completely agree, so does broken bones and such. Which is why I don't do it. But as ikono mentioned at first I always rode to work and school. But now getting geared up takes so much time it's much quicker just to drive.
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  5. tedder

    tedder irregular

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    Well said.

    The gear doesn't bother me- it's part of the riding experience.
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  6. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Get better gear if it bugs you. One of the big upsides to drinking the Aerostich Kool-Aid is that you can get in and out of the suit in about 3.2 seconds. If you can afford one, they're said to be the bee's knees for commuters.

    I dunno -- I don't really think about it. Some mornings I don't feel like showering or brushing my teeth, but it's sort of just automatic and part of what you have to do to be a functioning human. Same for gearing up.

    I find that I'm a lot more comfortable in proper gear, so it's well worth it even for short trips. A lot of the "biker bros" around here make cracks about my helmet and gear, but they tend to shut up when I happily mention I just rode 300 miles before lunch in complete comfort -- you simply can't do that in a black t-shirt and do-rag.

    I also find that the few seconds it takes to put on the gear are also useful for getting into the proper attentive/paranoid/hyper-alert state of mind you need on a bike. When the helmet slides over my head, something wakes up in my brain.

    You know the scene in every adventure movie when they're gearing up to kick ass? Strapping on knives, loading shotguns, slinging grenades, click, clack, ka-chunk? Same deal with putting on your riding armor -- you're gearing up to kick ass and take names... :wink:
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  7. Lochlyn_Deckard

    Lochlyn_Deckard Dex Moto(naut)

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    On a nasty hot humid day, I definitely feel like this. It can be a huge PITA sometimes. But the alternative is not something I consider. ATGATT or I don't ride.

    Ever see something you want to photograph along the road, something that is time sensitive, like you better take the pic in the next 30 seconds or you don't get it? Yeah, good luck with that. ATGATT (including a non flip-up full face helmet) is not conducive to spontaneous photography. A DSLR will not fit up to me eye no matter how hard I try! :lol3
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  8. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    + 1000 as do concussions. What is the big deal about putting on gear?

    OP, You should sell your bikes cheap... :lol3
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  9. OLDNX

    OLDNX Been here awhile

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    Its worth the time to gear up. If I'm lazy. I still wear helmet, jacket, overpants, gloves and will forget the boots. Just running around town or going to work{short distance} is when Murphy is waiting for you to drop your guard. Getting dressed helps clear my mind and prepare for the battle with the boxes. I don't remember who I stole this quoit from but I remember it every time I ride . If you ride a motorcycle often, you will be killed by it. That much is sure as night follows day. Your responsibility is to be so vigilant and careful to push that eventuality so far forward that you die of old age first:evil
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  10. hugerider

    hugerider Taking the long way home.

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    No.
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  11. Harrington

    Harrington Been here awhile

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    My bike is tucked in the back of the garage. It takes me probably 5 minutes to get the bike out and gear up. It takes the same to put it all away. For that reason I don't just ride down to the local store.
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  12. johnnyadventurepants

    johnnyadventurepants Been here awhile

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    Yep, when the weather is nice, I don't gear up for the 2.5 mile ride to work (yes I know I could crash in that 2.5 miles, but that's a risk I am willing to take). When it is really cold, I want to ride to work, but it takes too long to get my insulated gear on, so I just cage it. I feel a lot more comfortable going ATGATT, but I will go without it sometime with no worries.
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  13. CruisnGrrl

    CruisnGrrl Two wheels, woot!

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    How long does it take to put on pants, a jacket, gloves and a brain bucket?

    here buckets are the law so i'm wearing one anyways, takes me slightly longer than doing up a seat belt to put mine on.

    pants and jacket slip on

    gotta wear footwear (i like having toes) so I may as well wear boots that are good for motorcycling.

    So really is less than 5 minutes out of your day that much? You can do that while the bike warms up. and if gearing up takes more than 5 minutes who dresses you in the morning?
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  14. CopaMundial

    CopaMundial Wow, that broke easy

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    So then that's more like ATGSOTT... all the gear some of the time.
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  15. fung

    fung Been here awhile

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    I used to never wear gear. I just feel naked with out now. I figure i have a lot more riding to do. My chances of getting back up are a hell of a lot better with the gear.
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  16. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    ATGATT here, even for the commute to work. If anything, it gives me an excuse to take a slight detour (like home via NY or NH) when the work day is over. :D

    I carry a digital SLR in my tankbag and don't bother composing carefully when taking those spontaneous shots. That's what wide angle is for. I shoot RAW and wide, and crop later at home.

    Pete
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  17. Allgo

    Allgo No Whammy,No Whammy,STOP!

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    I feel the same way about sex. It's like jeeeeez, I gotta take all my damn clothes off first, and sometimes I have a belt on, it sucks. That's why I finally just gave it up. All the fun was gone after having to go through all that shit.

    Seriously dude, maybe your problem is that your rides are too boring. When I'm getting my gear on I'm getting all fired up inside. It's like Stallone in "Over the Top" when he turns his hat around - "it's like a switch". Sometimes I get a chubby. But maybe that's just me. :D
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  18. onaXR

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    Well someone must dress me in the mornings.
    I ride everyday. 5 minutes in the house then off to the garage, open the lockers and boots back off overpants on boots back on. Jacket easy, neck gaiter, baklava (sp), helmet, gloves. So yeah it can get over 5 minutes of time especially in the cold months.
    The tiring part of it is the repetition for me, so I try to use two or three setups. Even changing helmet on different days so it doesn't get too repetitive. Would I ride without it? No, I feel naked without it. :deal
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  19. Hatch

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    +1 :gun1

    Though I aint no kool-aid sipper, I can only afford one nice helmet, gloves, leather jacket, jeans, and work boots (unless Im riding offroad, which then I wear the MX boots).
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  20. kootenay kid

    kootenay kid Lets Ride

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    Very simply put - Never, No way. :dunno
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