ATGATT: Woah, I get it now!

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by LMJ, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. LMJ

    LMJ Faceplant in progress

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    About 8 minutes into riding in light rain, on a wet highway, with my 3/4 helmet trying to lift off my head from the wind, my eyes squinting from the air rushing around my sunglasses, my face stinging from the rain and road spray, my hands cold and my arms soaked...

    ... it clicked.

    The gear isn't for the fall. It's to keep you in the best possible mental and physical condition to AVOID the fall!


    Lord, I feel like an:asshat
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  2. matkal

    matkal Assault Commuter

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    Another light goes on and we have saved another!

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  3. RedShark

    RedShark Long timer

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    Gotta protect the ol' "Command & Control" unit there, bud.

    I ever tell you guys about the time I rode through a shower of glass ?

    A car ahead of me kicked up a rock (I guess) and took out a big side window on the mini-van in front of me. I got the debris field - a couple hundred quarter-inch blocks of glass, at 70 mph. You think about how rain stings after about 40 or so and wonder if I don't thank my Aerostich, Arai & gauntlet gloves for that day. Nope, no crash, even helped the confused dad and wailing kid clean up the mess.

    Last week a cute young waitress told me she though my helmet paint-job was cool and she wanted to ride and "wear cool stuff like that" (pointing to my gray Vanson perf jacket) - Gear is good - and cool gear is better.

    ride well
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  4. LMJ

    LMJ Faceplant in progress

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    I can't wait on the training, but I'll agree on the gear.
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  5. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    ATGATT is the only way to ride! :thumb
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  6. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    I've ridden with that setup ... now i am a full power ranger
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  7. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Ever priced an emergency room visit?

    Get the training. Borrow the money. I've offered to defray the cost and I bet others would chip in as well.
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  8. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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  9. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    Straight to the point :thumb
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  10. russbryant

    russbryant Long timer

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    Don't kid yourself - it most certainly IS for the fall.

    Otherwise I would have been riding around in a pair of shorts and no shirt this past summer in Tucson. :D

    Russ
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  11. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    <TABLE class=tborder cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=4 width="100%" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR title="Post 3395065" vAlign=top><TD class=alt1 align=middle width=125>LMJ</TD><TD class=alt2>About 8 minutes into riding in light rain, on a wet highway, with my 3/4 helmet trying to lift off my head from the wind, my eyes squinting from the air rushing around my sunglasses, my face stinging from the rain and road spray, my hands cold and my arms soaked...

    ... it clicked.

    The gear isn't for the fall. It's to keep you in the best possible mental and physical condition to AVOID the fall!


    Lord, I feel like an:asshat</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

    Dude. The gear IS for the fall. Here's proof:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=170308

    The rest of it is just a happy side effect.

    ROM
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  12. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'll go one better:

    I have a TourMaster jacket and pants that I'll donate to our young grasshopper IF they pay postage to OH.

    Its a Med blue (faded, but never down) jacket and newer looking Large pants. They fit and they're the OP's.

    M
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  13. Slim Dave

    Slim Dave Long timer

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    This is one of the reasons given in the MSF course -- aside from fall protection and shielded-from-the-elements there was also "visibility", and maybe somethging else that I've forgotten.
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  14. BigX

    BigX n00b - Yeah, right

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  15. Monkey_Boy

    Monkey_Boy Los bitchos atacan

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    I always wear ear plugs.
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  16. Photog

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    :clap EXCELLENT.

    I'm in for $50 towards the MSF or RE course. :nod
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  17. Irish1

    Irish1 Been here awhile

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    I'll throw in a size large Joe Rocket mesh jacket, and even pay postage. It's a bit faded (character), but looks fine. :1drink PM us young'un. :freaky
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  18. peterman

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    The gear isn't for the fall. It's to keep you in the best possible mental and physical condition to AVOID the fall!

    it's for that and a lot more. If we dressed specifically to fall we would all wear total armor, or ride in some metal crash designed capsule. We don't plan or try to fall (tho I did when I was younger, on dirt, we planned and did crashes all the time)
    Anyhow, with me, just putting on the gear changes my mindset from casual (which seems to be your attitude) to serious. This IS a serious venture we all choose to undertake. Try to get your mind wrapped around the fact that your life is in danger everytime you saddle up. Go from there with the attitude of decreasing the odds against you,,gear, training, practice, and survival attitude. I get pumped up putting on the Sidi's, tourmaster, pants, and big gloves,,and of course my XD!,,it's my way of doing pre-flight checks, and it's fun!:clap
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  19. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Anyone else up for helping with the cost of a class? His school schedule keeps him from hanging out to get into the class on standby, but there are a few RE classes left he could get into.

    :ear

    Class + gear and he's off to a good start. :nod

    He says he's refusing charity but he doesn't know us too well. :lol3
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  20. Medulla

    Medulla Been here awhile

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    I had low speed gravel spill six months ago. Without ATGATT I would've been bumped and bruised.

    Convinced me.
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