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Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by quasigentrified, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    i have been getting shit at a few stops because i am atgatt on my scooter, with the same gear i wear on my bikes. now, i *know* the critics are mental because taking a dive at 65 has the same effect regardless of the ride, but a couple pals insist that they would feel like total morons in full kit on a scooter. admittedly, i am in black alpinestar poser gear and cordura, and i might feel a bit, uh, clowny in bright yellow 'stich when rocking a vespa, so, lemme axe you dis:

    what's your limit, personally, when gearing up to scoot? i go full gear (boots, overpants, armored jacket et al), but i couldn't do a full yellow 'stich bodysuit.
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  2. Rugby4life

    Rugby4life Been here awhile

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    My motto is dress for the crash, not for the ride. You can survive an overdressed ride but an underdressed crash is a different story. As you said, hitting the ground at 65 hurts the same whether from a bike, a scooter, or the bed of a pickup truck. Wear whatever you are comfortable with based on your personal risk tolerance. Commuting home from work on a summer afternoon I'll go for helmet and T-shirt. Running the mountain or putting in a 1000 mile day I'll armor up all the way.
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  3. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    The asphalt doesn't care what you fell off of.

    I wear Jacket, gloves, and helmet. Same gear as on the motorcycle.

    (I need to buy some boots and pants)
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  4. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    When I first started riding back in November, I was a little self conscious of the Hi-Viz jacket on my scooter, but now, I don't care. Sure the mentality of a scooter is "Why put on all the gear?", but the reality is as you say; it doesn't matter what you ride if something happens.

    That being said, I did just buy a new jacket from cycle gear. It will be my "errand jacket", one I won't take off when I get where I'm going and doesn't scream "MOTORCYCLE JACKET!"

    My review here:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21083983#post21083983

    GH
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  5. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Pretty much this. Around town t shirt and shorts. If going highway I (sometimes ) add a mc jacket.

    I should wear more gear but too hot here. When I fall, I'll be sorry for sure.
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  6. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    Regardless of what I'm riding, I wear the same; ATGATT. It's my skin/bones/body/life. I could care less what other people's thoughts are about how I look.
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  7. cdwise

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    I wouldn't do a full 'stich bodysuit even on a sports bike but then I'm not a full suit sort of person.

    My limit varies depending on where I'm going. If I'm heading over to the village for coffee I may wear just a 3/4 helmet, possibly kevelar coolmax mesh sports jacket style Brosch I picked up from an Israeli company that knows about dealing with heat and mesh gloves but maybe just the helmet and closed toed shoes but I won't be going over 30-35 on basically neighborhood streets. I see little reason to wear much more than I would if I rode a bicycle over to it since I won't get going that much faster.

    Going on faster or busier roads definitely jacket and full face Nolan N43, Trilogy helmet with jacket, gloves and long pants. I've had a few folks try to get on me for "not wearing gear" when I'm wearing an armored, kevelar lined hoody (GoGo Gear), kevelar riding jeans, TCX X-Street Shoes riding shoes with my gloves and Nolan helmet stored in the top case before I walked in. So I guess I'm in favor of "stealth" riding gear on my scoots but I agree when you are going 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 mph it doesn't really matter if you are riding a scooter or a motorcycle if you go down.

    Something like (not me borrowed from GoGo Gear site):
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    but with TCX X-Street Shoes
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  8. klaviator

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    I am NOT an ATGATT rider. I don't really like that term because everyone has a different definition of what ATGATT really is. I believe in dressing appropriately for the ride. I often wear full riding gear. Sometimes I wear most of the gear - FF Helmet, Jacket Gloves, jeans and hiking or work boots. On rare occasions when going slow and only a very short distance I'll ride in helmet, shorts and T-shirt.

    Those who claim it's too hot to wear proper riding gear just haven't tried the right gear. It can be cooler wearing head to toe riding gear than helmet, shorts and T shirt.
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  9. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Long timer

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    fuck em. if you wreck it's your skin, not theirs. wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
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  10. cdwise

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    I know riding from Las Vegas, NV to Fallbrook, CA summer 2011 it was definitely better wearing the Brosh jacket or my husband's hi viz mesh than just a t-shirt. My husband chose not to put his jacket on when we first left the hotel since we planned on stopping for breakfast soon. It turned out to be 30 minutes and he said that was the last time he'd go without the jacket at 95f+ temps. (Peaked at 114f on that ride, thankfully we had camelbacks with ice water we could drink from while riding, made a huge difference.)
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  11. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    I am also NOT an ATGATT rider, on either scooters or motorcycles. I wear a full face helmet, both for protection and comfort. In the winter I wear a leather jacket if it is really cold, a nylon jacket (no armor) if it is not that cold. In the summer (120 degrees here) I usually wear an MX jersey to protect myself from sunburn and heatstroke. The material they are made of wicks perspiration away real good. In the winter if it is really cold I wear fairly thin Widder electric gloves. In the summer I wear VERY thin gloves, mostly to protect me from sunburn.

    I can get away with wearing thicker gloves on a scooter than a motorcycle, because the controls are not as precise. On a motorcycle you need very precise control of the clutch and throttle when shifting.

    As for pants, I wear jeans, period. If it is really cold I wear 2 pair of jeans. I do have a rain suit, which also helps protect me from really cold wind.

    Shoes, anything from cruiser boots to hiking shoes to tennis shoes. Again because of the shifter, I wear something fairly flexible on a motorcycle.


    I do not, and will never own an Aerostitch Roadcrafter suit, any more than I would dress up like an outlaw biker.


    You can also get pretty messed up going down at 30 mph on asphalt. I have seen cyclists that could do 30 mph (for a short time anyway) wearing spandex and a completely worthless helmet.
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  12. sintegua

    sintegua Principiante

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    When I ride on my scooter I use almost the same gear that I use on my other bike. I usually use my bike for city commuting (30-40kms). Generally, I use a cordura jacket with protections, gloves. In longer trips I just add knee protections, to keep it safe.

    I agree partially with the user that says that in a bicycle you can get very messed up in case you fall... but Itś harder to get protective gear in a bike, that doesn't affect your driving weight. A good helmet is allways a must be, based that your head could have serious injuries in a fall at 45kms/h
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  13. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    I agree that speed, traffic, and distance play a role it what gear to wear. Unfortunately, even though the closest shopping center is 2 miles away, I have to go on two roads that have speed limits of 45 and 50 mph respectively. The 50 mph road is a major artery through the city with 3 lanes, though I'm only on it for 1 mile I still won't go on it without my gear.

    So, I guess I agree with the wear what's necessary.
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  14. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Hi viz tourmaster coat, hi viz dual sport helmet with alpinestars boots and gloves. Pants if it is cold and that is most of the time here.
    I ride a Big Ruckus so i don't really give two shits what anyone else thinks.:lol3
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  15. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    To the OP, I feel your pain.
    I would venture to say that your average scoot rider doesn't wear $1000 Dianese leathers. In my defense if I come off at my highway speeds, the end results from wearing a T-shirt would be painful. I don't expect to fall down, I don't wish to fall down, I have over 30 years of racing and road experience, but this also reminds me that shit happens.

    I rekn stuff 'em! Stick on the knee pads and Ti boot sliders and cover them all in sparks! :lol3
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  16. blugg1

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    One fine summer Saturday a number of years ago I decided to putt down to the post office. Wearing tennis shoes, worn levis, and a faded T-shirt that said "Lucas, Prince of Darkness" and my Shoei R300, I hopped on my '76 Moto Guzzi T3 and as I entered Tombstone Canyon Road my race buddy zipped by on his Norton headin up canyon for coffee. The P.O. could wait, and I dashed after him and soon we were racing up this twisty canyon. I tossed it into a corner about sixty, something hit the pavement (turned out to be a non-folding foot peg) and then I was in a terminal tank-slapper. So I bailed.
    Fortunately nothing broken but lots of road rash and a few days in the hospital.

    What you might call a one-trial learning experience. Today, regardless of whether I'm riding my DR 650SE or my SYM HD 200 I wear the same gear, helmet, padded jacket (mesh in summer), Levis, boots. When I'm riding the scooter and someone says, "Hey, aren't you overdressed? I mean it's only a scooter, man," I tell 'em to fuck off.
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  17. MiniBike

    MiniBike Been here awhile

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    On the scooters, I usually start out without much, but about halfway through the ride wish I had geared up a little more. For me, full ATG is a Mesh TourMaster jacket, jeans, gloves (always), RedWing boots and either a 3/4 or modular Shoei. Lately, I've been pretty good about leaving the flip-flops at home.

    Funny how I only feel "overdressed" when I'm stopped - not while underway. I should learn from that.
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  18. gogogordy

    gogogordy Long timer

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    Yup, the full Monty for me each and every ride. Even in 120+ degrees in Death Valley.
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    Makes the beer(s) at days end, all the better!
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  19. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Around the city its an armored jacket, full face helmet, good gloves and jeans. And real shoes or boots, no tennies or sandals.

    I bought an LED flashing red light at a bicycle shop and velcroed it on the back of my helmet. I commute before dawn on a California freeway, and I don't want to be some fool's hood ornament.

    Make them see you, even if it's only so they call you a jerk. Better to get home in one piece as a jerk, than to be a cool looking guy making a greasy spot on the road.
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  20. damasovi

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    I heard you!! even my wife gives me the look of you crazy basta*** !!! but SHE does know about road rash and the like.

    I wear the same gear I would if I wore on the motorcycle, and that includes helmet, gloves, jacket, boots and over pants! why? I think like you 40 mph (my scooter would do 65) will hurt the same, the ground is just as hard!

    don't care about what other think! if I did, I would not drive a scooter 'cause you know they are for girls! lol!!!

    Damasovi
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