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

  1. vt1099ace

    vt1099ace Been here awhile

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    yes I totally agree, personal choice...for me, hard protection on all joints at lhe very least....Like you see with roller bladers (knee guards can be worn under pants).
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  2. Scott_F

    Scott_F Been here awhile

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    It's whatever it is, I guess. I wear gear because I value my hide. I don't expect it to save me from an accident — that's up to me — but if sh!t happens, I might get out of the hospital sooner if I'm wearing it.

    As for lecturing people? I don't think so. The OP was asking whether he should feel stupid when they wear motorcycle riding gear on a scooter. The answer is pretty clear — no. Wear gear, if that's what you want to wear.

    Wave at Harleys, too. Sometimes they wave back — other times they turn bright red. It's entertaining.

    Ride safe
    Scott Fraser
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  3. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Dave, I think Scott is correct. The OP asked for an opinion regarding ATTGATT. People responded to his question.

    You interpreted some of the responses as "smug" or "lecturing". I didn't see that. What I saw was question asked and answered. No disrespect, but perhaps you're a little bit thin-skinned and it might more productive to assess what folks are actually saying, rather than putting your own emotional slant on it.
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  4. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    yeah, i ain't tellin ANYONE what to wear. you can ride buck-ass naked with your tooter tucked in for all i care! i was noting that some of my bike pals give me shit when i pop round on my scoot with cordura overpants and an armored jacket, like a scoot is less dangerous. (i don't ALWAYS put on the overpants or the megajacket, like when i'm only going a couple miles, which is a leeeetle bit hypocritical of me.) i was curious to see if y'all shared that perspective, and wanted to read some amusing opinions!

    and i ALWAYS wave at harley riders.
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  5. vt1099ace

    vt1099ace Been here awhile

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    my biggest problem is in the course of you pursuing your choice to not wear gear and end up splashing your brains so my tax money has to be used to wipe your ass and feed you for life....

    now, if ther where a 2-year medical card (like commercial truckers need) that your doctor (who would be the one giving the lecture about brain injury) signs and the rider signs that does two things 1) aknowledges the risk of riding without gear and acks as a 'not not resuscitate' (so relatives can't sue) card and 2) Organ Donnor card (someone can benifit from your bad choices).......

    Note: under 18..wear damn the gear, over 18, choose to sign the card or not, your choice.

    anyway, that's my thought....
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  6. DavesNotHere

    DavesNotHere Aging squid

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    Honestly, I was only looking to add some excitement to the thread when I said it seemed alot of people were being smug. :1drink


    I can relate to someone worrying about their money paying medical for people who don't wear gear. But 99.9% of it is Harley dudes and sportbikers. Not scooters.
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  7. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Many people think that ANYONE who rides is taking a stupid risk and it should be banned so we won't get injured and cause the tax payers money. After that we'll ban fast food, smoking and soft drinks over 16 ounces except for those people who buy special insurance.

    Anyone who advocates this crap and rides is a hypocrite.
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  8. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    The End!
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  9. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Well that went well

    Now we should discuss the best oil to use and whether or not helmets should be worn!













    :hide
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  10. CaptnJim

    CaptnJim Scootist

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    Wait! Wait! I just got here!! If you want my opinion...

    Wha? You don't?

    :evil

    I have been riding motorcycles for 45 years. Been riding scooters for less than a month. I knew there was all this smack-talk amongst bikers... but, scooterists (is that a word?)?? I was concerned that there would be talk on here about what kind of wicker basket to put on the scooter, and should it go on the front or the back? Should guys wear capri pants? And: how do you keep your sweater tied around your neck at 30 mph?

    :rofl

    When my wife said, "Let's go look at some scooters..." I thought, "Hey, good idea, just let me put my manhood in the drawer and I'll be ready to go..."

    I was wrong. I'm old enough that I really don't give a rat's rear what anyone says about what I ride or what I wear. I mostly wave at the pretty girls. It took me all of about 2 minutes to realize that there is something different and fun about a scooter. It really did take me back to getting that first motorcycle 45 years ago. It was less... less weight, less power, less speed. BUT - no less fun. In fact... aw, I don't have to tell you.

    Picking your ride is a very personal choice. As is the gear. I looked all around on the internet to find a place that had scooter content... something I could relate to.

    I like this place. :wave

    Captain Jim
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  11. Spud99

    Spud99 Been here awhile

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    Sometimes full gear sometimes flip flops, shorts and my ski helmet. I think you should do what ever you want. If someone doesn't like what you are wearing, give them the adv salute.
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  12. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    :clap :clap
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  13. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    yeah, i like this place, too. the af1 forums are awesome, but are mostly old wrenchers helping noobs or arguing shop. modern vespa is a creepy incestuous place and is kinda too, uh, fake friendly. these forums are more like the internet i'm used to :freaky
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  14. MODNROD

    MODNROD Decisions, decisions

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    Jeez I'm so glad I'm not alone there.

    I keep thinking someone's smiling at me while pulling the pin sometimes...........
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  15. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    I can be a bit sloppy about using gear...but it's not for the ride, it's for the distance. And I know it's an asinine rationalization. But...I've always tried to be understated; wear gear but not LOUD gear. Leave the Harley jacket at home; a nondescript armored jacket and black riding pants do the number.

    Face it: a lot of riding gear isn't so much protection as style. The padding and cladding...is to protect. The loud designs...to PROCLAIM. And when you're proclaiming one thing, while riding (they think) another, makes that person a poseur.

    Wear the gear; dress for the crash, not the ride. As you do. But...when the time comes to buy, you might want to go for understated.
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  16. blugg1

    blugg1 Been here awhile

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    I'm still wearing my black, beat up cortex TourMaster 3/4 length jacket I bought 18 years ago. It's armored and has a zip-in liner for winter.

    The cuffs are frayed. So what, I wear gauntlet gloves.
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  17. Domindart

    Domindart Scoot'in on......

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    I know the concrete doesn't care, but I choose to wear just a helmet and my gloves with a loose ziper-up pleather jacket. :pynd
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  18. Noth

    Noth Been here awhile

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    I commute typically 2 to 3 times a week... It's only 20 miles or so.. but is super slab 100%.. This year I bought a Hi vis stich RC 1 piece.. easier to get in & out of.. and last fall.. struggling to get out of my mesh pants with rain liner for warmth.. one of my co-workers told me that it looked like I was taking a dump in the parking lot .. so that was it..- and the 1 piece means that I am pretty much 100% ATGATT cause it's on or off... One day this week, I did throw on my helmet only for a quick run to the sandwich shop at lunch.. shame on me.. when it's hot, I'll go to my mesh jacket & pants.
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  19. vt1099ace

    vt1099ace Been here awhile

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    Visability IS a part of the ATGATT arsonal afteral.... :evil
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  20. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    I do have to totally agree with that, and to me, it is by far the most important part. It does not interfere with your riding enjoyment, and can help PREVENT a crash in the first place. I have a solid white full face helmet, and often wear a reflective orange road construction vest. Those are the colors of road construction workers in my state (orange vest, white hard hat) and people notice them. Converting your turn signals to 4 way flashers for use in high traffic areas can also help if you are riding slower than other traffic.
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