Staying safe and looking good?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by milkfiend, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. milkfiend

    milkfiend Adventurer

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    Seriously, is it ever possible to do both at the same time? My current riding gear consists of:
    • Textile jacket - functional but baggy, lots of zippers
    • Overpants - padding, zippers, reflective piping
    • Riding shoes (dorky!)
    • Full-face helmet
    Is there any way I can keep the same level of protection and convenience (i.e. taking off overpants when I get to work) and also not look like I got dressed in the morning by running through my dad's closet? I know safety isn't cool*, but maybe at least I can avoid looking like a grandpa :rofl

    *definitely not - when the hot girls who ride pillion in flip-flops sneer at you for wearing a helmet, you know you've got no chance :cry
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  2. TeneRay

    TeneRay 2>4

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    It's already hard to look cool on an enduro caked in dirt and mud.

    Get a crotch rocket and one piece track suit. Carry your change of clothes in a backpack.
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  3. perterra

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    Never thought about it I guess. If I'm going somewhere I have to present a pressed and starched appearance I go in the cage. In Texas in the summer, it's hard to look calm and collected when your soaking wet with sweat.
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  4. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Been here awhile

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    I've gotten to the point of leaving a coat and tie at the office for "dog and pony shows" that happen without notice. Kakis and a decent shirt normal uniform, commuting garb over pants and a jacket, summer - carry the work clothes in the bags, reward is take the long way home.
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  5. DowDuer

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    Some girls dig guys who look bulletproof. There are even girls who appreciate wearing your spare armored jacket.:thumb

    Seriously though, Hell for Leather Magazine has some articles on gear they consider stylish, though it's $$$.
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  6. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    Looking good is of course highly subjective. But I too detest the power ranger look if I can avoid it, especially on short rides in good weather. On nice days I wear a leather jacket with a sort-of 60's racing style and built in pads, and 'denim' motorcycle pants with armor as well. Black leather alpinestars boots. It has a classic look but still meets standards for motorcycle protection.

    It's a pretty classic look which is comfortable and still safe for the ride. I then keep clothes at work and change to professional attire.

    I like it, and then save the full textile gore tex rig for rainy and cold days.
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  7. pfloydgad

    pfloydgad Been here awhile

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    Interesting question here. Personally I prefer Smarter and safer, besides, if they made a decision about who I am all geared-up before they meet me, I probably don't want to know them anyway.
    Forest said it pretty well: Stupid is as Stupid does.
    That ching is my $.02 hitting the tip jar.
    Ride safer guys,
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    :y0!
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  8. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I don't look good naked, and no matter what I wear have noticed no significant change from that state. So I might as well dress for safety.
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  9. txwanderer

    txwanderer Been here awhile

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    Might I suggest taking the time to find gear that actually fits? There are plenty of different shapes and sizes, along with very good protection and you won't look like Elmer Fudd trying to pull off a fashion statement.
    The way you discribe your gear, you won't get the full bebefit of what it offers should you have an unplanned get off. It sounds like the armor will move easily, if it was ever in the right position to start with and leave you out in the cold.
    Proper fit will go a long way to getting you the "cool" look and will have the right things in the right places when it is needed.

    As for the "Hot Girls", if you need a bike to get laid, you are doing it wrong.

    YMMV
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  10. Reprobate

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    A KLIM motorcycle suit is pretty stylish. Personally, I don't care if a bikini babe thinks I'm sexy. My main gear is a BMW tourance pants with scuffed Alpinestars boots and a silver and blue Stadler jacket. Or the BMW Tourance jacket if I want to be more representative. My helmet is a hi-viz yellow Nolan N143 air with detachable chinguard.

    On the fire engine red Guzzi sidecar outfit, I wear jeans and boots and a red softshell with 'Advanced Motorcycling' [in Dutch] on the jacket. And a Nolan jet helmet in the Italian Tricolore.
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  11. pbarmy

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    Most Harley riders around here stay safe and look good.They wear leather jackets,chaps,bandanas and fingerless gloves(nosepickers) and drive a big pickup festooned with Harley stickers such as "Screw it,Lets ride":evil:hmmmmm:csm:scratch:lol3
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  12. DAKEZ

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    fixed it for you. :D
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  13. DAKEZ

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    Well it would be if it didn't have obnoxiously huge neon yellow

    Klim


    all over it.


    The gear I wear on any given day is for Comfort (protect me from the elements)
    Looks and protection from crashing are low on my list.
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  14. Reprobate

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    Well, that's why I like the Tourance suit I bought secondhand -- not many BMW decals on it, just stylish grey-black with retroreflective parts. So I fucked it up by wearing a yellow hi-viz helmet with it.
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  15. DAKEZ

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    You mentioned the N43 helmet. My N43E is my favorite helmet I have ever owned. Mine is the Flat Black color... You know how I like to be stealthy. :lol3
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  16. Reprobate

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    I'm just a hi-viz blur. :D
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  17. Kommando

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    WGAFF?

    I could wear a burlap sack, leave my money and cards at home, and still get a date. Women usually care more about how you make them feel than about how you look. That said, if your appearance makes them wonder if you still get dressed by Mom, your chances of getting a phone number plummet.

    Wear gear that fits YOU. Some styles and colors are more flattering for certain body types. There is something to be said for wearing your own color preferences too. If you feel better, you typically look better to others, and vice versa.

    If I don't particularly like hi-Viz yellow/green, but Hi-Viz orange seems fine to me, I'll likely wear something like an Icon Hooligan 2 Mil-Spec in that color, rather than a Tourmaster Sonora in yellow/green.
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  18. Mullet Bullet

    Mullet Bullet Been here awhile

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    meh i think i am kind of stylish, my wife begs to differ but i wear a black jacket and over pants, black magnum work boots, and a black helmet on a black bike. but then again, i could care less what people think of my attire.

    under my gear i just wear my work clothes, carharts, ben davis shirt, etc. but then again, i do architectural fabrication so no slacks and polo's for me.
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  19. BeerIsGood

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    Anyone who rides is automatically cooler than everyone who doesn't.
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  20. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    When I'm riding the last thing I care about is what I look like. I'm out there to have fun, if I wanted other people to notice what I was wearing I'd start going to nightclubs (in my riding gear!)
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