This ATGATT thing made me wonder...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by markk53, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    After the thread discussing getting a buddy to wear gear I started to wonder... :huh

    What, for you, is ATG? What are you wearing when fully outfitted with what you call All The Gear?

    What might you consider the least amount of gear for you when you may not go ATG? What is absolutely indispensable?

    Do you find you may wear some gear mainly for reasons other than safety?
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  2. Willbilly

    Willbilly Been here awhile

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    Comfort and warmth.
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  3. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I have ridden to my Sisters place 3 times without the riding pants. It is always Boots, Gloves, Helmet, Jacket and Pants for me.

    I ride every day. Living in the Pac-Nor-Wet, warmth and staying dry are considerations.
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  4. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Generally, I wear helmet, jacket, gloves, pants and boots. But I will ride with just jeans sometimes (i.e. skipping the riding pants but with everything else).


    Then again, sometimes, a man must ride in stretchy pants.
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  5. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I am going to use up some of the points on my Exemption Card to avoid that one. :rofl
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  6. marine dad

    marine dad getting there

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    helmet, jacket, pants, boots and gloves. the only exceptions are when going to my riding buddies house to work on bikes, as he lives 1/2 mile from me.
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  7. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    In winter I wear a Kilimanjaro jacket and Firstgear pants, both with the liners in. Come summer I switch to a Darien jacket and Darien pants.

    I wear a helmet, gloves, and ankle-high lace-up boots year-round.

    ATG means just that.
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  8. Dogscout

    Dogscout Been there done that

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    ATG:
    Jacket, Helmet, Pants, Boots and Gloves.
    When out for a spirited ride where I'll push my limits on the bike or out for a ride of considerable distance (more than 100 mile) from home.

    Jacket, Helmet, Gloves.
    When commuting to work or going to the store.
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  9. spawn50

    spawn50 Been here awhile

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    ATG for me is
    Vanson leather jacket, pants, gloves
    Combat touring boots
    full face helmet

    The only time I have not worn gear is when I ride around the parking lot after working on the bike. I wear my gear even in 100+ degree heat. I used to ride with only a jacket, helmet, gloves, boots 10 years ago when I first started riding. Once I started wearing the leather pants a year later I felt naked riding with out it. Even when I go to my martial arts class, which is five blocks away, I wear ATG.
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  10. dillon

    dillon Low Speed, High Drag

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    all i ever wear is a helmet jacket and gloves as far as riding gear goes. But you will never see me on the bike without double knee carharts and boots...
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  11. DBrentMiller

    DBrentMiller Sojourn Chronicles

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  12. blues

    blues Long timer

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    KLR stuff: dirt roads, back roads, Darien, Shoei Hornet, mostly wear armoured gloves but some times wear the Aerostich Goat Roper gloves even though I know they are not the hot set up. Textile pants w/ armor sometimes some old school leather pants, no armour but damn they are comfy. Boots either some over the ankle lace ups of Garne Balance which is a trials boot.

    KTM stuff: trails, dirt roads, as little pavement as possible. Moto helmet w/ goggles, MS jacket w/ removable sleeves, Kilm pants ( my favorite piece of gear ), trials boots, plus all the plastic armour. Oh and cheesy off road gloves that I hope to never crash on the road sections with. Usually I bring a couple pairs.
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  13. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    Fullface helmet, either Darien, or Motoport jacket and pants, motorcycle boots, and leather gloves.

    The only thing I might skip in is the pants, and if I do I won't wear anything less than Carhart duck double knee. I realize they're not much better than jeans, but I still have my first pair after 9 years of heavy use. They've been retired from motorcycle duty for about 6 months.
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  14. Gaereth

    Gaereth Walking...

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    Full face, jacket, gloves, boots, pants.

    After getting my pants I still occasionally ride in just jeans, but just from feeling the temp changes on my legs and the occasional bug or rock I feel very exposed in just jeans.
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  15. LMJ

    LMJ Faceplant in progress

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    All the gear is having every part of my body get some part of street-specific riding gear reinforcing it. Gloves, jacket, overpants, boots and helmet. Air bag vest for some people, I expect.

    Least amount I will ride with is helmet, gloves, and proper shoes. And I don't plan to ever do it in short pants again since I'm getting some proper ventilated hot weather overpants. Those are three parts of the body that medicine is not great at fixing. I can, but don't wish to, live with road rash and resulting scarring on an arm or leg; not so much on my hands, feet or with my skull and the brain within smashed about it all sorts of interesting ways.

    Helmet keeps the wind from slamming you in the face. Gloves keep my hands from sunburning (actually managed this in just 4 hours of riding one summer day, haven't ridden without gloves since). Shifting without shoes is uncomfortable at best. Rain/cold weather gear's non-safety purposes are obvious.
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  16. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    I'm a MOTG AOTT guy. Everything but the riding pants, and I include those if I'm traveling or intend to spend a good bit of time on the bike. I don't bother to put them on though if I'm just running an errand or two.
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  17. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    You mean stretchy pants like Frank Barone's in "Everbody Loves Raymond"?

    Also what do a few of you here mean by "pants"? Motorcycling specific pants? I mean I know y'all ain't ridin' in your briefs now, are ya?
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  18. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Minimum Gear:

    Helmet
    Gloves (mesh in summer)
    Jacket (mesh in summer)
    Boots
    Jeans

    ATGATT:

    + Riding pants (mesh in summer)

    Jacket / boots / gloves = moto specific gear. Not Members Only (joke for the older guys).

    Barry
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  19. Ola M

    Ola M Been here awhile

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    Helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, boots, back protector.

    In the beginning I thought it was very tedious to suit up, but as the leather gear broke in and I got better at suiting up quickly it's a no-brainer. In the summer I also thought about skipping the leathers for my 30-40 mph commute but the advertised TFL Cool System really works.

    http://www.jofama.se/motorcycle_wear/technical_info.php?lang=2&id=5

    Of course it doesn't feel like it's working when I'm walking around off the bike on the hottest summer day, but when I left it in the sun along with my luggage box (also black) the difference in temp felt like 10 degrees C at least.

    I also used to drop the back protector on short rides as it was uncomfortable. Now it, or my torso, has broken in and it's no problem.

    I guess I would drop the leathers and boots if I was just doing a very short ride in the city, but I rarely do such rides as everything I need is in walking distance.
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  20. B.Curvin

    B.Curvin Feral Chia Tamer

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    I think a few pics will be easier.

    Me
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    A group of twelve and we're all ATG.

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    On the streetbike.
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    I retired these boots. Super comfy and I love wearing them, but I felt they didn't offer enough protection.

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    About 5 minutes after I broke my medial tibial plateau one month ago.
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    If I had not been wearing these I have no doubt I would have destroyed my knee.
    The full weight of the bike landed on my knee while my leg was bridging a rut.
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