Your ATGATT list...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by michocolombia, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. michocolombia

    michocolombia Aventurero de Corazon

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    I just want to get a general idea of what you guys wear when going on a ride either a dirt ride, pavement ride, or a mixture. I just want to know what protection is essential for every ride.

    Couple of questions...
    Do you guys wear some armor under your jackets? Say elbow pads? shoulder pads? Or the armor that comes with the jacket is enough?

    The same goes for your pants, what do you wear under them?

    All the time I see riders come and go with their gear on, but I can only see the outside and I always wonder what is under all that stuff.

    I usually ride with:
    My helmet
    Gloves
    MX boots
    My jacket that has some soft armor
    My pants are built pretty tough but the protection is close to zero, I am trying to find some decent priced knee and shin protectors.

    SO what do you guys wear

    thanks, if this has been discused I would appreacie direction towards a useful thread, I could not find anything very specific
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  2. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    SixSixOne Assault pressure suit + Elbow pads under jersey
    http://www.sixsixone.com/gearmoto/armor_assault_pressuresuit.html

    Forearm/elbow protectors

    MX Gloves

    MX Style helmet w/ googles if just dirt or Arai Quantum if road + mild dirt.

    Shin/knee guards

    Tech 8 boots

    MX pants
    If I need street clothes then I wear Carhartt jeans under Darien pants, Darien Jacket, Transopen GTX boots. Quantum helmet, MX gloves. You don't need expensive stuff but don't get the cheapest either. Knee, shin, elbow, back protection =ATGATT.
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  3. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    Some folks think that work boots and Draggin' Jeans are ATGATT but I'm not one of them, no offense meant.

    Unless it's quite warm out (I'm still sorting out a summer suit), here's what I'm wearing on a street / DP ride:

    2-piece 'Stich
    Optional hip pads
    Bohn back protector
    Roadrace gloves (Teknic Violators or similar)
    Roadrace or D/P type (Oxtar Infinity) boots
    FF helmet
    Earplugs

    Feel like I'm forgetting something here ... :dunno
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  4. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    I am certainly an ATGATT believer and from my assortment of gear, I will chose my riding gear based on the bike I am riding, duration of the ride and weather conditions but will always include the following from head to toe:

    Custom Earplugs

    Full faced helmet (occasionaly an open face for rides of very short duration, such as over to a friends house in the neighborhood)

    Armoured jackets of which I have several ranging from leather with soft armour (touring) leather with hard armour (for sport riding and track days), Waterproof styles for touring, GS'ing and cooler temps and mesh with armour for summer.

    Back Protector for sport rides and track days.

    Protective gloves, too many styles for all riding styles and conditions. I always ride with at least 2 pair (one waterproof just in case) with me sometimes 3.

    Armoured pants in same combinations as jackets, plus I do use Draggin Jeans for casual rides.

    Armoured boots, I use different ones for toruing, sport and casual rides, but all have ankle & shin protectors.

    I have most of my gear lined up on a rack in my garage next to my bikes, which my non riding friends have dubbed the "Bat Cave" as they don't understand why I need so much gear in so many varieties.

    Still looking for that one do-it-all riding suit that will be warm in winter, cool in summer, dry in the rain, breathable in the hot, while being protective, comfortable and stylish. In the mean time I will use the myriad of combinations from my collection which usally guranttees that I have the wrong gear on for any given weather condition. :D

    Rick
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  5. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    definitions vary....and I do my best......according to some here, this would be the only way to ride.....the anti-grizzly-bear-suit.....:rofl

    [​IMG]
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  6. Reprobate

    Reprobate Sarcasm Loading....

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    I'm a gear collector:
    Helmet: Arai Quantum/e with Respro Foggy Mask or SZ/RamII, both fitted with intercom headsets
    Head: Windstopper or silk balaclava
    Ears: custom molded earplugs from EARmo.
    Eyes: CeBe Athlon sunglasses with dark or orange glasses.
    Gloves: [Cold»Warm] GRID Tender winter gloves, Viper Spring/Fall gloves with Aerostich VeeWipe Squeegee, Lookwell Mesh Summer gloves.
    Spine: Dainese Backspace Wave protector
    Skin: Helly Hansen/Odlo dry-flow boxers, Dry-Flo T-shirts by various brands [Craft, Odlo]
    Upper body: Windstopper long-sleeve pullover
    Jacket: Lookwell Condor leather or RevIt Torsion textile
    Pants: MQP leather or Mobig textile
    Boots: Acerbis Profile II MX boots
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  7. geckosan

    geckosan Lost but okay with it!

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    For me it's pretty simple; I look at my body and then think which area am I going to enjoy having belt-sanded or become a pin in a bowling alley with. Now that that's out of the way I just put on my Arai full face, some variation of am aerostich 1 or 2 piece, my BMW boots, and my violators gloves. If you're getting technical- yes on elbow, shoulder, spine, hip, knee, ankle armor (hard). I see a few guys riding around here on R1's and the such with shades, jeans, t-shirt and get this their HELMET locked on the side of their bike while theyare riding. Now people know the phrase ASSHAT
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  8. Uncle Remus

    Uncle Remus zippety do dah

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    Helmet: Arai XD, full-face
    Jacket: Aerostich Darien with shoulder/elbow pads
    Pants: Aerostich Darien with knee pads
    Gloves: Elkskin ropers from a feed store ($24)
    Boots: Various, leather over the ankle
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  9. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    I ride with all the gear I can afford: 1. Joe Rocket Revolution jacket bought on closeout @ $99. 2. HJC CL-12 full-face. 3.Kevlar-reinforced gloves bought at Sturgis for $19. 4. Jeans, lined or unlined, depending on the temperature. 5. Work boots bought on closeout @ $60. So far, so good.
    - Chris
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  10. Retro

    Retro Just the Facts Ma'am Super Moderator

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    Helmet: Arai Quantum f/ and earplugs
    Jacket: BMW Savanna II
    Pants: BMW Commuter Pants
    Boots: Mid-calf protective boots
    Gloves
    amber glasses at night
    sunglasses during the day

    I don't leave home without them.
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  11. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    I don't mean to single you out or anything, but your sig line says that you ride an '04 GS ... :scratch
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  12. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    There you go-- Wheredya think all my discretionary income goes? Tires, shocks, OVAD kit, Twinmax, gas-- these things don't ever seem to be offered on closeout, so I buy what I can find that is.
    - Chris
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  13. txrider

    txrider Been here awhile

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    Depends, on street usually an Olympia jacket, waterproof sidi tour boots and firstgear HT overpants, dainese gloves and a shoei x11 helmet.


    If it's gonna get heavier offroad I drop on a pair of tech 8 boots, scotts goggles and an Oniel dirt helmet.

    I just killed my firstgear HT's though, looking at some darien pants now.
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  14. EZ OUT

    EZ OUT Sneaky Slow

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    I have two principles:

    Principle #1
    Wear all the gear i can afford to buy without the wife splitting my head open with a frying pan for spending so much on gear. (thus defeating the purpose).
    • Shoei RF 800
    • Teknic Prowler leather jacket
    • Heavy leather riding pants - from the 70's. Given to me by a friend to embarrass me - well I showed him!
    • Tourmaster leather gloves
    • over the calf leather riding boots
    Principle #2
    Don't spend more on gear than I spent on the bike.

    Whoops - looks like I am already in violation of Principle #2 :D
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  15. L.A.

    L.A. Regular Guy™

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    I've been using the following, which has worked well for me in a broad range of conditions (rain, sun, heat, daily driving, week long, moderate off-road):

    Darien jacket (stock pads + backpad)
    Darien pants (stock pads + hip pads)
    Boots (Sidi Strada or Aerostich CTB)
    Gloves (First Gear mesh tex(?) or insulated for cold weather)
    Helmet (Shoei RF1000 or Nolan N100)
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  16. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Boots:
    Alpinestar Tech4

    Pants (Hip padding intact, knee padding removed):
    Shoei, waterproof for spring/ fall
    STR for rest of the year

    Knee:
    Acerbis

    Jacket:
    Stich Darien for spring/ fall and to work. Shoulder/ elbow pads intact
    STR for rest of the year. All padding removed

    Armour (reason I'm not sporting a wheelchair today):
    Dainese (copy) upper body suit.
    Hard pads: Back, shoulder and elbows.
    Soft pads: Chest and shoulder blades.
    Two kidney belts.

    Gloves:
    Aerostich isulated deer ropers. Spring/ fall or cold weather.
    BMW GS gloves rest of the year.

    Helmet:
    Lazer MX
    Shoei Synchrotec (Haven't been used since I bought the MX helmet 3 years ago.

    Goggles:
    Scott (Clear and tinted lexan glass)

    Earplugs:
    Yellow 3M's
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  17. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    At the very minimum, a smile. Usually I'll add some flip-flops and a wife-beater. I like hyphenated clothing.
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  18. ilmostro

    ilmostro Under Da Sea

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    REEF Fanning flip-flops with intergral bottle opener. :nod

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  19. JollyQuick

    JollyQuick Been here awhile

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    Top down:

    Skull: BMW System 5 Helmet
    Eyeballs: USAF issue polycarbonate shatter proof shades
    Ears: USAF issue earplugs
    Torso/Spine/Elbows/Forearms/Shoulders/Kidneys/Ribs: Joe Rocket Blaster (non-perforated version, with CE inserts or cheesy padding covering all of the above)
    Hands/Wrists/Knuckles/Fingers: HJC Snowmobile Gloves (non-hamfist version. actually quite nimble but still have that extreme cold stopping quality)
    Legs/Hips/Kneecaps/Shins: BMW Santiagos
    Shins/Ankles/Footsies/Toesies: BMW Transitions

    JQ
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  20. GSGIRL

    GSGIRL Neither here nor there

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    Lipstick & Amex Gold Card. All the ATTGATT a girl needs.
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