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Old 07-22-2014, 01:19 PM   #8491
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I sometimes wonder if the average non-rider realizes that real riding gear (as opposed to the Army/Navy store MC jackets that were popular with the heavy metal crowd) is armored and for protection from more than just the elements...
To be fair, why would or should they know? It's our area of interest, not theirs.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:26 PM   #8492
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I guess there's no such thing as armored jeans, one must wear the entire whale foreskin....
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:32 PM   #8493
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I guess there's no such thing as armored jeans, one must wear the entire whale foreskin....
So... wanting additional protection against injury is bad or to be made fun of? Never understood the whole "whale" thing in the first place. Suits are usually made of leather from COWS and for good reason. I tend to wear a full leather suits when I go out. I like the look and the protection it offers. I also think they usually look good on others.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:38 PM   #8494
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To be fair, why would or should they know? It's our area of interest, not theirs.
I dunno... maybe because I'd like to think that if I had no idea about MC gear, I would still suspect there's probably some reason, other than being cold, that someone is wearing what looks like a ski jacket in July when it's 100 degrees?
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:39 PM   #8495
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I sometimes wonder if the average non-rider realizes that real riding gear (as opposed to the Army/Navy store MC jackets that were popular with the heavy metal crowd) is armored and for protection from more than just the elements...
It's not something I knew at the time I took up motorcycling again and started learning what was around. Then most of what I found initially was stuff without armor, and in some cases, no provision for adding it. Finally found a shop selling Olympia and First Gear.

First time around, ATGATT pretty much meant wearing a helmet, they weren't a requirement at the time in California. I was younger, poorer, dumber and less fragile too.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:47 PM   #8496
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When I first jumped on a motorcycle, I thought I was doing well to have some SWAT boots, a $99 helmet, some ski gloves, and a leather jacket.

Then I came to advrider and realized that, no matter what I wore, I'd be wrong.

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Old 07-22-2014, 02:07 PM   #8497
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I made a trip to Spain. Camping with the wife. Arriving at a campsite, putting our helmets on the counter and ATGATT the lady asked "Are you with a camper or a caravanne?" I answered: take a guess...
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Old 07-22-2014, 02:09 PM   #8498
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I dunno... maybe because I'd like to think that if I had no idea about MC gear, I would still suspect there's probably some reason, other than being cold, that someone is wearing what looks like a ski jacket in July when it's 100 degrees?
Ah, friend, don't burden yourself with the illusion that people think very far out of their bubbles. To most people the reason why we wear gear in the heat is because we are nuts. The fact we are on a motorcycle proves it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 02:10 PM   #8499
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So... wanting additional protection against injury is bad or to be made fun of? Never understood the whole "whale" thing in the first place. Suits are usually made of leather from COWS and for good reason. I tend to wear a full leather suits when I go out. I like the look and the protection it offers. I also think they usually look good on others.
The leathers the Moto GP guys wear are made from Kangaroo.

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Old 07-22-2014, 02:24 PM   #8500
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When I first jumped on a motorcycle, I thought I was doing well to have some SWAT boots, a $99 helmet, some ski gloves, and a leather jacket.

Then I came to advrider and realized that, no matter what I wore, I'd be wrong.


Truth!

And I learned how a helmet should fit too! My first helmet wobbled, it was so big.
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Old 07-22-2014, 02:39 PM   #8501
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That is because European riders are a different breed. I usually knew from a distance if a rider was American. He was the only one wear jeans on a tour. That is were I started wearing real motorcycle gear including m/c pants.
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I guess there's no such thing as armored jeans, one must wear the entire whale foreskin....
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So... wanting additional protection against injury is bad or to be made fun of? Never understood the whole "whale" thing in the first place. Suits are usually made of leather from COWS and for good reason. I tend to wear a full leather suits when I go out. I like the look and the protection it offers. I also think they usually look good on others.
So sensitive...Wear as much gear as you want, dude. Who cares. As far as not understanding the imagery of a whale foreskin, I would have to assume you are circumcised and also think bovine penises are 6 feet tall.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:39 PM   #8502
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I like my whale foreskin gear, thank you very much

As for getting questions about wearing gear, it's only happened once to me and it was the "isn't that hot" sort of question. When I'm doing errand type things on the bike I generally go into wherever in everything except the helmet and gloves. I've rarely noticed even a second glance from anyone.

Last fall I did get the "you're on a bike?" question from someone (a rider) who figured it was too cold.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:41 PM   #8503
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--- and also think bovine penises are 6 feet tall.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:49 PM   #8504
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A yacht owned by Jackie Onassis' father had bar stools upholstered with whale foreskin.
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Old 07-23-2014, 12:54 AM   #8505
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A yacht owned by Jackie Onassis' father had bar stools upholstered with whale foreskin.
One of the exotic car manufacturers offered interiors in whale foreskin also.
It made one episode of Top Gear more entertaining than most.
http://www.autoblog.com/2009/11/10/f...e-whale-penis/
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