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Old 01-09-2013, 12:13 PM   #1
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I ride with people who go out of their way to buy $500 jacket with armor, thick cordura, heavy duty zippers, and then wear Levis 501 jeans while riding, makes no sense to me.

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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I tangled with a Honda Accord wearing a $300 leather jacket, $500 helmet, $200 gloves, $350 boots and a $50 pair of Levi jeans.

Guess which part of my body got the road rash?

At the time, my job allowed me to wear jeans so I did. The accident happened on my lunch break as I was out putting around town. Trust me, I wear armored overpants to work now. I do wear kevlar lined jeans with knee armor worn on my body occasionally though.


You better believe I got that $50 line item for jeans on my insurance claim though!
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:55 PM   #3
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As someone who does exactly that — Klim Badlands jackets and.... khakis or jeans — I have no good reason for not wearing pants with high-denier fabric and armor every time I ride. No excuses. It's pure laziness, because I don't want the hassle of putting on the pants before I go to work.

I know I should be ATGATT, but I'm not. I'm ATGWIFLI — "All The Gear Whenever I Feel Like It."

In my defense, I do have a pair of Kevlar/jeans on order from Dianese, with their armor for the knees.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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I'[ve fallen while wearing jeans. At 25 mph (I know . . . . living on the edge!)

Might as well have wound toilet paper around my person.
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:58 PM   #5
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I used to do the same thing, but I bought a motoport jacket and overpants and once you get used to it, putting the overpants on takes all of 10 seconds. I have my jeans underneath and change shoes once I get to the office. I am guilty of not putting them on to go on my lunch break (Shhh).
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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I don't worry about what other people wear, I just enjoy my ride. That's probably why I'm happier than most people.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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I wear riding pants 99 percent of the time, I got taken out by a deer a few years back, and my aerostitch pants never even touched the ground, I slid on my head and shoulder, but I still wear some type of riding pants most of the time, but hey, harley guys like to wear big boots to protect their feet, but refuse to wear a helmet,so go figure.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:32 PM   #8
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... but hey, harley guys like to wear big boots to protect their feet, but refuse to wear a helmet,so go figure.
That's because they don't want to get their painted toenails messed up if the have to "lay 'er down."
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:03 PM   #9
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I don't worry about what other people wear, I just enjoy my ride. That's probably why I'm happier than most people.
Well said.

(Proudly riding in jeans since 1977.)
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:28 PM   #10
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I ride with people who go out of their way to buy $500 jacket with armor, thick cordura, heavy duty zippers, and then wear Levis 501 jeans while riding, makes no sense to me.

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My jacket costs more but my jeans cost less. The money I saved on my Wranglers helped pay for my Badlands.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:37 PM   #11
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I guess you can add me to the "jeans and a jacket" roster. $700 helmet, $170 jacket, $35 jeans, $45 low hiking boots.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #12
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Alright, and I'm not kidding here. Comfort. My balls are never in the right place in jeans. Plus, after wearing proper riding pants, I feel naked in jeans, but at the end of the day, I'm more comfortable in real pants than I am in jeans. Not sure why, but it is what it is.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:47 PM   #13
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i always wear jeans, leather ones
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #14
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I ride with people who go out of their way to buy $500 jacket with armor, thick cordura, heavy duty zippers, and then wear Levis 501 jeans while riding, makes no sense to me.

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501's suck if you have real calves, they won't fit over my $500 SIDI boots. That's why I wear Levi 550's.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:49 PM   #15
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I use Bohn pants under my jeans or Draggin Jeans-one or the other. With armor. Proper riding pants while on tour.
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