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While at work today I was riding on I-10 in Beaumont, TX.

In my rear view I see headlights flashing so I slow down a little to check out the upcoming bike.

A nice black 1800 with lots of added chrome.

Riding 2 up with helments

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Wearing shorts, short sleeved shirts and snickers, made me think hmmmm, whats the use of the headlight modulator? :action::action:
 

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Driving home from work today I was passed by a guy wearing shorts and a t-shirt. No shoes, gloves, long pants, or protection for his arms ??? He did have headgear!
 

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I will not dispute the value of protective clothing while riding is the safest way to go, and I have a leather jacket for cooler weather, but in the summer you will see me in jeans and a short sleeve shirt most of the time. Right, if I go down it's going to hurt more. But, all the times I ain't going down, it's going to feel better. I just can't make 90+ degree weather and leathers go together.
 

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I will not dispute the value of protective clothing while riding is the safest way to go, and I have a leather jacket for cooler weather, but in the summer you will see me in jeans and a short sleeve shirt most of the time. Right, if I go down it's going to hurt more. But, all the times I ain't going down, it's going to feel better. I just can't make 90+ degree weather and leathers go together.
:clapper::clapper: I have tried different jackets, none of them are comfortable in the heat. I always wear jeans, boots and helmet but the jacket and gloves just don't work for me in the Houston summers.
 

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Leathers would just be too much in hot weather.

That is why I ATGATT with proper Mesh gear.

Even at 115*

I went down at 103*F in Mesh Gear, ATGATT and darn glad that I had that stuff on.
 

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:clapper::clapper: I have tried different jackets, none of them are comfortable in the heat. I always wear jeans, boots and helmet but the jacket and gloves just don't work for me in the Houston summers.
Yep. Me too.:action::action::action::action:except for the fact that I live in Pa.:DIf it is over 80 the jacket comes off.
 

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kips wrote:
While at work today I was riding on I-10 in Beaumont, TX.

In my rear view I see headlights flashing so I slow down a little to check out the upcoming bike.

A nice black 1800 with lots of added chrome.

Riding 2 up with helments

BUT,

Wearing shorts, short sleeved shirts and snickers, made me think hmmmm, whats the use of the headlight modulator? :action::action:
Could that have been me?
 

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All the gear.. All of the time...

Tough to justify ATGATT in a no helmet sunshine state. I believe in enforced speed limits and driving the two second rule. All the gear in the world will not save you if you are in triple digit land. Zoom/Splat... Leathers, boots, gloves, shoulder pads, dental mouth guard, Carbon Fiber SNELL rated full face helmet, airbag.. are not going to save you if your brain is not in gear!

The proper gear is the Proper mind-set you engage BEFORE you put it in gear.

Do I speed? Yes!
Do I wear a helmet? Yes!
Do I make mistakes? Yes!
Have I had close calls? Yes!

We all make our choices, sometimes we feel like a nut sometimes we don't.

Lets face it, without an enforced speed limit none of us would enjoy riding on the same roads, competing against the teenager in his 600 HP Monster truck, or his Daddy's Humvee.

Sometimes you have to Gear Down, come out of your Flame Retardant Racing Suit, leave the gloves in the box and just ride responsibly, watching for the foolish and heading for the beach!

Florida, were we wear our helmets by Choice..
 

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kips wrote:
While at work today I was riding on I-10 in Beaumont, TX.

In my rear view I see headlights flashing so I slow down a little to check out the upcoming bike.

A nice black 1800 with lots of added chrome.

Riding 2 up with helments

BUT,

Wearing shorts, short sleeved shirts and snickers, made me think hmmmm, whats the use of the headlight modulator? :action::action:
My neighbor and his wife ride like that whenever it's warm out. I see them pulling out of the garage in their 2006 1800 with shorts, sneakers, t-shirts, bare hands, and full helmets. Then there's me, blue jeans, riding boots, gloves, jacket (unless it's too damn hot) but often no helmet.
 
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Well i have to admit i ride with t-shirt, short pants and sneakers.
Its hot down here.
Oh and always with my helmet.
 

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While it is warm, I find the moisture wicking shirts and mesh jacket to be not as hot as the direct sun bearing down on my skin. If it's too hot to ride without it, it's too hot to ride. I have on occasion wet the shirt throughly, and it's down right cool, but it'd have to be re-soaked frequently.
 

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kips wrote:
Wearing shorts, short sleeved shirts and snickers, made me think hmmmm, whats the use of the headlight modulator? :action::action:
The modulator is there to prevent accidents, so if it does its job, the protectiveclothing wont be used anyway.:)



I wear jeans and a leather jacket and a helet, but on my way to football practice, I wear my football clothes (shorts and a T-shirt) I hope I dont fall then cause I know it will hurt.:action:



As time goes by, I am sure I will accumulate more equipment (chaps, mesh armor, boots) and I will wear as much as is comfortable on any given day, but in the meantime, I am not going to let the lack of such things stop me from riding. I take risks and understand the consequences. I still Ski, Rock Climb and Scuba dive. If I were risk averse, I wouldnt do any of these things or own a WING. As It is, I enjoy my life and take reasonable safety precautions for the situation at the moment.
 

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Saw a guy on theway home last night with no eye protection and no windsheild. Those bugs here in Texas hurt like the dickens when they hit you....... Guess this was a tougher guy than me...........
 

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Saw a guy on theway home last night with no eye protection and no windsheild. Those bugs here in Texas hurt like the dickens when they hit you....... Guess this was a tougher guy than me...........
That' really dumb. While we don't have a helmet law there is a law that requires eye protection.



When it get too hot to ride a Wing, I ride the Shadow. Lots of air cooling on that.
 

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Saw a guy on theway home last night with no eye protection and no windsheild. Those bugs here in Texas hurt like the dickens when they hit you....... Guess this was a tougher guy than me...........
while I feel armoring up is a VERY,VERY WISE CHOICE, (notice I said "choice"), riding without eye protection?!?!?!?! that's like standing outside during a "golfball-sized" hailstorm, you Will get hit, and it WILL hurt!!!
 

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How tough do your feet have to be to shift a zoom splat with flip flops on.......
 
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