July 12, 2009 at 4:43 am #3134
I don’t own my bike yet, but I think I know a whole lot more about protection than some bikers. While driving to my home, I saw a guy riding a Hayabusa wearing a flimsy t-shirt, over the knee shorts, using those Airwalk shoes that offer no ankle protection, and no gloves. He only had his full face helmet. I know why he was riding like that, and it was because where I live there is only one season: summer. It is hot and humid throughout the whole year, but that isn’t an excuse for not using protection. For this weather it is recommend textile vented gear. Well, he was riding a Hayabusa, which means he must have been a more experienced biker, but that isn’t an excuse. It doesn’t matter if you ride a 50cc scooter or a 660cc+ sports bike, the bottom of the floor will treat you the same.
yugen852July 16, 2009 at 6:11 am #20674SafetyFirstParticipant
I don’t understand how people could think a helmet makes them hot?
I feel great in my Scorpion EXO-700 helmet. It’s so comfortable, it’s like a second to my pillow.July 16, 2009 at 6:15 am #20675eternal05Participant
In 85 degree weather I’d kill to be able to ride safely without a helmet. I can’t imagine how racers can tolerate the heat at say Qatar…July 18, 2009 at 2:40 am #20723
Well, where I live, 85 degrees is cool and breezy. In the caribbean, its summer throughout all year and we (well, not everyone) is used to the heat. But, I think that both of us will agree that being sweaty is far better than having a road rash tattoo.
yugen852July 19, 2009 at 8:01 am #20753eternal05Participant
I think we both agree that, as Ben put it somewhere, “9 out of 10 people prefer a warm room to a belt sander across the forearm.” You’ll never see me out of leather and a full face helmet, regardless of the weather.
I’m just saying, it gets BLOODY hot in all that gear during the summer, especially when it’s hotter than 85 and when there’s no breeze and high humidity. There’s definitely reason to WANT to take it off, whether or not you do.July 21, 2009 at 1:53 am #20815
Hehe, Yeah, I understand you. Hot is hot and the temptation is big. Maybe someone should invent the “ice pack jacket” or something.
yugen852July 22, 2009 at 12:24 am #20847kirkParticipant
It was about 104 a couple of days ago but I still had full gear on. Hotter then hell but it beats road rashJuly 22, 2009 at 8:28 pm #20868Zig308Participant
Saw tons of people riding in Ohio last week… no helmet, barely a shirt, and maybe some tennis shoes. Even if one figures when their time is up – it’s up… I still can’t imagine what a flying stone off the highway would feel like on your forehead?
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