I ride fully geared up. Helmet (of course) full leathers, gloves, boots, (no spine protector yet but getting).
Anyway, just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on gear.
Out here in Calgary, lately ALOT, and I mean alot of riders are going down. With this happening, it still amazes me to see the number of riders in tshirts, shorts, sandals, girls in tank tops, no gloves etc. And then the passengers, wearing even less!!!
My take on this might not be like most but here goes.
Lets say you are out for a Sunday cruise, nice and easy. Boy, it's hot out, better leave my suit hanging in the garage. Hit some gravel, low side.... Bike is fine, minor scratches but still rideable. But shit, you're rushed to the hospital, and now face getting that road rash cleaned out with a wire brush. If only you were wearing leathers, you probably could have got up, and continued riding today, but now you have to apply cream, can't work/play for how long. I don't know, I always wear gear.
Two weeks ago, I almost lowsided, but managed to ride into the ditch. Was completely slowed down, feet were going down, when I hit the front brake. Why I did that I don't know, anyway, bike tipped over, I fell with it, broke my collar bone. Bike has minor scratches in the clear coat, THAT's IT!
So, even though I was in full gear, I did take an injury. I'm not saying leathers/gear will save you all the time, but it increases the odds of walking away.
So, that's $.02, but for me, the best piece of safety gear is right between your ears!!!
Ride safe, leave the racing for the track!