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  • Jacobz
    started a topic Riding in tennis shoes and jeans, how dangerous is it?

    Riding in tennis shoes and jeans, how dangerous is it?

    Whenever I ride my bike I also suit up and wear the same thing, I wear my helmet, mesh jacket with armor, gloves, jeans, and tennis shoes.

    I've had two wrecks now (one at 20 and one at 60) and both times I was wearing those exact items. Going 20 I got a few tiny scrapes on my knees but nothing else. Going 60 my jacket rode up on one side and I got some decent road rash (plus some small scrapes on my knees). But in both wrecks my legs were more or less unharmed, I never got anything that I couldn't have got tripping on pavement while walking. So I've been wondering how effective jeans really are as riding projection?

    Now my a little more detail. Both wrecks I had I didn't really slide but instead rag dolled. I'm six foot tall and weigh 190, I have very broad shoulders and my lower body is alot smaller compared to my upper body. Could that have something to do with why my upper body seems to always take the damage from my wrecks?


    Having this road rash has certainly taught me that I don't want it again, I'm sure I'll drive safer but I'll be the first to admit that I like to have some fun and I'll probably wreck again. I'm going to buy a new helmet and a good leather jacket (I really hate road rash). Should I be looking for some better protection for my legs as well? I have riding pants but I've never liked them, they are horrible uncomfortable. I've never had my tennis shoes come off in a wreck either, I'm not one of those skater punks thats shoes are always ready to fall off, mine are always tied on plenty tight.


    I'm just looking for some opinons, what is everyone else wearing? Preferable people who have crash tested their gear.

  • BradsKat
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    Originally posted by Silence View Post
    It is not hard to recognize Lenin.
    Apparently squids don't see so well... but beware his ink!

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  • acraze
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    I wear my boots on ever ride now cause 1 time I'm sure it saved my foot from being broken.

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  • LAsunbird86
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    No matter where Im going, I at least wear my helmet and gloves. about 90 percent of the time I wear my jacket if im going farther than work (I live 1 block from my job).

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  • Skilo47
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    Originally posted by Silence View Post
    It is not hard to recognize Lenin.

    What is it that I do not understand? You are assuming things you don't know. You are assuming I don't understand based on a simple picture. You are probably more socialist than you even know...
    marx engles lenin all three were communists i do believe.

    but as i said before im not arguing here i was simply responding to rude insults for doing nothing more than stating my opinions .

    well enough of this talk lets not clutter up this thread with off topic rambling.

    if you care to continue this discussion feel free to pm me.

    peace

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  • bobthebiker
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    Originally posted by zuma View Post
    I ride a ZZR1200 in a land of wide open spaces, and speed is a fun thing in many instances, and I am guilty of going too fast, but with gear that will give me a better chance of walking away from a catastrophe. But one other reason I wear gear is because I have a strong distrust of people in vehicles with four or more wheels.

    Disregard the insult...nobody's trying to shut you down here...we just take some things like our well-being and the well-being of others seriously, in many cases because we've been there and have learned and shared from our experiences. Be groovy!
    Well said! this is my exact reasoning for wearing full leathers on a bike. I dont like risking my wellbeing because some careless twit or 15 year old just got her permit and is texting and driving, while hitting m bike.

    all that gear gives me better oddds of less injury, which means I'll have a better chance of walking away with bruises and maybe scrapes, as opposed to sitting in an ER getting skin grafts and limbs replaced/rebuilt.

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  • zuma
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    I ride a ZZR1200 in a land of wide open spaces, and speed is a fun thing in many instances, and I am guilty of going too fast, but with gear that will give me a better chance of walking away from a catastrophe. But one other reason I wear gear is because I have a strong distrust of people in vehicles with four or more wheels.

    Disregard the insult...nobody's trying to shut you down here...we just take some things like our well-being and the well-being of others seriously, in many cases because we've been there and have learned and shared from our experiences. Be groovy!

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  • Silence
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    It is not hard to recognize Lenin.

    What is it that I do not understand? You are assuming things you don't know. You are assuming I don't understand based on a simple picture. You are probably more socialist than you even know...

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  • Skilo47
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    Originally posted by Silence View Post
    Correct. I did not buy it to cruise slowly. I bought it to cruise at a moderate pace in style and comfort.

    You will lose this argument. It is inevitable. Resistance is futile.
    urm this isint an argument.

    i was simply responding to an insult towards me for doing nothing more than stating my personal opinion.

    but thats an american thing son you wouldent understand as is evident by your distasteful communist/socialist karl marx looking avatar.

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  • Silence
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    Correct. I did not buy it to cruise slowly. I bought it to cruise at a moderate pace in style and comfort.

    You will lose this argument. It is inevitable. Resistance is futile.

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  • Skilo47
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    Originally posted by zuma View Post
    For the most part, and in many cases because of experiences, we consider our own safety as well as the safety of those we encounter on the road. It's a respect for life thing. Boo!
    oh c'mon now. i respect your lives. if i seen any of you on the road in need of help i would not hesitate to help you anyway i could.

    but you gotta understand these bikes we ride are designed and purposely built for one thing. SPEED . (yes i know the kat is a "sport touring") but still you dont purchase a bike like this for the sole purpose of cruising around slow. their are other bikes namely harleys and dual sports that you should be riding if you dont like speed.

    so please spare me the chastising........

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  • Silence
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    Originally posted by Skilo47 View Post
    oh listen to you guys. sound like a bunch of nervous old ladys.

    is my grandmother in here somewhere? i could have sworn i heard her voice.
    Voices in your head are a signal that you must get therapy. Its not a matter of nervousness, just some people can recognize stupdity when they see it.

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  • zuma
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    For the most part, and in many cases because of experiences, we consider our own safety as well as the safety of those we encounter on the road. It's a respect for life thing. Boo!
    Last edited by zuma; 01-03-2010, 09:09 PM.

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  • Skilo47
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    Originally posted by Mojoe View Post
    yup...gotta agree with scotty on that one. it is a pretty dumb way to look at it. you almost make it sound like it is impossible for YOU to crash under 160.
    oh listen to you guys. sound like a bunch of nervous old ladys.

    is my grandmother in here somewhere? i could have sworn i heard her voice.

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  • Silence
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    Originally posted by Mojoe View Post
    yup...gotta agree with scotty on that one. it is a pretty dumb way to look at it. you almost make it sound like it is impossible for YOU to crash under 160.
    Forgot about the people who decide they want to crash into him too

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