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Do you gear up when riding?


Do you gear up when riding?  

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  1. 1. Do you gear up when riding?

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Actually, it's very encouraging to see that you guys advocate ATGATT.

 

I do get looks and stares on the road quite often from riders and drivers alike.

 

For bikers, I try to educate them on dressing for the fall, not the ride. But how much can you impart in that short 30-second time frame at a traffic light?

 

Once, a Malay biker and his pillion girlfriend pulled up next to me at the lights. Both were clad in t-shirts, shorts, and slippers. The rider started making comments to his girlfriend in Malay but when I picked up "blah blah...machiam racer sial...", I immediately turned and told him that if he loves his gf, he'll make sure she's as well-protected as I am. I left the gf to give him grief for that. heh heh...

 

As for car occupants, I realise the conversation centers on how I look like Robocop, or I'll die of heat stroke at the next traffic light, etc. Once, on track day and I was returning home in my full suit, I was even mockingly asked through the open windows by the front passenger and driver (both male) if I was preparing to "travel to outer space", while the rear passengers (both female) giggled. It was apparent the 2 guys were trying to establish their alpha-male status and impress the girls, so I replied,

 

"It's because of incompetent drivers like you that we bikers have to suit up to protect ourselves. With humour like yours, you're gonna need a lot of alcohol to get laid. Good luck."

 

Lights changed and I left them in my wake before they could think of a comeback. LOL :lol:

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a big majority of riders are not wearing sufficient protection at all =( and i believe that most local gatherings, nt much people are doing as well.

 

maybe someone here could form atgatt club (do we have one?) and do regular outings to get more exposure. most pp feel paiseh for wearing protection gears. maybe seeing more of us on the road, they might change. no idea how well will it works although

 

I think you are very right about pp feeling paiseh for wearing protective gears. But, it all boils down to the herd mentality where everyone likes to follow the crowd. No one likes to be different.

 

Also, the cost involved in purchasing the gears... not many people are willing to part with their cash in this way...They are more willing to put their cash on accessories for their bikes...

Biking is something that everyone can learn and enjoy! :goodluck:

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a big majority of riders are not wearing sufficient protection at all =( and i believe that most local gatherings, nt much people are doing as well.

 

maybe someone here could form atgatt club (do we have one?) and do regular outings to get more exposure. most pp feel paiseh for wearing protection gears. maybe seeing more of us on the road, they might change. no idea how well will it works although

 

Brilliant idea bro! If more and more riders wear protection on the road then other ppl will feel the need for it :thumb:

It's not how fast you ride, but how well you ride.

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Actually, it's very encouraging to see that you guys advocate ATGATT.

 

I do get looks and stares on the road quite often from riders and drivers alike.

 

For bikers, I try to educate them on dressing for the fall, not the ride. But how much can you impart in that short 30-second time frame at a traffic light?

 

Once, a Malay biker and his pillion girlfriend pulled up next to me at the lights. Both were clad in t-shirts, shorts, and slippers. The rider started making comments to his girlfriend in Malay but when I picked up "blah blah...machiam racer sial...", I immediately turned and told him that if he loves his gf, he'll make sure she's as well-protected as I am. I left the gf to give him grief for that. heh heh...

 

As for car occupants, I realise the conversation centers on how I look like Robocop, or I'll die of heat stroke at the next traffic light, etc. Once, on track day and I was returning home in my full suit, I was even mockingly asked through the open windows by the front passenger and driver (both male) if I was preparing to "travel to outer space", while the rear passengers (both female) giggled. It was apparent the 2 guys were trying to establish their alpha-male status and impress the girls, so I replied,

 

"It's because of incompetent drivers like you that we bikers have to suit up to protect ourselves. With humour like yours, you're gonna need a lot of alcohol to get laid. Good luck."

 

Lights changed and I left them in my wake before they could think of a comeback. LOL :lol:

 

Wow! Your communication must be damn good to think of such strong words in such a short while! Power lah bro! :thumb:

 

I wear a two-piece mesh riding suit, riding boots, long gloves, full-face helmet and a back protector for every ride. Personally, if I find a journey to be too short for the hassle of gearing up, I'll walk or take public transport.

 

I respect you! Good thinking! ;)

It's not how fast you ride, but how well you ride.

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Wow! Your communication must be damn good to think of such strong words in such a short while! Power lah bro! :thumb:

 

Heh... I'm not that good yet. I was a copywriter for an advertising agency, for better or for worse... hahahaha

 

It's all about putting a positive or negative spin on it. I chose to seek out their most sensitive spot (their ego) and shove a knife into it.

 

Not my proudest moment to insult 2 sitting ducks but I felt I had to do something to stand up for all bikers everywhere. :pity:

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Actually, it's very encouraging to see that you guys advocate ATGATT.

 

I do get looks and stares on the road quite often from riders and drivers alike.

 

For bikers, I try to educate them on dressing for the fall, not the ride. But how much can you impart in that short 30-second time frame at a traffic light?

 

Once, a Malay biker and his pillion girlfriend pulled up next to me at the lights. Both were clad in t-shirts, shorts, and slippers. The rider started making comments to his girlfriend in Malay but when I picked up "blah blah...machiam racer sial...", I immediately turned and told him that if he loves his gf, he'll make sure she's as well-protected as I am. I left the gf to give him grief for that. heh heh...

 

As for car occupants, I realise the conversation centers on how I look like Robocop, or I'll die of heat stroke at the next traffic light, etc. Once, on track day and I was returning home in my full suit, I was even mockingly asked through the open windows by the front passenger and driver (both male) if I was preparing to "travel to outer space", while the rear passengers (both female) giggled. It was apparent the 2 guys were trying to establish their alpha-male status and impress the girls, so I replied,

 

"It's because of incompetent drivers like you that we bikers have to suit up to protect ourselves. With humour like yours, you're gonna need a lot of alcohol to get laid. Good luck."

 

Lights changed and I left them in my wake before they could think of a comeback. LOL :lol:

 

Wah I like that!! Good one man!! Most pple are too shallow to think beyond what they see ...

 

One reason I don't take pillion is because if I cannot provide them with the same gear that I am wearing, then I better don't pillion altogether.

 

Actually I don't know if I get stares or admires on the road or not because I don't bother at all .. I just ride and mind my own business ... anyway I'm used to it after so many years of looking like robocop. Haha.

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Heh... I'm not that good yet. I was a copywriter for an advertising agency, for better or for worse... hahahaha

 

It's all about putting a positive or negative spin on it. I chose to seek out their most sensitive spot (their ego) and shove a knife into it.

 

Not my proudest moment to insult 2 sitting ducks but I felt I had to do something to stand up for all bikers everywhere. :pity:

 

Yea man.. I support you! I believe all bikers here do too ;)

 

Wah I like that!! Good one man!! Most pple are too shallow to think beyond what they see ...

 

One reason I don't take pillion is because if I cannot provide them with the same gear that I am wearing, then I better don't pillion altogether.

 

Actually I don't know if I get stares or admires on the road or not because I don't bother at all .. I just ride and mind my own business ... anyway I'm used to it after so many years of looking like robocop. Haha.

 

Haha. That's why when i look at ppl wearing protective gears, i usually smile to let them feel that i'm not giving them weird stares :)

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I agree with lacrimosae. It all boils down to the mentality we have. If you're not concerned about what others think of you, the faster you adapt to the habit of getting geared up. I got off to an early start when I started gearing up despite riding a Phantom during my 2B days. But I'd say that age has a part to play in this. The younger you are, the less inclined you are to listen to the admonitions of sensibility. I have a 30+ year old colleague riding a Wave who is suited up. I saluted him for that. He says that he doesn't give a hoot what others think cos it is his life he is taking charge of.

 

On advocating ATGATT, perhaps we should have a sticker with this message on our helmets. Visible to the riders at the back when at traffic lights, or locked on your motorbike, or when carrying it around.... How?

"Keep your friends close but your enemies closer"

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Haha. Now i know what ATGATT mean le. Just wiki for it.

Now i only have half the gear.(top glove and full-face.)

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something like the footballer's wear..."ball guard" with some kind of medium range material..maybe you can improvise it using carbon fibre but don use the fibre glass for trial..can cause itchy woo....;) then u gonna scratch ur ball all the way frm SG to KL..then u gonna have a BIG BALL to GUARD....hehehehe

 

i think ill start inventing underwear for riders. it will feature ball protection (The next most important thing to your own life, the life of ur future!), and inbuilt knee protection, with the hip cushions. So the underwear u can wear underneath your jeans

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Actually I don't dress in full gear also .. I don't have any riding pants. Riding pants is really too much of a hassle to put on. You'll really look out of place. Unless you get those Komine or Draggin' jeans. Anyone has them??

 

That's why I think putting on knee/shin guards are more practical for daily riding as it's easier to put on and easier to store in your box too! Just strap them on over your jeans/pants and you are ready to go!!!

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Actually I don't dress in full gear also .. I don't have any riding pants. Riding pants is really too much of a hassle to put on. You'll really look out of place. Unless you get those Komine or Draggin' jeans. Anyone has them??

 

 

I'm intending to get the Komine jeans next week. I'll keep you posted.

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That's why I think putting on knee/shin guards are more practical for daily riding as it's easier to put on and easier to store in your box too! Just strap them on over your jeans/pants and you are ready to go!!!

 

But I got no box on my bike. You can imagine how troublesome it is for me just to bring along jacket, gloves and helmet. I even bring my bike cover to cover up my bike. But no choice :(

 

I'm intending to get the Komine jeans next week. I'll keep you posted.

 

I'll be waiting! :)

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I'm intending to get the Komine jeans next week. I'll keep you posted.

 

BlackBandit,

 

I'm also thinking of getting Komine, if the Draggin Jeans aren't up to scratch! hahaha... Was planning to go Motoworld next Friday. My friend has 2 pairs of Draggin Jeans, going to view them first, then go view Komine.

 

Keep us posted!

 

yohji,

 

My bike has no box too, and yes, I carry my bike cover too. Just a tip on saving space, I cut my bike cover shorter so that only the top half of my bike is covered, the bottom half, from the bottom of the fuel tank to the wheels, are exposed. I got a seamstress to sew a hem and a drawstring inside the hem. I cover my bike and tighten the string so it doesnt get blown off. This cuts down on material and hence, my bike cover, when folded/rolled up is a lot smaller than original.

 

I usually wear my jacket after getting off my bike. Gloves are hung from a strap at bottom of the jacket. Helmet, no choice, gotta carry.

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Do or do not; there is no 'try'.

 

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BlackBandit,

 

I'm also thinking of getting Komine, if the Draggin Jeans aren't up to scratch! hahaha... Was planning to go Motoworld next Friday. My friend has 2 pairs of Draggin Jeans, going to view them first, then go view Komine.

 

Keep us posted!

 

yohji,

 

My bike has no box too, and yes, I carry my bike cover too. Just a tip on saving space, I cut my bike cover shorter so that only the top half of my bike is covered, the bottom half, from the bottom of the fuel tank to the wheels, are exposed. I got a seamstress to sew a hem and a drawstring inside the hem. I cover my bike and tighten the string so it doesnt get blown off. This cuts down on material and hence, my bike cover, when folded/rolled up is a lot smaller than original.

 

I usually wear my jacket after getting off my bike. Gloves are hung from a strap at bottom of the jacket. Helmet, no choice, gotta carry.

 

Wah, I thought I am the only kiasu person to bring bike cover. I don't feel comfortable leaving my bike exposed (it's already naked!). You know how itchy pple's hands are. Now I know I am not the only one hehehe.

 

Frankly speaking, I will only ride my bike to office sometimes or go for short rides where I do not need to parade around as Robocop :lol:. If I am going to shopping centres, I will take bus (stupid right?) because I do not want to lug so much things with me and attract attention (I hate the attention I get from those ignorant pple). I think riding is more like a hobby than a form of transportation to me. I really take my hat off you for how you carry those stuff around. Thanks for sharing your tips with us! :)

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Actually, it's very encouraging to see that you guys advocate ATGATT.

 

I do get looks and stares on the road quite often from riders and drivers alike.

 

For bikers, I try to educate them on dressing for the fall, not the ride. But how much can you impart in that short 30-second time frame at a traffic light?

 

Once, a Malay biker and his pillion girlfriend pulled up next to me at the lights. Both were clad in t-shirts, shorts, and slippers. The rider started making comments to his girlfriend in Malay but when I picked up "blah blah...machiam racer sial...", I immediately turned and told him that if he loves his gf, he'll make sure she's as well-protected as I am. I left the gf to give him grief for that. heh heh...

 

As for car occupants, I realise the conversation centers on how I look like Robocop, or I'll die of heat stroke at the next traffic light, etc. Once, on track day and I was returning home in my full suit, I was even mockingly asked through the open windows by the front passenger and driver (both male) if I was preparing to "travel to outer space", while the rear passengers (both female) giggled. It was apparent the 2 guys were trying to establish their alpha-male status and impress the girls, so I replied,

 

"It's because of incompetent drivers like you that we bikers have to suit up to protect ourselves. With humour like yours, you're gonna need a lot of alcohol to get laid. Good luck."

 

Lights changed and I left them in my wake before they could think of a comeback. LOL :lol:

 

i took my hats off you bro. i would have wanted to wear much better protection but going out with my friends, it'll be too much off a hassle lugging the stuffs around. for me, what i do is just meeting the basic requirement. wearing shoes and jeans is a must for me. a jacket will be worn most of the time unless the journey is very2 short. a good helmet to protect my head in case of a fall.

 

anyway, i got something to ask. is an Arai/Shoei half-face helmet much better than a cheapo full-face? not in just riding comfortability, i mean shock absorbent in case of fall. I am thinking of getting a new helmet. Torn between getting a Shoei half face helmet at $400+ or just a nice looking full face at $300+.

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I have the Komine jeans, and I've tried the Draggin Jeans before. Would have to say that I prefer Komine, cos it has knee armour (removable). On hot days your knee will get sweaty, but that's a small trade-off for safety, and also the knee armour is quite unnoticable...unless I mention it, people usually don't know that I'm wearing them. Brought the Komine at Motoworld 2 months back for $100 if I remember correctly

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most decent full face/flip up fullface will offer better protection than any shoei open face. if the full face is too uncomfortable, go for the flip up full face, its much more comfortable than a full face and offers decent chin protection.

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400++ for shoei half face? not worth it imo . . with that amount, enough to get shoei plain ff liao leh =(

 

other brands arent half arse too, nolan, shark etc. . make some excellent helmets as well.

 

my next one is probably a nolan =)

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