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    Quote Originally Posted by TacomaJD View Post
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    t's extremely subjective. I talked with a guy not long ago trying to decide on leather vs. mesh jacket. I told him what I've typed here, and he opted for the mesh jacket for summer riding. What good is a more protective leather jacket if you only plan to cover the lower half of your body minimally. Truth be told, jeans aren't that much more protective than a pair of shorts. And it never will matter until it's too late. So, all in all, you must decide with what level of risk you are comfortable with and wear gear accordingly.
    Thanks again for sharing your story. I know you've shared parts in other threads too.

    And I agree with you about it all be subjective.

    I preach ATGATT and admit I'm a 90%-10% guy. Today I rode in tennis shoes, no gloves but protective pants, jacket & helmet. I plan to do the same later this afternoon.

    Just a side note on the MESH vs LEATHER ... depending upon the brand of mesh, some of it is nearly as protective as leather. I can't speak to the lower priced brands but at the upper end of the quality spectrum the mesh used by Klim, Rev'it, etc will rival quality leather for the abrasion resistance on asphalt.

    Helmets I just don't understand. My barber, a late-30's/early 40's confirmed HD guy, wears a thin plastic brain pot helmet on his head when he has to. *****es about it being hot, etc. The topic came up because I carried my Arai into the barber shop, he started talking about how hot helmets are, how he sweats in his, etc. I pointed out all the vents and air channels and how mine was not only fairly cool, but quiet too. He had been riding for half his life and had no clue that all helmets were not hot sweat boxes. WTF? Honestly I took my wife shopping for helmets at the local HD shop last year, they had 2 that had vents, the rest of them were solid with no vent holes at all, and most were half-helmets that offered little more protection than a non-DOT brain pot.

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    Ditto on what many others have already said.. I have a nice pair of multi-layered/water proof armour pants by Wicked Wear($160), and a pair of Klim Teton armour pants($210). Both were on sale and are very comfortable. My jackets are SS Mesh/Armour/Hi-Vis and it was $100, i also have a FLY multi/layered Armour waterproof jacket that was $250-and it is by far the most comfortable jacket i've ever tried/owned.

    Others have their favorites too and they work very well for them. My situation is a little different than most as i am a very hard fit at 6'6", 230lb, 37" sleeve, 36" inseam. Consequently, many excellent manufacturers do not fit me, even with their "Tall/Long" sizes. Lately, I have been eye'ing some Bohn gear and really like the idea/set-up they have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapturee View Post
    Lately, I have been eye'ing some Bohn gear and really like the idea/set-up they have.

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    Is the Bohn stuff underwear with armor?

    I looked at their stuff a while back, I noticed a high viz jacket but it was made out of a perforated lightweight fabric that looked like it would shred on impact with asphalt. Even under blue jeans, which shred on impact, it seems like the Bohn stuff would shred about a 1/2 second after the blue jeans shredded on the pavement.

    What am I missing with that brand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melensdad View Post
    Thanks again for sharing your story. I know you've shared parts in other threads too.

    And I agree with you about it all be subjective.

    I preach ATGATT and admit I'm a 90%-10% guy. Today I rode in tennis shoes, no gloves but protective pants, jacket & helmet. I plan to do the same later this afternoon.

    Just a side note on the MESH vs LEATHER ... depending upon the brand of mesh, some of it is nearly as protective as leather. I can't speak to the lower priced brands but at the upper end of the quality spectrum the mesh used by Klim, Rev'it, etc will rival quality leather for the abrasion resistance on asphalt.

    Helmets I just don't understand. My barber, a late-30's/early 40's confirmed HD guy, wears a thin plastic brain pot helmet on his head when he has to. *****es about it being hot, etc. The topic came up because I carried my Arai into the barber shop, he started talking about how hot helmets are, how he sweats in his, etc. I pointed out all the vents and air channels and how mine was not only fairly cool, but quiet too. He had been riding for half his life and had no clue that all helmets were not hot sweat boxes. WTF? Honestly I took my wife shopping for helmets at the local HD shop last year, they had 2 that had vents, the rest of them were solid with no vent holes at all, and most were half-helmets that offered little more protection than a non-DOT brain pot.
    I've always been a basic gear nazi and big advocate of full face helmets. Its all I've ever worn. But years after my wreck, settling into my old man bike (vulcan nomad 1600) as my only bike for a few years, the wind coming around and under the windshield makes a full face helmet buffet terribly. I still dealt with it and wore it anyways. I commuted to work on it a lot, was sitting in burger king drive through one time on the way to work in mid summer, bike hot, hot outside, wearing full face and no jacket or gloves, I was absolutely burning up. I said Im about to buy me a half helmet to wear just riding back and forth to work. Didn't plan to always wear it. Bought a $35 novelty helmet. Oh man, how much better it was. Little to no buffeting, so much cooler, and I really enjoy the open view when riding instead of being limited on view by a full face. Just feels like more freedom. I wear it all the time now when I'm on the bagger. I also don't ride it near as dangerously as I ride the NC, although I am aware of the dangers on the road that I am not in control of. But again, and stupidly, I'm willing to take the risk.

    It's likely that I never would have settled into cruisers if it weren't for my leg, but I'm glad I did. I love this Nomad. The comfort is amazing, just stretch out and cruise. I use it for any time I have to travel long distance that doesn't include a primary purpose of riding fun roads. Rode 1.5 hours one way to buy my college books the other day. Rode it to Nashville to concerts 2.5 hours one way a few different times. These are times the NC doesn't shine and the cruiser does what it's meant to do - cruise. It's nice, and fairly relaxing, and just feels more free wearing little to no gear in the summer, and it is nice. I bundle up and wear more gear in the winter obviously.







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    Armour

    I too thought that Bob as i viewed their gear, then i noticed their review section and read several of their customers' testimonies "AFTER" they crashed/wrecked/accidents. Their great reviews from their customers has really got me seriously considering a Top/Bottom set....

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    Quote Originally Posted by melensdad View Post
    Most of those things are specialized gear for long distance off road or long distance road tours. Think round the world trips or other long distance adventures.
    Id'e be down for a thousand dollar pair of RTW pants if they come with a $800 gas card.

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    There are many choices for riding pants $200 or less.
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    My guess is we are talking KLIM ADVENTURE RALLY PANT. $999.99 to $1,019.99

    Aerostich Darien with armored knees are $400. AD1 with armor are $500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalifornia View Post
    Id'e be down for a thousand dollar pair of RTW pants if they come with a $800 gas card.
    Yup that might change my mind too. Until then I'll stick to armored pants that are far more modestly priced.



    Quote Originally Posted by Rapturee View Post
    I too thought that Bob as i viewed their gear, then i noticed their review section and read several of their customers' testimonies "AFTER" they crashed/wrecked/accidents. Their great reviews from their customers has really got me seriously considering a Top/Bottom set....

    Rider Testimonials | Bohn Body Armor | Armored Motorcycle Clothing
    I think I'll give it another look after reading some of the testimonials from people who had unexpected dismounts.

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    The Bohn stuff is a little confusing - seems like itís an armored base layer you wear under street clothes. If thatís the case, Iíd still have concerns over abrasion. The Bohn stuff seems to have decent armor (CE 1, but there is better armor out there), but the fabrics are mostly or all Lycra.



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