ATGATT ... really? I mean really?

melensdad

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Both my wife and I are pretty safety oriented.

Every time we get on the bikes:
  • Helmet (mine = Arai Defender full face with lots of vents / hers HJC 3/4 with full face shield + vents)
  • CE armored jackets (both have First Gear textile, she has First Gear mesh, I have Klim mesh)
  • Riding shoes/boots
  • Riding gloves*

But we don't wear motorcycle pants if we are just taking a trip into town.

* she will occasionally leave off gloves and is looking for a better fitting pair of mesh gloves

For those who advocate All The Gear, All The Time do you actually do that? Is there something you leave off from time time?

What say you?
 
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Yeah, come around late October I'm all ATGATT. And I stay that way until late April. All winter long I hang out on forums and preach the ONLY SAFE way to ride.

Then around May I ditch my full face, pull on the half hat, kick the Shovel to life and become the pirate of my inner self.

OK, truth be told, I wear whatever gear I can and still be comfortable. At my advanced age ATGATT would kill me in the Virginia summer. Yes I have vented gear. Even then, soaking the tee shirt is needed to make life bearable.
 

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Yes, I’m in full gear all the time, anytime. Full gear includes motorcycle pants, which I actually find to be quite comfortable. There’s just one exception: If I’m on my 50cc Ruckus scooter, I have been known to occasionally wear denim jeans and athletic shoes in hot weather.

I live outside the city and (partly for safety reasons) most always ride in rural areas, avoiding city riding/congestion.
 

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Yeah, come around late October I'm all ATGATT. And I stay that way until late April. All winter long I hang out on forums and preach the ONLY SAFE way to ride.

Then around May I ditch my full face, pull on the half hat, kick the Shovel to life and become the pirate of my inner self.

OK, truth be told, I wear whatever gear I can and still be comfortable. At my advanced age ATGATT would kill me in the Virginia summer. Yes I have vented gear. Even then, soaking the tee shirt is needed to make life bearable.
The heat is reason I don't wear the pants all the time...
Most of the time, and even on a hot day if I know I'll be moving the whole time I'll wear them, but stuck in traffic...

I also pull the foam out of the back of my jacket on warm days, lets the mesh vent a little better.

Otherwise though, full face helmet, jacket and gloves (got a couple pairs depending on the temperature) all the time, pants most of the time...
 

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I always wear motorcycle boots, modular helmet, elk skin gloves in the warmer weather, insulated armored gloves in cold weather and a pair of Gore-Tex flyers gloves for rainy weather. I usually wear one of the two Aerostich suits I have that I bought on Ebay. I have a regular two piece in size 44 Short and a lighter R3 one piece in 44 Short. I wear the R3 in hot weather with absolutely no cotton fabric touching my skin under the suit unless I'm commuting the very short 5 miles to and from work. It was so hot this past summer I took the Madstad windshield off to get more of breeze while riding. I would wear lace up shoes from time to time until I rolled a bike, with me on it, sideways off of a trailer I was loading the bike onto. My left shoe lace got hung up on the foot peg and down we went onto the street.
 

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Mesh pants and jacket, and mesh armored gloves, in the summer, regular armored jacket and pants, and regular armored gloves, in the cooler months. Full face helmet and motorcycle boots always.

Yeah, it can get toasty sometimes, but I figure that passes quicker than the road rash - or worse - will.

I don’t leave home without ‘em [emoji41]


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I'm pretty much ATGATT all the time but like Greg I will occasionally ride my scooter around the block in jeans and a tee shirt. I always wear a helmet and gloves.
 

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Modular helmet, armored jacket with back protector, leather gauntlet gloves with armored knuckles, and boots every time. I, too and sometimes on the pants. Solely due to my 3.7 mile "commute" to work. On longer trips, I would include riding pants, as well.

This summer was pretty brutal at stop lights (4 of them between the house and work.) We had a heat index upwards of 115F on the hottest days...but I still survived :D
 

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So to sum it up ... many of us go pants less :cool:
 

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Really could have lived without that image [emoji15]


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Yeah, pantsless sometimes, but otherwise pretty much always wear helmet, gloves, armored jacket, steel toe boots.
Most of the time I forego the armored pants is due to heat, and/or riding the Spyder, and/or riding a scooter.
But I'm not about to preach ATTGATT. Safety is a choice, every time.
 

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Back onto a serious note, I’ve always been told that steel toe boots are not a good idea for motorcycles. Recently took another riding class and we were expressly forbidden from wearing them.
 

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Back onto a serious note, I’ve always been told that steel toe boots are not a good idea for motorcycles. Recently took another riding class and we were expressly forbidden from wearing them.
A guy I work with has a friend whose foot was de-gloveed by steel toe boots in a motorcycle accident.

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I wear all the gear except when I go to a supply store near my work. Then I lose the pants. Happens a couple of times per year so not 100% but pretty close.
 

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A guy I work with has a friend whose foot was de-gloveed by steel toe boots in a motorcycle accident.
They told us in the safety class that steel toe boots were dangerous, didn't say why. But DAMN, I think I'll stick with motorcycle boots that have the armor for the ankles to help minimize injuries in a fall rather than removing the skin off my feet!
 

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Yes, always. However, I did not wear a jacket in the Labor day golf cart parade in my neighborhood. Did have boots, pants, gloves, helmet. the temp was in the 90's.
 

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The minimum I wear is helmet, gloves, jacket, long pants, boots. Most of the time, I wear over pants and ear plugs. I’m curious about the problem with steel toed boots. They’ve protected my big toes on two crashes. Other than the risk of the steel getting crushed, what’s the problem? Objective, first hand information please.
 

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The minimum I wear is helmet, gloves, jacket, long pants, boots. Most of the time, I wear over pants and ear plugs. I’m curious about the problem with steel toed boots. They’ve protected my big toes on two crashes. Other than the risk of the steel getting crushed, what’s the problem? Objective, first hand information please.
In the last motorcycle class they told us that most of the injuries to feet were actually ankle injuries. Motorcycle boots have padding/armor at the ankles to disperse crush loads and reduce the chance of a broken ankle from a crush. I'd guess that other foot injuries come from sliding and (without any true knowledge) would think that toe injuries would actually be less likely than ankle, knee and hip injuries.

As I wrote earlier, no clue why the instructors/class requirements said that steel toe is dangerous.

Both of the instructors did say (and this did NOT seem like it was related to their blanket "danger" statement) that steel toe shoes make it harder to feel the shifts.
 

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I always wear helmet, jacket and gloves. I will wear riding boots if going out for a spirited ride, otherwise sturdy leather "semi-dress" boots riding to work. I used to only wear riding pants if I was going for a spirited ride, or out on a ride with friends.

About 3 weeks ago, a driver in the lane to my right suddenly pulled an illegal u-turn in front of me, without signaling, and as I applied emergency braking I dropped the bike on myself. I completely skinned my right knee open, about 2-3 inches long by 1.5 inches wide. Fat was showing in the wound. I was limping around for more than two weeks and needed a tetanus shot, topical antibiotics, and expensive 3M wound dressings (they were really necessary to keep the pain to a minimum and keep it healing properly) for about a month. It hasn't fully healed yet; there is still a quarter-sized wound that is slowly growing shut.

The crash occurred at < 5 mph. I'm wearing pants all the time from now on.
 
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