Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: North Central Ohio
We all decide what level of risk we are willing to accept. We all weigh the trade-offs of doing what we should do versus what we want to do.
I'm sure there is an example of someone who has ridden a poorly maintained motorcycle, without proper gear, frequently inebriated, and breaking traffic laws that has survived for years that way.
I'm sure there is also an example of a conscientious rider that kept their bike impeccably maintained, wore ATGATT, and always obeyed the traffic laws, and somehow ended up dead.
Life is funny that way, and it's not always fair. Personally, I find keeping my bike in top condition, not pushing the limit with regards to speed, leaving plenty of stopping distance between me and the vehicle in front of me, and riding defensively with full awareness of what's going on around me, to be far more important than wearing ATG. Actually riding on a hot day with ATG can be uncomfortable to the point of distraction.
I have four complete riding suits and helmet combinations. My favorite is an Aerostitch Transit jacket and pants, Vega boots, a Schuberth C3 helmet, and a pair of Harley Davidson gloves. It's comfortable from 40 to 80 degrees F. For riding days colder than 40 degrees F, I swap out the Aerostitch and the gloves for a set of heated Gerbings. I still struggle to find a riding outfit that provide good protection and is still cool enough to ride on 80+ degree days in traffic.
On those really hot days I frequently find myself with less than ATG. Is it less safe? Maybe. But I believe it's more important to be comfortable and undistracted. And I'll accept that risk.