Originally Posted by Gizmo1137
I agree with you in that if one chooses not to wear protective gear for whatever reason, that is their choice and do not deserved to be preached to. I also agree unless the helmet worn is properly fitted and secured, technically you are not ATGATT. The other gear you mention, while my gear generally falls into what you mention as correct, the less acceptable versions are still better than none at all.
First off, you're NOT the target of my comments...as your posts don't disparage anyone who doesn't wear "all the gear, absolutely all of the time" which I applaud you for.
I've seen fatal motorcycle accident scenes where riders bled out because they had crappy (or no) gloves on, and when they took an unexpected dismount and tried to break their fall, ground down their palms and wrists. How many of the people who are quick to lambaste others for not wearing a helmet or jacket wear flimsy gloves, or half-gloves?
Secondary-impact injuries from half-helmets that slip or shift off of the rider's head are so frequent, they almost make them worthless, yet a significant percentage of this forum's membership wear them.
Lots of "mesh" jackets would actually be worthless in a get-off accident after 10 feet--they'd disintegrate like a ruptured feather pillow, or melt into road-rashed skin. Even the ones that are advertised as "kevlar mesh" aren't pure kevlar and multi-layer, and the seams are weak (I know, I have two of them), a 200-pound rider hitting pavement at 60 mph would shred them. Yes, it would offer SOME better protection than a T-shirt, but nothing compared to armored leather. Yet many people on this forum and others seem to think that whipping on that Joe rocket Phoenix or Rev-It jacket makes them invincible.
Not to mention that most of us like to install and use things that are DESIGNED to distract us...from the radios to the cd-players to the GPS systems to the BMW Cupholders (I still don't get that one) to the biggest distraction ever...spouses on the back!
One of my brain surgeries left me with problems regulating body temperature. As a result, I have lots of problems above 90 degrees or below 40 degrees. And I live in Texas...go figure. So that means either I view 6 months a year as "un-rideable" or I have to figure out other options. Sometimes that means I don't wear a jacket. Should I give up riding because that's the decision I make? I hope not.
I guess my main point is "don't slam others if their choice is different than yours, please."