The sun is shining it is 80 degrees and you are going to hit the highway screaming on that big gleaming motor scooter that is sitting in your garage. Well, before you climb on that chromed out beast, take at look in the mirror. Are you dressed for a day of riding or are you dressed for a day at the beach?
Start at the feet, are they in those tiretread gucci sandals that you just couldn't pass up or are they in over the ankle leather boots with non-skid soles? Toes do not fair well, when they slip off the pegs at 65 mph. Ten toes seem to fill out shoes so much better than 8 or 9.
Next, look at your legs. Can you see your legs? If you can, that is a big no-no. Exhaust burns on the calves are not cool. They should be covered at the very least by a good set of denim jeans. If you would like a little more between you and the highway, than the 6 seconds that it takes for asphalt to grind through your levis, padded leather pants or chaps are an option.
Now lets look at the upper torso. Ok, so you work out at the gym everyday for 4 hours. That 6 pack does look good, but at high speeds who can see it anyway?! And ladies, we do not want to cause any accidents out there so keep them covered! Most prefer to ride in a t-shirt or tank, yes it is comfortable but if denim only gives 6 seconds of protection, how much protection will you get out of that shirt? Heavy leather coats are just that, heavy and hot. There are many tightly woven nylon coats out there with added padding and venting. They give good protection, not only from accidents, but also from them darn bugs that hurt when they hit you and most are waterproof.
Now lets look at that mug that is looking back at you. So you think I am going to preach about wearing a helmet? Nope, that is your choice. If you live in certain states though, that might also be the law. I choose to wear a skid lid. When we are out of our home state, my husband chooses not to. He does not ridicule me for my decision, nor do I for his. If you do purchase a helmet for protection, choose one that fits properly. It should sit flat on top of your head and not cocked back like a cowboy hat. Also select one that is DOT approved. A "peanut" helmet is just that, it will split like a peanut when it hits the pavement.
See those eyes that are looking directly at you? Cover them up. You can select, glasses, goggles, or a face shield if your helmet is equipped with one. Don't forget, if you end up out at night, also have clear eye protection.
So you think that you are completely covered and ready to go? What about those things hanging at the end of your wrists? Thats right! You need to cover your hands also. Not only are they the first things you stick out to catch you in a fall, they are the main thing that you use to control that steel steed. There are great padded gloves out there, that also protect your palms and fingers from the vibration. You can chose to wear the awesome ones that leave you fingers exposed, but I don't like bug-goo on mine.
Now you are dressed and ready to ride. If you pass me on the byways of this great land, I will give you the traditional 2 finger wave. You will know it is me, I don't ride naked!
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