Gloves are for protection (and does help with grip but that's not the main purpose).Im torn between full finger and the half finger types.ThanksGene m
I am closer in opinion to Larry than most others on this, but even he surpasses my cavalier attitude. I wear no gloves unless my hands are cold and that is a rare occurrence. I would rather bleed than die of heat stroke. So in hot weather I ride in a pocket "T" shirt, Nikes, half helmet, and blue jeans or light weight tear resistant pants. If I had to wear all that garb, I would probably sell the bike.I know I am going to open myself up for ridicule here, but here goes anyway.
I fully understand the stance taken by ATGATT riders, but I just can't follow in their footsteps. I spend all winter bundled up like an Eskimo trying to beat the cold and snow, dreaming of summer when I can shed the heavy, bulky clothing. Once summer is here, I'll be damned if I am going to dress up like an Alberta Clipper is coming through on a hot summer day. I make what I think are reasonable accommodations for safety. I wear a helmet, although it is a 3/4. I usually, but not always wear a jacket with body armor. But I also limit the rest of my gear to jeans and tennis shoes. My gloves are no different. I wear gloves, but I wear them for comfort and for better control of the bike, not necessarily for safety, although any pair of leather gloves will provide a certain level of protection.
I would have to give up motorcycling before I would dress up like I live in Siberia every day. Having to do that would take all the enjoyment out of riding for me, and make it not worth the bother. Given those two choices, I will stick with my choice of gear.
I see ATGATT riders every day that ride so dangerously and aggressively that they are a far higher risk of getting killed or seriously injured than I am with my tennis shoes and lightweight gloves. We all have our own way of managing risk. Riding safely and avoiding dangerous situations is mine. Some riders dress for an accident. I ride to avoid accidents.
The problem is, the gear that is within my budget IS bulky and hot. It's not a lack of knowledge. It's a lack of income. This sport is already insanely expensive. Yeah, there is some incredible tech out there. Cool, lightweight, and highly protective, and also incredibly expensive. I could not possibly keep up with technology considering the cost. Hell, I cringe at spending $40 on the Olympia's I buy. But $150? Not a chance. I'm not cheap. I just live within my means. I won't even dare add up what I have actually spent on protective gear. I would probably throw up from the nausea.Suggesting that a motorcyclist has to be bundled up like "they live in Siberia" demonstrates a lack of knowledge regarding current protective gear.
A pair of Held Airstream II gloves, a Darien Light (or similar) jacket w/pants, motorcycle specific boots and a full-face helmet hardly qualify for a Siberian winter. The irony of course is that you would be not only be better protected than the typical tennis shoes and shorts rider but also more comfortable on a hot summer afternoon....