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I traded my 02 ST1300 for an 06 GL1800 back in July. From what I could gather from the ST1300 forums that I visited most of the ST1300 riders wore some sort of protective gear top and bottom ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time). The wife and I wear First Gear Mesh Pants in the summer and Overpants when it is cold. (First Gear mesh jackets and FG winter jackets)

We seem to be the only couple wearing protective pants, most of the people we have observed wear some sort of protective jacket but jeans seem to be the pants of choice. I have even seen GW riders wearing tennis shoes.

Am I missing something?

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No Wayne, you're not missing something. It's just that some wingers don't adhere to the ATGATT way of thinking. To some riders, some of the gear all the time is better than no gear all the time. That's just my thoughts.

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Re: Why does it appear to me that most Wing riders wear jean

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I traded my 02 ST1300 for an 06 GL1800 back in July. From what I could gather from the ST1300 forums that I visited most of the ST1300 riders wore some sort of protective gear top and bottom ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time). The wife and I wear First Gear Mesh Pants in the summer and Overpants when it is cold. (First Gear mesh jackets and FG winter jackets)

We seem to be the only couple wearing protective pants, most of the people we have observed wear some sort of protective jacket but jeans seem to be the pants of choice. I have even seen GW riders wearing tennis shoes.

Am I missing something?

Wayne
Wayne...good point.....but remember, those jeans you see could be kevlar protected jeans, and you would never notice.

Many times I'm tempted to invest in some type of riding jeans, but I know even if their mesh, they'd be to hot in warm weather.

I always chuckle here when those riders from the south-west in June, July, and August NEVER would think about riding down the street
for a loave of bread without putting on a protective jacket, pants, and boots in 110-120 degree day. Ya Right!

There either great bull-sh!ter's, or cold blooded like those lizards in their backyard.

But to be fair to them, their heat is a lot dryer then our heat here in the midwest.

Cheers!
 

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I wear jeans cause my mini skirt doesn't fit like it used to :shock: And in the summer, I frequently wear shorts. Most of the guys I ride with, do to. You don't have to remind me of all the "downers" to this practice. It's all about your comfort level with risk and (I'm sure someone will say - ignorance - but - whatever). The guys I ride with don't follow me to closely either as, I chew Redman.
 

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Re: Why does it appear to me that most Wing riders wear jean

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DubT said:
I traded my 02 ST1300 for an 06 GL1800 back in July. From what I could gather from the ST1300 forums that I visited most of the ST1300 riders wore some sort of protective gear top and bottom ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time). The wife and I wear First Gear Mesh Pants in the summer and Overpants when it is cold. (First Gear mesh jackets and FG winter jackets)

We seem to be the only couple wearing protective pants, most of the people we have observed wear some sort of protective jacket but jeans seem to be the pants of choice. I have even seen GW riders wearing tennis shoes.

Am I missing something?

Wayne
Wayne...good point.....but remember, those jeans you see could be kevlar protected jeans, and you would never notice.

Many times I'm tempted to invest in some type of riding jeans, but I know even if their mesh, they'd be to hot in warm weather.

I always chuckle here when those riders from the south-west in June, July, and August NEVER would think about riding down the street
for a loave of bread without putting on a protective jacket, pants, and boots in 110-120 degree day. Ya Right!

There either great bull-sh!ter's, or cold blooded like those lizards in their backyard.

But to be fair to them, their heat is a lot dryer then our heat here in the midwest.

Cheers!
Well, I live in South East Texas where it gets HOT & HUMID during the summer and I always ride with protective gear even for just a quick run to town.

The main reason I use to take the car before this past summer had nothing to do with the car but the amount of time it takes to wipe the bike down from the BUGS! It takes longer to clean the GL1800 than most cars but I can wipe my FJR1300 down quickly and so I take it most often now!

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Shane
 

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Larger demographic in the Goldwing arena than the ST crowd.
From overweight DQ-goers dressed in square-dance pajamas to Traxxion-equipped retards on sreamin' yellow bikes.
I've even seen some 'wingers sportin' car tires on their bikes; some don't even wear helmets.
 

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When you get old enough to own a Wing protective clothing becomes a mute point....Our skin now resembles kevlar.........sorry...couldn't resist...
 
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Well, I live in South East Texas where it gets HOT & HUMID during the summer and I always ride with protective gear even for just a quick run to town.

The main reason I use to take the car before this past summer had nothing to do with the car but the amount of time it takes to wipe the bike down from the BUGS! It takes longer to clean the GL1800 than most cars but I can wipe my FJR1300 down quickly and so I take it most often now!

Best regards,

Shane
Try the "Bra" Honda has for the 1800's.
I know what a pain bugs can be.
 

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I have the same thing when I ride. My group wears minimum protection. While I always have max. They talk about wind and sun burn, most of my skin is always coved. Same with face shield instead of just sunglasses.

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When FJR'ers are pushing their bikes, the odds of crashing might be higher. Anyone have stats on crash rates for different bike styles?

The racer wanna-be image is part of sport-bike ownership.

Many Goldwingers figure "this ride" will be a simple one and very unlikely to result in a crash so minimal gear is required. We'll wear all our gear when a crash is "more likely".

Goldwingers are generally older and more cautious riders lending support to the idea that a wreck on "this ride" will not happen.

The Goldwing image is comfort but tough. We'll ride through anything in the lap of luxury to get to a good DQ. Basic jeans have a comfortable, tough image.

Just my guess...
 

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All I wear is blue jeans! Speaking of "BLUE" jeans. Just read an artice from a New Hampshire professor of entomology (that's a bug specialist) who said that the dreaded biting black fly up in his neck of the woods (about to hatch in April/June timeframe) is very partial to human victims who wear the color BLUE and suggests you wear khaki pants instead of jeans. Do Draggin' Jeans come in khaki? I planned a trip up there (Lake Winnapausaukee) on Memorial Day and now I'm going to have to change my entire blue jean wardrobe. Shucks!!!
 

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Jeans were protective clothing when I started riding. :? I've never thought twice about wearing anything else.

It appears to me people that want to "gear up" all the time are fairly new to riding. Probably less than 10 years experience. I know there's exceptions to everything.

I'll worry about the crash when it happens. I'm not one to worry about what "might" happen! I'm a grown man with 40 years of riding. I know the risk I'm taking everytime I take a scoot out of the garage!
 

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Ballistics in the winter and mesh in the summer for me.
 

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I am amont the ones that ride in jeans. When its hot I wear jeans, a tee shirt and tennis shoes. Oh, and of coarse, always a helmet. Spank me if you feel the need.
 
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Jeans were protective clothing when I started riding. :? I've never thought twice about wearing anything else.

It appears to me people that want to "gear up" all the time are fairly new to riding. Probably less than 10 years experience. I know there's exceptions to everything.

I'll worry about the crash when it happens. I'm not one to worry about what "might" happen! I'm a grown man with 40 years of riding. I know the risk I'm taking everytime I take a scoot out of the garage!
Well Said Red,

Wear what you can personnaly endure with comfort and common sense.
 

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Re: Why does it appear to me that most Wing riders wear jean

Wi_Winger said:
ShaneStump said:
Well, I live in South East Texas where it gets HOT & HUMID during the summer and I always ride with protective gear even for just a quick run to town.

The main reason I use to take the car before this past summer had nothing to do with the car but the amount of time it takes to wipe the bike down from the BUGS! It takes longer to clean the GL1800 than most cars but I can wipe my FJR1300 down quickly and so I take it most often now!

Best regards,

Shane
Try the "Bra" Honda has for the 1800's.
I know what a pain bugs can be.
I had a bra and didn't like it because it added more time to getting it on /off the bike than it saved time for cleaning!

Best Regards,

Shane
 

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ATGATT... as a former ST1300 rider :lol: I don't think years of riding has as much to do with it as much as years of what you've been riding. The Sport Touring crowd in general are ATGATT... cruiser crowd in general are, well, whatever... GoldWing crowd is a mix depending on what you rode before I guess... sport bikes, never know with them.

JMHO :shock:
 

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Started in 1967 with blue jeans, T hsirt/levi jacket. Now ride atgatt, mesh in summer, balistic in winter, full face and protective gloves, mesh or heated depending on weather. I have worked hard to get to where I am and hope to do more of this for a lot longer. I figure protection will help me get there and still enjoy the ride. Few of our friends do likewise, but they do know the shortest route to the DQ. :wink:
Maybe they can't get protective clothing in those sizes. Omar the tent maker should be in demand.
 

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Re: Why does it appear to me that most Wing riders wear jean

ShaneStump said:
I had a bra and didn't like it because it added more time to getting it on /off the bike than it saved time for cleaning!

Best Regards,

Shane
Shane,
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Was that a Kevlar bra? Why did it take so long to get on the bike when using it? (My wife seems to be able to mount/dismount in the same amount of time whether she has one on or not.)

In any case, I don't know if I would admit that on this forum. :lol:
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It is crowd-specific and not years riding.

My wife's coworkers are all cruiser riders, mostly HD and short-haul. They'd been hearing about our exploits to parts-unknown and wanted us to lead them on a "long ride".
I planned a loop (short to us) of 300 miles to the Carolina Smokehouse and asked Toyo & Trialsman to help me wrangle the group.
The day dawned misty and cool (38 degrees or so) and we all assembled for the ride. The GW people were dressed in nice comfy electic power-ranger gear; the cruiser people all had leather jackets and chaps.
The cruiser crowd was miserable and several had to bail out.

It's sort of a mix of information & popular culture.
 
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