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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-01-2020, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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A different Riding expereince..

Worked on my work Car yesterday putting on a valve cover gasket and upper motor mount..I have some choice words for NISSAN and their thinking but thats for a different forum. Anyway, hands greasy, clothes greasy and oily and I need to make a tool / Part run. Wife was in the truck in town so I had to ride the bike. Didnt feel like putting my clean gear overtop all my greasy clothes and didnt feel like changing just to come home and change back into greasy clothes. SO, Grabbed my old cracked helmet and hopped on the DR in shorts, and a tshirt, no gloves and took off for the parts store. I gotta say I felt like I was running illegal, but dang it felt nice. Im ATGATT 99% of the time, and I NEVER ride in shorts.. But dang it felt good. I totally get it now whan I see folks in Nothing buta tshirt and shorts cruising down a backroad, tyoically on a cruiser of some sort.
Not a thread to start the Full gear vs no gear blah blah, and Im still gonna wear my gear as I normally would, but it was a fun outing!
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I grew up in FL and started riding on my 14th birthday .

No helmet , no gloves , and no sense !

Now that I am ........ more mature , the idea of riding in shorts makes me shiver .
And I've seen many guys riding without gloves in my area just this past weekend .
I gotta say that after several up close and personal meetings with Mr Pavement
the thought of riding without gloves holds no appeal .

BUT , I get your thrill of the moment . Once in awhile you gotta say the heck with
rules , responsibilities and such .

Long live EASY RIDER !

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I take the Zuma 125 to the mailbox everyday in shorts and a t-shirt and flipflops, no helmet. Granted, the mailbox is about 800 feet away but beats walking. It's a nice feeling but not something I would do going any further.

I've had great luck with Nissan's and love my 6 speed Xterra, but I'm sure they've done some things to make you scratch your head a few times. My Xterra if an "OFF ROAD" edition but is 2wd. weird..
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In my youth skateboard, bicycle, and Kawasaki 100 was enough that at one time I had 8 visible layers of road rash on my left forearm. At least one from each source.

Before long I decided that I needed elbow pads. At that time about all that was available was made for hockey players. To this day I still wear elbow pads off-road.
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It only takes a fraction of a second to have to "manage" rr for a few weeks.
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I started riding at 5 on an Idian 50.. Can still remember being a 9 yr old racing aorund the woods and fields in shorts and tshirt all summer on a Suzuki ds 80.. I can remember wrecking on gravel and getting scraped up pretty good, never thought twice about it I guess.. Even as I grew into a teenager and young adult and riding everything from an IT 200.. (great bike BTW) to a CR 500 and everything in between, I wore a helmet and that was it.. Had one bad wreck that left me with a bad burn that required hospitalization that if I had been wearing some gear or even a long sleeve shirt, wouldnt have happened. Dont know, but when I started road riding I just always instinctively had at least long pants on.. Good friend went sliding down the road hands first after the front brake locked up on an old cb 360 he had been restoring. After that I realized maybe to wear gloves..L

So Yea it was only about a 7 mile round trip, was fun and refreshing, but it wont be the norm for me!


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A different Riding expereince..

One Fourth of July lately, I rode out to watch a relative doing his city's big fireworks show.
Being our Independence Day, I did not wear a helmet, but I did wear a heavy denim shirt and pants.
My relative watched me pull in, and then asked me "Who are you, and what did you do with the owner of that bike?"
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I'll do that sometimes, whizz down the road & backin shorts and tennies, having hosed off the worst of the grime, you know, just to blow out the excess water. When in South Carolina and going out to empty streets for a sunrise breakfast I have been known to ride helmetless for a couple miles. But doing that at hwy speeds gets you sandblasted. When in Key West, I did ride helmetless & in shorts and tennies. The max speed there is like 15 mph, better off renting a scooter or bicycle than hustling the weight of the FJR.

To me it's a weird feeling. Having that much leg hair moving at speed can definitely be intoxicating.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-02-2020, 08:22 AM
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Rode only once in shorts/tee shirt so of course I I crashed. Augered imy ZX-11 into the ground about 15 miles from home. Rode home with blood dripping from road rashed arm & leg. Last count was 3 surgeries for different repairs. Was so sore when I got home I had to have my neighbor pry me off the bike. But in the tradition of a true rider, I was more worried about the bike. Haven't ridden since without ATGATT.
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