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trishie
PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:55 pm  Reply with quote
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I was doing some motorcycle industry research for work today and came across this.

Warning: kinda gross. But makes me feel slightly less dorky during these hot summer days when I am in full face, boots, and armored jacket.

http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=432945

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:53 pm  Reply with quote
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But, we are only riding scooters, the lady was on a sport bike.
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Yeah. Even on a scooter, one trip to the ICU Burn Unit will convince you otherwise. That's why I bought an armored mesh jacket for running around town. Mesh gear is cheap, and better than nothing.

Steppin' off the soapbox...
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Even sliding slowly down a city street in a leather jacket isn't any fun. I sure am glad that I learned my "wear your gear" lesson when it was cold outside. I like my skin and would like to keep it thanks. I don't think that is dorky at all!
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Not to mention that you look absolutely fetching in red!
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But, we are only riding scooters, the lady was on a sport bike.


Oh yeah, I forgot scooters have a magic force field protecting them & their riders from falling down or getting hit. Thanks for the reminder!

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trishie wrote:
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But, we are only riding scooters, the lady was on a sport bike.


Oh yeah, I forgot scooters have a magic force field protecting them & their riders from falling down or getting hit. Thanks for the reminder!


It's official, i don't think he's real. Fess up, John? Nate? Not enough typos for it to be Matt and not enough profanity for jeremey L.
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trishie wrote:
Oh yeah, I forgot scooters have a magic force field protecting them & their riders from falling down or getting hit.


Really? They come with that? I think I got screwed, mine came with some kind of invisibility option, other drivers never seem to see me.

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I think you mean "not enough typos for Nate". I'm blaming Matt on this one.
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nate wrote:
I think you mean "not enough typos for Nate". I'm blaming Matt on this one.


I stand corrected. Matt just leaves out whole words or phrases. I can usually get what he means. But indeed, the actual words he manages to type are often correctly spelled.
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That picture of the dope with no gear and a helmet. What, does he think he's going to fall off his bike and only land on his head? Like some freakish Weeble Wobble??? If I had to choose between wearing all the gear but no helmet or no other gear But the helmet, I'd choose covering everything from the neck down.

Where's Matt Parker when you need him?


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Looks like the Dope is riding in California, which has Anti-Freedom Restrictions.

Er, helmet laws.
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Everything from the neck down doesn't exist for you once you spread your brains on the pavement. No Helmet, No Brains! Anyone remember the research done on rider clothing material in simulated accidents back in the late 70s or early 80s. Blue Jeans lasted less than 5 seconds in the pavement tests. Leather gear at the time faired better, but only by additional seconds. The tests simulated low, moderate, and high speed accidents, and showed how quickly materials were ground or torn away. Slide on your ass wearing pants made of cotton at highway speed and you could kiss your ass goodbye since the road would have additional stripes painted in red. Personal Protection Equipment didn't really exist back then, it was just motorcycle clothing. Alot has changed since those tests were done. Wished I remembered who published the tests. It was in depth and very interesting in a scary way. The test article got me to wear gloves on a regular basis even if I didn't wear the rest of the motorcycle clothing.

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Drive in, I believe it was the Hurt Foundation who did those tests. I could be wrong but I think it was them as they did them in like 1980 or something.

Secondly, my point was not that I don't wear a helmet. My point was that given a choice, wearing a helmet and no other protective gear is about as useful as not wearing any protective gear at all imo.

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