OK, if it's confession time, forgive me Gizmo for I have sinned....
MANY years ago when I was young and stupid I had a Kawasaki 1000RX (before the original ZX10) - flying machine.
This was maybe 1988-89 ??? Cracking summer, absolute BELTER. Me and Dr Bob jumped on the RX and shot off down to Largs - 100+ T-Shirt, shorts and trainers. Don't want to think about that.
But then of course HOLIDAY MODE. 3 Years ago, went to Rhodes (love Rhodes) and hired a Harley. T-Shirt and shorts and off we went. North of the island - trundling along I see a "thing" flying towards me - the biggest wasp I have EVER SEEN. It flies right up the shorts and stings me BIG TIME on the @rse. Emergency stop, screaming in agony, and there's Dr Bob unable to move for laughing...
Safety gear gets my VOTE...
But wait till the summer arrives and we're roasting in leathers again....
So should gramps on his Cub90 of 16yr olds on 'peds be wearing leathers too? think motorcycling my start to die out if thats the case, yes when we progress to big fast bikes we become more aware of the dangers, often thru experience and will get the appropriate gear to suit. 16yr olds arent likely to want to get into the biking lark if the clothing cost as much, if not more than their first bike? I occasionally wear t-shirt and jeans to nip up to the shopping centre to avoid traffic, i would take the car if it was law to wear leathers as I wouldn't want to be going round shopping centre in all my clobber.
Well thats me packed ready to come home.
The compulsory/mandatory Hard Hat, safety glasses, ear defenders,coveralls, safety boots, safety harness & inertia reel stored away.
Tomorrow is the compulsory dry suit & lifejacket to fly home in.
Then its into the car & put my compulsory seat belt on to get back to Dundee.
Then hopefully on Friday I will be wearing my "VOLUNTARY" but necessery Sidi Boots, leather sand Aria & battering the 848 through the Sma Glen. Hope the weather is fine.
I know, pretty embarrassing!
The thing just went away from me, all in slow motion, was only doing 10 15 miles an hour.
Damage to bike is not much, need a new rearset and some indicator lenses.
Damage to me.....1 skinned right knee and Ive popped my @@@@ing back picking the @@@@ up!
ahhhhh - I hadn't realised it was on Princes Street Davie ..you kept that we bit quiet to begin with Hope the skint knee has plaster on it and getting better now
getting back to the debate then yes, guilty as charged with riding in shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, and baseball cap too while abroad (lots of protection there eh ) but it is my choice. In this country I have the protective jeans but always prefer my leathers and the full kit on .... again my choice and not the nanny states choice!