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Posted on 2007.12.17 at 21:48


Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-12-19 01:53 (UTC) (Link)
just the required helmet. i didn't think i would need anything else, but meh- a bruised kneecap/shoulder, it could have been worse.
alceria at 2007-12-19 16:01 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know you were riding again. I'm glad you are okay.....how is the bike?

I have to admit, I originally was really lax on my riding gear, especially living in florida, where people ride scooters in flip flops and shorts. My boyfriend has really been on my ass to upgrade my gear though, and I'm thankful. My accident was a wake-up call. I was wearing a shitty 90 buck helmet, no gloves, birkenstocks....it could have been really bad if I dropped the bike on me.

I have since gotten a $300 Nolan full face flip-up helmet (this thing fucking rocks, and through Andy's work I got it on close-out for like $100), good quality cold-weather riding gloves and a slightly better (but not a real motorcycle) jacket. Come spring, I am going to most likely pick up this corazzo hoody jacket.

I have to admit, wearing all the extra gear is a drag, and I hate wearing gloves, but it's the smart thing to do. It also has made my riding season longer, having the right stuff. I don't know if I'll go as far as Andy and get heavy pants and ride when it's 35 degrees out, but at least now I can ride somewhat comfortably even when its in the low 50's.

I need to get some better boots for next season, with a heel, because otherwise I can't really flat foot it at stops, and some summer weight gloves. I was just thinking the other day that acquiring all this gear feels like playing WoW. I'm upgrading my armor all the time now. hehe.
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