Dress Well for Motorcycling

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This is how I dressed yesterday, for our motorcycle ride to Laguna Beach. Below you can see how I dressed for a previous ride.
Wrong-way-motorcycle
When I used to ride a two wheeled scooter, I always wore long pants, sturdy boots, an armored jacket, full fingered gloves, and usually a full, not a 3/4 helmet. Now I ride a three wheeled can-am spyder and I’ve been getting a little too relaxed about wearing safety gear. I started wearing tennis shoes instead of boots, and recently I wore board shorts instead of my jeans, thinking I looked very cool, when I was actually looking rather foolish, especially to seasoned riders. Just because I’m on three wheels, it doesn’t mean I can’t take a spill, or be hit by a stone fired in my direction. Hitting a large flying insect while traveling at fast speeds can also be quite unpleasant.

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Here is my full helmet, full fingered gloves, and armored jacket to protect elbows and shoulders, just in case.
motorcycle-tire-pressure
In the photo above I’m checking the pressure of my can-am tires, before our ride. Note my long pants and sturdy boots. Another draw back of wearing shorts on a motorcycle is the possibility of resting your bare leg next to the extremely hot tailpipe.This has happened to more than one rider, and I’ve seen some of the scars.
Fueling-the-motorcycle-and-scooter
Finally, a photo of my husband fueling our vehicles. As you can see, he’s dressed in safety gear as well.
Hopefully I haven’t nagged too much, but when I see people on scooters and motorcycles in shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, I cringe. I almost joined their ranks, but thankfully came to my senses. I’m hoping this post might just save someone from an unnecessary injury, or a bad case of road rash. Ride safe.

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