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brettchallenger
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For those not familiar with DerryBoots, these are moulded rubbery/plasticky boots like by old men in particular who couldn't care less about 'street cred' but do want waterproof boots. I started off my riding fifty years ago wearing them and after a few quality leather boots which always let in water, I have returned to them.
I here what you say about Derri boots, I used to wear them myself. They even marketed a pair specifically as motorcycle boots but I suspect they stopped doing that as they offered little or no protection in the event of coming off, which is why I don't wear them now.


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Little of subject but the topic of distinguished attire for motorcycle riding got me
thinking back to a time when we lived in England. My Father was stationed
at High Wycombe Air Station. I was about 14 at the time. We lived off base and
I spent a lot of time at our Neighbors house Vic and Winnie. They were older
and more like my English grandparents,always giving me advice. Vic had a BSA
with a sidecar and thinking back I am pretty sure he rode it year round. Remember
him wearing a tweed jacket and a large overcoat with a huge pair of gloves. Can't remember much else but I was more interested girls at that time. How times have changed. Fond memories

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I had a mix of first gear and tourmaster gear but last summer my tourmaster pants ripped at the seam and my tourmaster response boots needed replacing. first thing I bought was a shoei quest helmet, then a klim latitude jacket, no rain gear needed. I got some tourmaster flex pants which were too heavy with the liners installed and used my first gear mesh-tex pants for hot weather. I picked up a pair of alpinestar new land goretex boots, and a pair of klim latitude pants to replace the tourmaster flex pants. for gloves I ended up with Olympia rain & shine gloves but didn't like the rain & shine feature so I ordered some Olympia wolf gloves. I also have some icon 49er gloves and tourmaster intake air gloves, both are summer gloves
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Is there anything out there that resembles water/rain proof gloves for summer riding? Everything I have is for colder weather.

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seabeechief wrote:Is there anything out there that resembles water/rain proof gloves for summer riding? Everything I have is for colder weather.

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Yes there are a bunch the best being Gore Tex with a lifetime warantee. :D

http://www.revzilla.com/mens-waterproof ... cle-gloves



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Little or no protection? I wouldn't disagree with you there however I did have an accident wearing them and they were fine. I think it simply depends on the severity of the crash. Mine were just scraped and slightly melted. As I said in my first post, comfort come up highest on my list of choices and nothing is as comfy as these. Altberg boots are hand made leather boots of the highest quality made here at Richmond, N.Yorkshire and I've worn both pairs over the years. Now my feet have a high instep so it sometimes takes five minutes to get these on. On the bike they are fine but when I walk around in them, they might as well be damned ski boots. Clompy as hell. And if safety was paramount, we would all be in cars, right? Every fatal motorcycle crash I have been unfortunate to attend, the rider has died of internal injuries or a broken neck, not bad feet. And another thing, as we all know, when we are riding what is potentially an unsafe vehicle, we ride EXTRA carefully, do we not? I do.
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SeeBeeChief

Waterproof gloves? Well by heated Gerbing gloves are fine for the winter but in the summer when I wear Olympia gel gloves, I carry a pair of Hein Gericke 'Pathan' three finger gloves in the top box. I've found these 100% waterproof and unusually the fingers are grouped in pairs, plus the thumb. You'll have to Google them to see what I mean. They are excellent although I wouldn't wear them all of the time.
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Good and interesting info, guys. Thanks!

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I wasn't going to buy leather except I found a place that sold me a biker jacket for $99 and chaps for $160. At that price, I couldn't argue with the combined value and safety.

I also found a leather vest for $50 . I wear jeans and tshirt with the vest during hot weather.

And, I have a reflective safety vest that I use on my commutes during rush hour traffic.

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Also, my half helmet and bandana have a skull rider graphic. Silver on black. Seriously.

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My husband and I have "genuine" Goldwing jackets - with the Eagle on the back - that we purchased from a Honda dealership in South Dakota while on a two-week long ride out West. Other than that, we have had embroidery done to shirts, vests and jackets purchased from vendors that we've met at WingDing.

The HD riders may have "genuine" HD t-shirts, jackets, boots and more, but ours are great looking and didn't cost an arm and a leg. We love showing off our love of the GoldWings, but see no need to break the bank doing it. After all, $50.00 for a t-shirt is ridiculous. Especially when I know someone who will do embroidered shirts for me for $15.00-$30.00 depending on the size. And the embroidery won't begin to peel after several trips through the washer and dryer.

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In 1987 I bought my 1st Wing, a new 86 aspen...my boss talked me out of buying the 1400 Cavalcade. Told me Never ride without a Helmet and gave my 2yo her own helmet,(she wore it like a champ). Wow..she is 35yo now...What???

Anyways...Boss told me to Always remember this One Thing....At 55 mph, when your Arse is sliding down the Pavement, it is Eating away 1/4" of Skin every Foot you Slide....Now I know Some of us can Afford to do that(quick weight loss plan)...lol...but I for one will PASS....

Food for Thought...and not the pavements....

HEY......LET'S BE SAFE OUT THERE TODAY.....

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wayne ian wrote:
Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:34 pm
The attire I see most from wing riders is golf shirts,shorts and flipflops.
Seen it in pictures, but not out in the real world. Not in my group or groups we encounter / visit.
Make Courtesy your "Code of the Road" …

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It depends on which way I'm headin North or South But I'm always ridin safe Helmet and my skins and boots of course

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Full face helmet always. I feel that as far as protection from road rash, leather is hard to beat. I wear as much leather as temperatures will allow. In really cold weather (freezing or below) I'll be wearing leather chaps, leather jacket, 17" leather cowboy boots, and leather gloves - probably gauntlets. I also have a leather vest that I can wear under my jacket. I sometimes wear a neck gator too. As a last measure I can put my rain suit on over everything to really block the wind. Had to do that only one time trying to catch the ferry across Lake Michigan in November. Left the motel at 3 AM and rode 4 hours, mostly in the dark, with temps in the mid to upper 20s. As temperatures heat up the leathers come off. Heatstroke is a real danger and I try to be careful to stay hydrated and reasonably cool. I have a mesh jacket that I wear sometimes. When it gets up in the 90s the minimum I'll wear is 11" cowboy boots, denim jeans, perforated leather gloves, T-shirt, and of course the above mentioned full face helmet. I've ridden through Death Valley when the temperature was hovering around 105 degrees F. That was not fun. Fortunately we were out of the valley by noon, before it got really hot!

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Regarding summer gloves for riding in the rain: If it's warm out and you want protection but don't mind wet hands, I have found that Kinco Buffalo gloves are very comfortable. They aren't bulky and don't interfere with pushing switches or turning knobs. They get soaking wet and when it stops raining you keep them on and they dry out quickly in the wind. They don't seem to be harmed by this abuse. I have a pair that have been soaking wet a dozen times and still look like new. Available at many farm supply stores on on Amazon. Plus they are cheap.

https://www.amazon.com/Getting-35117008 ... r=8-3&th=1



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