Why you should wear real footwear on a bike (graphic)

SONICJK said:
Hey its a free country ride in whatever you want,
But what pisses me off more than anything is when I see some douchbag, with his girl on the back in a tank top and short shorts.
I am pretty damn sure she doesn't have a clue of the danger he is putting her in, yeah she knows they might wreck, but i highly doubt he ever explained to her what can happen if he lays that thing over at 60 mph. She likely has no clue that if they go over, she will likely not have any skin left on her body.
I see it all the time around here on the interstate even.
I even see dudes in full gear with a girl on the back wearing shorts and a tank top. Fuck you dude, be a gentleman and at least give her your jacket.

See it all the time as well... Makes me want to follow him until he parks, punch him right in his dick sucker and take his girl home in my car safely... I've wrecked 3 times and it is NO fun, the feeling of your flesh getting ripped of by asphalt is a feeling you NEVER forget... Last time I just laid there for a second and laughed, what else can you do?. I went home and had my wife stitch me up, laid on the couch with some vicoden and vodka and called it a night...
 
Showed my family.. Told them it was a picture of pack of bunnies.. They were pleasantly surprised. (Oh and right before dinner, yeah I'm evil).
 
Kamn said:
Wow, it just peeled off like a sock!
I see it all the time, tank top, shorts and flip flops......but the kicker is they have that body armour spine protector on! Fukn brilliant

Sonicjk, was that your friends foot??





I lost all of my skin but at least my spine is OK.
 
An acquaintance of mine wrecked his bike on the freeway last month. He was in a tank top and shorts, with those "Tom's" shoes. His girlfriend, who was riding on the back of the bike, got a bed next to him in the hospital. Skin grafts, and all that jazz... Instagram has been an interesting thing to look at when I hear of these kinds of accidents- scroll back through their feed and see pictures and captions leading up to the event, like an airplane's black box...

(1 week ago)
"Now that it's summer, I'm going to ride in a tank top!"

(2 weeks ago)
"Got a new helmet! Not DOT or SNELL, but look how cool it is!"

(3 weeks ago)
"Hey everyone, look at my new GSXR 1000!"
 
I have been guilty of riding in shoes a few times, but I think I will make sure the boots are on everytime now. Always have Jacket, gloves, full face and pants, but sometimes I wear my shoes, well that will be used to wear shoes now.
 
One time it was looking like maybe rain, maybe not, maybe rain, so I decided to take a quick ride before it was too late (I hate riding in the rain). Threw on the jacket and helmet in a hurry, then after I was out I realized I had forgotten to change my shoes. I was wearing low top chucks and no socks. I started to get really paranoid that I was going to bust my feet off. Then came rain. These horror stories always started with "I usually ALWAYS wear boots, but just this one time I figured it was just a quick ride..." I have a friend who lost his leg on a "short ride" to work that he'd done a million times. Not to be too much of a buzzkill, or to assign blame in an accident, but at least from my limited vantage point, everyone I know who've had terrible injuries were the ones who broke these kinds of rules, and always because it was a short or usual ride. Novelty helmet, fashion jacket, flimsy shoes, etc... I made a mental spreadsheet of the first 10 guys I know who ride- 2 aren't even licensed, 5 haven't taken an MSF course, 5 wear novelty helmets, 2 ride in tank tops regularly, 2 are okay with having a drink or two before a ride, 3 of us won't ride if its raining, 3 don't commute on a bike (I personally avoid it- riding tired after a 10 hour work day scares me). I do know 2 guys who've gone down on the freeway with limited injuries, who were both decked out in proper gear. I in no way think these factors will make a rider invincible, but I can't imagine getting on a bike and comfortably being deliberate in raising the risk involved. It's risky enough!
 
I got T-Boned by a deer a few years ago & thankfully had all my gear on. I broke my fib & tib plus royally fucked up my knee but I could only imagine what else would have happened if I wasn't wearing full leathers, racing boots, gloves, & helmet. My dad taught me from a very young age when i first started riding dirt bikes ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time).
 
So, here I am as an example now.

90mph.

Tire goes left right left in less than one second.

Tank slap.

"I'm upside down"

Go over the bars and skid, then stand up and run over to the shoulder lane.

Notice something is wrong with my feet.

You see my toes poking through the steel and leather? Now imagine your bones sticking through bloody tissue. Got it?
 

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My grandpa (who taught me how to ride) always said: "If it's too hot to ride in full gear, it's too hot to ride."

The ONE time I disobeyed this rule, I wrecked a bike and scraped off more skin than I ever care to again.

I can live with injuries due to situations outside my control. I can't stand to have avoidable injuries, though.

-Deek
 
ILoveThumpers said:
My grandpa (who taught me how to ride) always said: "If it's too hot to ride in full gear, it's too hot to ride."

I ride in 108º temps. I never suffer effects of dehydration or heat stroke. Something about a 70mph-average head-on wind working its way into your sleeves, it's much like an AC ::)

Even when it's time to hit downtown stop-and-go, who's complaining?
 
This genius ragged on my old Honda a bit, told me how much better his new Fury is at a stoplight. I just shook my head and chuckled a bit.

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Redliner said:
I ride in 108º temps. I never suffer effects of dehydration or heat stroke. Something about a 70mph-average head-on wind working its way into your sleeves, it's much like an AC ::)

Even when it's time to hit downtown stop-and-go, who's complaining?

http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/ExtremeHeat.html

You must not ride very long in that heat then. It's equivalent to "convection heating".
 
Big Rich said:
You must not ride very long in that heat then. It's equivalent to "convection heating".

Nah, it never gets hot in Dallas or Phoenix.

I ride (up to this week ::) ) every day for hours at a time.

I'm going to share something, but it's probably made up and doesn't work so don't take my word for it.

Take a ribbed-cotton shirt (like a singlet) and dip it in water. Then wring it out. You're set to be cool for about three-hours. Wring it out until it won't drip. It takes time for all of it to evaporate.

Smile in your leathers 8)
 

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