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Newer riders/membes or people like me who love trawling the web to do research before making a potentially life saving purchase may have come across the acronym - ATGATT - which stands for All The Gear, ALL THE TIME.

When I first saw the acronym I was perplexed for sure.
On reading the articles that followed I was turned from a 'it wont happen to me' guy to an 'i dont care if I sweat or look like a pratt, I am wearing all the safety gear' guy.



We can all view some really, ghastly pictures on the web...
The above is a much less gorey image.. simply showing a bloke who didnt wear even minimal protection on his upper body.

You get the gist.

http://sportbike.natkd.com/road_rash.htm is a true article from a brave young lady who was not wearing protective clothing on a 400+ foot slide.
Read the last paragraph only if you're squeamish.

Always plan and dress for the worst, hoping for the best.
 

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On the topic of safety, i'd like to share something i found which is stirring up big news. This little start up company is making big waves for the motorcycle community. Besides designing a cool product the added safety benefits deserves a shameless plug and honest endorsement.

For those of you who ride often; and often at night. Take a few seconds and check these guys out.

http://www.lightmodehelmets.com/

http://instagram.com/lightmodehelmets





 

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I never seen this being done to a helmet, surprised it's not something I seen people with the tron bikes have.

So many good things about this, safety being one of the key things. Then on the creative side.... how this can be worked into the design of different helmet theme's :D
 

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This would work but I question if its really any more effective than having reflectors on your helmet. Seems to me that it would basically do the same thing.
 

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My favorite quote for gear "I rather sweat than bleed!"

LOL!
 
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There are two kinds of riders: Those that have gone down and those who WILL go down. It amazes me when I see folks riding in tee-shirts, shorts and flip-flops. New riders: PLEASE invest in good gear and wear it. Eslick was doing about 160 when he went down at Daytona - he jumped up and got back on the bike with no significant injury. Great marketing for Taichi.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx4ncKzVuQQ
 

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There are two kinds of riders: Those that have gone down and those who WILL go down. It amazes me when I see folks riding in tee-shirts, shorts and flip-flops. New riders: PLEASE invest in good gear and wear it. Eslick was doing about 160 when he went down at Daytona - he jumped up and got back on the bike with no significant injury. Great marketing for Taichi.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx4ncKzVuQQ
I see those Eslick leathers frequently. My local mc gear store is the national Taichi distributor, Moto Liberty in Dallas. They have those rashed up but intact leathers on display!
 

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I saw them a couple of years ago when SBK came through. Had a chance to talk to Slick - he loves his Taichi's.
 

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I love my Taichi's! Best leathers I have ever owned.

On the subject of gear, get the gear before you get the bike, IMHO. It doesn't have to be the top of the line Taichi, Dianese, Alpinestars, or whatever. Cruise eBay, craigslist, or find out what your local motorcycle forum is. Local forums are an awesome source.

Gear is cheap compared to hospital bills.

Any gear is better than no gear.
 

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I'm a HUGE fan of craigslist!! Jus bought some riding pants today.
 

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I live the ATGATT, but how do I clean it. I have the Alpinestars T-GP-R jacket. The white/black with red trim. I have read the care instructions and still I'm a little baffled at "hand-washing". I understand the process, I just want to know if there is a better way. Can I use a soft brush, or will just rubbing the garment against itself suffice?

Thanks!!!
 

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I live the ATGATT, but how do I clean it. I have the Alpinestars T-GP-R jacket. The white/black with red trim. I have read the care instructions and still I'm a little baffled at "hand-washing". I understand the process, I just want to know if there is a better way. Can I use a soft brush, or will just rubbing the garment against itself suffice?

Thanks!!!
I think it means you get some soap and water and a brush - you scrub the jacket using the brush, then rinse it with some water. If it's leather, use a leather cleaner like saddle soap.
 

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Yes I went to shove mine in the washing machine last night and caught a glimpse of the "washing instructions" label and saw "no machine wash." I'd just grab a bucket, put some clothes detergent in it, and scrub away, rinse with a hose and hang outside on a fence in the sun to dry. But mine is really bad, I've had it since 07 and never washed it. Its like not even black anymore, it's this off grey color. Nasty.
 

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The Delicate Cycle

I think it means you get some soap and water and a brush - you scrub the jacket using the brush, then rinse it with some water. If it's leather, use a leather cleaner like saddle soap.
Stirz, I am not recommending this for any forum member. I washed my jacket on the delicate cycle and air-dried it; hung it up it overnight. The jacket looked better than when I purchased it.>:D
 

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I had a pair of textile pants come apart in the washing machine once. Front loader, delicate cycle, did take the armor out first.

It's a whole 'nother set of stresses, much more prolonged than a crash obviously, and in some unlikely directions. Typically textile suits are good for one crash only, not an hour of being pulled in every direction at once. After that experience it's hand wash only for me. It's not that big of a deal to wash them in the bathtub once or twice a season, and I wouldn't want to take the risk that washing weakened a seam to where it wouldn't hold in a crash, but seemed okay visually.

Spot cleaning with a brush works to get the bugs off, but sweat reek gets them the whole works.
 

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This time of year I highly recommend an evaporative cooling vest. I'm prone to overheating, and I do NOT want to be dizzy and disoriented on two wheels in traffic. Evap vest lets me wear ATGATT and not have to skip hot days because of the risk of hyperthermia. It's good for about an hour and a half, then just find a gas station or rest stop hose, soak it and go again.
 

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This time of year I highly recommend an evaporative cooling vest. I'm prone to overheating, and I do NOT want to be dizzy and disoriented on two wheels in traffic. Evap vest lets me wear ATGATT and not have to skip hot days because of the risk of hyperthermia. It's good for about an hour and a half, then just find a gas station or rest stop hose, soak it and go again.
+1 on this from me.

I bought a Victory Cool Mesh evaporative vest that has 6 removable panels in it. 4 in the front and 2 in the back. Works very well and was a lot cheaper ($60 shipped) than Rev'It or other brands.

I don't care that it says VICTORY on it since I wear it under a mesh jacket. It's the COOL that counts.

A friend tried the HyperKewl and said it didn't work all that well. He bought a Rev'It that worked great but was well over $100.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Victory-Mot...-XL-/131466253570?hash=item1e9bffd502&vxp=mtr

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I think it means you get some soap and water and a brush - you scrub the jacket using the brush, then rinse it with some water. If it's leather, use a leather cleaner like saddle soap.
I have used saddle soap and oil on all my leather stuff for years and I still have an old pair of AVG Sport gloves(with the metal palmed studs) that look new...well looked new before I started using them as my wrestle with the 100lbs yellow lab gloves, lol.
I wrestle and play with my sons dog and he likes to grab onto them with his jaws and wrestle.

I have recently thought about the Mothers leather cleaner and conditioner they sell for car seats now. Cleans and conditions it and protects from UV, if its good enough for Ferrari and Pagani seats surely its good enough for leather suits, gloves, boots, jackets?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-AM8Kze8Y4
 
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