Protective Motorcycle Clothing – To Wear Or Not to Wear?

Who wears Protective Motorcycle Clothing? Manly Men?… Or… Wimps?

Wearing protective motorcycle clothing… or not… is something everybody has to decide. There are several directions that the thinking that goes into making that decision can take you.

What’s your hide, and the other pieces and parts of your carcass, worth to you? Is it more important to ‘Look Cool’…

… or… remain whole?

Many years ago, an old Cowboy once confided in me; “Brian, there’s a thin line between Macho… and Stupidity… and son… I gotta tell you… you step across that sucker, way too often!

I have to admit that I’ve resisted acquiring much in the way of protective motorcycle clothing. But, at some point a fella has to accept that maybe a little discretion is in order… and take those few steps required to help preserve the good looks the Boss upstairs blessed him with!

I can’t help but agree that helmets reduce that absolute sensation of Freedom I get on a motorcycle. Wrapping my head in a plastic bucket is not my favorite thing… But that dislike is outweighed, in my mind, by the vision of somebody having to pick up the mush that used to be inside my skull, with a stick and a spoon!

The feeling I get when I roll without a motorcycle helmet is so superior to wearing one, that I can sometimes have considerable difficulty strapping on that particular piece of protective motorcycle clothing…

But… I take those couple of moments considering the possible consequences of not having it in place… seasoned with a thought or two about the other people, on the road, that a motorcycle rider has to contend with… and on it goes.

Your Brain pan is not the only part you have to protect either. You’ll want to consider the other pieces and parts of your carcass that are vulnerable, when considering protective motorcycle clothing.

All the parts that smack the ground if you’re sliding, or tumbling along, after you dump your motorcycle are in need of protection. Shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees… all can stand a lil’ shielding from the assault made on them by hitting the asphalt, at 45 mph!… or quicker!

Many is the story where a biker had to drop his ride… to avoid simply slamming into the side of some bozo on 4 wheels… and then got up and walked away, with only minor scrapes and bruises. A story that wouldn’t get told if he’d chosen ‘Macho’… over good, quality, protective motorcycle clothing.

Now we get to the bottom of the story, even your butt needs protection 🙂 sorry… I just couldn’t resist that one… Do a little googling about that… and I’m confident that some of the ‘Road Rash’ photos, that will turn up, is going to send you motoring, credit card in hand, liver quivering, to buy the latest, thermonuclear, protective motorcycle clothing for your kiester!

You’ll soon find that there’s no particular shortage of motorcycle gear to protect you. There are even a few outfits building ‘inflating’ motorcycle vests and jackets that instantly wrap you in an airbag you wear!… should you part ways with your motorcycle.

Motorcycle Leather or Fabric Jackets, complete with built in padding and shields to offer protection against impact and abrasion… synthetic or leather, Motorcycle pants, over pants, strap on shields and pads, underwear made to be abrasion resistant, and chaps and motorcycle gloves; the list of protective motorcycle clothing is nigh on to endless…

I’m the first one to admit it… I much prefer riding ‘Free’… Nose to the wind… unarmored… But, I can only shake my head when some guy comes roarin’ along, just sunglasses, muscle shirt, shorts and flip flops. No helmet, no gloves, hell, not even sleeves!

Then there’s the other guys… haulin’ their wives or girl friends on the pillion behind them… Just as unprotected… Not a piece of protective motorcycle clothing to be seen between the pair of ’em.

Knowing what would be… should either bike get cut off… and they have to drop it, just sends a cold shiver up my back.

I may be able to make that decision for myself… and live with the consequences… but should anything go wrong… having to look at the lady I carried, unprotected, is simply something I’m unwilling to do.

Make the decision to protect yourself… and then acquire the proper protective motorcycle clothing to keep you whole.

A set of Protective Motorcycle Clothing can change a really ugly wreck… into some minor scrapes and bruises… and provide fodder for some fine motorcycle touring ‘war stories’… sippin’ a coke at a stop on your next poker run!

… and the truth is… The gear they’re building now-a-days… carefully selected… actually looks pretty ‘Cool’ … so, now you’ve got no excuses!

Cowboy Boots For Men

Whoever said that women were the only ones who could afford to be choosy about their footwear, while the guys would wear drab stuff all their lives. In recent times, fashion footwear for men has reached an all time high; and the variety of footwear available is simply mind boggling. Then again, keeping in mind the need to look fashionable even in times of bad weather, say during cold winters or rains, boots are the ideal option. In recent times, men’s cowboy boots have made massive leaps in fashion, and we intend to tell you about some of them. In case you are confused about so many choices, or want t know what would suit you the best, here’s the latest about men’s cowboy boots. Read on.

You know that style wise, there are several basic types of cowboy boots, which differ in terms of design. One of course, is the classic Wellington boot, the original cowboy boot. Then again, we have the Hessian boots, with a V-shaped cut in the front part – often lace or tassels are hung from this part, for the old Western look. We have the high heeled Horsemen boots; another similar type is the Cavalier boots, more expensive and the same high heel quality. In general, men’s cowboy boots are available in many varieties – different types of heels, material (pure leather or synthetic or faux materials), colors (from the classic brown to colors such as silver and purple!) and so on. One of the major innovations, of course, since the 1950s has been the change from square toe boots to round toe boots, although the former style has come back strongly in recent years as part of the retro cool fashion.

Then there are ‘cowboys’ for different uses – sports boots, called ‘risk taker’s boots’, Eskimo boots for cold weather. Both of these boots have thick soles and protective pads to protect your feet from sudden injuries/bitter cold climates. Then we have the ‘Executive boots’, ‘Funky Leather’ boots, and Worker’s Hiking Boots.

In general, leather boots are the best, as leather is perhaps the best material to use for men’s cowboy boots. It keeps your feet warm, does not wear out easily, and most importantly for men perhaps, you do not need to clean them that often.

Finally, do you know about Uggs? Well, the same company that wowed the fashion world with its trail blazing, ‘real ugly’ boots for women, endorsed by the likes of Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker, are back, this time with Uggs (!) for men. these boots are remarkable in that they are ‘apparently, and deliberately ugly’, and a throwback to the original cowboy boots, those which were worn first by Australian sheep shearers. Later on, they were taken up by aviators to keep their feet warm, and finally by Australian surfers from the 70s onwards. This time around, the list of endorsers for Uggs goes like this – Justin Timberlake, Harvey Keitel, Ronnie Wood, Brad Pitt and so on. Need we give more encouragement?

Motorcycle Riders – Say GOOD-BYE To Black/Scuff Shoe Marks Caused By Gear ‘Up-Shifting’

Although the first motorcycle was invented over a hundred years ago and has seen many major changes since its first inception, one item which seems to have been forgotten and left out of the technology advancement is the motorcycle gear shifter lever.

And, it’s this motorcycle gear shifter lever that, after all these years, has never failed in ruining every motorcyclists’ boots and shoes by leaving those tale-tale ugly black shifter marks on them.

Amazing as it sounds, up until now no one has done anything as far as changing or upgrading the gear shifter lever to prevent this irritating problem – which occurs during gear ‘up-shifting’ actions.

The other problem with the current hard rubber that comes standard on all motorcycle gear shifters is that many motorcycle riders also may experience discomfort to the upper left foot during long rides having numerous ‘up shifting’ actions.

While there are a couple of products out on the market today which do sell slip on boot/shoe protectors, the drawback with these is that they have to be placed on and removed from the riders shoes each time the rider starts or finishes riding. These products also don’t offer the rider any type of cushion or comfort while riding.

However, motorcycle riders are in luck now because all of this is about to change. Shiftcush, the revolutionary company which invented the product bearing the same name, designed their Motorcycle Gear Shifter Cushion exactly to prevent all of the above from occurring.

The best part about Shiftcush is that their new easy-to-install gear shifter cushion not only prevents shoes from being ruined but also offers unrivaled shifting comfort by providing an air cushioned padding between the riders foot and gear shifter lever.

This revolutionary air cushion is made by the same technology as used in the Nike Air-Max tennis shoes.

Thanks to Shiftcush, now motorcycle riders can say good-bye to black/ugly shoe marks and any shifter discomfort caused by gear ‘up-shifting!’

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