A pair of over the ankle, waterproof, oil resistant soled leather boots completed the ensemble. What I was lacking was a good armored motorcycle jacket. What I had been using was a high visibility yellow jacket that I used to go hiking around the woods in when I lived in the wilds of Western Pennsylvania. There was no way I was going to be mistaken for a deer in that! For riding however, other than the visibility it offered little in protection.
|Never mind the date in the corner :)|
It fit perfectly at my waist and didn't bunch up as I rode in it. It does have some reflective piping but it's black, so my high visibility orange work vest will be around for a bit longer particularly when I ride home from work at 1 in the morning.
The inner mesh is removable so come the hot sticky days of summer I will not be sweating that badly...I hope. The armor can be removed as well, I suppose to clean the jacket, but I'm a little weary of that. The armor is CE certified.
I know perfectly well the physics of an accident. I'm going to get hurt. Exactly how hurt is a combination of things. My speed at the time of the accident, the road surface, how I hit the surface, am I going to hit something else first? The distance between me and the ground. I'm not looking for an accident, I sure in hell do not wish to be in one...but lets be honest. Any biker that says they have never been in an accident of some sort is either a liar or the most lucky fool on the planet. Ask them to buy a lottery ticket for you.
I've worn it out a few times now including in a fog filled rainy night. It has kept me warm and dry and I'm getting used to its weight and feel. It even folds nicely into my under seat storage.
Thanks Mom and Dad. I love you,