Now, I have always been and ATGATT kind of a guy. It saved my bacon when I crashed out the Big Trailie. And so I was when I started tooling around on the V-Star. Full faced, full fingered, full ballistic every thing. Except for a perforated leather cruiser jacket with armor in it that I randomly had in the closet and that I would wear sometimes instead of the ballistic nylon when it was wicked hot out.
I did a lot of riding on that bike last summer. It really helped me get my confidence back even to the point that I started taking that Big Traillie out for rides again.The first time I got on that thing I was blown away at how much more power and speed that bike had than the V-Star. Having a modern, liquid cooled, 996cc engine and contemporary breaking equipment just leads to a sportier ride. Its faster to go and turn and stop and in every other way than the V-Star. and that's when my gear problem started to creep in.
It started with my lid. After my get-off a few years ago my Arai was a ruin. I got a new one but I might have overcompensated a little and got one that was super-duper snug on my noggin. I would struggle into that thing and try to cram my glasses in on the sides and even bent a pair all up string to snug them in. PITA for running to the store but I still had that half-hemet that I was issued when I had the HD. I tried it. I Liked it. That big 'ol barn-door windshield on the front of the bike provided plenty of protection so my eyes didn't water and the lid didn't get blown off my head or choke me. It was fine. Of course, that started my slide down the slippery slope and sometimes…. sometimes…. I'll even be out in a T-Shirt and jeans and that little half helmet tooling around.
When I take that Big Trallie out, things just happen MUCH faster. Acceleration, deceleration, turning, even cruising speed: all much faster than on the cruiserbike. I feel the need for ATGATT on that thing, not so much on the V-Star. On that one it's very much a game-time decision based on weather conditions, destination and other factors. Yes, i know that you are supposed to dress for the crash and not the ride, but after twenty years or so of riding, I don't feel that I am as likely to get into a crash
on this thing as I am on a "regular" bike.
I know that this is always a hot topic and people have very strong feelings about it one way or the other. I'm not even sure what kind of a response I'm looking for. I have found that, unlike riders of some other brands of Cruiserbikes, Star riders tend to be more mature, thoughtful and practical about their riding decisions and choices.What choices do you guys make and why? Sometimes I feel silly dressed up like a Power Ranger on a bike the has the 0-60 time of an F-350 and some times I hear that floor-board scraping it's way through a turn and am acutely aware that my "Loud Pipes Save Lives" t-shirt has some what less abrasion resistance than a Aoerostitch.