Originally Posted by WindTherapy
i must say this is first bit of negetive attitude i've seen on triumph rat. Kinda broad sided. Feel free to flame away i'm leaving my own thread. lol. sad.
Dude, I think you're taking this the wrong way. We're trying to offer you advice to avoid the chance of some broken bones and skin grafts, or worse. It's not meant as negativity... more as advice from those who've crashed.
You may be a great rider and never go down. But if you do, general consensus seems to be that you'll want something with a bit more protection.
I'm probably not the best advice-giver on this at the moment, as I'm a new rider this year and just laid down my Speedmaster yesterday morning (see other thread). But I will say I'm damn glad I was wearing full gear while I slid 40-50' down the road. All I have are a few sore muscles. I'd hate to think what my foot, or butt, or elbow might've looked like if I was wearing something less.
But, that may just be me -- perhaps I'm destined to never be a very good rider, or I may simply be many miles of experience shy of being a good rider, so totally in tune with my bike that that never happens again. But either way, my choice is to have enough gear on that if it does happen again I'll be protected.
YMMV. Like I said, you may be so very good at riding it never happens. If so, great.
Nobody's meaning to harsh on your thoughts out of negativity, just well-meaning advice for safety.