Motorcycle Touring 101 – Part 2

In part two, I discuss the safety side of motorcycle touring: provention, protective equipment and emergency situations.

Here is an excerpt:

There are two kinds of riders. Those who have fallen, and those who will. I am an ATGATT rider. ATGATT means “All the Gear, All the Time”. It is a nuisance – and extra work, but I like to error on the side of caution. When people ask me in the 100 degree Arizona sun, “Aren’t you hot in that leather jacket?” I often respond, “I’d rather sweat than bleed.”

If you are curious, check it out here:

http://community.allstate.com/community/allstate_blog/blog/2011/03/03/motorcycle-touring-101–part-2

  • sigtris

    I don`t agree with your “There are two kinds of riders….”
    I used, for fun, motorcycles, for more than 30 years
    ( I am 70 yo now) and thank God never fell.
    Although I only rode in paved roads.

    You did acomplish a journey many riders donĀ“t have the guts to do it. So Congratulations!

  • http://www.atlasrider.com AtlasRider

    @sigtris I think you are the exception that proves the rule.

  • http://www.hammerdownbiker.com CBrown

    Hopefully we won’t fall into the two types of riders. I totally agree with the protective gear. Like the idea of the tracker.

  • Trips

    I have been riding for over 40 years and I have gone down once, while I was living in So Cal. The CHIPS showed up and the Officer, a 20 year vetran, said the same thing. Since my fall I too am a ATGATT rider and will continue to be for as long as I can hold up a bike.

  • http://www.tradingpost.com.au/ motorcycles

    I’m one of the fallen ones. Been riding for just two months. I’m still learning, kinda slow learning

  • http://longdistancebiker.co longdistancebiker

    Love to hear your riding at 70. I want to ride till im in the grave! motorcycles hope you too the coarse in your area. If you didn’t you should. Saved my life many times.

  • http://www.extremecycleradio.com/ jackie

    wow 70 and going strong – that’s great.

  • http://www.brandedbiker.co.uk Dan

    Wow don’t think I will be alive at 70, congrats for getting there and still riding.

  • http://www.imatage.com IMATAGE

    Great tips, thanks! We are currently producing a documentary on this subject. Where can I get some good feed back on the videos we have so far? (68 year old man and his son travel the world on KTM adventure motorbikes)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl2g3DA5wbc

  • http://www.racquetsports.org Tennis Man

    I think it’s important to wear as much gear as possible but I have to admit that I have a hard time doing it. I prefer leather to all the new fabrics but leather is hot in the summer. But I do agree that I would rather sweat than bleed.

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