For some, the idea of possibly falling off their bike is not real enough to take too seriously. If you ride enough though, you may get your chance, so why not make the best of it? Youíll have some great stories to tell, but do you really need the scars to go with them? The scars will only help if you are a poor story teller and like to see people cringe and run off to repeat how dangerous motorcycles are.
So, my beloved Spidi summer mesh gear gave its life to save my skin a while back. If I had not had armor on my knees, falling off would have been more damaging and it would have been a much more painful recovery.
Last weekend I bought new mesh gear made by Alpinestars. I like the T-GP R Air jacket, but the Airflo pants had foam armor that moved up out of place while riding. I called back to Roadrider in San Jose and explained about the poor design and he said they had better ones for only an additional $200. These were on sale for $125.95.
ďIíll get back to you.Ē
Iím not afraid of cloth, so I decided to remove the armor from the Spidi pants and sew them into the new ones. Turns out, I didnít have to. I had turned the pants leg inside-out through the ďarmor insertingĒ hole and saw it was held in place with Velcro. I had some self adhesive Velcro strips and used them. If they end up moving out of place I will go back in there and throw some stitches at it.
In the first set of pictures there are:
the torn Spidi pants, the AS (Alpinestars) pant inside-out showing the Velcro closed pouch, the Spidi armor pouch with itís Velcro closed opening at its bottom, the cut off Spidi pouches with both kinds of armor.