Join Date: May 2015
Location: Long Island N.Y.
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Not sure I understand - So you wear a "micro fleece" t shirt every time you ride instead of a tank protector to protect the paint on your tank? What do you do when it's cold?
I've seen some guys thinking their cars, bikes looked brand new where to me especially in the sun a BADLY needed detail was in order. Simple fact even if there's not deep clear coat scratches, clear coat gets micro scratching, swirls even if you're obsessive about cleaning like myself and with a sport bike where your jeans or leathers or your microfleece shirt are constantly resting, rubbing against the tank it's going to get micro scratching, swirls at a bare minimum. Anything you rub against the paint dry/without lots of sudsy car wash shampoo is moving dust, dirt around on the clear coat therefore it may look like its "cleaning" it but in the process it is only hurting the paint & over time it's going to need smoothing out by polishing down a slight layer of the clear coat to get those scratches flat, to bring back a smooth, deep surface, there's just no way around it. Black cars, bikes are tough but the H2s reflective mirror finish is unforgiving.
I wear protective leather jackets every time I'm on the H2. Dainese perforated during the hot months, non perf in the cool & w/ a zip in liner in the cold. I ride whether it's 40 degrees like late last night where I rode home from New Britain CT to Long Island or if it's 90 degrees, in those conditions and in between w/ the right gear for me it's never too uncomfortable to ride w/ at minimum a leather jacket w/ armor.
I'm 48 yrs old. When in my late teens, early 20's very young and dumb I used to ride in T shirts and when living in CT even used to ride without a helmet but wouldn't do that now, I've seen too many things happen and it's not just about me anymore, have family, responsibilities etc. And we are talking about the H2 where 100mph feels like cruising. Anyone who thinks I look like a "super hero"/stupid because I'm wearing the right gear for the sport is not really anyone that has an opinion that matters to me. It's not just the "newer motorcyclists that look at guys and think idiot" for riding a bike like the H2 in a t shirt my experience it's the experienced riders that have seen it, done it, that feel that way.
Please be careful.