My nickle because 2 cents isn't worth what it used to be.
Because of the heat down here during the summer, it really takes it's toll on you and your riding enjoyment. I had tried everything and nothing seemed to work, so I was desperate. I wasn't going to go without a helmet but I was younger and didn't like not being cool.
I was riding dirt bikes around the farm and one day I took my motocross helmet out for a ride on the street. I couldn't describe the difference it made. The helmet protects like a full face but is much more open and cooler. I also have better situational awareness (nickle word by itself) and I wear a pair of motorcycle sunglasses instead of goggles.
For my sportster, I had it specially ordered to match the color of my bike. It sort of matches the lines of my bike and nobody gives me trash for it. I guess they're so shocked that they don't know what to think.
As for gear, I have a set of deep brown chaps that match my riding boots. Yes, it's okay for a women to be seen in something less that sandles. I'm a paramedic and if someone tells you how durable jean material is, laugh at him. The only effect it has is to embed itself into the wounds in torn fibers.
Anyway, I also have a word of caution about full helmets. Be causious about wieght. In an accident, the wieght of a full face helmet if it catches itself on the pavement or something will injure the riders neck. It's not enough of a danger not to wear one but it something to consider.
I say the last because of kids on 200 mph sportbikes. I've picked up more than one teenager/young adult witha broken neckl. As per usual, the idiot was not wearing any other gear so maybe a broken neck was the least of his problems.
It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places. WtPooh
My First Custom, Late 90's Sportster, Heavily Breathed On, Big Block, S&S HP Heads, Custom High Performance Pipes. Wickedly fast, Uncomfortable, Front end is a jackhammer. Age 18yrs, Still have the bike!