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post #1 of 16 Old 05-27-2008, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Spacing and Boots!

Hi All,

Had my first street wreck Saturday. A couple of us were folowing too close, so when the leader made a sudden change in route... it was three strikes, and two of us were out on the pavement. One with a nasty broken leg, and me with a double sprain, and i dinged up a friends Harley...

I had a good helmet, leather jacket, and simple leather garden gloves on, not a scratch in those areas... don't think i actually broke a bone, but man this foot is killing me!

Everyone told me boots are nearly as esential as the helmet. Didn't believe it till now...

I have a Honda VTX cruiser and a 919 naked sport. Need good protection but the waffle-stomper style boots are almost impossible to shift the 919 with. Any recomendations for suitable boots?

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-27-2008, 10:05 PM
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I have (the last version of) the Gaerne ST. http://www.gaerneusa.com/touring.html
After riding in sneakers all my life, it took a bit to get to used to boots in general but I wear these now on my 919, 750 Turbo, and R6.

Glad your injuries weren't more serious. Now gear up!

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Hi All,

Any recomendations for suitable boots?
Glad to hear you were able to walk away, even if it was with a limp.
I've tried four different pairs for the street. I like the Thor 50/50 the best.

EDIT: I'd get an x-ray taken; could be a hairline fracture.

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I hadn't seen the Thor you mentioned but here's just one of the reviews out there:
http://dirtbike.off-road.com/dirtbik....jsp?id=503218
Looks like a good choice.

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Shifting technique with workboots

I have some Icon street boots I ride in, but I often ride in steel-toed work boots and hiking boots, as well. (None of them offer as much protection as sport boots, but I ride to work, hiking/fishing, to the gym, the grocery store, so racer boots are not a realistic option.) Anyway, I have no trouble shifting, even with the big steel-toed s***kickers. You don't put your whole toe under the shifter, you just brush the end of the shifter peg with the side of your toe and the edge of the sole/rand area of the boot does the shifting for you. I think this is the fastest way to upshift with a foot shifter. I've crashed in steel-toed workboots and army surplus combat boots, and they both did a good job of protecting my feet (I'd love to have a pair of $400 Sidis to protect my valuable extremities, but not every budget has space for that.)

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I have went down twice. Both times wearing steal toed work boots. Never had a problem. First pair Bates, second Belleville (more comfortable).

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post #7 of 16 Old 05-28-2008, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Gents,

That Gaerner ST looks about what i am looking for.

Was poking around last night and found a racing boot that looks a bit weird, but has extra armor and is vented which might be a nice thing for those hot summer days.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...her-Boots.aspx

Are these too stiff to walk in? (like ski boots)

Anyone have experience with vented boots? do they just collect dirt and pebbels?

Swelling is down a bit this morning, but i think i'll go ahead and have the doc check it out.

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I have a pair of these.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...oof-Boots.aspx

They are vented. No problems with rocks or dirt. Vents work surprisingly well. Can wear them year round here in the desert. Used to wear AF issue boots, but these definitely keep my feet a lot cooler. Only ridden them in a light drizzle once. Waterproofing held up nicely. Not sure how well they would be in heavy rain though...does anyone ever ride in heavy rain?? Oh, and as far as boots go, they're extremely comfortable.

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Not sure how well they would be in heavy rain though...does anyone ever ride in heavy rain??
does a tropical storm count?

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I have a pair of Sidi Strada Evo's. I really like them, and communte to work most every day and wear them at work. With jeans covering them, they look like black boots. Here are the Air version of them. I do not have the air's, but am looking at adding a set to my gear.

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I was looking for a pair of thin m/c boots also for the same reason.

Found the a-stars ridge waterproof. 110.00
They ARE waterproof but not vented and hot on nice days. I love the ankle support and reinforced heel.

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does a tropical storm count?
Yea, I think that might fall into the category of "heavy rain," but just barely. Care to elaborate?

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the Gaerne's are waterproof but obviously not vented. I'd rather have hot feet than wet feet.

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Makes sense to have vents down here in AZ. Not much rain risk here, but 100% certainty of hot...

Probably end up with a couple sets of boots. One for winter like the Gaernes, and something vented for summer. Seemed like a lot of money to be spending last year, but its sure looking real cheap right now!

Soreness is much better today, but still bruised and swolen.

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take it easy. you've got some time to think about what your needs are.

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Ill chime in here - Ive got a pair of the above mentioned Thor 50/50 and really like them. Ill throw those boots on when IM out playing on the KLR, decent protection ( Ive crashed them while riding my mini motard at a high rate of speed and survied uninjured ).Only negatives are they are hot, but, they are alos water resistant , they arent sold as water proof , but, have gone through a couple of creek crossings and my feet didnt get wet.

My general all the time boot is an old pair of Alpinestars SM-X - great boot ! Full coverage, great to walk in and very conmfy and now pretty cheap.For all the time street riding, there arent a whole lot better ! - In my opinion anyway.

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