How much protection do you use? - Ducati Monster Forums: Ducati Monster Motorcycle Forum
View Poll Results: How much upper-body gear do you wear?
Just a leather/textile jacket and whatever pads come in it 123 54.91%
A jacket and a spine protector 65 29.02%
A jacket and a vest with chest/spine protectors 6 2.68%
A full armored shirt (elbow, shoulder, chest, spine) 30 13.39%
Voters: 224. You may not vote on this poll

Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
CoolBDPhenom03's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Posts: 1,022
How much protection do you use?

As much as the title invites jokes, I'm actually interested in what "full gear" constitutes to everyone. Primarily I'm concerned with upper body armor because I'm assuming everyone wears pants, boots, and a helmet.

Last edited by CoolBDPhenom03; 11-23-2010 at 05:31 PM.
CoolBDPhenom03 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 05:52 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 69
My Dainese jacket has armour and a soft back protector. Plus like you said Helmet, Gloves, Boots and Jeans at a minimum. Full leathers with a back protector if hitting the twisty bits or track day.
ducman491 is offline  
post #3 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 05:54 PM
Super Moderator

philb's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Pittsfield, NH
Posts: 3,836
I'm much more of a daily transportation type of rider than anything else, so I checked the box for what I wear most often -- good old-fashioned heavy leather jacket, with helmet gloves and boots, and whatever pants I happen to be wearing that day. If I go out for a fast fun ride, I'll also wear leather pants. I've got a set of full leathers for trackdays, but they're way too much of a PITA to put on for the daily commute.


1993 Ducati M900 Monster "Patina" (260,000 miles, so far) -- 1995 Ducati M900 (wife's bike) -- 1979 Vespa P200 (daughter's scoot) -- 1964 Vespa GS160 (160cc 2-stroke) -- 1962 Maicoletta scooter (275cc 2-stroke) -- 1960 Heinkel Tourist 103A1 scooter "Elroy" (175cc 4-stroke)
philb is online now  
post #4 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 06:00 PM
Junior Member

Rafi's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Bulgaria/Sofia
Posts: 26
For city riding leather jacket and back protector (from the snowboard) under it or Dakine Heli Pro Backpack(it's with countoured,foam-padded back panel).The jacket has removable shoulder and elbow protectors.Feel comfy and safe.
Rafi is offline  
post #5 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 06:10 PM
Senior Member
AlexNapo's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mont-Tremblant, Qc, Canada
Posts: 238
I'm always wearing the ducati tech jeans, witch include small pads on knees and is ''supposed'' to be more efficient if you happen to slide on tarmac. Alpinestar shoes, gloves and helmet... I'm a pretty follower of the :''don't dress for the ride, dress for the crash'' motto.
AlexNapo is offline  
post #6 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 08:22 PM
Senior Member

Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 242
Always wear a jacket, back protector, gloves, helmet, riding boots, riding jeans with knee/ shin protectors or riding pants with armor built in.
uuu is offline  
post #7 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 09:29 PM
Senior Member

Boydie's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Townsville, Australia
Posts: 306
All the above. I do like my Draggin jeans with the kevlar panels - don't give that "just off a bike" look. I also like to wear a slippery fabric (silk or microfibre) under the jacket to reduce friction even more.

I also like to keep that mental radar going - have you ever suddenly focussed on a particular car for no apparent reason and think to yourself, "That guy's going to do something stupid" and, within three seconds, he does exactly that?
Boydie is offline  
post #8 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 10:19 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 39
I always wear helmet, Dainese jacket with knee, elbow and back protector, boots and riding jeans with knee guards and Held phantom gloves. If I am going on a longer ride I also wear Dainese chest armor (very nice) and knox shorts with hips and tail bone pads.
BIG believer in the gear as you can see.
Pizzadude2010 is offline  
post #9 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-23-2010, 11:39 PM
Senior Member
g33x0r's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 158
I always wear:
Gauntlet leather gloves with carbon knuckles and padding,
Either Leather jacket with shoulder, elbow and soft back pad or textile jacket with same armour (my textile is warmer)
Old leather work boots with steel toe.

Sometimes wear:
Textile overpants with knee and hip padding.

Want to get:
some draggin' kevlar lined jeans or at least the new kevlar lining you can wear under any pants.
Some under pant knee pads.
Proper riding boots, maybe some Sidi Vertigos
Hard back protector insert for my jacket.

2014 Red Monster 1200S
CRG Arrow bar end mirrors
Axle Sliders - front and rear
Frame Sliders
Tail tidy
LED turn signals, front and back
Termi cans
CRG levers
red/black grips
Rizoma Black rounded footpegs, rider and passenger
g33x0r is offline  
post #10 of 96 (permalink) Old 11-24-2010, 09:34 AM
Senior Member

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Newport Beach, California
Posts: 503
Originally Posted by CoolBDPhenom03 View Post
I'm assuming everyone wears pants, boots, and a helmet.
Wrong. I see more riders wearing jeans and running shoes that anything else. Hell, I even see a lot of riders not wearing gloves of any kind.

2011 Red Monster 796 w/ABS
pmarangoni is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ducati Monster Forums: Ducati Monster Motorcycle Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome