Every summer I see hundreds of riders on the street choose less gear than me- some with no helmet, no gloves, no shirt, shorts and sandals. At least when it gets colder the more squidly cover more skin to stay warmer.
Not everyone is willing to buy or wear the best gear for street use.
I hope people that decide to wear less than the best gear have good health insurance like me, including for privately owned tracks that always have stricter gear requirements than the states.
Maybe we should have DOT requirements for both helmets and gloves- I would wear better, less comfortable gloves if I was forced to or pay a big fine.
[Most] try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds...It has taken eighteen hundred years to come back to the skepticism, the level of practicality that was our daily frame of mind then..." From the 1985 The Vampire Lestat novel by Anne Rice