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.
“Do…not waste time protesting the self-inflated showmen and bloviating bullshitters who populate our culture. It’s more fun to marvel at them, to appreciate them, to be grateful for them, and to mock them relentlessly. ”-from the 2010 book American Freak Show by Willie Geist. "He wondered what difference any of it would make two hundred years from now." -from the book Cyclops by Clive Cussler.