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Old March 17th, 2016, 06:03 AM   #16
 
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I always wear a jacket...

...because we don't have hot.



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Old March 17th, 2016, 08:23 AM   #17
 
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Something I've been considering are those little doohickies they sell at various motorcycle shows that are used as a stirrup under your pants cuff to prevent your pants from riding up on the bike. They usually have these little spring clamps which grip your cuff. For carry, I would clip one the bottom of my shirt, pass the clip thru a belt loop or around my belt, then clip back to my shirt. Presumably the clip will accomplish the same purpose in not allowing my shirt to ride up.
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1. Riding in just a tee-shirt and blue jeans was never my thing. I didn't always wear a lot of gear but I consider a riding jacket every bit as important as a helmet. In the summer I would wear a mesh riding jacket and in colder weather (yes I rode in the winter) I would use heavy riding jacket.
2. Being able to access a gun while on the bike wasn't as important to me as having the gun when I was not on the bike.

So, a few things come to light.
Pocket carry is my normal mode of carry but a gun in your front pocket is all but inaccessible while on the bike. I could live with that but it wasn't very comfortable. My compromise was to carry the gun in a zippered pocket of my riding jacket and transfer it to my pocket when I got off the bike.

While we're talking motorcycles and guns, plan on your gun getting wet ! There is a strong argument for stainless steel, polymer frames and other weather resistant materials for a gun carried on a bike.
Also, never leave a gun on a bike, even concealed. Your gun goes where you go, period!
*This*
I agree. ATGATT.
This is the first year I've been blessed by the state, so I'm wrestling with this same issue. I wear a mesh jacket, so I'll try the alien gear iwb at the 4 o'clock position. Also have a vest, but don't wear it while riding.
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I gotta chime in with my basic riding gear speech. ATGATT gives you the best chance of enjoying your love of motorcycle riding for the long term of your life. The gear gives you confidence that you are taking as much of the risk as you possibly can out of a very risky activity. And taking it one step further with the subject of concealed carry - you're carrying a gun for the same reason you wear a seatbelt in a car. Why protect yourself from crime that probably won't happen, but you're not protecting your skin from the very real possibility that another driver will cause a crash that you're involved in? I just don't see where the possible need to shoot somebody while riding a motorcycle outweighs the need for proper riding gear that will protect you in a more likely scenario such as a crash. It's not "too hot" to gear up. You can either sweat or you can bleed. You can either be hot while riding, or be uncomfortable and in excruciating pain with lasting effects from road rash for a very long time. And actually, a properly vented riding jacket in fact keeps you cooler than a t-shirt does while traveling in open air down the road with the sun beating down on you. Wear your gear and conceal your gun very easily. This is a ridiculous problem that is easily solved.

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ATGATT is one opinion, but it isn't the only opinion. It's a good thing we live where freedoms give everyone the ability to choose what they want to do and what they want to wear. It's a shame that some feel the need to force their opinion on others on this subject but yet they get so offended when their right to carry a firearm could be threatened...
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Another good question is what do you if your destination is a "gun free zone"?
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Another good question is what do you if your destination is a "gun free zone"?
Then I leave it locked up in a saddlebag or tourpak...........same as if you are in your car/truck.
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I don't believe it matters as long as you're CCW in a car, I know that even MC Cops are not found of firing from a moving bike. I know when I'm riding my MC I carry the same as if I'm in my car. Now if I was left handed, it might make a difference, as I could use the throttle to distract the bad guy, but then again shooting from a moving vehicle is not a good idea. Trust me on that. Note when it's really hot down here I usually ride with my cargo shorts, and a little .380.
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Another good question is what do you if your destination is a "gun free zone"?
I have a lock box bolted to a frame piece inside a saddleBay for those times
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All The Gear All The Time [ATGATT] is a mindset and a personal choice. I never want others to think I'm preaching. I don't wish others to feel that I'm forcing my opinion on them or judging them. It is a mindset and an option, not an edict.
Make your own choices.

Gear, particularly riding jackets, does make concealed carry a bit easier. In that regard, it's a win-win.
If I'm on the bike and I encounter a threat that could be addressed by a firearm, I can probably escape the threat on the bike better than I can address the threat with the gun.
Using the riding jacket as a cover garment is one option and simply placing the gun in a pocket on the riding jacket is another option. In any event, I want the gun on ME and not on the bike. When I'm not on the bike the gun stays with me and the mode of carry may change or it may not.

As for "too hot to gear up"; I agree with naef, you can sweat or bleed. I've seen many people that bled, including myself. For every person that claims they've rode for years without a scratch I can show you someone that didn't. I also agree that a mesh jacket is also cooler in the sun than a tee shirt.

Please don't take any of this as preaching.
You have options, pick the one you want.
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I ride all summer long and have never considered concealed carry on a bike to be an issue at all. An LCP in an IWB holster or a vest pocket. No big deal. I've even carried an SR40c in an OWB holster with nothing but a t-shirt for a cover garment. Also, a 4" GP100 in a shoulder rig underneath a vest. Probably helps that I ride a big cruiser with good wind protection, but still, with a bit of common sense it's not difficult to carry on a bike.
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Make your own choices.
Isn't that what riding is in the first place? From what we ride to what we wear, it's all about choices. Enjoy the ride
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I always were an armored jacket, so not an issue for me.
To me, my gear protects me from the biggest threat I face while on two wheels. My weapon is there for other threats.

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My Kahr CT380 fits nicely in the front pocket of both my jackets. LC9s probably fits too.
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Old March 18th, 2016, 05:43 AM   #30
 
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I'm firmly in the ATGATT camp. Apologies if it came across as preaching. Yes indeed, as I tell my grandaughter, America is the land of choice (she can be any kind of Doctor she wants to be!), and I respect your right to choose. I may not be sympathetic if the consequences of your choices are severe, but certainly your choice to make.
I like the ideas we all have.
TOTALLY agree that the firearm is for other threats, once I've successfully navigated the roads where all the distracted idiot cages are trying to kill me...
I also think that some of the armor in the jacket and having a heavy, hard helmet in my hands might give me an advantage in an unexpected altercation.
Keep the ideas coming friends, we are on the same side in the end.
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