2020 FTR Rally Photo Thread

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  1. NickJ

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    They are marketing this bike to younger urban folks. The kids don't want to change shoes just to ride a bike. The point of the pictures is to show a guy the kids think is "cool" using the company's product.

    I think this is a good plan for marketing the bike. Showing models dressed up in hundreds of dollars worth of special equipment makes motorcycling look hard. Younger folks don't want to put that much effort into it.

    When I was a kid we rode all over the place in shorts and tennis shoes. Most of us came through it OK. We gradually learned to dress better as we got older and accumulated a bit of available spending money. I don't think I'd be riding today if I'd had to wear ATGATT when I was a teenager. That's just too much effort for a young person who hasn't yet learned he's mortal.
     
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    I respectfully disagree. Riding any motorcycle without protective footwear is dangerous, the more so with higher performance. You wrote "We gradually learned to dress better as we got older," admitting that protective footwear should be worn. A decent pair of riding boots costs less than $150. Youth spends half of that or more on a pair of cross trainers or what the hell else they're wearing these days, and anybody who can afford an FTR can afford a pair of decent riding boots. Or cowboy boots, for that matter -- any leather footwear that gives protection to the ankle and lower calf. I note that the rider(s) is (are) wearing a good helmet, protective jacket, and in at least one photo, leather boots. The industry should be the leader in encouraging "youth" to dress appropriately -- including boots. All of us who have gone sliding across the Earth, pavement or not, have an immediate understanding of this. Any who have done that in shorts, T-shirt, and flip-flops -- not uncommon "youth" riding apparel, unfortunately -- undoubtedly still carry the scars of severe road rash and even skin grafts.
     
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    I was wearing a pair of the Indian HighTop Leather Riding Shoes when I had my accident. Both my Ankles were broken in that accident. :confused:
     
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    Shit man! It always bums me out when I hear about your accident.

    Are there any riding shoes that would have limited your ankle injuries short of wearing some motocross boots?
    When my foot bent around the peg and I shattered my left foot, the only thing that would have saved that injury would have been a full steel shank in the midfoot. Not a lot of riding boots have that. They just have a stiffer than average sole.
     
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    Probably not. I hit pretty hard. Lucky I'm alive at all really.
     
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    WE are as glad as you are to be here Buddy,........
     
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    Because I didn't know about Indian Riding Sneakers and in the photos they look like ordinary canvas and rubber below-ankle footwear. The boots are better -- sufficient -- and I withdraw my negative judgment. Nonetheless I won't be caught wearing anything but leather boots at least half calf-length high unless I have a serious senior interlude while dressing for a ride. And being an ancient old fart, that might happen.
     
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    I actually like those, largely due to the fact that I hate wearing "heeled" boots when I ride (like flat soles. ....also looks like they'd be decent to wear in the brutal summer heat down here in the south. Typically, I wear "combat" or correction style boots.
     
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    BUT they aren't riding boots they're listed as casual boots and looking at the toes there is no reinforcement for the gear lever as you would expect and they have on their riding boots. As casual boots they look fantastic and are great value for the construction but may be shouldn't be used for bike promotion?
     

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    To each his own. I have a pair of riding shoes from BMW and they are not the most protective shoes in the world. They are more similar to these Indian riding shoes. They have reinforcements in the heels, toes, and in the sole, but they are a far cry from my motocross boots.
    I am sort of confused at what you all wear when you are on your bikes. It seems like these threads always come down to several folks talking about the lack of protection on offer from certain shoes/boots. Yet many fail to add what they DO ride with.

    So I will open it up for you all to chime in here: What are your gear recommendations? | Indian Rider - Indian Motorcycle Forums
     
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    My go to footwear while riding was Purple Converse Hightops. :D
    I used Joe Rocket Riding Boots for Rain and Snow. :)
     
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    All these pictures.....

    I see only a different seat and spoked wheels with different rubber.

    ....and that's considered another "model"?

    I thought it was an "accessory package".

    Chuckled at the goofy dirtbike helmet...multiple reasons.

    Cool looking bike, however it's dressed.
     

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