Now I can't get on a motorcycle without highly visible protective gear. The black-on-black look was overrated anyway. I suffered an open tibia/fibula fracture in the accident when my right boot was ripped off, but at least I was wearing boots! Phoenix is hot in the summer, but I now throw the armored mesh pants on over my shorts, even for local trips. There's no helmet law in Arizona, but I wear mine religiously. I want to see more than my elbows in the mirrors of my new Sportster, so I'm looking for a longer-stemmed set.