For many years, I have been a fan of Chippewa Firefighter Boots (model 27422 aka “Ruttman”) as my favorite “go-to” boots to wear when riding my Harley.
These boots are very comfortable, durable, and have a “big lug” Vibram 100 sole that provides terrific traction while operating a heavyweight motorcycle.
They are lightweight, flexible, and look great with whatever I choose to wear (denim, leather, or BDUs.) What I like most about these boots (besides safety) is that the boots are great for riding, but also great for walking.
Often on a motorcycle ride, I would arrive at a destination that required walking around. Big heavy boots (such as Wescos) made walking hard because the boot soles were not very flexible, and the boots were really heavy. These 9-inch boots solved the problem.
I was sorely disappointed when…
Finally… after a typical brutally hot summer, we finally saw the heat break right at the start of Autumn. This morning, it was a leather-perfect 46F (8C) at my favorite time of day… dawn.
I was waiting for this day to come for a while so I could “leather up” once again.
I am not attending any leather-oriented events, such as the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. That type of thing is far in my past.
But I still enjoy leather and with a closet-full of gear, now that it is appropriately cooler, my favorite combination of gear came on.
What’s my current favorite gear?
I completed a 733-mile motorcycle adventure over five days in New England, USA, and returned home on Sunday, 18 September.
Now that I have caught up with my return-to-home, let me explain what I mean by the title of this post, and my riding style of today… (read on) …
This week, I flew to New Hampshire and rented a Harley Street Glide. My riding buddy “S” met me. “S” lives here. I followed “S” to his home and settled in as “base camp.”
We will ride 5 days throughout some of the U.S. States of New England — New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts.
Our rides are not aggressive, though the first two days, we rode a total of 371 miles. We saw…
After all these years, I still receive inquiries like this:
I am attending a wedding and have to wear a suit. I usually don’t dress up. My job doesn’t have a dress code, so I wear jeans and khakis with cowboy boots. My girlfriend doesn’t want me to wear boots with a suit to the wedding. Since I am not in the wedding party (just a guest), is my girlfriend making too big of a deal about this? I have some nice pairs of dress boots, but as of now, she won’t budge from her opinion against my boots. Signed, Rob
While I am not “Dear Abby,” indeed I do have experience wearing cowboy boots with suits in my lifetime. Read on for my answer…