Too Much of a Good Thing

I yield to no man in my advocacy of the philosophy of “All the gear, all the time” (ATGATT).  When I went down after being hit by a driver who ran a stop sign, back in December, I ended up in much better shape than I otherwise would have because I was in full gear.  As badly as I got worked, not wearing all the gear would have ended up worse.

But still, there are limits, and I think Universal Pictures has transgressed those limits with this:

Dark Knight Motorcycle Suit
Dark Knight Motorcycle Suit

Yes, it’s a replica of the Batman motorcycle suit that Christian Bale wore in “The Dark Knight”.  And it apparently isn’t just a pretty piece of clothing. According to Universal, the suit is a real, functional set of leathers.

  • Strong Cordura Mesh Base with Heavy-duty 4 way stretch Spandex inserts.
  • Removable CE Approved Body Armor in both Jacket and Pants
  • Highly detailed, removable lightweight interior lining.
  • Form Molded Leather and Kevlar Armor Sectons [sic].
  • Made from Quality Tanned Cow Hides

It looks like it even has knee pucks for racing. So, granted, it’s functional, and with CE armor, provides appropriate protection.

But if you buy and wear a Batman motorcycle suit, I can’t really decide if it’s just super-geeky, or…teh ghey.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

4 thoughts on “Too Much of a Good Thing”

  1. Okay, I happen to be a comic book fan, as well as a rider, and I’m putting in a vote for “ULTRA GEEKY”.  Okay, it is cool that it’s functional safety gear, but the only place for that would be a costume party or dressing up for a comic book convention.

  2. Dale, one thing I was hoping for was a review of the gear you were wearing when you had your accident and how each piece of the gear performed. I don’t remember seeing such a review, did you do one and I missed it?

    1. I thought I did mention it when I did my accident post. My HJC Symax-II helmet got really scraped up, but did its job. My Olympia MotoSports jacket and pants did theirs, too. The pants got scuffed up in a few places, but the body armor saved my knees, shoulders, and elbows, although having the bike fall on my leg caused me nondisplaced fractures of the tibia and patellar plate.

      Thanks to the gear, I was able to walk away from that one. Well, limp away, anyway.

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