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Today I was out for hours, maybe its cuz im irish and pale as all hell, and I have contacts, but man when I get off after a long ride, my face is all red, nose, and my eyes are so bloodshot it looks like I've been smoking Mexico's entire stash of ditchweed.



Kinda kills the whole macking on girls thing now that I'm single when I take off the helmet and I look like absolute crap lol.
 

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Hi kypdurron62-

You're thinking about your ex-girlfriend way too much. Don't worry about the placement of every strand of hair, lines of your face from padding, and/or splattered insects.

My favorite trick for riding to visit distant friends, college reunions, parties, and things like that is to pack a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush, a soft cotton rag soaked in Pledge Wax in a ziplock bag, and a small comb.

At the edge of town stop at a gas station to brush your teeth and hair...the boost to your self-confidence will ensure you carry yourself better. Use the soft rag soaked with Pledge Wax to clean your helmet, leathers, and motorycle of bugs and dirt. You'll arrive at your destination looking and feeling great and smelling lemony fresh.

~ Blue Jays ~
 

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Thats good advice, and yeah i prolly do worry a bit about how i look, but honestly tho, my eyes really do always end up bloodshot after a few hours, kinda sucks.
 

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"Clear eyes makes red eyes clear..." lol

Get some eye drops to put in at the station when you stop. It could be due to the wind that gets inside your helmet while riding, or a minor vacume in the helmet or something. I usually don't have problems on long rides unless it hot. I rode for 3 hours today, in 96+ degree weather with full gear and a 45llbs pack, and looked like a wet poodle when I got off. Ehh, I wasn't going anywere important anyways.

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Get some rewetting drops... I have this great stuff that's called "Blink and Clean" that works wonders after riding and is made for contacts.
 

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oh god dude get the lasik surgery! my eyes were BAD like i could see about 9-10 inches infront of my face clear, then it was all blurry as hell my script was like in the 8. somethings. i wore hard contacts for about the first month of riding and yea, it was doable but not the best. after corrective surgery...my script is like 0.5...any thats because i had to get the PRK dont (slightly older than the lasik) cause my eyes were so bad and they would have to cut to much cornea or something....still....best thing i have ever done, it might not seem so to ppl who have had good vision, but its a litle life changing.

beeing able to see the alarm clock in the morning without fumbleing around for my glasses is like the high point of my day :)
 

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ok here's the trick....

go to a state that has no helmet law, i.e. florida

drive to a busy strip with young horny girls, i.e. panama city beach

roll down the strip on your bike

when chicks check you out, because they will, just pat the back seat. if they are walking down the street, ridin in a car, swimming, i dont care, they will still come jump on your bike

proceed back to your hotel

if you dont know what to do from here, then im sorry but you're hopeless

problem solved

dont be a woman, stop cryin about how you look, no chick will ever care, they just want you for your bike, and you just want them for one thing too
 

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Neller - try to be a lil more diplomatic with your sarcasim darlin... it's border line for moderation ;)

btw - yes many of us look like shit when we take our helmets off - can't say I've ever had the bloodshot eye problem though...

smooshed down hair yes - which is practically hopeless to fix (for me anyways)

but I ride to ride not to look pretty so I usually dont' worry about it...

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Don't worry so much about it Man. I have heard from a number of ladies that the possesion of a bike increases your hotness level by 10% anyway.

Stuff a ball cap or a skull cap in your jacket, or your trunk. That'll take care of your hair. You could shave your head too. Bring some eyedrops and a pair of Oakleys or something to take care of your eyes.

I keep a travel pack of baby wipes in my trunk to clean the bug guts of my helmet and visor. I never worry about my jacket until I get home. :D
 

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Visine LR or LE or something like that. Its the yellow label. The stuff is simply amazing, there isnt a red eye that wont get cured with that stuff. The hair problem can be remedied by simply shaving your head. Now the smell combination of full leather and 100deg heat... well I dont think there are any quick solutions to that one...


Side note: I was feeling particulalry unsociable after a certain ride, but had to take care of a few things, and knew I was going to be dragged into conversations I had no desire to be in once inside. Then it hit me. Put visine in only one eye. Makes ya look like you got pink eye and people avoid you like the plague.
 

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I commute to work on mine. I work at a commercial bank and have to dress business casual. During the hot humid summer months it is hard to stay pressed and sharp but it can be done.

My eyes get red and dried out to so drops are a must. my only problem is finding a helmet that doesn't wreck the hair. My Shoei has ribbed padding at the top that leaves me looking like Howdy Doody! I have looked a helmets that fit looser or had flat padding/paterns but still can't see sacrificing safety for a good hair day!
 

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98Gixxer750 said:
Don't worry so much about it Man. I have heard from a number of ladies that the possesion of a bike increases your hotness level by 10% anyway.

Stuff a ball cap or a skull cap in your jacket, or your trunk. That'll take care of your hair.
LOL 10%, i love it...although i think that number might even be a little low

i almost always have a hat with me when i ride, just put it inside your jacket like on your side (so the bill kinda curves aroud your side) and then when you take off the helmet, put on the hat. i do it mostly just because i have a horrible receeding hairline for a 20 yr old, but i dont hear any complaints about it from girls ever.

remember, your on a bike, youve already made your first impression. now its time to bring out the a-game.
 

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Being an old sod I do not give a darn what I look like. Basically I will clock 6+ to 7+ hrs on my bikes 3 to 4 days of the week.

Never taken note of myself when I come home & being a bachelor no one to make any comments. Mind you I have a shower in the morning & then shower around an hr or so after supper. Try to keep my hair short, but at times it is "time for the barber".

I chew gum as soon as I get on the bike, around half-way point I will drop in for a cuppa, which gives me a bit of a rest, dump the gum & put in some fresh gum before I take off to home.

As for red eye or whatever I really do not know though I do wear glasses all the time, under my Shoei. There is a definate mark on the bridge of my nose from where the bridge of the glasses smack me, though now it is there for life due to wearing glasses since early 60s & riding a m/c is not like a lazy-boy or cage so you do get smacked on said part of the nose. Vor with an open face helmet I would scoot around my orchard on a m/c to inspect the trees & the glasses really smacked that part of the nose, BUT I needed my glasses for 90% of the time I was with powerful magnifing lenses to check on inscets like Aphids, & ones much smaller like Europearn mites, Spider mites, & such.
 

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I never really given my looks after long rides much thought. I have seen people wear bandanas under their helmet. Maybe that would help keep your hair looking good. I personally just keep my hair short. And I also usually wear my hair with the messy look, kinda like Chester Bennigan from Linkin Park. So my hair usually looks about the same wearing before and after wearing a helmet. As far as how the bike looks; who cares? It's a bike. You ride. You are going to collect bugs. There's no way around that part. People might actually start calling you pretty boy if you worry about your appearance too much when you ride. Just my thoughts.
 

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mac020 said:
I always thought I was a bit messed up before I ever got started.
:laughing: +1
 

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Side note: I was feeling particulalry unsociable after a certain ride, but had to take care of a few things, and knew I was going to be dragged into conversations I had no desire to be in once inside. Then it hit me. Put visine in only one eye. Makes ya look like you got pink eye and people avoid you like the plague.
Okay, this seriously hit my giggle button!!!!!!!!



When it comes to how you look after a ride, I think of motorcycle riders like I do football players: "Jeezus, put the helmet back ON!!" Most guys look better mostly covered up. Well, except for Dallas Clark of the Colts, he looks like a child molester with his helmet on. :laughing:
 

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Okay, this seriously hit my giggle button!!!!!!!!



When it comes to how you look after a ride, I think of motorcycle riders like I do football players: "Jeezus, put the helmet back ON!!" Most guys look better mostly covered up. Well, except for Dallas Clark of the Colts, he looks like a child molester with his helmet on. :laughing:
Not so much child molester as 70's porn star IMO. Perhaps there isn't much difference....:dunno:

I feel cuter with my helmet on. :thumb:
 
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