I don't have racing boots, yet, but I want them for "harder" rides, i.e. the all-day rides where I know we'll get outta town, and get into some better (i.e. faster, curvier) roads than we have IN town.
But for day-to-day riding/commuting, I stick with regular "casual" riding boots (namely Teknic Freestyle).
Although I wear full gear to work. Yes, a 4 mile trip to work. Full motherF&%King gear!
Well my work boots are huge and offer a good bit of protection, pretty close to the SMX. I am required to wear them at work and they are a pain in the a** to carry. I would have to get a massive bag to be able to take them with me, so that's why I don't wear my SMX to work.
I usually wear my smx plus boots everywhere, except when I ride to work. I wear a pair of thick leather work boots there.
I've been wearing my GPX's every time I ride. Only problem I have with them is that jeans are a PITA to get tucked in comfortably. They're a lot easier to shift gears in than my normal boots are. The GPX's strike me as more of a casual ride (twisties) boot than a full race boot though.
So do I. My high speed get-off resulted in a couple of sprained ankles that I'm certain would have been broken or worse had I not had the vertebra protection.
I change to normal shoes at work.
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Most bags sit on the seat, and have cloth covers on the straps. Or they strap directly to the seat.
I dont know about the straps back there with the ducted exhaust...? I'm just super anal. I just noticed the other day scratches (hairline scratches) on the side of my tank from where my knee touches...