Walk us through your typical gear set-up. What are you typically wearing out on the road?
Well there’s a helmet law in California, which came about in the ‘90s, which for me was a sad, sad day. It was always nice to ride so ride casually, with no protection. But when I was doing business, like going to the bank or something, for some reason I would put a helmet on.
In terms of gear, I’ve got a pretty simple leather jacket. I usually ride in jeans. I’ve got a couple of jackets with protection, and some regular boots.
Final thing. It’s widely speculated on the Internet, and elsewhere, that you are, in fact, immortal. Does your immortality factor into your riding style at all?
[Laughs.] Well, you know it does, actually. I’ve had a few accidents in my day. I’ve been hit by cars; I’ve gone too fast in turns. I had my spleen ruptured, cracked some teeth...I’ve had some road rash on my knees and stuff like that. I definitely pay more attention than I used to. I have to feel safe before I get on a bike. I used to...If I felt angry or worked up or something, I’d get on the bike, and just f****** twist it. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve said to myself, ‘If you feel like this, maybe you shouldn’t be riding a motorcycle.
Ted Gushue is the executive editor of Supercompressor. He is not immortal. Immoral? Debatable.