I rode Harleys for 43 years. Believe me, got lots of road rash on pavement highways, gravel roads, and city streets. But..if I were somewhere without a helmet law, I never wore one--and managed to live thru it. As for protective clothing, if it was cold out, I wore a leather jacket, chaps,and leather gloves or really warm mitts (you have to remember this was in Saskatchewan and Alberta) If it was not ,I wore a cut off tshirt and blue jeans (plus always my leather high top boots). People complain about kids just wearing a pair of short pants, but the cold hard fact is that a pair of good quality blue jeans will last about 30 feet in a pavement skid. Its all about riding sensibly and having good luck. Just me saying.
By the way Harley has developed a new modle just for Canadians. We are however seriously considering exporting it to certain US cities after this year's winters nasty behavior. Of course, being a genuine Harley accessory, you'll have to take out a second mortgage in order to afford it. LOL