When I was in the west I was always dressed in what would be considered the right gear. I always had quality gloves and boots, either a leather jacket or if I was riding a long distance or was intending to push the limits I would wear a custom made one piece. I always thought those riding in anything less were crazy.
Jacket for dedicated riding trips
My suit for when pushing the pace.
However, here in the Philippines, I have adapted to the local riding conditions. The key element here is the temperature. If I wear a leather jacket in stop start traffic I cook (40+ in the sun). I have a one piece for when I am going out to push the limits but for everyday riding I always wear good gloves and have what I consider the best helmet but what else I wear depends on what I am doing. During the week I am often riding in business attire, weekend more pace focused. If I wear protective kit I will arrive at work soaking in sweat and it is not really an option
My week day riding attire!!
Of course I ride in a very different way. I still travel quickly but everything is done with a more careful approach. Corners are taken no where near the limit, due care is taken in regards to other road users etc. I know, I know, what about the unexpected you will say. Well, in my experience, driving and riding in Asia, you expect everything and ride accordingly. In the safety conscious west people will criticize but hell, some risks are worth taking and it is always a calculated risk. It also harks back to the 60's when I was sitting on the petrol tank of my fathers Brit 650 with no one wearing a crash helmet or leathers.