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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-19-2007, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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gear?? what to wear?

hey all i am looking into a bike but i am also looking into gear ahead of time. so what should i buy, what brand, what material??? i wouldm like leather but here it can get up to 30-35 which is pretty hot. but i am pretty sure that some of the leathers come with vents??

so i am looking for some reasonable price stuff? what are good makes? joe rocket, manufactures leather???? what else? i am a big guy 6'0 240lbs so i am going to need something to fit and i wear a size 14 so something that will fit my foot would be nice, lol.


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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-19-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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Leather jacket. They do come preferated. It helps a little bit.
A brand name helmet. Shoei, Arai, HJC, Scorpion (decent lid at a decent price), Suomy, Shark, Nolan
Actual motorcycle riding gloves.
Sturdy boots, at least.

www.newenough.com usually has some good deals on stuff. I don't recommend buying the cheap stuff when it comes to protection. Buy the jackets with the CE approved armor. Others will have inputs too. I know Marko got a nice Suomy for cheap. It's important to be able to try stuff on first, as different manufacturers fit different. Not just talking about helmets either.
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Minimum:
Leather jacket. They do come preferated. It helps a little bit.
A brand name helmet. Shoei, Arai, HJC, Scorpion (decent lid at a decent price), Suomy, Shark, Nolan
Actual motorcycle riding gloves.
Sturdy boots, at least.

www.newenough.com usually has some good deals on stuff. I don't recommend buying the cheap stuff when it comes to protection. Buy the jackets with the CE approved armor. Others will have inputs too. I know Marko got a nice Suomy for cheap. It's important to be able to try stuff on first, as different manufacturers fit different. Not just talking about helmets either.
that's a good set of minimums

But if you want to make us all proud (or jealous) you'll get:

One of the helmets listed above.
A medium level 1 or 2-piece suit (nothing under $500) (Komodo and Spidi are a good place to start)
Nice Sidi or A* race boots.
Full finger gloves with gauntlets (Held and Helimot are nice)

there's my but for minimums DLIT nailed it, if you follow his advice you won't go wrong.
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post #4 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-19-2007, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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well i got a good helmet but i dont know about a jacket and pant or gloves. i would like to get leathers but i dont know if i would like to wair a full leather suit, what else is available and safe?

i dont plan to be cheap on gear but i dont want to spend an arm and a leg or two. just some reasonable stuff.
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what do you guys wair out there and does anyone have pictures??
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Jeans wear through after just 8 feet of sliding (if memory serves correct of some article i read a while ago)

Im gonna get the hook up with probally some icon jeans with the kevlar lining so that will help a lot incase of anything plus the look exactally like normal jeans so i can wear them to school and what not.


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do you have pics of those jean like pants?? what are they worth? are they good to wear or should i stick with leather??
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post #8 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-19-2007, 09:23 PM
 
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Check out the Icon Strongman pants (thats what I'm picking up). I fitted one and they are super comfortable. It helps alot to try on the gear before buying anything. An example being Icon gear. Icon gear fits smaller than the size charts indicate so don't make the same mistake I did.
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you can get those pants for $67 on ebay.
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what kind of pads are on theose pants?
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What I wear:

Shoei RF-1000 helmet
Hein Gericke 'Celtic' suit
A* leather jacket with CE armor (when I'm not in the suit)
Knox back protector
Icon 'Merc' gloves (soon to be replaced by Held or Helimot)
Sidi Vertebra boots (soon to be replaced by A* Super Tech or Spidi Vertigo)
Helimot chest protector (will be ordered tomorrow)
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Not sure about the material but its called Aramid, and aparently the knees are reinforced with it.
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I dunno its hard ordering gear online but sometimes you gotta do it when stealerships dont carry what your looking for. Im gonna try ordering a set of icon pursuit gloves from a different place online, i guess i normally wear extra large and ill order xl's if they dont fit its got the free exchange policy.


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Im gonna get the hook up with probally some icon jeans with the kevlar lining so that will help a lot incase of anything plus the look exactally like normal jeans so i can wear them to school and what not.
Do you know if they make those for women? That sounds great but I doubt a pair of mens pants would fit me.

I am currentlly in the market for a street bike but since my father and uncle ride I already have some stuff. I've got a Scorpion helmet (great prices on those and still safe), a Joe Rocket mesh and leather jacket and I wear hiking boots, jeans, and my motocross gloves at the moment. I'm looking at leather pants or something of similar safety with some padding and good riding boots.


I would suggest you get at least a helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, and boots. Leather is good but some companies make textile pants which are still pretty good, better than normal jeans. Joe Rocket makes nice jackets and pants, even suits. I have always had good experiences with my Alpine Star equipment for motocross and I suspect the street stuff isn't any worse.

I would suggest going to a dealership to try things on, remember what you like and the sizes and then go online and find good deals. There are more online than in stores.
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Leather is the absolute safest. Consider that and work down from there if your life isn't as important to you as leather.



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Leather is the absolute safest. Consider that and work down from there if your life isn't as important to you as leather.
Leather with good padding is the absolute safest. At least, that is what I was always told.
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Leather with good padding is the absolute safest. At least, that is what I was always told.
True. I wasn't talking about a leather coat from Dr. Tom's Leather Shack up the street.



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Try leather jacket and pants. I like Fieldsheer as it's good quality and reasonably priced. It sounds weird, but in the hot dry weather here, leather keeps the hot wind off you so you stay cooler. Plus, when you are riding in the mountains the weather can change almost instantly. Rain at even 30mph can feel like hailstones if you don't have leathers.
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Try leather jacket and pants. I like Fieldsheer as it's good quality and reasonably priced. It sounds weird, but in the hot dry weather here, leather keeps the hot wind off you so you stay cooler. Plus, when you are riding in the mountains the weather can change almost instantly. Rain at even 30mph can feel like hailstones if you don't have leathers.

Yes, rain at speed hurts. Sometimes really bad.



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True. I wasn't talking about a leather coat from Dr. Tom's Leather Shack up the street.
Well alot of people buy leather jackets without pads or take them out because it makes the jacket breath better. Bad idea.
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