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Wearing Gear to MSF Lame?

Whats up everyone just asking for some opinions on something I have been thinking about. I am taking the MSF course in the near future before I get my first bike. I live in RI which requires riders take the course before getting their liscence but i hear its worthwhile anyways. So my question is do you think it is lame to get geared up in your own gear for the course? I know they require you wear a helmet, gloves, boots above the ankle, pants and long sleeves. My roomate took the course already and said noone brought their own helmet and everyone basically just wore work boots and work or winter gloves. My first thought is that since I already bought my gear ahead of time why not wear it. Id much rather wear my own helmet than share a sweaty one with a bunch of other people. On the other hand I have never ridden at all before so I feel like im going to look like an idiot if i show up wearing brand new gear and end up dropping my bike or doing something else really stupid. So what are your thoughts should I gear up all the way? just wear some of my gear like helmet and gloves? or say screw it and wear just normal clothes and avoid standing out?
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When I did the course I used my own helmet and my mesh jacket. I was the only one to have a jacket but not the only one to have a helmet. I figured it was going to be in the hundreds so I might as well wear something comfortable. They don't take you on the street or let you go fast, I think if you use your own helmet, gloves and boots that'll be fine. As for the rest jeans and a long sleeve tshirt is the norm around here.

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Might as well get use to wearing your gear, this is a chance to see how your gear feels/fits while riding.

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Whats up everyone just asking for some opinions on something I have been thinking about. I am taking the MSF course in the near future before I get my first bike. I live in RI which requires riders take the course before getting their liscence but i hear its worthwhile anyways. So my question is do you think it is lame to get geared up in your own gear for the course? I know they require you wear a helmet, gloves, boots above the ankle, pants and long sleeves. My roomate took the course already and said noone brought their own helmet and everyone basically just wore work boots and work or winter gloves. My first thought is that since I already bought my gear ahead of time why not wear it. Id much rather wear my own helmet than share a sweaty one with a bunch of other people. On the other hand I have never ridden at all before so I feel like im going to look like an idiot if i show up wearing brand new gear and end up dropping my bike or doing something else really stupid. So what are your thoughts should I gear up all the way? just wear some of my gear like helmet and gloves? or say screw it and wear just normal clothes and avoid standing out?
If you stand out because of the amount of gear you have on, that's like standing out in the bar because you are the smartest and best looking person there...
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Might as well get use to wearing your gear, this is a chance to see how your gear feels/fits while riding.

u don't *need* much more than some work gloves/boots but why not wear your stuff if you bought it? what else is it for?
you're there to learn to ride, not be judged by other ppl or w/e you're worried about. and also, its not the end of the world if you drop your bike while learning to ride. in fact its almost inevitable. even experienced riders drop their bikes.

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wear something comfortable. you'll be sore by the end of the day...

they should have told you exactly what you need to bring.

helmet (full face)
gloves
boots
etc.

you'll be on the bike a long time, most of the time just sitting there. It will get tiring towards the end of the day, and if you are uncomfortable because you have your race leathers on you arent going to perform as well as if you were relaxed.

you hardly get out of second gear, and really the only excersize you should even have the slightest risk of going down on is the swerve (and thats only if for some god aweful reason you brake while turning)...

denim should be fine. as far as a jacket, wear what is comfortable for the weather, but get something that will offer minor protection.
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def. bring your helmet, so the instructors can make sure that you got the right fitment, size etc.
gloves and jacket... sure why not, might as well break 'em in.
regular jeans should be fine.
race boots... your call. work boots should be fine, imo.

bottom line, ef what anyone else thinks. it's riding gear, and your gonna be riding.

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Whats up everyone just asking for some opinions on something I have been thinking about. I am taking the MSF course in the near future before I get my first bike. I live in RI which requires riders take the course before getting their liscence but i hear its worthwhile anyways. So my question is do you think it is lame to get geared up in your own gear for the course? I know they require you wear a helmet, gloves, boots above the ankle, pants and long sleeves. My roomate took the course already and said noone brought their own helmet and everyone basically just wore work boots and work or winter gloves. My first thought is that since I already bought my gear ahead of time why not wear it. Id much rather wear my own helmet than share a sweaty one with a bunch of other people. On the other hand I have never ridden at all before so I feel like im going to look like an idiot if i show up wearing brand new gear and end up dropping my bike or doing something else really stupid. So what are your thoughts should I gear up all the way? just wear some of my gear like helmet and gloves? or say screw it and wear just normal clothes and avoid standing out?

why worry about standing out and looking different so much? do what you feel you need to do to be safe. besides the gear is to protect you if and when you do fall down, so why not use it?


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full leathers not nessacriy, but everything up to that, would be fine



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As for the topic at hand...these guys got it covered. Take your helmet, jacket, gloves. Jeans are fine and any over the ankle boot...be it racing boot or work type boots. You wont be going very fast.

Have fun. I had a blast at the MSF course. And I took my full face helmet, MX gloves,...I got by with a long sleeve shirt and jeans, and some Doc's on my feet.



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Wear what you want, why is this even a topic.

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Thanks for the advice so far everyone... Trip this is a topic because I have never been to an msf course before and am just looking for advice and opinions on what to wear. Kind of like if you have never been to a school dance, wedding, formal dinner, cocktail party and so on... its not the end of the world if your not dressed appropriately but it is nice to be able to ask advice from people who have been there before. Keep the opinions coming if you got them.
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Wear what you want, why is this even a topic.
you get sour grapes for easter or something?
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If you ever question how much gear you should or shouldn't wear... wear it all. This is one of those situations where it's never going to hurt you to have more than enough. Just make sure you use that same rational when riding!

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Lame? No. Totally necessary? Not really.

Most schools will supply you with the basics (gloves and helmets). While the idea of putting on a helmet someone else has sweated in might skeeve you out, look at the flipside: do you really want to funk up YOUR brand new lid you just dropped a few hundred $$$ on? It's a toss up. You can always get a dri-fit skullcap (to act as a barrier between you and the loaner helmet), take your own lid with you to the class, and see what kind of condition their stuff is in.

Gloves, yeah, if you've got a pair that are already broken in (you DON'T wanna try to spend 2 12-hour days in NEW gloves... your hands will hurt if they're not broken in), then you might be more comfy in your own.

Jacket? Not really necessary. Bear in mind the speeds you'll be travelling at -- VERY low speeds. And much of the day you won't be moving at ALL... you'll be standing still, or sitting and waiting. So if you've got a meshie jacket, then you might be fine. But if you're in textile or leather? You'll be uncomfortably hot.

Just wear what you're comfortable in. The class is long, exhausting, but a ton of fun. So just make sure you're comfortable, wearing light colored, breathable fabrics, and enjoy yourself!
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you get sour grapes for easter or something?
Actually yes I did, I got a mixed box of lemonhead candy that has other flavors. One of them is grapeheads and they are sour.

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If you stand out because of the amount of gear you have on, that's like standing out in the bar because you are the smartest and best looking person there...
X 10!!

Wear your gear, while the MSF is not on street riding, its best to be in the habit of wearing all gear all the time!! If its super hot or something, make sure and wear long sleeves so you can take off the jacket but other than that, use it for what ya bought it for! Everyone else just may be inspired to buy gear too!
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