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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-05-2007, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to get some entry level gear...

What do you guys think? I'm on a budget but I figure I have been riding too long without the proper protection.

I never get hot (even while wearing my leather jacket during the 100F+) and I get cold really easy so I'll be happy with getting really warm clothing so the colder months are bareable. I plan on wearing plenty of layers underneathe this stuff and I added heated grips almost immediately after buying my bike.


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http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...et---2006.aspx

Pants:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...5.0-Pants.aspx

Mits!
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ex-Gloves.aspx


Total: About $250.00



Any suggestions on what might be better/cheaper/etc?
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1.) Do you have a helmet already?
2.) Do you have proper boots already?

Other than that, those items look fine, but I'd also check out www.newenough.com -- their closeout section has some AMAZING deals, and even their non closeout stuff is very, very well priced.

Also, check www.tricktape.com. Long story short, the owners of the site have fallen on some rough times lately (hit by an uninsured drunk driver) and they're letting some gear go at RIDICULOUSLY low prices, just cus they've got to move what's already in inventory.
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I do have a helmet and acceptable boots for now. I'd like to goto the track next year when I get a bigger bike and I'll probably get a better helmet and boots then. I will look into those other suppliers. Thanks for the advice!
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I believe there is no such thing as "entry level" gear. Get the gear you want to save your life to begin with, because that's when it is the most important because you are a lot more likely to go down learning. Get a nice set of leathers (two piece if you don't want a race suit), a helmet that fits your head on all pressure points perfect (doesn't have to be shoei/arai as long as it fits because they all protect about the same if it fits properly), and some good over the ankle boots made for riding.

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My definition of entry level is not a T-shirt and jeans... :p


I am talking about equipment that will offer good protection, but also at a good price. I don't have a ton of money to spend.
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When the title of this thread showed up on the main page as "Looking to get some entry...", I thought "Hey buddy, aren't we all"?

Ok carry on.
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My definition of entry level is not a T-shirt and jeans... :p


I am talking about equipment that will offer good protection, but also at a good price. I don't have a ton of money to spend.
Everyone is looking for cheap gear, it's not dependent on level of experience.


ceo, nice catch!

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Yeah... maybe I could have worded the title a bit better. In anycase, what do you guys think of the items I found?
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Everyone is looking for cheap gear, it's not dependent on level of experience.


Wait where did the dependancy of level of experience come in?
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Yeah... maybe I could have worded the title a bit better. In anycase, what do you guys think of the items I found?
Wait, wait I gotta hijack this to ask....

where's the pics of the 944????????
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Wait where did the dependancy of level of experience come in?
when you said entry level gear

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Those items all look fine for the street... albeit I don't think that jacket has great protection. But if I were you, I would try to get something that would pass tech for a track day in case you want to do that down the road... i.e. full leather 2 piece, gauntlet gloves, back protector, real m-cycle boots. You can get closeouts, clearance, leftovers, or used, and still not spend too much money. Try newenough.com for closeouts... they get some good ones. BTW you can buy teknic chicane full leather pants with knee pucks for only about 30 bucks more than you're considering blowing on those JR textile chit pants. Then maybe pick up a cheap textile jacket to wear when it's REALLY hot.

But maybe I'm just suggesting all this because I have a newfound boner for track days
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when you said entry level gear
I think maybe he meant entry level as in price?

Regardless... don't skimp... just find good deals.
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when you said entry level gear
That would be in regards to the gear hence "entry level gear". I didn't say "gear for entry level rider". And I agree with you in that there is no difference, if anything you should have even better gear being inexperienced and likely to make more mistakes.

I'm not trying to get into semantics. My basic idea here is to get some gear that will offer good protection but at the same time I want to try to find a good deal on it. I think CEO is right when he said "Hey buddy aren't we all" but I'm still interested in the opinions and views of what fellow TWF membersmight have to spread on the subject.

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Those items all look fine for the street... albeit I don't think that jacket has great protection. But if I were you, I would try to get something that would pass tech for a track day in case you want to do that down the road... i.e. full leather 2 piece, gauntlet gloves, back protector, real m-cycle boots. You can get closeouts, clearance, leftovers, or used, and still not spend too much money. Try newenough.com for closeouts... they get some good ones. BTW you can buy teknic chicane full leather pants with knee pucks for only about 30 bucks more than you're considering blowing on those JR textile chit pants. Then maybe pick up a cheap textile jacket to wear when it's REALLY hot.

But maybe I'm just suggesting all this because I have a newfound boner for track days

Those Teknic Chicane full leathers look like they would be great for the track but maybe a bit aggressive for street riding... I think I will have two different sets of clothing for riding- one for the street, and one for the track next year. I should have some extra cash to spend next year too.


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Wait, wait I gotta hijack this to ask....

where's the pics of the 944????????
Unfortunately I don't have a whole lot of pictures of it. It is a standard NA model with 951 suspension so it handles pretty well! And it is a money pit on wheels! lol


And on a side note that label of "Squidly" is really annoying. How does a rank of squidly corolate (sp?) to "low post count"????

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check these out........

same gloves;
http://newenough.com/closeouts/glove...le_gloves.html

leather jacket;
http://newenough.com/closeouts/leath...le_jacket.html

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I think CEO is right when he said "Hey buddy aren't we all" but I'm still interested in the opinions and views of what fellow TWF membersmight have to spread on the subject.
I think you missed the sexual joke I was making

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Those Teknic Chicane full leathers look like they would be great for the track but maybe a bit aggressive for street riding...
How can pants be aggressive?

Anyways buy leather... it's an investment. Textile gear is like an airbag... you go down once, it's toast. Then you're out even more $$. Not to mention it doesn't provide as adequate protection as leather, especially at high speeds.
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I think you missed the sexual joke I was making


How can pants be aggressive?

Anyways buy leather... it's an investment. Textile gear is like an airbag... you go down once, it's toast. Then you're out even more $$. Not to mention it doesn't provide as adequate protection as leather, especially at high speeds.



LOL oh I looked your post over too fast. I didn't notice you only quoted "Looking to get some entry..." LOL that is funny now that I look back at it!

Agressive as in a pain in the neck to deal with as a daily commute. They look like they are full out race pants instead of being a bit more casual...
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That would be in regards to the gear hence "entry level gear". I didn't say "gear for entry level rider". And I agree with you in that there is no difference, if anything you should have even better gear being inexperienced and likely to make more mistakes.

I'm not trying to get into semantics. My basic idea here is to get some gear that will offer good protection but at the same time I want to try to find a good deal on it. I think CEO is right when he said "Hey buddy aren't we all" but I'm still interested in the opinions and views of what fellow TWF membersmight have to spread on the subject.
When I think of entry level, I think of it as associating it with level of difficulty or skill, not price. Cheap or low priced gear would be a more accurate term for what you are looking for. If you want a good deal, call up cyclemartusa, they will meet or beat prices and they are a site vendor. They will also give you some info. Go to your local dealers/cycle gear and try on stuff to figure out your size and then order online by shopping around.

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Agressive as in a pain in the neck to deal with as a daily commute. They look like they are full out race pants instead of being a bit more casual...
They are very comfortable and I wear them every time I ride.

Just because pants have knee pucks doesn't mean you need to use them on the street!

And they will protect you better than the casual looking ones.
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They are very comfortable and I wear them every time I ride.

Just because pants have knee pucks doesn't mean you need to use them on the street!

And they will protect you better than the casual looking ones.
I should mail this rope around and let everyone learn a lesson in gear.

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