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Hey guys this might be a noob question since this is my first post on TWF but im about to be getting my first bike when the new kawi 250 comes out, so i wanted to get an Idea on what brand gear i should buy and around what i should spend on gear.

I want to make sure i get proper leather gear and spend the money needed to be safe and learn correct on my new bike.

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Hey guys this might be a noob question since this is my first post on TWF but im about to be getting my first bike when the new kawi 250 comes out, so i wanted to get an Idea on what brand gear i should buy and around what i should spend on gear.

I want to make sure i get proper leather gear and spend the money needed to be safe and learn correct on my new bike.

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your question all depends on how much $$ you want to spend. Real gear cost money, but you only buy it once. I'm a firm believer in buyin the best the first time. Learned that lesson a long time ago, and not just with gear!
For boots: Sidi or Alpinstars ar great.
Jacket/pants/gloves: I like: Dainese, Vanson, Alpinestars, Moto GP, Komodo
Helmets: Shoei, KBC, Arai, ect.....
Remember, spending 500 bucks on a jacket is nothing compared to the bill of a skin graft!
Leather is much much cheaper than skin....
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brand isn't nearly as important as fit is. make sure to try stuff on, especially helmets as they have different shapes. go with what fits best. any gear is better than no gear. go with what you can afford and what feels right.
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brand isn't nearly as important as fit is. make sure to try stuff on, especially helmets as they have different shapes. go with what fits best. any gear is better than no gear. go with what you can afford and what feels right.


Make sure you are comfortable in what you get. Leather is more protective, textile is cheaper. There are already tons of threads on this topic. Check out newenough.com, motorcycle-superstore.com, ridegear.com.
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Make sure you are comfortable in what you get. Leather is more protective, textile is cheaper. There are already tons of threads on this topic. Check out newenough.com, motorcycle-superstore.com, ridegear.com.



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your question all depends on how much $$ you want to spend. Real gear cost money, but you only buy it once. I'm a firm believer in buyin the best the first time. Learned that lesson a long time ago, and not just with gear!
For boots: Sidi or Alpinstars ar great.
Jacket/pants/gloves: I like: Dainese, Vanson, Alpinestars, Moto GP, Komodo
Helmets: Shoei, KBC, Arai, ect.....
Remember, spending 500 bucks on a jacket is nothing compared to the bill of a skin graft!
Leather is much much cheaper than skin....
Hth's
While I wholeheartedly agree with buying quality stuff....you need to make sure motorcycling is for you. If you drop a grand on gear (and it's easy to do)...then decide after a couple months that you just don't enjoy bikes then you're out a ton of cash.


itgirl is right. Find some decent stuff that won't break the bank and MOST MOST MOST importantly make sure it fits properly.

Look for Joe Rocket and similar brands.



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While I wholeheartedly agree with buying quality stuff....you need to make sure motorcycling is for you. If you drop a grand on gear (and it's easy to do)...then decide after a couple months that you just don't enjoy bikes then you're out a ton of cash.


itgirl is right. Find some decent stuff that won't break the bank and MOST MOST MOST importantly make sure it fits properly.

Look for Joe Rocket and similar brands.
JR,A*,AGV,Tecnik,Spidi,Dainese,KBC,HJC,Icon- take your pic. All have good stuff.

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man that new 250 looks tight.

i just bought a scorpion exo 700 helmet ($225 shipped)

and joe rocket lightspeed jacket. it's mesh and not leather but it's built like a tank. i got it for 74 bucks from newenough.com

still deciding on boots,pants,gloves.

i aree with the rest of the members when they say fit is important. if it's uncomfortable to wear, chances are you won't wear it.

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Yeah, just make sure you get stuff that you won't be iffy about wearing. Make sure it fits pretty tight too, a lot of guys buy too baggy for their first bits of gear they buy, then after a while realise they need to get new stuff because it all stretched a little and now rides up and wouldn't protect in a crash.

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Exactly! It should fit snug. Not loose, when talking about jacket and pants anyway. Helmet too.
It is good if you can get a set that zips together at the waist. If you ever find youself sliding down the highway on your back, the last thing you need is for your jacket to start riding up on you.
Not trying to scare you. But things can happen very fast out there. I have been down more than once and good gear is what saved my azz! I have been riding since 16 and I'm 43...it can happen to any experienced rider.
What is funny is that I had been a Harley rider for the most part. Wearing the scull cap and tank top. When I got my sport bike, I gained a whole new respect for riding!
I feel naked if I dont have full leather on.
And yes, it may feel very weird or uncomfortable at first, but you get used to it.
You shoulda seen me trying to wear a full face for the first time!!! LOL.
Now I would have it any other way.
Good luck on you quest for shopping. Many of good points mentioned in this thread.
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A good place for good deals online is www.newenough.com . Don't let the name fool you, its new stuff, not used. A good thing to do is go to a local shop, try stuff on, figure out the size you need and what you like, then find it online, usually for a much cheaper price.

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A good thing to do is go to a local shop, try stuff on, figure out the size you need and what you like, then find it online, usually for a much cheaper price.
I 1000000000000000000000000% agree with this. Don't buy anything without trying it on.
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All your feed back is verymuch appreciated.

I deffinitly will take the time to make sure the gear fits me properly so i can focous on riding and learning things correctly.
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Yep. Especially the helmet, like Brendan said, they tend to stretch out quite a bit. Put one one, and make sure you can't twist it side to side on your head at all or shift back and forth. It may feel annoyingly tight at first, but it will be perfect after a few weeks of wearing it.

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Yep. Especially the helmet, like Brendan said, they tend to stretch out quite a bit. Put one one, and make sure you can't twist it side to side on your head at all or shift back and forth. It may feel annoyingly tight at first, but it will be perfect after a few weeks of wearing it.

Absolutely! The cheek pads should be snug against your cheek. Almost to the point it feels like you would bite the inside of your cheek if you were chewing gum.
From there, the helmet will break in very nicely...
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Absolutely! The cheek pads should be snug against your cheek. Almost to the point it feels like you would bite the inside of your cheek if you were chewing gum.
From there, the helmet will break in very nicely...
I don't think I'd go quite that tight. Get one that won't move around on your head. If you get the right headshape, you won't need the padding to compress for comfort. That's why you shop different brands, no matter how much someone swears by their helmet. A KBC or HJC does not fit me- too round (short front to back) a Scorpion EXO-1000, and my Shoei RF-1000 fit perfect. Arai seems to have a lot of different shapes, but they're all high dollar.

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See, now a KBC fits me great and that is what I use, but I got a peanut skull anyway!
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Hope you like the new 250. My wife's getting one around April, when I get back to the states. She just took the MSF course again to get refreshed. She can't wait. I'll be a worrying mofo for a while.
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The best gears tend to be the most expensive gears. As in most everything in life, the best cost the most. BUT there are good bangs for the bucks running around.

Scorpion helmets tend to be good bangs for the bucks.

Field Sheer leathers tend to be good bangs for the bucks.

Sidi boots are good bangs for the bucks.

Cortech textile gears and gloves tend to be good bangs for the bucks.

But gears must fit well first. Otherwise, they are just about worthless.
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