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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Does my gear check out?

Hey, I'm new to the forum and new to riding in general. I've been wanting to ride for a long time and now that I have a steady income, I'll be able to afford it. I recently signed up for the MSF course, which I will be taking in April. I started buying my gear as it is needed for the class.

So far I bought two jackets. The Joe Rocket Honda Factory Racing replica and the Joe Rocket UFO mesh. I will probably be wearing the leather jacket for the most part but when it gets really hot (as it usually does during the summer) I'll have the mesh jacket. As for gloves I bought some Joe Rocket Honda licensed ones that match my jacket (not gauntlet style).

I'm still trying to decide what kind of boots I will need (if any). A few of my friends just ride in whatever shoes they have on, and others just wear regular boots (not riding boots). I saw a few boots out there that I like but they are kind of expensive. Any input on this?

I'm still trying to decide on what helmet to get as well. I'm kinda stumped on this. A few helmets I've been looking at were the Icon Domain helmet, the Scorpion EXO-1000, and the Arai RX7 Corsair. I know everyone is going to say go with the Arai and I know it is a better helmet, but I'm just not sure if it is $700 better you know? I've tried on all three helmets and they all fit me pretty well and I've heard that all three vent pretty well. Any opinions on these? Initially I was leaning towards the the Icon mainly for looks. The helmet design is awesome and the Decay graphic is sick, but after reading reviews I've learned there are better helmets out there for the same price. The EXO-1000 also has a cool design, vents well, and has that awesome flip-down sun visor and inflatable cheeck pads. The RX7 vits very well, but the only graphic I like on it is a new 2008 version and it will be very pricey. Any opinions/inputs would be awesome.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 08:42 PM
 
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The Scorpion is a great helmet for the price. I would never touch anything Icon, but that's just me. The Arai's reputation and record speak for itself.

As far as boots go, nothing wrong with heavy work boots that cover the ankles...as long as you can shift, that is.
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The Scorpion is a great helmet for the price. I would never touch anything Icon, but that's just me. The Arai's reputation and record speak for itself.

As far as boots go, nothing wrong with heavy work boots that cover the ankles...as long as you can shift, that is.
y wouldnt you touch ICON???
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 08:54 PM
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HJC and KBC make decent lids for cheap...

Think about boots this way... if you crash what is most likely to be the first thing that hits the ground? Your feet. Get riding specific boots.
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they've got a reputation for putting style before safety. and they are relatively new on the market.
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they've got a reputation for putting style before safety. and they are relatively new on the market.
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I got a new top of their line HJC helmet and it works great. It brand new was 215.99 when I bought it. I tried it on at a local shop for 280 and they tried to jack me around on the price so I said screw em and got it online. I love the thing. Its a carbon and fiberglass blend of some sort and you can get them on closeout from motorcycle superstore for like 115 now. They came so far down I was upset but its still a great helmet. Good luck with whatever you pick.
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wish me luck i ride w icon gear helmet jacket n gloves
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wish me luck i ride w icon gear helmet jacket n gloves
I have a pair of their super duty gloves I wear with my mesh when it gets into the upper 90's. I like em. a bit snug but nice w/ decent padding. A few on here has ICON, and any gear is better than no gear
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icon's stuff is great. they just dont have the solid rep that arai and shoei have.
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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 11:17 PM
 
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oh alright well i really like my icon gear has the protection i believe is pretty quality
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Icon lids seem to be on the same level as HJC and KBC (good lower priced). They just have the fugly vents on top of most models...

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I wore HJC helmets for 6 years and never had any problems. But, as soon as I got my Arai I would never go back for any long haul riding. For me the price of the Arai is justified in the extra comfort, being so lightweight, and the promise of better protection. I also have an Z1R that I picked up last year. It's nice enough but still doesn't compete with the Arai (however it was a lot cheaper).

Do not skimp out on boots or pants.
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Thanks for the comments guys. I'll probably go with the Puma 1000's for boots and carry normal shoes in a backpack or something. I read somewhere that the glue Icon used on their helmets is cheap and stuff starts falling off after a while....not good. I'm liking the Arai RX7 with the Jolly Roger graphic. I'll probably go with that one.
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Yeah, stay away from ICON.
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y wouldnt you touch ICON???
Caus hes a hater!

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All three helmets you listed are great!! Any ancle covering boots will work fine!! Glad your heads on straight and your getting the gear in line!! Welcome and Good Luck to ya!!

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Thanks for the comments guys. I'll probably go with the Puma 1000's for boots and carry normal shoes in a backpack or something.
Or get a set of street-oriented riding boots like the SIDI Sport TePor or similar types from Oxtar and AlpineStar, etc.
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I'd definately go with riding boots. Before I could afford them, I just rode in my regular over-ankle boots. Worked well on the GS500, but my CBR's shift lever is a little closer in, making it a bit of a pain to fit my feet in there easily. Ended up getting a pair of SIDIs, don't remember the model. They're all-leather with some reinforcements, and really comfortable.... to the point after i'm done riding, I sometimes forget I have them on when i'm just walking around. Also they feel a lot more sturdy, as they go farther up your leg than regular boots tend to.

Just my 2c.

Also, Scorpion helmets are awesome. I have an older version, think it's an exo-600 or something in that range. Comfortable, good fit, and the quick change visor is really nice. Only wish the first notch up wasn't so high, makes it tough to just open the visor a crack.
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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-23-2008, 11:44 AM
 
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Icon's first bit of gear, was more stylish than safe. Their Higher end jackets, and helmets are quite nice and comfortable. I love my motorhead jacket, very nice quality, I have had it for a year, rain, sun, cold, heat. Held up very well. Gloves were okay. they started going after about a year. Pants, they don't have good pants yet in my opinion, no padding or anything. Their shoes are clunky and thick. Helmets, at first were low quality. Their latest offerings 2007 and later, are nice. On level with KBC and HJC. Padding on the jacket is on par with Joe Rockets gear, and it IS more stylish than joe rocket in my opnion.

I just recently ordered some new gear. I went with Alpinestars because I plan on hitting some trackdays and Icon doesn't make a track set of gear. I still will use an icon lid though. I have the domain 2 serpecant.

Just my $0.02
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