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post #1 of 13 Old 05-14-2007, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for riding gear advice/recommendations

Just got the DL650 - looking for riding gear now from helmet down. I know what kind of helmet I want - full face where the chin flips up also.

Also, looking for an jacket pant/set, medium weght and waterproof. I live in Virginia so if any of you Virginia riders have recommendations please let me know.

Looking for moderately priced equipment.

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-14-2007, 08:57 AM
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http://www.newenough.com/

Their comments on sizing are invaluable.

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post #3 of 13 Old 05-14-2007, 08:59 AM
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have to agree with tmcgee. plus if you find it cheaper they will price match.
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i highly recommend the Nolan modular (flip up helmet) if you're going modular. they have a metal-to-metal latching mechanism which is much better than the plastic latches on other helmets.

as for gear at a reasonable price, i have to agree with the newenough.com recommendation. also try motogearoutlet.com
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Helmet, I like what was said earlier about the Nolan flip up. I will prob. get one of those next.

As far as gear, you can't go wrong with First Gear Over Pants and Kilimanjaro jacket. Water proof, vents well in the Summer, and with the liner can be very warm and comfortable in the winter.

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post #6 of 13 Old 05-14-2007, 12:14 PM
 
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2 recomendations...

Joe Rocket Alter Ego (available on NewEnough) This is a 3 season set, meaning you can unzip the solid panels and reveal huge mesh sections on the jacket and pants, you can also zip in the rain liner on the inside and stay dry. Used this exlusivly in the NorthWet (rain, rain, partly cloudy, rain, rain, sun break, rain, rain, rain)

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I bought this gear for the HOT weather here in San Diego. This is a fully vented set but comes with a gortex/thinsulate liner that makes it pretty good for year round. If you are not worried about high heat, then look at the AST jacket and Ranger pants (water proof and huge vents). They also make a nice one piece.

Both options are about 250 for the jacket and around 200 for the pants.
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-14-2007, 12:26 PM
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Good info here, Newenough is a very good start. I got the firstgear HT there and think they would be very suitable for your area. I live in NEPA and the mountians are about the same. The zip in liner makes a world of difference in the transition of late fall rides. They are water proof with the liner in, not sure without it as I have not tried it.
Check on ebay for used gear, Cortech makes some very fine jackets for a very resonable price. Also check there for the flip up Nolan-102 Ncom. I got mine there for 218.00. The N-com will help with future upgrades in communication, you can add some when you get spare change. Very versitile in deed with many options. Also with they fog free design, IT IS FOG FREE!

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i highly recommend the Nolan modular (flip up helmet) if you're going modular. they have a metal-to-metal latching mechanism which is much better than the plastic latches on other helmets.

as for gear at a reasonable price, i have to agree with the newenough.com recommendation. also try motogearoutlet.com
Only bad thing about the Nolan N102 is its a noisy helmet. There are plenty of quieter helmets out there. The Nolan has too much stuff outside of the helmet that catches the air and causes turbulence. Look for a more streamlined helmet. I do love the modular though.
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Jacket for sale.

I have a XL First Gear Kilimanjaro, I want a all black one. If thats your size let me know I will give you a good deal on it. Its black with blue, liner, and in good condition.

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+1 for FirstGear HT overpants and Kili jacket.
I have the same gear and I find it very comfortable and flexible. I had a modular helmet from HJC but I hated it. Bought a EXO 700 and it is great! Better fit, air flow and comfort. It is quieter also. I love the anti fog shield and the fact that everything is removeable and replaceable.

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