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post #1 of 46 Old 11-26-2016, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Riding gear/safety gear

While I have been riding motorcycles for roughly 20 years now (late bloomer) I am new to this type of motorcycle. Usually on my cruiser its a half helmet, jeans and maybe a jacket. After witnessing a pretty bad motorcycle accident of a friend last year I really want to take steps that will keep me in one piece if I go down on a twisty. What does everyone like here in the way of riding pants and gloves? There are A LOT of options and I am kind of lost. I purchased a new modular full face helmet last year and have a leather jacket with removable liner and vents. I would like to find something that's affordable and I can stay somewhat cool in.

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post #2 of 46 Old 11-26-2016, 01:00 AM
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Cycle gear store brand is good for the money IMO. It's BILT branded.
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Ok thank you! I will check it out.
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Hi StromStone. Hot weather Im wearing kevlar jeans for about $120 and mesh jacket $180 with hard knuckle $80 gloves. You have a helmet and leather top so if you want abrasion protection add kevlar jeans but if you want some better impact protection its armored stuff with CE 1 or 2 rating i believe I bought most of my stuff off revzilla lots of reviews and pay shipping only on returns. Not a discount house but nice selection and a chance to try stuff for a return fee of about $10 if no good.
Dont forget your feet and shins some decent boots. I wore steel toe work boots for a while although better than sneaks I bought dedicated riding boots when I had the cash.
$170 Alpinestar roam boots.

This is just my preference but I have cash for gear luckily. My thought is as long as you can afford even one step up on gear youre better off.
Hard toe boots beat sneaks, kevlar jeans beat denim, armored pants beat kevlar etc
Good luck have fun, be safe
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post #5 of 46 Old 11-26-2016, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you Bnucci24. I just purchased some bags from there. great prices and they got them sent to me quick. I will take a closer look at their gear. Thank you for your input!
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post #6 of 46 Old 11-26-2016, 10:36 AM
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There is a enormous selection of safety clothing from many makers. What you prefer in styling and price will guide your purchases.
If you want the best, be prepared to spend some big bucks.
A friend t-boned a car on his Polaris 3 wheeler and walked away because he was using one of the new blow up safety jackets. Essentially an air bag for the rider.
Expensive, near a thousand dollars, but he's alive to complain about the lady that pulled out in front of him.
I've kidded here before about "tell how you are going to crash and I'll tell you what to wear."
All mishaps are different. So if you want to be safe in an unpredictable world, get the best you can. ATGATT!
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post #7 of 46 Old 11-26-2016, 11:26 AM
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I wear Olympia mesh, the airglide model. jacket, pants.

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post #8 of 46 Old 11-26-2016, 11:46 AM
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I started with a leather jacket, jeans and hiking boots. I saved my money and then went FirstGear pants and jacket on sale and then added AlpineStar boots. I'm still using most of that stuff 7 years later. I like to keep an eye on the closeout section at Motorcycle Superstore here. Start with the highest budget you can afford keeping in mind this stuff will last you many years if you take care of it, so it's basically a one-time large purchase until you build a bigger budget. Plan for jacket, pants, gloves and boots. Add some Froggs Toggs rain gear too for short money if you can. Good luck and be safe!

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post #9 of 46 Old 11-26-2016, 12:23 PM
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I ride with armored jacket and paints. They are a little bulky but it's amazing how much they help if you make contact with the ground. Any of the brands with the better armor will be a good choice. I live in a mild climit so vented / mesh gear works best for me.
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Anything is better than nothing. BILT gear from Cycle Gear is probably the lowest quality gear available. Quality lower than even its price. I have seen how it holds up.

On the other end is the expensive high end gear. Which isn't what you are probably wanting to hear about.

In the middle, some of the best gear value is from TourMaster and Olympia. Some of the Joe Rocket stuff is ok. The Olympia is probably the best overall compromise of protection, quality, price point.

Depends on how often and what conditions you ride in. If an occasional rider that won't go much over 100 miles from home, you can get by with a nice mesh jacket with liner. Same with the pants. These are the most versatile combos around. The liners block wind and in most cases are also waterproof. Good gloves with longer gauntlets are good to have. Helmets are something you will have to be the decision maker on. The flip fronts are less protection, but honestly if a decent quality are going to do a pretty good job. Footwear is something that I think is overlooked. Only the higher end boots are really any good at protecting the foot/ankle. Most "motorcycle" boots are not any better than a really good set of work boots. IMO.

Good gear can make or break a rider. If you are not comfortable temperature wise, or get wet in the rain, no one is going to enjoy the ride. I can ride in 35 degree rain, or 105 degree desert heat in comfort. But I have spent a fortune figuring out what works!
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