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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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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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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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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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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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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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Don't want to start a fight but get Hi-Viz gear.

White or Hi-Viz helmet and Hi-Viz jacket.

After a good helmet get good gloves. I buy leather Aerostich gloves after wearing out many pairs of leather/fabric type gloves.
 

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You can get some good reasonably priced gear, Cycle Gear has the Sedici (house brand) which is a step up from Bilt. Another brand to check out is Speed and Strength.
 

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As I sit recovering from my latest off-bike adventure I have but 1 thing to say.

Quality gear is worth its weight in skin and blood. Nothing is more expensive in the pursuit of riding bikes than the medical bills.

That said, protect the pointy places. Head, hands, feet, elbows and knees.

Head - full face lids (modular is only full face till you crash)
Hands - you slide and take hits on your palms...thick leather in the palm is better than skin
Feet - thick leather and a boot you will wear every ride, hot or cold, wet or dry
Knees/elbows - gear where pads cover these areas

As for HIVIZ - I always wear it on my torso. HIVIZ helmets are even better, although my last Shoei was so cheap on sale I bought the silver one.
 

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I can tell you from first hand experience that decent gear preserves skin. My armored jacket protected me well during a lay down in an intersection. My jeans did not. Even my cheap home depot work gloves kept the road rash off my hands.

Immediately afterwards, I got me a set of armored riding pants.

My Keen hiking boots took a beating, but protected my ankles. I had to replace them. Opted for catapiller work boots with composite toe.

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I wear Olympia mesh, the airglide model. jacket, pants.

https://olympiamotosports.com/en-US/...mesh-tech-gear
Yeah good stuff. I have the Airglide pants and for warm weather my old Joe Rocket mesh ....I'll replace with an Airglide offering.

For 3 season riding/all weather touring I have Scott Distinct 1


http://www.fc-moto.de/Scott-Distinct-1-Gore-Tex-Jacket

Another consideration is wearing armored shirts


Armored Shirts - RevZilla

They often offer more protection than in a jacket....can be worn on their own in hot weather or under other jackets.

You get kidney and chest protection.

I use AirGlide 3 pants but the knee armor is marginal compared to proper knee armor

$18 gets you way better protection than the inserts ....



Your knee stays cupped and the shin armor comes down to your boots.

I wear both Milwaukee Trooper boots - incredible grip


https://fortnine.ca/en/milwaukee-mb...id=CM_loIrKx9ACFcZLDQodwg0C3Q#76=21&493=12754


and my off pavement boots from Gaerne



Gaerne Balance Oiled Brown Trial Boot - buy cheap ? FC-Moto
 

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Don't want to start a fight but get Hi-Viz gear.

White or Hi-Viz helmet and Hi-Viz jacket.

After a good helmet get good gloves. I buy leather Aerostich gloves after wearing out many pairs of leather/fabric type gloves.
Yep, I've been using a hi-viz vest for some time, just recently got a hi-viz jacket. People really do see you better, but you still have to ride as if invisible.
 

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This has be a really instructional thread; I have been progressing on my level of gear continuously since I began riding again 5 years ago.

I now have two sets of gear, both Joe Rocket Ballistic Nylon with knee, elbow shoulder and Back Pads. One set is lighter with mesh inserts and lots of vents.

The second is heavier with a liner and water resistant material.

Bell Qualifier DLX full face helmet with the transitions auto tinting shade has been good, the vents on the top were chattering until I put shims in to quiet them down.

My wife has similar gear. I don't feel comfortable getting on the bike without putting on the gear anymore. Five years ago I felt uncomfortable putting it on.

I recently purchase a set of armored leather riding gloves. I bought bits and pieces on Ebay and Craigslist; except for the helmets that came new from Revzilla.

It can add up and it is hard to decide where to start. I appreciate all of the knowledge and experience being displayed in this thread; but it is intimidating going from the Harley un-protected rider in a bandana to the fully geared up ATGATT rider. I have also had to purchase much larger sizes; the Joe Rocket seems to be cut on the tight side.

When I returned to riding I was building a Honda Twin and as I got the bike to start running I started to acquire gear to ride. I didn't even have a helmet at that point.

Most of my clothing has reflective elements and there are reflectors on the bike; but I have not made the move towards Hi-Viz yet.

That said, I don't see that many other riders geared up anywhere near what I am riding with.
 

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I recently made the move to the Aerostich R-3 with back armor added. It's brilliant. Not the "cool" motorcycle look but one of the compensations of middle age is no longer caring about that. It's so much faster to get on / off then 2 piece gear. Good stuff.
 
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