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post #1 of 19 Old 03-20-2015, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Type of gear to get

I will be getting my v-strom in the next couple weeks and I'm curious what you all are using for gear. i have my helmet picked out already now I just need a good jacket and pants! Any pointers would be great!
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-20-2015, 09:01 PM
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I have a TourMaster Flex jacket & pants, I like the adjustability for various seasons

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Depends on season

I have a perforated leather jacket and kevlar lined jeans for warm weather, a standard leather jacket and leather jeans for cold weather. For wet weather I have a Dririder style fabric jacket with quilted liner and waterproof overpants to go over my leather jeans. I always wear my modular full face helmet, Alpine Stars waterproof boots and my summer vented or winter waterproof leather gloves. I have donated skin to the abrasive road gods in my youth and don't plan to give them any more, protection is much better than road rash. Enjoy the ride , stay safe, always wear the right gear.
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Make a road trip to Columbus Ohio and hit the Iron Pony superstore, they have every gear option you could possibly imagine. Just too many variables for gear, much depends on how you ride, where you ride, when you ride, do you want waterproof, 3 season or 4 season, leather, textile......etc. You can be thrifty, can be modest, or can spend a small fortune.....get my drift?

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A jacket and pants that fit are recommended. The rest (material, lining, armour, style etc) is personal preference.
Boots are also strongly recommended. Canvas runners, slip-on ANYTHING and "flip-flops" are NOT recommended. The rest (see above) is personal preference.
Hell, the whole lot is personal preference, just own the decisions you make.

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I'm really just worried if I get 4 season gear during the summer it will be too hot! I work at s dirt bike shop and have full access to WPS and a parts unlimited catalog so that's where I plan to order my gear from! I just am worried about spending 400$ on all my gear and hating it! As for boots I just plan to wear my red wing work boots!
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After goigh through three different sets of various Jackets aned Pants I got myslef a two-piece Aerostich Roadcrafter. I ride in weather from single digit °F to over 100°f and use the same Roadcrafter for all the conditions. Although it is lots of money in the long run I spent way less on the the Roadcraftter than what I spent bon the preious gear.

There is no right or wrong answer but I would suggest you try and think long and hard about what you want and don't be afraid to get quality stuff.

Here's another thread that you might find useful:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...ur-helmet.html

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I'm really just worried if I get 4 season gear during the summer it will be too hot! I work at s dirt bike shop and have full access to WPS and a parts unlimited catalog so that's where I plan to order my gear from! I just am worried about spending 400$ on all my gear and hating it! As for boots I just plan to wear my red wing work boots!
You MUST try all your gear on, and todays 3 season gear tends to ventilate and breath quite well. You could always get a Summer to go along with a 3 or 4 season jacket, they tend to be cheaper than the multi-season jackets. Don't ride in jeans, and get some proper motorcycle boots if you don't already.

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I stay away from any footwear that have laces while riding.

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Boot laces in the chain can have a startling effect.

Huge range of personal preferences and budgets for gear. Leather has the advantage of letting you slide on the pavement, not grabbing like fabric and rolling you. Higher cost fabric (Cordura or Kevlar, some others) won't melt from from road friction. Better quality breathable water coatings cost more. Waterproof vent zippers cost more. You want CE rated armor in the spine, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees. Often spine padding is useless thin foam; aftermarket spine armor is available. You want armored gloves. I prefer gray pants for summer coolness and safety yellow coat--maybe 51% of the drivers will notice me rather than just 50%.

Be sure your helmet has its internal shape that matches the shape of your head...round, oval, long oval. The helmet must fit correctly all around your head.
http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...met-shapes.htm

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