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post #1 of 20 Old 09-20-2009, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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How's it going everyone? I put a deposit down today on a k9 650 ABS, and am just waiting for the credit union to write the check. This is my first bike and I'm extremely excited (and nervous...).
I'm in the process of trying to find the right helmet and jacket. I'm going to be doing rides to Vegas and Palm Springs (extremely hot weather, so must be suitable), and rides up the coast. I won't be doing any really cold riding, so that's not much of a concern. Right now I'm looking at this jacket: http://www.alpinestars.com/TStunt_Ai.../p/330159.html and this helmet: http://www.shoei-helmets.com/Helmet....F-1000&h=3&t=1 in pearl gray.
I was just wondering what everyone's thoughts were. Other suggestions that might fit my needs?
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for items like helmet and jacket i would only buy from a bikeshop so you can try them on first , unless you know the product and your size for thier brand

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You might want to look at the Olympia gear too. Good quality and practical. They have gear for all weather conditions and needs.


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Do you guys feel that textile is fine? Or is leather a necessity?
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IMHO, in the Pacific North West Textile is better due to the amount of rain we get. In California rain may not be an issue but perhaps having a mesh jacket would help in the heat. Talk to some competent people in your local bike shop and try stuff on for comfort, as suggested.

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I can highly recommend the HJC FS-16. It has the best venting and airflow of any helmet I've ever owned except my Simpson Super Bandit. It also has an internal sun visor, which will instantly become something that you can never again live without. Like Chris said, don't buy a helmet over the Internet unless you've tried it on in person first. Different helmets (maker to maker and even model to model) will fit differently. You may need a medium from one brand and an XL from another. Yet a third maker's helmet may not fit you at all. Some helmets are round, oval, round-oval... Try them on before you buy.

For hot weather (I live in Texas), textile gear is a must! I have an Olympia Motorsports AirGlide jacket and pants and I love them. They are as close as I have found to true 4-season riding gear. Make sure you get pants as well as a jacket. In a spill, jeans will only last for a few seconds on the concrete. Make sure your jacket has plenty of easily accessible pockets. You won't want to carry your wallet or keys in you pants pockets, and having to get into a tank bag every time you need something is a pain.
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Do you guys feel that textile is fine? Or is leather a necessity?
Leather looks nice but isn't as practical as textile. The textile gear these days is second to none. Get something waterproof with Cordura and you'll be safe and dry. I have 2 leather jackets that I use with my older bikes (a retro look thing). They suck when it rains. You end up soggy and smelly.

I've seen a lot of adventure tourng bikes and I don't think I've ever seen anyone riding one in leather gear.

Check out adventuremotostuff for some ideas.
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Some will disagree and say buy the best right out of the gate. Even after trying on gear in the store, I wasn't fully happy until I was on my third jacket and second helmet.

Everything is new to you now. For jackets/pants, don't go blow a ton of money on gear until you know from experience what you really want. Features vary quite a bit. Go get yourself a waterproof jacket with good ventilation. (I like www.newenough.com for discount purchases because they don't sell any junk and their customer service is the unbeatable.) Ride with it for a while, decide what you like and dislike about it, and when the time is right, upgrade. Sell the old one to recoup some of the cost.

Helmets are different. For helmets, you tend to pay exponentially more for minute improvements in design. "Upgrading" helmets usually means paying a ton more money for something that's only slightly better. The primary concern is fit! You'll find, different brands make helmets that fit differently shaped heads. Find one that fits you well and buy it with plans to keep it.

This is all personal opinion, but it's advice I wish I had received. Good luck, whatever you choose. Ride safe!

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Believe me, I've been spending a lot of time in the stores trying this stuff on, so fit isn't a concern at this point. Looks like from what you guys are saying I should be fine.
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I have an Olympia Motorsports AirGlide jacket and pants and I love them. They are as close as I have found to true 4-season riding gear. Make sure you get pants as well as a jacket. In a spill, jeans will only last for a few seconds on the concrete.
Have to really agree with this advice. I have the Olympia Airglide pants and never head out without them now.

A few months back I was sitting at an intersection and witnessed an accident where a guy on a sportbike, coming from another direction, was taken out by a truck that turned left in front of him. The rider was OK for the most part, but was wearing jeans, and one of his major sources of pain was from where his knees smacked the curb during his get-off. He was clearly in a lot of pain just from that alone and it was his major focus as I stabilized him waiting for the ambulance.

Having bad knees myself with a surgery or two on them, the built-in knee armor is great peace of mind at least, and between the venting and the reflective silver color, they're very cool in the summer. Will be eventually getting the Airglide jacket to replace my Power Trip mesh jacket, hopefully.

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