Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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!
[SIZE="1"]Orange K9 Wee - Givi guards and screen, Zuk hand-guards, Madstad, Rick's fork brace, Shad topcase, Sargent seat, Rox risers, Vessel luggage bracket and sheepskin, Tuono Mirrors, CL-850 bags, Wolo horn, Powerlet.