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Location: Monroe, LA
Welcome to the forum. You'll get a lot of opinions about helmets and other gear. Here's mine. If you can control whether or not your head will hit a solid object, don't bother getting a helmet if your state doesn't require it. If you can't, get a full face helmet that fits properly. 'Cause if you can't control whether or not your head will hit, you probably can't control what parts will hit either, and a FF helmet provides the best protection.
Any DOT approved helmet will do. You can get FF helmets from $12 (closeout) to $500 or more. Will the $500 helmet protect you better in a crash? Not likely, although the manufacturer would have you believe otherwise. But it may have more features (photochromatic visor, less wind noise, etc.) than the cheaper helmet. You need to decide what fits your wallet and your needs. For safety, a helmet with higher visibility, such as white or yellow, is a good choice.
Leather provides just about the best abrasion resistance, closely followed by abrasion resistant fabric and trailed by abrasion resistant fabric mesh. Leather and fabric is most comfortable in cooler weather while mesh is hard to beat for protection in warm weather. Get as much armor as you are comfortable with because it can make the difference between bruises and broken things. Anything you don't want to leave on the pavement should be protected; including hands and feet. So wear good leather boots that cover the ankle as a minimum and leather or other abrasion resistant full finger gloves. As in helmets, the more visible the gear, the better.
I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008
1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts
Last edited by flitecontrol; 10-04-2009 at 04:39 PM.