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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-24-2007, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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As a newb rider, I've been trying to find something reasonably safe to wear while riding. I figure my worn out jeans and t-shirt probably aren't the best if I hit the ground.

Where is a good spot online to get gear? My local bike shop said they have to special order everything, and online its never clear what is good and what is crap. I'd like to get something lightweight, breathable, durable, and ideally non-leather. Any recommendations on brands, styles, sites to check?
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Draggin Jeans are cool, I've been looking at them. Pricey though.
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Great place to get gear, it is last year or 2 year old but new never sold.
Top stuff at great prices, check ther closeout section.
I got a Joe Rocket Rio jacket Light free flow and protection, I got the Dry Tech liner also just in case I get caught in the rain.
Look at Techstyle jackets

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IMO "newb rider" (no offence, it is your own words ) needs all the protection he can afford. at the least it should be:
1. Full Face Helmet - even though you on a cruiser the belt sender below is the same. IMO beanies look much more stupid the FF (which i don't care how it looks).
2. Riding Jacket with elbow and shoulder protectors, leather is the best but much more $
3. good riding gloves - extremly important!!!
4. over the ankle riding boots - crusial part as most of MC related injuries involve feet as well.
5. riding pants or overpants. i have and recommend mesh pants, was good for 85F in florida and 39F (worn over jeans) in deals gap. IMO chops are not going to do as they don't cover your butt - the part of the body that is going to do most of the sliding in case of the get-off.
all in all around 500$ of investment. might look expensive but this is even more important than your motorcycle - this is investment in your safety. if you would like i can post a collection of pictures of my buddy after nasty fall and slide, the gear was destroyed (covered by insurance BTW) but saved his hide, he just walked away .

not mandatory but highly recomended:
6. rain suit - got stuck in pouring rain only once but IMO it completley paid off the expence. i really like the AX-1 from nelson rigg.

you can try ebay, got many stuf there for dirt cheap.
and one more vote for newenough.com - amazing prices but you need to hunt for them. just got my wife cute feminine Sidi boots (i personaly don't care how it looks but girls sometimes can be very picky, lol) and a new jacket (instead of my old not very feminine one) on closeout, spent 110$ on about 350$ worth of equipment. now if i only could somehow convince her to wear riding pants... still looking for a cute pair.

i do realize i may sound like a safety freak, but i dont give a sh...t. no matter how hot it is outside i'm not going to ride without ALL the gear i mentioned. even if it is 90F.

but eventually it is your choice.

stay safe

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I got a pair of Draggin' Jeans about 6 months ago and love them. I had to send the first pair back though, because the waist was too small. I wear a 34 in every brand of jeans I own, but for some reason the Draggin' Jeans were tight and I had to go with a 36.

Well worth it, though.

I also like my Joe Rocket Super Ego jacket. Full riding weight leather with elbow, shoulder and spine pads. For warm weather, most of the leather zips off, turning it into a mesh jacket. The leather stays over the shoulder and outside of the arms, and the pads stay in place. Very comfortable.
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When you find something you want you should look on ebay. I just picked up a new Teknic Supervent mesh jacket for $63 including shipping. Can't comment on it yet as the bike is down - but it fits nicely, looks good, and appears to provide good protection in a crash. Not as good as leather I'm sure. Originally, I tried a perforated leather jacket but it was just too hot.

If you're looking for a good, but inexpensive, full-face helmet, I highly recommend the Scorpion EXO-700. www.tonker.com has them for $180 including shipping.

Good luck and safe riding!

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I'm with tankist-I don't care if it looks stupid-saftey first! a full face helmit (or any helmit) may not be "cool", but brain damage is really not cool!!

I have a pair of "draggin' jeans" got em off ebay for around $50.00. I love em! I also got off of ebay (for like $35.00 with shipping, a real steal!) a "draggin' jeans" jean jacket. I also love it! it's great for warmer weather.
I have a heavy leather for colder wearther.
so ebay is a good place to find gear. I also like to go to "shade tree" they have really good stuff at really good prices. they're online too just do a search for "shade tree motor sports"

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I'm a "newenough" customer, and also Draggin' Jeans, and I can vouch for them as well. Good value, good service, good merchandise.

Not to sound like the grim reaper, but as a newbie rider you are obviously more likely to have a spill or a crash than someone more experienced.

Thus, I would like to encourage you to especially focus on getting a full-face, DOT-approved helmet. In the event of a crash, your face and chin area are the most likely areas to get hurt--but not with this type of helmet!

For the moment, when you buy a more expensive helmet, what you are really getting is a helmet that is more comfortable for longer rides. Go to a good helmet store with a lot of different brands, and try on as many different models/brands as you can--a really comfortable fit means having a helmet you'll love, vs a helmet you hate. Different helmet models/brands are designed for different shaped heads. To save money, go with a solid color helmet, and stay away from graphics, or racer replica patterns--those are just fancy ego trips for the owner.

Also, get a good set of gloves (full-finger, & with a gauntlet). Good brands are via Aerostich, and (again) New Enough.

Riding boots: Cruiserworks. Accept no other substitutes.

You would do well also to read the following:

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Good point on trying it on first, any gear that is not comfortable you wont wear it. It will do no good at home.

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I also have a Joe Rocket Rio and it is very light weight and gets a lot of wind through the perfs. Good armor in them as well. I actually steal the armor out of it in the Fall and put it in my Fieldsheer leather coat. (armor is extra $ on those)

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