So what all do I NEED for gear?

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  1. ///M

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    And what is optional? For example, do I necessarily need pants, or would wearing jeans be acceptable (and protective enough)?

    I know I need a helmet, gloves, jacket, boots/shoes that cover my ankle, etc. (might be missing a thing or two) :o
     
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    jeans will be like tissue paper when it hits asphalt. when i wear jeans i wear tpro armor pants under them for some extra protection. knee/shin armor, hips, thighs, butt protection.

    if you're new to riding, you'll want all the gear you can get...

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    :cool: is there a guide somewhere detailing all the types of gear and whatnot for noob riders? :dunno:
     
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    This.

    If you want to be safe you should have a jacket and pants that will slide, and that should be your minimum. Jeans grip the road and shred.
     
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    for hot weather (well, and for it's intended use) I have some dirtbike pads that I can toss on under jeans that'll be a lot better than not if I eat shit. Are they as good as my actual gear? Nope. Are they a lot better than not? Absolutely.
     
  6. Diesel Fumes

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    Full gear all the time, regardless of skill level, weather, riding environment.

    Thats all you need to know.
     
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    do you guys wear gloves at all times while riding?
     
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    yes. i'll ride in no gear but helmet and gloves at times... but gloves are an absolute must. they're the one thing that's just about guaranteed to hit the ground.
     
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    I never ride without a helmet, jacket, or gloves.

    I only wear the pants and boots if I'm going for a ride ride, aka not for commuting.
     
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    hm. doesn't it get really hot riding in hot weather with a jacket on though? i don't want to be sweating like mad if i'm riding to work or something :o
     
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    I wear a textile if its gonna be really hot, it has a removable coat liner on the inside. And breathable vents that can zip open and closed
     
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    doesn't matter really. Just stay hydrated, wear deodorant and drink more water when you arrive at work.

    People look like fucktards riding bikes in a t-shirt. There, I said it. :rolleyes:
     
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    so,

    helmet
    gloves
    pants
    jacket

    sound about right? :dunno:

    Is price going to mean a big difference in most of the items (i already has a snell 2000/DOT approved helmet that fits perfectly)? Like if I buy some $40 Joe Rocket gloves are they going to be vastly inferior in overall protection compared to some $200 Alpinestars gloves?

    I'm just trying to understand what the higher prices in mainly the jackets/gloves/pants mean. :dunno: From what I see most of them (higher $ vs. lower $) share the same core features as far as protection goes.

    Also, any specific product suggestions for a good gear setup would be appreciated. :cool:
     
  14. Diesel Fumes

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    Don't forget the boots. Good boots will save your feet in the case of a bad accident. Don't skimp on the boots
     
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    I wear this when I have to go somewhere and not look like a Power Ranger. Like work.

    For gear you want good leather or high-quality textile. Look for gear with hard CE armor in the shoulders, elbows, and at least a slot for a back protector. It should have a little foamy one in there, but if not you can buy one from Teknic that should slot in there for like $20. Same for pants--you want protection in the knee, shin, and some padding in the ass and hips for impact.
     
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    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    Agree with everything said above. My first ride was a 200cc scooter (Piaggio BV200), and I had full gear, spent about $500 on it. Joe Rocket Ballistic jacket, 2 pairs of nice gloves (one short vented pair for hot weather, one thick pair of gauntlets for cooler weather), Fox Panther pants, HJC CL14 full-face helmet, and some Reebok full-leather basketball shoes that come up above the ankle, that way they offer ankle protection, and I could also wear them at work. Don't not wear gear, it's retarded, dress for the crash, not the ride. There's a guy I work with who only wears gear on long trips, but not when just bopping around town, but he also sold his Ninja 600 for a Gixxer 1000 because the 600 could "only" go 140+ MPH.

    By the way, I recently put some of my gear to the test, and it worked great. Sold my scooter and bought an 84 Honda Magna 1100, and the day after I bought it, went for a little ride with a friend. Thought about just wearing jeans, but went with the riding pants instead. Near the end of the ride, took off from a stop sign, gave it too a little too much throttle, and the back end came around and we went over on the right side. My pants got burned on the exhaust, and a couple holes in the knee pad, but all I go was a small bruise on my knee, and a big bruise on my right elbow from where it hit the ground. But if I'd been wearing jeans/shorts and a t-shirt, my elbow and knee would have been hamburger. I have a new pair of Joe Rocket Ballistic pants now, those Fox ones are pretty much retired now.
     
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    :ugh: :uh:

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