need advice on new gear
Posted 31 March 2012 - 06:11 PM
Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:40 AM
Bikebandit.com can be pretty cheap also. Shipping isn't free, but it is reasonable.
I really am a fan of buying from local dealers when possible (I know, some of them gouge on gear) to help keep them open.
Remember to buy comfortable before looks, as you will be in your gear for hours on end, at times.
What I have;
Vented jacket w/removable liner (haven't worn it yet)
Textile jacket w/removable vest and zipper vents, this is good down to around 40f and keeps in dry in a rain squall
BIG 3/4 length heavy foul weather coat (first gear) that keeps me very warm and dry (I'm in Wa. and it's still cold and wet here)
I bought some rain pants at the local hardware store, the legs zip all the way open (waist to cuff) so i can remove them w/boots on. They keep me very dry and only cost $40!!
This is my helmet advice: No matter what anyone says about the brand, fit is the MOST important part of the helmet, it has to fit right, or it will not/can not do it's job. It took me lots of trips to lots of stores to find a helmet that fit my head, was comfortable and in my price range (I will never spend $800 on a helmet).
Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:15 PM
6rider hit it right on the money.
Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:53 PM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:04 AM
Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:17 PM
What I have.
Arai helmet (get a good Snell or higher rated helmet. I wear HJC helmets too)
Shooting sunglasses (because sometimes it's too hot and the face shield goes up on the freeway)
Boots (Hiking boots)
Motoline Canyon jacket (lwater proof, liner removed, vent zippers, pockets, foam pad on back, elbow pads)
Motorcycle boots (Sidi, skimper model)
Waterproof codura pants (Not same brand as the jacket) Worn over jeans. I found out the hard way there are thunder storms every afternoon in Colorado. Those pants saved me on a summer tour.
Pavement does not care what you were riding: a bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle. I always wear a helmet, gloves, boots, and shooting glasses as the minimum. Always jeans, I try to wear the jacket about 90% of the time. I've never crashed on a freeway, but I've low sided around corners more times that I would like to remember. In my teens, I low sided wearing jeans, t-shirt, tennis shoes, and a helmet. (no jacket) The road rash on my arms was small, but lasted about 20 years. I've low sided hitting a patch of oil, left by another motorcycle that crashed on the same corner. One minute I'm riding, the next sliding on my jacket.
Edited by Kev_XR, 16 April 2012 - 05:19 PM.