I definitely recommend getting both a summer and winter set of gear although you can get away without it. For my first year of riding I wore a mesh jacket with a removable wind breaker liner and a pair of rainproof textile overpants. That way in the summer I could put the liner in, and I could even squeeze a sweatshirt underneath the jacket to keep me nice and toasty.
Now that I’m coming up on my 3rd year of riding I’m collecting more gear. I now wear a Shift leather jacket 90% of the time unless it is too hot, then I switch to my old First Gear Mesh jacket. I still wear the overpants in all weather, but at this point I”m thinking about getting some mesh overpants for when it gets really hot.
I would recommend trying some stuff on in a store and taking a note on the sizes of the different brands and then looking online to see if you can get last years model for cheaper. That’s what I did for my shift leather jacket and I got it brand new off ebay for only 150ish dollars when it normally costs $250+. It was a model from a few years ago, but brand new so it rocks.
One thing you should buy in the store is a helmet like Shannon said. Make sure they have a good return policy too. I bought one helmet, took it home, and after 30 minutes of wearing it I had a bad headache and my forhead was red. I took it back to the store and switched it out for a different brand (i’m a shoei head really easily. It would have been a pain to mail back a helmet and hope the next one that I get fits.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin