I have the RF-1000 (also matte black, but with a halo on it) and it is an amazing helmet. I tried every helmet they had and it was the one that fit best. From that experience, helmets fit wildly differently based on brand.. so make sure you can try a bunch on.
if you are on a budget, you don’t need to get a leather jacket… textiles are fine… I bought a shift sr1 (leather, but with lots of ventilation). The shift avenger textile jacket seems to be the same style but about 150-200 less…
i splurged and got some nice alpinestar gloves… I am an engineer so I need my fingers!
these gloves cover my wrists and have a nice palm for gripping the bars… personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with gardening gloves
I also got alpinestar boots… can’t remember name. They are alright – but my biggest complaint is how long it takes to lace up the boots. Boots with the quick clasps may be more convenient. I can’t find anything in their construction that would make them better than construction boots (as long as the construction boots protect your heel).
jeans = bad… you can take the following with a grain of salt, but my MSF instructor described a test where a bunch of pants were stuffed with sand and sewn shut and then thrown off the back of a truck going 50 mph. It took the jeans 3 feet from impact to start spilling sand whereas cordura was around 170 and leather around 190 feet… and yeah, sand = skin
for pants, I use the icon arc pants… super cheap (like 100 bucks) but protect form road rash and have a bit of armor for the knee…
most importantly, wear the gear!