Cruiser rider protective gear
July 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm #1662
A vain question I know, but…the vast majority of protective riding gear I’m seeing on this site and at stores in my area (OKC) are geared towards street bikes and dirt bikes. Not just too much generic stuff for us (soon to be) cruiser riders, unless you can afford all the expensive Harley stuff. I’ll be getting a Rebel, Aguila, or Virago, and I’m gonna be a bit self-conscious riding one while wearing gear head-to-toe looking like I should be on a Ninja. Anyone know any links to non-Harley related protective wear, leathers and whatnot for us cruisers?July 3, 2008 at 7:32 pm #8284
But I HAVE found a site that offers armored jeans for only $161! I’ll be getting those for sure. I’m gonna want a full-face helmet…does that look weird riding a cruiser? 99 % of all the bikers around here wear no gear whatsoever and I’m not exaggerating in the slightest.
Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting!July 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm #8288BuddParticipant
The gear can be pretty much the same just in different colors. Check out this jacket, you have to buy the armor seperately. http://www.newenough.com/protective_apparel/leather_jackets_and_pants/first_gear/honcho_leather_motorcycle_jacket.html
Gloves come in all black as well. You can do full face on a cruiser but you might try a solid color.
“I am the best I am at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineJuly 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm #8290canstaettParticipant
Me on my S40 in head to toe gear certainly sticks out here in AZ- the land of no helmet laws- but my gear is blue and black, the bike is blue and my full face helmet is black (with reflective tape that I “decorated” it with) and I think I look pretty darn cool. Besides, who cares that much about what other people think? Motorcycles are all about counterculture anyway. Trust me, the first time you hit 65 and a bug smears itself all over your face shield you will be LOVING that full face helmet.July 3, 2008 at 9:31 pm #8292CityHunter357Participant
My first bike’s going to be a cruiser of some kind. I’ll be getting a full face helmet and some other protective gear. I could give a hoot what others think I look like on my bike. They’re not the ones that have to worry about going skidding on the ground 90 feet without protection!
–“You don’t get to be old bein’ no foo, see? Lotta young wise men that’s deaaad as a motha!#@% ain’t they?– Richard Pryor as “Mudbone”July 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm #8293shagglesParticipant
I always get a wave from the guys on the big cruisers even though they’re wearing a jean jacket with the sleeves cut off and a beanie helmet while I’m wearing a full face helmet, armoured pants and jacket and riding my little Virago 250. Motorcyclists seems to be generally pretty cool and not all that concerned about somebody elses appearance.
That being said most of the websites that sell mc gear have a cruiser section. Can’t say I see a lot of difference in some of the stuff but they do tend to have those beanie helmets, fingerless gloves and chaps.July 3, 2008 at 10:54 pm #8294acidpopeParticipant
The street gear blends in if you pick the colors of traditionally non-street gear. Clearly motorcycle jeans (with reinforced impact areas etc.) will go for either style of biker. Footwear shouldn’t be an eyecatcher either unless you pick brightly colored street boots. When I see bikers on cruisers wearing black street jackets (For night riding, cars see the reflective quality of your jacket, not it’s color. So black is just as good.) and non-flashy full face helmets they look right at home on their bike. Just as much as those who wear nothing except a helmet (helmet law in my state). Anyway, check out http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/ . They carry a full line of street and cruiser gear from head to toe.July 4, 2008 at 4:21 am #8318
This all sounds much better than the short, flip-flops, dew-rag and Oakley’s that guys (and girls) around here wear doing 70+ MPH. I’m going to be riding to work (office) so I’ll be looking for stuff that goes over regular clothes. One thing I must have is a chrome dome – one of those BEEEautiful shiny-look-at-me-ha-ha-the-sun’s-in-your-eyes-now chrome helmets. Only thing is, I’ve never seen one full-face, they only come 3/4. Oh well, I’ll have to have two helmets. Okay.
P.S. Correction in spelling: I’m looking at the Aquila (Kyosung), Virago and Rebel. Not Aguila. (DANG they’re expensive – $4000!)
Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting!July 4, 2008 at 4:54 am #8319July 4, 2008 at 4:58 am #8320RabParticipant
It’s actually a do-rag (as in hair-do).July 4, 2008 at 8:26 pm #8348acidpopeParticipant
There’s also the GZ250 by Suzuki. It gets crazy mpg. Only like $3200 new too. Of the three you mentioned, Yamaha and Honda have more experience and reputation backing them. Hyosung is new in comparison.
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