jackets- pants for riding summer
April 24, 2008 at 11:39 pm #1304RydRyParticipant
hey all- I have been looking at the gear Ill need- helmet seems down pat, but I like the Jeans with armor in them, just not sure which are good where to grab em etc, also is a jacket reccomended, I did read the review here and wonder if someone has a suggestion, thanks allApril 25, 2008 at 5:41 am #5809AaronMerlotParticipant
I like the Icon Super Duty 2 pants (seem to be cool, lots of vented panels but the weather here has yet to get “hot”) and any Shift jacket (note they tend to run a bit on the small side) I have the Shift Dyer jacket and love it. Please don’t forget the gloves (your first reaction if you fall is to put your hands out. I really like the skin on my palms) and boots or shoes. I have Icon Field Armor Boots, they are kinda clunky but lots of protection! (check out Shift Fuel Street Shoes if you don’t want to get boots). I also ride with Alpine Stars knee and shin armor, just because you never know.
http://www.newenough.com has great prices and the BEST service and ultra fast shipping
http://www.sandhillspowersports.com has really cheep prices but service and shipping are, well, ok
I have used both companies and I really like NE
Let me know if I can help any moreApril 25, 2008 at 2:29 pm #5813MattParticipant
I wear a Joe Rocket M1 Tech jacket with Alter Ego pants, Icon gloves, and work boots.
I have very wide feet, and so no sport-bike type boot will fit my feet. The only motorcycle specific boots I’ve tried that fit were big ugly Harley Davidson branded boots that looked like the rubber boots of my toddler years (Motorcycle clothing should make you look young, but not THAT young!).
You can’t wear steel-toed boots to ride a bike (in a crash the steel toe cap will amputate your toes, not to mention the inability to feel your shift lever and foot brake). But other high backed leather work boots are essentially the same as motorcycle specific boots (the only real difference is motorcycle boots usually have additional leather in wear areas on the inside ankle and top toe where your shift lever hits). If you start to wear through those areas you can always go to an old-school shoe repairman and he can put additional leather in those areas.
There you go, custom motorcycle boots for the hard-to-fit foot, for less than the cost of a brand name motorcycle boot
Another option to armored jeans is armor you wear under your street jeans. Several companies make this stuff (I think icon does). I’ve never spoken with anyone who wears the stuff, but if it anything like my downhill mountainbike armour, it won’t be comfortable for long distances (it slowly slips down the knee as you move, unless you buy a full body suit, at which point, why not just buy a couple of set of the jeans?).
One last piece of gear that isn’t mentioned very often around here: Earplugs. The cheap disposable (33 db) ones last me about a week of daily use. The first few rides they take a bit of getting used to, but I no longer notice them at all. You can still hear everything around you, but it cuts down a lot of the wind noise and some of the high pitched sounds.
Wind noise, even in a good helmet, is loud enough to do hearing damage after about an hour on the bike. Se wearing earplugs helps save your hearing for later. But I wear them for the more immediate relief they bring. Noise tires you out mentally. I feel better after a long ride with earplugs than I do without. Simple as that.
Just buy a couple of single packs from a hardware store to find hte brand that you find most comfortable, then buy those in bulk (100 pairs for like $25-$40 from a big hardware store or online).
All The Gear All The TimeApril 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm #5814BenParticipant
Careful with the icon pants, I bought a pair about a year ago for my sub 30mph riding and they shrunk in the wash!
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminApril 25, 2008 at 5:07 pm #5815BenParticipant
Oh yeah, +1 on the earplugs! I started riding with them a few months ago and I love em! It really makes the ride a lot less stressful and more enjoyable. I feel like I can actually hear BETTER with the earplugs in than without.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminApril 25, 2008 at 9:49 pm #5820RydRyParticipant
thanks all that was great- I appreciate the real attention to detail you all included- helps more than youll know!
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