2. Buy Proper Gear

Top 10 Gear

We get it. You’re getting ready to drop thousands of dollars on a bike, or you’re signing up for several years of payments. The idea of spending even more money on gear sounds like a crazy additional expense. The truth about motorcycling is that crashes happen. With proper gear, you can walk away from an incident with bruises instead of skin grafts. When faced with that kind of medical payment – even just the copay – the cost of quality gear doesn’t seem that expensive.

In recent years, gear manufacturers have increased the selection of high-quality, reasonably priced gear. You don’t need to be a Wall Street investor to own cool-looking gear, anymore.

  • Starmag

    My first streetbike. 1966 Ducati Falcon 50. $75 from Mukwonago Fireman’s Park annual flea market. Thanked my dad thousands of times for buying it for me until he made me earn it through extra chores. Thought I’d burn out my retinas just from staring at it. Red,white, and blue sparkle 3/4 helmet. Insurance? License? Sure….
    http://www.coolitalianbikes.com/_/rsrc/1336235302975/1964-ducati-falcon-50/ebay-right.jpg?height=300&width=400

  • IslandTosh

    I was laughing as read #1, but then it started hitting a little too close to home. Now I can’t let the wife read it, least she realize the seriousness of my condition

  • JACKatSCOTTS

    I’ve owned three motorcycles up until this point in my life, but have only owned one at any single time. I’ve just purchased a new to me motorcycle yesterday, marking the first time I’ve owned two motorcycles at the same time. Pray for me.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Be careful. It’s a slippery slope…

  • John B.

    Great list Evans! I would add one item to your list. Think about what kind of riding you want to do: Daily Commuting; Track Day Specialist; Iron Butt Long Distance; Dual Sport Adventures; One or Two Up; Sunday Cruising; Off-road; or all of the above. If I were new to motorcycling today, I would consider the Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. That bike checks many boxes for new and experienced riders.

  • Sloan Essman

    A Honda 599 as on “6 -buy a used bike” was my first, and it was bought used. Loved it but later got something with a little more wind protection for long trips (VFR800)