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Old 09-03-2008, 10:49 AM   #11
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Checking out gear at the local motorcycle dealer makes sense, and then checking online for better pricing makes sense, too. For helmets, HJC is good quality at a good price, Shoei is somewhat expensive, and Arai is top-of-the-line and very expensive (comparatively speaking). There are lots of other brands, but most bigger shops carry those three. Buy a full-face helmet that fits and feels comfortable; that way you'll actually wear it.

Like Sachi said, leather offers the best protection, but if you only buy one jacket, buy a mesh jacket with a liner.

My helmet is yellow (patterned), and my both my jackets are yellow, because it makes me more visible on the road, and any advantage helps.

Sandhillspowersports and motorcycle-superstore are where I buy most of my gear.
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:04 AM   #12
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Armored leather is the best protection. Nylon does nothing, Cuddy, and you know it. In fact, sliding on nylon is a good way to melt it and burn it right into your skin. NOT a fun thing.
Ya know i can never tell when hes serious and when he's not... is that just me?
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Old 09-03-2008, 11:54 AM   #13
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He wasn't serious on that one, I'm sure!
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:00 PM   #14
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Yes I was! I was riding to Glendale Jr. College on my '74 XL350 Bill Bell Bike and some lady cut me off in a VW Beatle. Her rear bumper went right into my front spokes and hooked the front wheel. I slid face down for about 30 feet, wearing my trusty Bell 120 and nylon aircrew jacket (the thick one) and the jacket didn't get a scratch, and neither did I. In fact, I still wear it now and then, has my squadron patch on the right shoulder. So nya nya.
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Old 09-04-2008, 06:55 AM   #15
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Well there you go. You slid on the squadron patch, not the jacket! No wonder.
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:07 PM   #16
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Get boots that cover your ankle.

Normally when riding I wear hiking trainers and a textile suit (got it free from a friend, otherwise I'd have bought myself leathers) and the one time I crashed that tiny gap between my trainers (which btw were rock solid, took the impact just fine) and my suit lost me about 2 square inches of skin. If you're gonna get scarred in a motorbike accident at least get sexy ones

On my shopping list right after 'replacement parts' now comes 'boots'.
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:46 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the input guys. It really helps out a lot to hear the stories and experiences of those who have been riding for a long time.
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