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Old 09-02-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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Sorry if it's a re-post.

I'm 18yo (inexperienced), in college (on a budget), I live in Nebraska (-40 degrees to 110 degrees), and I've never ridden on a motorcycle before (going to crash); therefore, I'm going to take the Basic Rider's Course, get a 250cc-600cc bike, and get some protection.

My question is, what is the best kind of each type of protection that I can get, and is there a best place to buy these from for the top quality/best price?

Thanks.
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Old 09-02-2008, 05:03 PM   #2
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Sorry if it's a re-post.

I'm 18yo (inexperienced), in college (on a budget), I live in Nebraska (-40 degrees to 110 degrees), and I've never ridden on a motorcycle before (going to crash); therefore, I'm going to take the Basic Rider's Course, get a 250cc-600cc bike, and get some protection.

My question is, what is the best kind of each type of protection that I can get, and is there a best place to buy these from for the top quality/best price?

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Old 09-02-2008, 05:24 PM   #3
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Get a 3/4 length textile motorcycle jacket and a pair of Draggin' Jeans at the very least. Pair of boots over the ankle as they grind off easily and you wont believe how fast tennis shoe's fly off in a crash (or how far). Get a pair of leather gloves, you can pay between 40 to $200 depending on style and a full face helmet. Your looking at about $500 with that list and upgrade as you go. Sound spendy? Price a skin graft. Or you can go to aerostich and buy a roadcrafter and not have to worry about upgrading for a decade. But they run $700 and worth every penny. Shop around, cycle gear is a good stop to check out apparel, check out all local shops, see what you like and then shop online for a better price.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:32 PM   #4
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I usually mention Cycle Gear. They have stores all over the place, and you can try stuff on and actually see it, rather than ordering on line. They have cheap stuff with the MotoBoss brand or expensive stuff from Icon and Rocket.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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Get yerslef one of those old-time biker leather jackets with all the zippers and metal snaps on it. When you hit the ground, sparks fly, but you usually don't get that f*cked up, 'cause the zippers and snaps took the sliding, and not your skin. Also, a nylon aircrew jacket works good too, they just slide, don't rip. Get some boots that cover the ankle, good armored gloves (try wiping your a$$ with hamburger hands). Armored denim pants, with knee, hip and ass reinforcement works good. A very expensive helmet like a Shoei or Arai that saves you from a life of brain injury.

I was wearing all that when I got nailed by a speeding SUV. Didn't get a scratch, but all my ribs were broken and poking through my lungs, my left shoulder blade was pulverized, along with all the working parts, and my T-12 Thorasic vertebre exploded, severing my spinal cord. My Arai looked like it had been hit by a train.

So I might as well had just been wearing a swim suit and flip flops.

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Old 09-02-2008, 07:00 PM   #6
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Speaking of protection, one of the HD riders at work came in today with the dreaded "no-helmet, dude in a coma" story. 12 or so guys out Saturday night drinking, went from bar A to Bar B. George, my pal at work, rode up to see the guy's wife's Sporty (his Big Twin wouldn't start) on it's side at Bar B with the front wheel caved in. No visible injuries, but fluid from eyes and ears. They say he might make it, and he might be functional again. I'm wearing my lid every time now since little Kenneth's Mom died.
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Protection? That's the girl's responsibility! Ba-Ha!
No, really- The Cycle Gear thing is good, but Bike Bandit and MotorcycleUSA's superstores are good. I buy many things from Dennis Kirk, too.
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Get yerslef one of those old-time biker leather jackets with all the zippers and metal snaps on it. When you hit the ground, sparks fly, but you usually don't get that f*cked up, 'cause the zippers and snaps took the sliding, and not your skin. Also, a nylon aircrew jacket works good too, they just slide, don't rip.
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.
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A good full face helmet, boots and gloves are a minimum. You're hands and feet have all kinds of intricate little bones in them that need to stay in the right place or you don't walk or sign those allotment checks. A cheap alternative to real riding gear is Carhart double front jeans and one of their work jackets. You won't get as much protection as leather or a textile jacket but it's better then the Boot Cut Levi's and jean jacket I used to ride in.
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A good full face helmet, boots and gloves are a minimum. You're hands and feet have all kinds of intricate little bones in them that need to stay in the right place or you don't walk or sign those allotment checks.

I've heard that the Emergency Room Personnel treat you a bit more-gently if you're able to coherently speak to them and sign your own admittance-form, rather than just smudge it with your bloody stumps and say "MMMFF! HNNNG! RRRRRRML!!!!!".
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