5. Go-to Gear

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I hate to come off like a hypocrite shill since I do get most of my gear for free. But I have to say, good motorcycle gear is no place to economize if you can possibly afford not to. My red Ducati jacket (made by Dainese) was expensive once upon a time too many years ago to mention, but I still wear it all the time.

And I’d wear this Vanson jacket more if it would ever break in. Same goes for my tired old Frye boots. (All three items are 100-percent Velcro-free.) This is one of those times where less expensive doesn’t mean better, and the premium you pay for a jacket or boots you love is minuscule amortized over 20 years. Or 30, but who’s counting?