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Motorcycle Beginner: Buying Riding Gear

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cloud9 05-20-2011 01:52 PM

I went the opposite approach and bought exclusively online.

As long as you measure yourself properly and read up on a couple of reviews regarding how the sizing runs (smaller than normal, larger than normal etc) it's a great way to save some money.

Certain items are best left for the store such as helmets and jackets.

This series is getting juicy..........can't wait till the next segment.

Dennis Chung 05-20-2011 02:18 PM

Thanks. And trust me, we're just getting started :)

acecycleins 05-20-2011 02:27 PM

I go to cycle gear to try on things I like then buy them off or in most cases/

The_AirHawk 05-20-2011 03:21 PM

If the brick-&-mortar store has what I want, and it's within $20-$30 (depending on what that item is) of any Online price - I just buy from them. Support your local Economy, dontcha know.

So far as Helmets go, my last one (well, last TWO, actually) I bought from my local Honda/Kawi/Suzi shop - they were within $5 of any online store. No joke.

I also buy batteries and the like from local. As well as three different jackets (well, one was from Marietta Motorsports - but I bought it in their shop, not online).

Online is for accessory-typee stuff (luggage, windscreens, parts, handguards, tires, etc.), or stuff you can't get anywhere else.

Support Local, whenever you can. Especially in this economy. If you don't; you eventually won't HAVE a local shop to go to when you NEED to.

Sir_Angus 05-27-2011 08:56 AM

As I said on your 1st article - I'm liking this series. Great general info & perfect for other new riders. The one new surprise is you're actually a normal size guy! I'm almost your H/W twin & was getting tired of all the articles centered around those 5'8" 160lb guys. LOL

I got most of my gear before Al Gore invented the internet & amassed an assortment of typical cruiser & sportbike gear over the years. But I agree with "AirHawk": get your gear retail & accessories online. It really helps to try things on & feel the quality (or lack thereof).

Sidenote: Do as much research as you can before buying. Many suppliers offer various colors of the same item. Make sure you're getting exactly what you want & for a good price; so you'll have regret free ownership.

doc_al 06-03-2011 03:25 PM

Everybody has to make their own gear decisions, but there is an inconsistent logic behind wearing an armored jacket while not wearing riding pants. Pretty hard to crash without banging/scraping your knees or butt on the ground (been there/done that).

A Star Ride 06-03-2011 03:38 PM

I figure some are helmet only, some gloves & boots, some armored coat & some finally add pants, or wear a full suit. I have all that gear but honestly don't wear it as often as I should.

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