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Old 03-25-2010, 11:56 AM   #1
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Just bought a bike..need some gear

Hey guys,

Just picked up a 07 Ninja 650R two days ago and need to get some gear..i'm a first time rider (bike is not going to leave my neighborhood till I can take the MSF in a few weeks) so i'm very lost on what I should be getting/looking for..

From what friends have told me my essentials should be helmet, jacket, and gloves.
  • What brands should I look for and what should I stay away from?
  • Any specific shops people would recommend to try on or get the best deal on jackets and helmets? I live on the Southwest part of town (Sugar Land) and work in downtown
  • What are the most important things to consider when trying on/looking at these diff items?

I just want to make sure i'm being as safe as possible on the roads, so thanks in advanced for any advice.
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Don't forget the boots, just as important.

With helmets, as long as they're DOT/SNELL approved you're good. The difference in price comes down to weight, comfort, and style. look to spend between 100-200 for a decent helmet.

Try on the gear first, jacket sleeves should come down to about the base of your thumb with your arms at the sides so that they don't ride up when you reach for the bars. Gloves should well... fit like a glove . Helmet shouldn't wiggle on your head when you shake it.

Look in the for sale gear section to find good deals on used equipment.
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Cycle Gear on Bellaire and 59 is your closest bet. They have lots of gear in stock for you to try on. Also check their Shift riding boots. Pretty comfy and once you get used to riding with them on, riding without them feels naked.
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I've got a MotoGP textile jacket XL you can have. Decent shape and will probably last a few more years. You gotta come get it though and I'm south of Houston about 30 mins.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:50 PM   #7
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BOOTS! Don't forget the boots, and kneepads.

Get what brand/style fits YOU best. Try on lots of brands and styles, then decide on what you like. Buy from a sponsor (they give discounts), like Motorcycles Unlimited. Plus, they have a policy that if you order something and it doesn't fit, you don't have to buy it. Sometimes if you find something you really like, you can find it cheaper online at
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Some offer free shipping if you spend enough $$. Shop around and get what you want.
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:44 PM   #9
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dont go spending ridiculous amount of money on gear.

try on stuff that fits and and protects just like you'll do with a condom (i know) and get it.

i juust got the joe rocket phoenix 5 mesh jacket and glove for under 200

the jacket has a waterproof liner which i got to test the day i bought it in the rain. worked perfect. and when its hot, you can take off the liner and you'll be as cool as wearing a T-shirt.

yet you'll still have the elbow and back amor in the jacket for your protection.

for a helmet, 2 wheel toys, a vendor on here has the HJC CL15 helmets for sale for 60 bucks each new. you vant beat that. i'm going to go pick one or 2 up just because.

i've seen jackets with MSRP of 1200 but in my opinion, for the most part with jackets, we pay for brandnames.

2 wheel toys is on spencer highway.

i have no info on boots or kneepads cos i ride with leather shoes and snickers as i commute with my bike to school and walking in riding boots or full suit is not an option
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Keep in mind that most of your questions will be answered during your MSF class and (if you take it from us) you're going to get a BUTTLOAD of coupons that are good for your gear.
I am planning on taking the MSF in May or so, gotta finish up my first part of CPA b4 taking the weekend away from studying..how quick do you guys book up?

To everyone else, thanks for the advice so far! Please keep it coming, especially specific brands to look out for.
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-Brands loyalty is really big to some and not a big deal to others. I would say go into shops and see what fits you and is the most comfortable. Once you've done that start researching if there are known problems as well as if you can find great deals for the same stuff online.
-I would say as for local shops to be able to try stuff on is Stubbs or Cycle Gear for the largest selection.
-Helmet should fit snug (basically feel almost too tight at first as it will loosen w/time). Jacket & gloves are the same, just be sure you have range of motion w/your jacket. Be sure to invest in some knee armor (I speak from experience) b/c it's worth the nominal cost to protect your knees! Oh and get some riding boots w/ankle protection as well.

Like Challen said, all of your questions will be answered in MSF (I took it w/him and would recommend it to anyone! )

BTW, good luck on not riding your bike for at least 2 months as you said you plan to do
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Helmet, Jacket, Boots, Gloves AND knee pads. Give Motorcycles Unlimited a call. You get an MH discount and they guarantee fit.

And after your MSF and a few street miles, the best thing you can do to save your , is a track day.
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I have several used L helmets for sale, dirt cheap too. PM me if interested.
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.how quick do you guys book up?
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dont go spending ridiculous amount of money on gear.

try on stuff that fits and and protects just like you'll do with a condom (i know) and get it.

i juust got the joe rocket phoenix 5 mesh jacket and glove for under 200

the jacket has a waterproof liner which i got to test the day i bought it in the rain. worked perfect. and when its hot, you can take off the liner and you'll be as cool as wearing a T-shirt.

yet you'll still have the elbow and back amor in the jacket for your protection.

for a helmet, 2 wheel toys, a vendor on here has the HJC CL15 helmets for sale for 60 bucks each new. you vant beat that. i'm going to go pick one or 2 up just because.

i've seen jackets with MSRP of 1200 but in my opinion, for the most part with jackets, we pay for brandnames.

2 wheel toys is on spencer highway.

i have no info on boots or kneepads cos i ride with leather shoes and snickers as i commute with my bike to school and walking in riding boots or full suit is not an option
here's some advice, don't listen to this idiot.
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