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Old 04-17-2011, 02:39 PM   #21
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Yeah, the SV really isn't hunched over much unless you're comparing it to a cruiser. The S model does lean forward a little more then the naked models as the naked models have regular tubular handlebars. Still I also have a VFR800, and it's much more comfortable more upright than the SV. I think this has been in other threads, but here's a useful tool for looking at different seating ergonomics: http://cycle-ergo.com/

Gear minimum for me is the regular helmet, jacket, gloves and some sort of over the ankle boots. I also highly recommend some type of riding pants. I just wear some textile pants from First Gear. I've been down in textile gear and didn't get a scratch and I've seen shredded jeans and lost skin on other riders. There are some brands of stronger jeans with kevlar and armor in them.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:49 PM   #22
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If you are going to ride in jeans at all ensure that they are well constructed.

When I highsided in victoria , I had a little bit of scrapes on my knees(jeans held well), but since I was just wearing running shoes my feet took the worst punishment. I was hobbled for a solid month 1/2 since my job required me to be walking around alot. (lots of socks) I dislocated my shoulder as well but other than that, I was fine.

I would suggest riding boots, a quality jacket and a helmet and gloves.
If that places it out of your budget, then at least get some over the ankle boots, jeans, helmet and jacket.

I started out with this
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...-0-Jacket.aspx

and this
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...K3-Helmet.aspx

along with a pair of textile joe rocket gloves.

i have since moved up to a better leather jacket, and I am getting ready to purchase a better helmet (RF1100) but since I was a broke and focused on getting my bike running perfectly I still wear cheapo work boots as riding boots. While no wear near as much protection as riding boots would provide its better than nothing.

I would also look into some knee protection, Alpinestars reflex knee guards are 25 bucks... cant beat that.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:21 PM   #23
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Yet another question if y'all haven't already gotten bored answering them, what'd the view be on a KTM 690smc or KTM 625smc as a beginner bike?
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If you are already used to riding dirt bikes, then the sumos would be a easy transition for you. Not sure about how they are for "beginners" though.
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