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Old 05-11-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Hi

I was wondering if there was a resource to access information in regards to purchasing the necessary equipment for first time buyers. Or if it's not available could we make one for this forum?

Here's an example of what I'm thinking:

List of recommended items to purchase( Item "A" if you have unlimited money and Item "B" if you don't have unlimited money and perhaps alternatives...)

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"Brand B" - "Price"

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"Brand B" - "Price"

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"Brand A" - "Price"
"Brand B" - "Price"

And a brief description of the item would help as well. I think this would clear up a lot of the questions early.

tl;dr - I'm completely new and have no idea what brand is what and would love to have a general listing so that I don't ask redundant questions that may annoy people.

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Old 05-11-2011, 09:34 AM   #2
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Seriously though brands and prices are hard cuz not everything fits everyone, but in general;

Helmet-At lease DOT certified
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:35 AM   #3
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too many opinions on the matter
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:40 AM   #4
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Yeah basically, for the street anything certified is more than enough protection.

99% of gear choices come down to fit and style.
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:43 AM   #5
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So generally speaking, it's all a matter of personal preference. There are no nike brands in the motorcycle world? haha

Hmmm, what shop would you recommend in the SE area?
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:43 AM   #6
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Yep, go to a local shop and try them on too

edit: just saw your post, 2wheeltoyz is in SE I believe
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SE side has 2 Wheel Toyz and Cycle Gear
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Old 05-11-2011, 09:51 AM   #8
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I second two wheel toys and I think there is a cycle gear by 45 & college. Check 'em both out, try on different brands and go from there.
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You can't say X brand is the best or worst with bike gear, theres a huge range of quality, price and varying fit options and a massive amount of factors that play into each of those points.

Generally speaking Alpinestars is a very common mainstream brand with varying price ranges on their gear and pretty consistent quality, if you don't want to do a whole lot of research on it you can probably just pick a few things from them that you like and end up fine.

One consistent thing you can say about gear is that 'you get what you pay for.' So try to do some research and find out what it is you are paying for to protect you. Trooper mentioned some good points to follow.
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I wouldn't agree with 'you get what you pay for' because a 1000$ Shoei/Arai helmet isn't 3 times as good as a flat black RPS-10.

Basically think of it like this, in the 50-300$ range there's varying degrees of quality, but once you start getting into the 300$ range the quality is there on almost all of the mainstream brands.
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2WheelToys has a better selection of helmets for sure and they just got in a huge shipment of Astars jackets. Cycle Gear on 45 leans more towards dirt bike and cruiser style clothing. Cycle Gear on 59 has more sportbike styled gear. Go see Jack or Brittany at 2 Wheel Toyz. They'll take care of you for sure.
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So generally speaking, it's all a matter of personal preference. There are no nike brands in the motorcycle world? haha
If by "Nike" you mean "Heavily marketed, overpriced, slightly above average quality gear that properly fits a limited subset of the population", then yes...look no further than your local Harley shop

If you mean "A name brand you can trust to provide good quality and style for a semi-reasonable price" then yes, you're safe with Alpinestars, Joe Rocket, Icon, or a host of other manufacturers.

Fit is so different from brand to brand, and even within a brand depending upon the specific item, that it is virtually impossible to say what will always be best.

For example, much as I like Scorpion helmets, I find their jackets and pants to be uncomfortable. I like First Gear pants, but still searching for a jacket from them that has the style and fit I prefer. Tourmaster is a great fit and style is acceptable, pricing is good, but they're a little bland. A* doesnt fit me at all.

It all comes down to what fits and what you can afford. The best stuff is what you're actually wearing and comfortable in - not hanging in the closet because you dont like it, or still at the store because you cant buy it yet.
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As far as 'best' goes, I'd think that Dainese will have the nicest gear, highest quality leather and biggest 'wow' factor, but you'll pay for it.

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Yeah basically, for the street anything certified is more than enough protection.

99% of gear choices come down to fit and style.
dunno if id agree with this.. some of the mesh stuff they sell would get eaten up by the asphalt in no time. or are you just talking about DOT cert helmets?
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dunno if id agree with this.. some of the mesh stuff they sell would get eaten up by the asphalt in no time. or are you just talking about DOT cert helmets?
I hear that all the time, but I've been down in joe rocket mesh that held up fine. I've also never heard any mesh horror stories from someone I actually knew, just conjecture.. or "I heard from a friend who knew someone" stories.

I'm not an advocate for Mesh, its leather or quality textile for me these days unless its 105+, but I am just talking generally. If you keep your pricing range moderate and choose from mainstream brands you really cant go "wrong".
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Choose something that fits and that you'll wear...

Hard to pick "the" brand, because everyone has a different head and build.

I steer clear of Icon because I have seen far too many of them come apart on crashes. The only thing they "make" that I might consider is some of their helmets, which are made my HJC.
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I hear that all the time, but I've been down in joe rocket mesh that held up fine. I've also never heard any mesh horror stories from someone I actually knew, just conjecture.. or "I heard from a friend who knew someone" stories.

I'm not an advocate for Mesh, its leather or quality textile for me these days unless its 105+, but I am just talking generally. If you keep your pricing range moderate and choose from mainstream brands you really cant go "wrong".
My friend went down on the beltway 8/290 west overpass at 70mph in a mesh jacket (I don't know what brand) and it shredded. He ended up with some pretty big road rash on arm & elbow.

My .02 is that mesh is good for in-town/urban commuting. Anything highway speeds or above is not safe in mesh regardless of brand.
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I steer clear of Icon because I have seen far too many of them come apart on crashes. The only thing they "make" that I might consider is some of their helmets, which are made my HJC.
Icon, imo is just flashy and expensive, but not high on the quality.

I've heard their back protectors are alright though.
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Smile Went to 2 wheel toys...

Thanks guys for the suggestions. I went to 2 wheel toys today and had Ivan and Jack help me get a helmet and boots.

I got the Icon Mainframe Death from above helmet and the sidi vertigo boots.

$500 bucks later... lol

I'll probably pick up the other stuff at another time... haha
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