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Old 06-16-2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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Noob question (sizing)

How do you know what size you are? I searched some and basically came up with "try on a bunch and buy whatever fits you best".

Need to get sizes for some gloves and a jacket as well, saw newenough had some sizing charts for gloves and gonna see how that goes for me though..

Any suggestions for a noob? I want to have my own gear by when i do MSF
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:03 PM   #2
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Go to Motorcycles Unlimited or Cycle Gear or another shop and try stuff on
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:28 PM   #3
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yeah def hit a shop up and try the gear on +1
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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Support your local shop, otherwise you (we are all) doomed to guessing.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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Alpinestar runs small....id say take a ride go try on different manufactures of gear and see what works the best
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:26 PM   #6
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different manufacturers have slightly different measurements. kinda like blue jean manufacturers. plus, helmet manufactures make helmets for different size AND SHAPE heads. so try on loads of different helmets to get one that fits properly and comfortably and then decide on color/graphics
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:40 PM   #7
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Height? Weight? Chest? All these measurements are important when sizing. I'm five foot nothing and wear x-small jacket, small gloves, xx-small helmet. In nearly every brand I've tried, I wear the same size (some brands don't sell x-small). My hostage is 6'4" and weighs 220 and wears large jacket, x-large helmet, x-large gloves. You have to buy what fits you best and what you're comfortable wearing.

Your helmet should be snug to your head and give you chipmunk cheeks, but not so tight you get a headache.

Jackets should be snug enough that they stay put, but not so tight that you can't move freely.

Gloves should fit snugly; the leather will stretch and conform to your hand after a month or so.

Boots should fit well; motorcycle boots are as important as your jacket! Many ankles are broken and feet torn up because of improper foot wear!

Get you some knee/shin guards. They should fit snugly under your jeans (or over if your jeans are too tight, like mine).

If you buy a full set of leathers, then they should fit snug. The leather, like the gloves, will stretch and conform to your body.

Hope that helped a little.
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Please consider buying at least some of your gear locally (and not at a big chain store either). Mom and pop motorcycle shops are the kind of places where you get personal treatment, after the sale service and often are the places where you can go try stuff on.
You can go ask questions and people actually know the answer AND have time to talk to you about it. Sure you could save a couple dollars on the internet (after you go try it on in a shop) but if everybody does that, soon we won't have the local shop to enjoy.
No, I dont work at a shop (anymore) but even though I live in Pearland, Patrick knows me when I walk into Motorcycles Unlimited (it's on 1960).
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i think you get coupons for gear after your MSF course is done so might want to wait.

In my experience when shopping for gear. Helmets you just must try on no matter what. For everything else, here are some brands and how they fit IMO

fit big
Joe Rocket
Cortech

fit close to true to size
Alpinestars
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fit small
Dainese
Alpinestars leather
Teknic

for gloves get your summer pair real snug and get a size up for a winter pair to fit a liner underneath.
for boots, I highly recommend Sidi for both size and quality.
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How do you know what size you are? I searched some and basically came up with "try on a bunch and buy whatever fits you best".

Need to get sizes for some gloves and a jacket as well, saw newenough had some sizing charts for gloves and gonna see how that goes for me though..

Any suggestions for a noob? I want to have my own gear by when i do MSF
yea... "try on a bunch and buy whatever fits you best".

visit every shop in town, twice. try on all their gear. ALL OF IT. take notes in your phone, ask if they can print you a "pick ticket". (its just a list of part number and prices of stuff you are thinking of buying.)

after day 1 consider all your decisions. hopefully you can make one, or at least narrow it down, and visit each shop the second time. during all this, pay attention to who is really helping you out. give them the sale! why? because cheapassmotorcycleparts.com wasnt there to help you out, or let you try things on. thats why! they dont care about you, dont want to talk to you, help you, or deal with you. they want your credit card number for as little effort on their part as possible....and they may want to charge you shipping on top of that. most local places do not charge shipping for special orders either.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:22 AM   #11
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Buy local, most times they'll match the advertised prices or come close to it once you add in shipping.

And a bonus, if you ever have any questions they can answer them much better than some guy at a call center in India.

Is saving $10 worth having to send back or not getting it due to it being placed on "backorder?"
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Measurement tape is your friend. A lot of manufacturers websites have a sizing chart of their gear.

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My hostage is 6'4" and weighs 220 and wears large jacket, x-large helmet, x-large gloves.
Does he own a tracksuit? If so, what brand? I'm having trouble finding one to fit me
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:49 PM   #13
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First of all thanks for all the replies!

Second of all, I've been meaning to go up to Motorcycles Unlimited it's just kind of a drive and I dont want to be completely lost when I go up there to look for stuff. I didn't really bring up the boots because by what I've read most people swear by sidi so I figured I'd just go with them at least til I learn any better myself.

As far as measurements well I dont have a measuring tape on me but I'll find one and post up some sizes. I'm about 5'9" 140lbs so pretty thin lol, I dont doubt a lot of my gear will be XS and Small (no pun intended ). Have a pretty big round head though so who knows about that

All in all thanks for the suggestions and I'll start shopping around soon!
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measuring tape is useless.

the measuring tape does not measure if you have a round head, oval head, pointy head, flat head. etc...it doesnt know if you have a buzz cut or an afro, a ponytail or dreads. it measures the around the brim, it doesnt know if you have high cheekbones and a skinny face, or if you have the cheeks of the staypuff marshmellow man. believe it or not some people have "taller" heads, or shorter ones. there are many factors that go into correct sizing, and a measuring tape alone just isnt enough...maybe someday there will be an android app you connect to a 3d laser scanner and itll know, but until then all you can do just try all of em on.

lets say your head is 60cm...and you line up a couple different helmets from 3 or 4 different brands, each "sized" for 60cm...they wont all fit/feel the same. some may even be so badly shaped for you as to cause a headache or unneeded road fatigue. this is not safe! also...if your helmets bugs you so bad you cant wait to get it off, that means you also cant wait to get off the bike. that is lame! get something you can wear all day!

all the same goes for jackets and other gear too.

you can order things online for YOUR BIKE, because if it says its for your bike and it fits, you can be 99.9999% sure its good to you, but but buying things to fit YOU is a different story.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:06 PM   #15
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i see ur on SE side head over to 2wheeltoyz theyll fix u up
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