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Old 10-17-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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Question Is "bilt" motorcycle gear good quality???

I was browsing cycle gear earlier and see that BILT gear is realllly cheap.
Their leather jackets start at 100bucks. The gloves, helmets, etc are all very well priced...

Does anyone here have any experience with this brand???
I just picked up this jacket..

http://svpply.com/item/746953/Cycle_...mon_Motorcycle

The leather feels pretty sturdy and the jacket fits well...
How well do you think it will hold up in a crash??
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:57 PM   #2
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To me, When i looked at their stuff when it came out it looked poorly made. Stitching ansd such. The way you have to look at it is, "how much is your skin, mug worth"? I say save a little more money and buy something better made/quality. Talk to some of the sponsors, they can make some sweet deals at times.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:18 PM   #3
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I was browsing cycle gear earlier and see that BILT gear is realllly cheap.
Their leather jackets start at 100bucks. The gloves, helmets, etc are all very well priced...

Does anyone here have any experience with this brand???
I just picked up this jacket..

http://svpply.com/item/746953/Cycle_...mon_Motorcycle

The leather feels pretty sturdy and the jacket fits well...
How well do you think it will hold up in a crash??
Better than bare skin...that's about it.

Between the best BiLT leather jacket and the cheapest Cortech textile, I'd wear the Cortech.
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Brand is no guarantee for quality. I've seen a Dainese leather jacket rip wide open and I have some A* gloves, that are much newer than my Scorpions and only worn on the weekends, split at a seem wheareas my Scorpion gloves which I wear almost every weekday have no defects at all.

I bought some Bilt gloves to replace the A*s. So far so good. Bilt has a 5-Year Guarantee on their gloves
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Brand is no guarantee for quality. I've seen a Dainese leather jacket rip wide open and I have some A* gloves, that are much newer than my Scorpions and only worn on the weekends, split at a seem wheareas my Scorpion gloves which I wear almost every weekday have no defects at all.

I bought some Bilt gloves to replace the A*s. So far so good. Bilt has a 5-Year Guarantee on their gloves
True - it is no guarantee, BUT, one does not go to Rolls Royce for a budget-priced beater, and you don't buy an exotic supercar from a Kia dealer.

Brands do give a pretty good indication. Yeah - there may be one product in the BiLT line that is phenomenal, but I'd say that's rarer than a product from Dianese.
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True - it is no guarantee, BUT, one does not go to Rolls Royce for a budget-priced beater, and you don't buy an exotic supercar from a Kia dealer.

Brands do give a pretty good indication. Yeah - there may be one product in the BiLT line that is phenomenal, but I'd say that's rarer than a product from Dianese.
So you have experience with BiLT?
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:43 PM   #7
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be aware that cycle gear has a number of house brands...they dont technically own the brand, but they have exclusive deals, and imo its more of a just a seperation of paperwork to avoid hassles. they get a much bigger profit margin on these products, and most of what they choose what they carry more based on profit margin that customers wants and needs.

CG can be really dodgy in their customer satisfaction policies. i dont even recommend setting foot in their store unless you are in desperate need of something simple (like a quart of oil, or some spark plugs, etc) and even then i would only go if it was sunday when they are the only place open and for some reason i couldnt wait till monday.

Bilt may have a 5 year guarantee... but i wouldnt trust that they would be around in 5 years.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:47 PM   #8
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lower priced items, but better than nothing
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The answer is no.

If you want protection then buy something better than bilt. , buy Icon.
If you dont care and want to stop the GF from nagging you about wrecking in your muscle shirt and melting your skin off then bilt is indeed probably the cheapest around and right up your alley.

Still, better than nothing i suppose..
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:12 PM   #10
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i tried on a the leather jacket and the leather seems to be fine. its not paper thin, but not very thick either.. id say it could hold up for at least one crash.. much like a textile jacket..

idk tho, im just a newb looking for a nice leather jacket that wont break the bank.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:21 PM   #11
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I would have considered Bilt when i first started riding, like everyone is saying its better than nothing but definitely be aware and dont expect it to 'go the distance' like the higher end gear does. You'll probably be buying new gear, different colors, types etc.. in the future so if its your first real gear purchase it should be fine.

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Old 10-17-2011, 06:33 PM   #13
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Almost all brands are now made in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, China or something close to that. Dainese and A* aren't even made in Italy anymore (I think their boots may still be)....the saying "you get what you pay for" is no longer valid for all motorcycle gear.

If it were me honestly, I would be older model A* gear off the internet somewhere. My old A* gear has survived numerous crashes and STILL are in 1 piece and I use them every track day and on the street.
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If you go to CG they have other gear there as well. You can compare and make up your own mind on which is best. IF you can get someone knowledgeable to go with you to point out the reasons why one is better than the other all the better.
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i did some research on bilt and found out some of there leather supplies are made at the same factory in Pakistan or Bangladesh as A*.
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i did some research on bilt and found out some of there leather supplies are made at the same factory in Pakistan or Bangladesh as A*.
well there it is folks, bilt is camouflaged A*.
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You get what you pay for. Lower prices mean lower manufacturing costs. Lower manufacturing costs mean lesser quality materials, less good looks, less comfort, poorer fit, etc. It doesn't necessarily mean that it doesn't meet safety standards, it just doesn't look or feel as good while doing it.

I own a Bilt helmet, gloves and tank bag. I've definitely owned better quality of all items but this time I kept more of my money in my pocket.
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So you have experience with BiLT?
You already know the answer to that.

I have a set of their gloves, I bought them out of necessity because they have them in 3XL size, but honestly they are pretty well made actually. And comfortable.
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for the price its worth trying. Your going to spend 5 times that much for anything else
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I bought a pair of the boots when they were on sale for $75 a few weeks ago. Better than nothing indeed.
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