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Old 08-08-2012, 03:40 PM   #1
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starter gear???

So I havent gotten a bike yet but while im looking and saving i want to get the right gear. I want to know the best gear, best price and best place to get it.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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If you're going to take an MSF class, then wait. We'll talk about the right kind of gear during class, and if you come to us, you'll get a buttload of coupons to use at the end of class.

If you aren't taking the MSF class (or you're going to one of those "other" places ), then hit up Motorcycles Unlimited, 2 Wheel Toyz, or Wild West for gear.

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i plan on taking the msf class and i dont think ill be going to you.. too far
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Everyone has a different opinion on gear brands and price points.
You may decide that the $500 helmet really is worth the price over the $100 one. And the $600 leather jacket over the $150 mesh one. Or vice versa on either account. It's all in what you value.

2 Wheel Toyz has the most gear I've ever seen in one place... never really price checked them.
Wild West Honda has a decent amount (above average), but not bursting with selection in each type of gear.
Motorcycles Unlimited has less in stock, but price and fit garauntee are worth it.

Don't buy online unless you KNOW it fits, or the price is a steal (and you won't mind selling at a loss, or not wearing).

Also, don't overlook riding boots... they are SOOOOO much better. Protection, easier to shift, and breath really well (if you get the right ones).
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thanks guys. i cant wait to take the class and get to riding
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i plan on taking the msf class and i dont think ill be going to you.. too far
I dunno Awesome Cycles is just...... AWESOME.
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If you want on the net then go to Revzilla.com or Motorcycle-superstore.com
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I had many in my class that drove long distances to get to awesome cycles for the course. They are the best from what I read and first hand taking my course there. Worth the drive, the instructors are awesome!

I took my course a month ago. It's true about the coupons too


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I had many in my class that drove long distances to get to awesome cycles for the course. They are the best from what I read and first hand taking my course there. Worth the drive, the instructors are awesome!

I took my course a month ago. It's true about the coupons too


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Old 08-10-2012, 09:07 PM   #13
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Look around online, find stuff you like then buy local. Support your local retailers vs. some out of town Company. That Being said I know sportbiketrackgear.com does a review for all the products the carry. May want to start there...
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Its good to see youre set on getting gear before you buy a bike though. Its may be hot, but last year I found out how important gear was. I had everything but knee pads and boots... and guess what when I wrecked even though I slid I had some cuts on my knees and I broke my foot, but cause I had a helmet, jacket and gloves I only tore my shoulder muscle alittle and bruised my thumb..

Basically everything that was proteced with gear was a minimal injury. The two areas I had no gear, much worse and painful.

The best thing to do is go to a few stores and try on as much gear as possible what you want to check for is a body snug fit while retaining mobility. If its only slightly tight remember its going to stretch alittle and should become an almost perfect fit. Good brands of jackets are alpine stars, Icon, Joe Rocket, Dainese. Helmets.. HJC, Bell, Icon, Scorpion-EXO, Arai, Shoei,. The rest is kind of just preference. my riding boots are some shin high work boots from academy.

When you get your bike, Start slow dont go out and try and act like superman. Learn how to RIDE your bike, be proactive with your riding not reactive. If you are always having to react to a situation instead of anticipating then well.... your doing it wrong and not paying enough attention.

Anyways good luck! Have fun at the MSF its not everyday you get to tear up somebody elses bike hehehe.
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im about 45 mins out from Awesome Cycles but I still made a point to learn from there. But....if you dont, im still happy youll still be on 2 wheels.


Cycle Gear has a few locations around town where you can look through their catalog and purchase from them. Pay when it arrives..dont pay if you dont want it/doesnt fit. No Hassle on helmets. But please dont abuse it! I found that CG northside and southeast side has way more selection than sw (59 n Bellaire). 2WheelToyz had a good selection as well...the most for females.

I dont think you should ever ever ever ever ever ever
buy used helmets..you never know how the helmet was handled even if theres no physical damage.
In fact, I never bought anything used until I bought my motorcycle...not even a car!
Gloves..hmm... ok, used I guess. Just make sure the seams are in tact.
Jacket, Boots, Knee/Shin Guards...used are acceptable if needed.

I buy Shoei (helmet) and Alpinestar (jacket and gloves). My one lower brand Joe Rocket glove that cost ~85 tore...and im not even an aggressive driver or anything. It tore on the (finger) Goat skin or whatever the heck it is. Maaaaan. I only bought it bc the pink was darker than other gloves. Never again.

A friend's Scorpion helmet is sooooo loud it screwed up his hearing. He has to wear ear plugs or ear phones to suppress the wind/noise. Dont buy Scorpion!
His Bilt boots hurt him all the time, squeezing his feet, having to take off his boots for relief. At ~70,....save another ~30 of you can and buy a better brand.

Oh. And if you need a motorcycle cover dont buy Bilt. That sucks too. Mine tore, ripped, and is faded. I bought it for on sale for ~20 and wished I shelled out another ~15 for a better brand that would have lasted.
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:54 PM   #16
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look like im going to have to rethink awesome cycles. and when it come to the geari do want to get it first seeing as tho i have so much going on. Im having a big wedding in oct and then i plan on getting my CHL and then the MSF class.

I want to find a bike by that time but with the fund the way they are right now i cant buy anything untill after oct. Im still looking on here and maybe will agree to work out payment with me. if you know anyone give me a heads up. Im not looking for something new. just a good started bike. price range up to 2700.00
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