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Old 12-20-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
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Newbie looking for opinions on my new safety/theft protection gear

Alright, after a month of gathering gear off Ebay, Craigslist and Revzilla, I have spent $490 on the following gear in preparation of my MSF course in January and subsequent first motorcycle:

-HJC full face helmet
-AlpineStar T-RC-1 Air-Flo Jacket w/ upgraded back and chest protectors
-AlpineStar armored compression shorts
-Forcefield limb tube (for knee protection)
-Speed and strength moment of truth gloves
-Speed and strength run with the bulls shoes

Has anyone ever had any bad experience with the above items? Am I missing any other vital protection?

I also bought some basic theft protection items:

-Xena XX-6 brake disc lock w/ alarm
-Generic bike cover
-Kryptonite 5' NYC chain

I am going to be locking up a used starter bike (ninja 250/300 or sv650) so I hope thieves won't feel compelled to break through all that security for it
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:06 PM   #2
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black undies ?
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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lol well they are padded with some sort of foam protection. i dont think they will do too much to prevent impact damage but should hold up if i slide. :crossfingers:
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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wow. my friend you may be the first person to get all of that before the bike. thats funny. looks like you have it all.
just a heads up. if you dont ride alot. take the cover off sometimes. It will hold in moisture.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:00 AM   #5
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wow. my friend you may be the first person to get all of that before the bike. thats funny. looks like you have it all.
just a heads up. if you dont ride alot. take the cover off sometimes. It will hold in moisture.
Haha, I did the same thing for my dog.... bought all of his toys/kennel/leash etc before actually picking out a dog. Anyway, thanks for the heads up. I plan to use my bike as my main source of transportation so hopefully it will get plenty of use.
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Sounds like you got it covered.
Don't wear all that gear for MSF. You'll be uncomfortable and roast depending on the temp.
You might consider borrowing a helmet, depending on the price of your current one. Sucks to trash a brand new helmet... plenty of people drop the bike at MSF.

Boots and gloves you can wear without a worry, but I wouldn't want to trash a helmet and mar a jacket @ MSF. Even the gloves you might want to swap for a generic pair or cheaper pair if you have them... just make sure they fit well enough to not mess with your riding ability.
The one person I knew that wrecked took out a helmet (face plant... use a full face) and ended up with MINOR... like little kid's skinned knee... rash on the shoulder through a lightweight jersey type long sleeve shirt.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:43 AM   #7
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Gear sounds fine. I have 0 experience with Speed and Strength, but heard good things about their street wear.

As far as the bike security ESPECIALLY if you are storing it at an apartment complex read this:

http://www.reddit.com/r/motorcycles/...or_ama/http://

but it is going to be my honest suggestion you sell the chain and invest those funds into a strorage unit or garage of some sort.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:45 AM   #8
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but it is going to be my honest suggestion you sell the chain and invest those funds into a strorage unit or garage of some sort.
I am REALLY hoping no one goes through all that trouble for an old 250 or SV650. possibly for a new 300....
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:52 AM   #9
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Sounds like you got it covered.
Don't wear all that gear for MSF. You'll be uncomfortable and roast depending on the temp.
You might consider borrowing a helmet, depending on the price of your current one. Sucks to trash a brand new helmet... plenty of people drop the bike at MSF.

Boots and gloves you can wear without a worry, but I wouldn't want to trash a helmet and mar a jacket @ MSF. Even the gloves you might want to swap for a generic pair or cheaper pair if you have them... just make sure they fit well enough to not mess with your riding ability.
The one person I knew that wrecked took out a helmet (face plant... use a full face) and ended up with MINOR... like little kid's skinned knee... rash on the shoulder through a lightweight jersey type long sleeve shirt.
Thanks, I will keep that in mind.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:07 PM   #10
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You'd be surprised what bikes get stolen. I'd doubt the 250... but a sv650 and a ninja 300 both would be higher on the list. Not so sure about a Ninja 650r. Not as desirable, and pretty cheap depending on year.

There have been some clapped out beater bikes that still get stolen.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:59 PM   #11
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You'd be surprised what bikes get stolen. I'd doubt the 250... but a sv650 and a ninja 300 both would be higher on the list. Not so sure about a Ninja 650r. Not as desirable, and pretty cheap depending on year.

There have been some clapped out beater bikes that still get stolen.
I live in an open apartment complex a little off campus (Texas A&M). There are a couple other bikes I see in the parking lot -- a late model GSX600 and a couple older cruisers -- which are unchained with no brake disc locks. I never understood how people can leave their bikes out like that even if TAMU is relatively safe.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:29 PM   #12
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I live in an open apartment complex a little off campus (Texas A&M). There are a couple other bikes I see in the parking lot -- a late model GSX600 and a couple older cruisers -- which are unchained with no brake disc locks. I never understood how people can leave their bikes out like that even if TAMU is relatively safe.
theirs should be the first to get stolen then. it happens at a&m too
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holy mother of .. i took my motorcycle course first, bought the bike, rode it home for like two hours, got a lil scorpion helmet/gloves week later, and then a jacket about a month and a half later.
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sv650 sounds like a nicer bike to me but Frame sliders! when you buy your bike if not already installed, get some. you'll drop your bike at some point accidently. something dumb too. tip over in the driveway, whatever.

also i found having a dark smoke visor for my helmet is very nice, especially with our houston's sun piercing ultra violet radiation mutating our eyes rays
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Good choices on the theft items. When I last rode through NYC I saw most everyone using the same chain you bought. I use all three you bought plus a Scorpio alarm.

When you take your class bring all your gear. You don't have to wear it all but it is nice to have options to wear as the day goes on. From cold mornings to warm afternoons I change what I wear often during every class.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:39 AM   #16
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sv650 sounds like a nicer bike to me but Frame sliders! when you buy your bike if not already installed, get some. you'll drop your bike at some point accidently. something dumb too. tip over in the driveway, whatever.

also i found having a dark smoke visor for my helmet is very nice, especially with our houston's sun piercing ultra violet radiation mutating our eyes rays
cool. ive never heard of frame sliders before. i will definitely look into those.
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geez you got it pretty well covered. Like the theft items you chose.

I hope you liked riding already bc if you took MSF then found out that motorcycling wasn't for you. that'd be the only bad thing about prematurely buying everything. However from the looks of it, you're on a good path.
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I'm as surprised as everyone else. I've only bought the helmet, gloves, and jacket but not the complete protection. Good job!
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I'm as surprised as everyone else. I've only bought the helmet, gloves, and jacket but not the complete protection. Good job!
I think I'm just paranoid haha.
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i do not think you are paranoid...
i have a fire extinguisher in every room in my house...
on my night stand i have two pistols and a pump shotgun...
i am not expecting a fire or an intruder, but i am ready if they happen
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