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Old 04-05-2008, 09:39 PM   #1
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total spent on gear

I need to replace my gear, and now that I know that I am not an exception and I can go down, I was looking at much better quality protection, I'm now trying to prevent a shouting match with my parents, but I am wondering how much everyone spent on their safety. Helmet, gloves, boots, legs and jacket.
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1500 on dainese 1 pc., 65 on back protector, 220 on boots, 140 on gloves and 600 on helmet , 400 on 2 pc fieldsheer suit. that is just my current stuff.... loads of money over my riding years...
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1-piece leather suit by Teknic = $250
SNELL/DOT Scorpion 700 = $125
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:48 PM   #4
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Shoei Helemt I wear came with bike, but bought another as back up for $150
Joe Rocket Jacket came with bike, but I'd say $100 was fixed into price
Knee guards $30
Underarmour hip, thigh and padded under shorts...$30
Sidi boots...$250
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ok, that 1 pc alone is more than all i was looking at... and all i was looking at is sadly like 4 times more than i had paid on my original gear (i got helmet, leggings, and a real pair of boots for free, and was cheap on my gloves ) anyways, i mentioned what i was saving up to pay for the new gear and i was dumb enough to mention that i wanted to pay for a track day to learn more about my bike and be a better rider (hearing track immediately meant that I wanted to learn how to go faster)... any advice on getting your message through to stubborn parents would be greatly appreciated
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Old 04-05-2008, 09:51 PM   #6
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hmm, maybe I am going too high a price into looking at gear... anyone know about the price line for items is when you stop paying for safety and start paying for comfort and fashion?
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why not just save your money and buy the stuff yourself?
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Shop around, check out newenough.com. If you look hard enough you can find great deals on used gear that is just as good as the new stuff on here and on CL. How old are you and what is your school/living situation?
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hmm, maybe I am going too high a price into looking at gear... anyone know about the price line for items is when you stop paying for safety and start paying for comfort and fashion?
most of what I spent definetly was not for fashion.... it was all comfort 100%... fieldsheer suit is good quality but with a non removable liner... it gets stinky... had a kbc helmet I got for 200... same deal... it works but with little air flow...it gets stinky and is hot to wear. there is no substitute in my mind for skimping on footwear. feet and ankles take a beating during a get off... go big there. Same with hands... your natural instinct is to stop yourself. go big there too. at least get a decent jacket and knee/shin pads for under your jeans. I wear full leather every time I ride but that is just me.
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i am buying the stuff myself, my parents don't believe i'm responsible with my money based on that I want to buy my new motorcycle gear before saving for college (at my rate, i'd have my gear just have summer starts, and i'd have a whole 3 months to keep saving money, i just really want to get back to riding). simply put, as long as i'm still living at home my parents will be in my business, and I am not making enough to have my own place and save up what I need for college. I want to end this argument without them thinking i wasted my money or made a bad decision because i'm stuck here until 2009.
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(hearing track immediately meant that I wanted to learn how to go faster)... any advice on getting your message through to stubborn parents would be greatly appreciated
Learning the abilities of your bike (which we all do, no matter what) is a thousand more times risky on the street than on a track. The track is a controlled environment, with no cage traffic, no road kill or pot holes, and there are instructors for help, plenty of run off room without signs, telephone poles or ditches. Also, there is an EMS team with an ambulance ready on sight if, heaven forbid, something really bad ever happens.
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my school living situation? i'm going to college at san jac and saving money for a&m after this semester and one more, 10k a semester is gonna hit me hard though
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mesh jacket -150
helmet - 450
gloves - 50
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650?
but you can get a cheap helmet for like 100-150
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well... if you are gonna ride tis better to be prepared for a get off and walk away to attend college another day then to get off un-prepared and college won't be a issue any longer.
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most of what I spent definetly was not for fashion....
I didn't mean fashion really, just meant more a brand name. I don't believe joe rocket is in the same league as like american eagle and hollister, but I assume they still do charge a little more for it being under their name considering what a fan following they have, even if it's because it saves lives and not just what's popular. Guess i'm just dumb when it comes to gear completely.
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some people will buy a helmet strictly on how it looks and never give a second thought on how well it fits... or doesn't fit. gear is a very personal thing and some people shop for gear for the wrong reasons. try stuff on... if it doesn't fit right then it won't become second nature to wear it because you'll never feel comfortable in it. this includes helmets... yes helmet shells are made to fit different shaped heads. get a jacket that has good ventilation so you'll wear it even though it is 95 degrees outside. get gloves that fit properly so your fingers don't go numb.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:11 PM   #17
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gear is MORE important then what bike you ride...if you have a crash and walk away then your gear did it's job and you are free to fix/replace your bike and ride again. That is not to say that gear makes you invincable... but it greatly increases you odds.
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1 pc Fieldsheer flex suit: approx $750
Alpinestars SMXplus boots: $ 250
Shoei helmet: Approx $ 550
Alpinestars full gauntlet gloves: $90

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So far I have: X-11 Shoei $600+, Cortech leather jacket $200, SMX-4 boots $150 (slightly used), Bohn back protector ~$60 (slightly used), GP-2 gloves $100.
I recently ordered a Barnacle Bill custom 1-piece leather suit $1200

But none of this really matters to you... Get stuff that offers protection and fits well first. There are inexpensive brands that will be sufficient in the event of a get off.
With the parents, let them know that one trackday will be more "getting to know" the bike than a year on the street. Also, let them go watch one before yours.
Good luck young grasshopper.
p.s. FINISH school!!!! At all costs, do it.
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