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Old 04-30-2009, 11:37 AM   #1
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Where to buy women's gear?

So now that I have become addicted to riding... I need some more gear. I have a Scorpion helment (EXO700, love it), matching Scorpion jacket (I am a girl!), and got a pair of gloves from a friend's wife (they were too small for her).

I know I need some jeans and overpants. I would like a more breathable jacket. And I definitely need boots (no heels), I've been riding in my hiking boots. I'm 5'9", fairly large chested with long legs. So here are my questions:

1) Women, where do you buy your gear from?
2) What exactly do I need, is there anything I'm missing, especially for these upcoming summer months?
3) Are there certain brands that are good? bad?
4) What do you do with your hair in your helmet?

Please let me know what your experiences have been. My birthday is coming up in June and I'm hoping to get some motorcycle gear from the family.


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Old 04-30-2009, 11:46 AM   #2
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large chested with long legs? Were you in my class?

Talk to Suzanne at Motorcycles Unlimited. She's the guru of helping outfit riders with gear.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:54 AM   #3
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You taught the other half of my class. I had Mike (?) and Kim.

Thanks for the tip. I have to get to there to get my suspension tightened... its a little soft. But we are taking the back roads, no way am I ready for 45.
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Old 04-30-2009, 11:59 AM   #4
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Hmm... large chested ... I think we're gonna need some picts for reference so we can provide better suggestions.

As for boots ... I love my SIDI Vertigos, uber comfy, light weight and tonnes of pertection.

Is there a praticular reason for overpants? Are you planning on riding into work with nice office clothes underneath? If so, www.motoport.com has a great selection of kevlar mesh over pants. I have a pair that I wear into work and they come off and on in 30 seconds and vent really well for Houston heat.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:02 PM   #5
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I am tall too and I found some jeans online at dragginjeans.com and one of them comes in 36' inseam and the other womens jeans they said that they would special make for me with a longer inseam (and they look cute!). I am going to order a pair soon. Also I love my speed and strenght jacket because it was one of the few jackets that is longer in the torso and there is plenty of room in the chest but allows for the sides to be cinched in so you dont have to look like a dude. Also it has a nice long back that dips down pretty low to advoid my crack hanging out. LOL. I have a textile one that has a liner that can come out and so far has been nice and cool for me.

Unfortuanlly I have short hair right now so I cant put it in a low ponytail when I ride really. I did try to pull it half back with a low clip and wear my helmet once and I got it on and rode but it killed my head afterwards so I would not recommend. No matter what I do or even if I just put my helmet on for 5 mins it messes up my hair pretty bad so I always keep ponytail holders in my little trunk. LOL
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:04 PM   #6
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yes definitley see Suzi up at Motorcycles Unlimited. She can get you fitted for anything! i currently have the Alpinestars Stella Rebel Air-Flo in black and LOVE it!!!! it's great for summer riding as for the pants, i can't help you. i'm too short for anything that's out there so i just wear my jeans with knee guards under them when i ride
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Also I love my speed and strenght jacket because it was one of the few jackets that is longer in the torso and there is plenty of room in the chest but allows for the sides to be cinched in so you dont have to look like a dude.
Thanks... yeah I have the long torso issue too. I didn't notice a problem with my scorpion jacket.

Usually the only time I have problems is with something that is one piece... like a dress won't cover my because my torso is too long or a full piece bathing suit, very uncomfortable, have to go bikini. Luckily I've been able to find some more conservative ones for teaching my SCUBA classes.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:26 PM   #8
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Thanks... yeah I have the long torso issue too. I didn't notice a problem with my scorpion jacket.

Usually the only time I have problems is with something that is one piece... like a dress won't cover my because my torso is too long or a full piece bathing suit, very uncomfortable, have to go bikini. Luckily I've been able to find some more conservative ones for teaching my SCUBA classes.

I think the scorpion jackets have the dip in the back too. I just wanted some bling on mine and the speed and strenght has some cool ones although you dont see them many places.

I had the same problem with swim suits too when I swam competitively but with that you have to wear a suit to race in so I just had to get used to something 3 sizes too small to reduce drag. Dang I could streach a swim suit. LOL.

Check out the jean though they look pretty good.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:09 PM   #9
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I go to ALL the mc stores and try on everything they have- jackets, helmet, boots, pants, and gloves. You won't know what fits YOU best until you try it on. I have had bad luck and good luck ordering online- Motorcycles Unlimited will order something for you and if it doesn't fit, you don't have to buy it.

Get you some knee pads/ shin guards OR riding pants. I got a new pair that I can wear over my jeans, and I do wear them.

Buy GOOD gloves with reinforcements or armour- when you go down, your hands will thank you. Make sure you can get them tight enough around your wrist that they won't come off, no matter what.

Boots are going to wear out or last depending on how you wear them. If you wear them daily and around the office/ workplace, then they'll wear out faster. Even my Sidi are starting to wear in only a few months- they're not falling apart, though. Fit is most important- if you're not racing (or riding track), then you don't need race boots- regular riding boots that cover your ankle will be fine.

I just bought a Fieldsheer mesh jacket for the summer and I love it. It's well-armoured and lightweight and fits perfectly.

They also sell underwear armour. It's like spandex with padding- it's supposed to go under jeans or riding pants for extra safety. There are so many options, so it's up to you what you're comfortable riding in and what fits.
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