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Old 01-23-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Minimum Trail-Riding Gear?

I'm wondering what the group thinks is the minimum amount of gear one should wear for trail riding. I love to hit up dirty roads as I come across them, but I'm usually not too daring since I know my street/commuter gear (helmet, jacket, gloves, kevlar armored jeans, boots) isn't ideal for it.

So I've seen dudes on trails in everything from an old pair of jeans to the full motox get-up. Where's the line?
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I'd say some type of boots, jeans, long sleeve shirt, gloves and helmet.
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Old 01-23-2018, 01:00 PM   #3
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A quick response from the owner himself! Thanks!
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A quick response from the owner himself! Thanks!
You're welcome. That being said, I'm far from an expert. Someone else may have a better idea.
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Helmet, gloves, offroad boots, and knee pads. I won't ride offroad without a chest protector either. May seem like overkill but because you lean the bike under you instead of leaning with the bike, if the front end washes out you tend to land on the bar end of the handlebar. That is what can crack a rib. On street bikes you typically fall off to the side of the bike if the front washes out in a corner. I've cracked and bruised couple ribs that way. I would recommend offroad specific boots. Since you put your foot out it can hit all types of . I've also run over my own foot a few times when dabbing to save a crash. That would have been a few broken ankles with street boots on.
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Thanks. I wanted to know how many would insist on chest/back protectors and knee/elbow pads.

I definitely do want to pick up some offroad boots. The Bilt Speed Racer Boots I bought back when I had a Ninja 500 have near zero grip and support on the KLX's footpegs. I am often more comfortable riding in my steel-toed's that I wear for work.
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Thanks. I wanted to know how many would insist on chest/back protectors and knee/elbow pads.

I definitely do want to pick up some offroad boots. The Bilt Speed Racer Boots I bought back when I had a Ninja 500 have near zero grip and support on the KLX's footpegs. I am often more comfortable riding in my steel-toed's that I wear for work.
$200 will get you a nice pair of offroad boots. I bought a pair of these a couple months ago and they are really nice for the money. Way nicer than the $200 Alpine Stars or Fox boots. They are Italian leather. So fancy.

https://www.bobscycle.com/gaerne-201...hoCaNsQAvD_BwE
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+1 on the chest protector, I never ride without one (cheaper than a set of x-rays)
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That Bob's Cycle site is awesome! Thanks for your input everyone!
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So I'm seeing some roost guards that provide padding and some that are armored with hard plastic. I'm assuming the latter is best for taking a handlebar to the ribs?
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So I'm seeing some roost guards that provide padding and some that are armored with hard plastic. I'm assuming the latter is best for taking a handlebar to the ribs?
Go with hard plastic.
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