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Discussion in 'Motorcycle Riding Gear & Accessories' started by NickJ, Feb 10, 2020.
What gear do you ride with and recommend?
Upright riding and adventure touring: Arai XD-4
Track riding: Bell Race Star
Commuting: HJC RPHA-11
I have and wear all three. I also recommend wearing hearing protection and I use the No Noise ear plugs.
Street riding/commuting: Held Sambia
Track riding: RS Taichi GP-WRX
Adventure riding: BMW Enduroguard
I have and wear all three.
When it's hot: Dainese mesh jacket
Adventure riding: Rev'it Sand II (affordable pricing)
Adventure riding: BMW Enduroguard (way better jacket but also really fucking expensive)
Running around: Triumph Steve McQueen (a relic from a former bike, but I really like the jacket)
I have and wear all of these jackets. I have become VERY partial to the BMW protection. It is more comprehensive protection and covers a lot more of the joints they are protecting than most others. I also put a nice back protector (BMW or Rev'it) in every jacket.
Street/commuting: Maple Jeans kevlar reinforced jeans
Street/commuting: BMW 5-pocket jeans
Adventure riding: BMW GS Dry Pants
I have and wear all of these pants.
Street/commuting: BMW Ride Sneakers / BMW Dry Ride Sneakers
Track/aggressive street riding: Alpinestars SMX Plus
Adventure riding: Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro
Street/commuting: Indian Motorcycle/Red Wing Spirit Lake/Iron Ranger
I have and wear all of these boots. The Indian/Red Wing work boots are probably on par with the BMW sneakers as far as protection. Here is why:
There is no ankle protection in the work boots other than a layer of leather that comes up 8". The BMW shoes have lateral and medial malleolus pucks.
The sneakers have a stiffer than average sole but it is still bendy. The work boots have a stiffer midfoot, but everywhere else it is about the same.
They both have heel and toe box reenforcement.
I had another pair of work boots with similar construction to the Indian/Red Wings and my left foot was shattered after it bent around the peg in an accident.
Even looking at the "built specifically for motorcycling" race boots that are on par with many of the boots you will find on the MotoGP and Flat Track grids, they are still malleable enough that they would not have saved my foot from that accident. Motocross boots would have, but short of that, nah.
Helmet? Shoei RF-1200 - Great Helmet, highly recomended
Gloves? Fox Creek leather gauntlets for cold weather; Indian leather gloves for mild weather and tactical fabric gloves for warm weather - I like all three of these gloves but I can't really recommend them over others.
Jacket? Fox Creek Leather Jacket for cool to cold weather and an Indian Mesh jacket for hot weather - Both of these jackets are good quality, especially the Fox Creek Leather. I'd recommend both. I've purchased quality armor for each (shoulder, elbow, and spine).
Pants? Rev'it Austin Jeans - nice quality, good knee protection, added hip protection. I would recommend but the cuff is very tight over my boots. just bought a pair of Klim Switchbacks (haven't had a chance to ride with them)
Boots/Shoes? TCX Hero WP Boots - Really good protective boot. Old pair of lace-up HD boots - Very comfortable and durable boots. Chippewa knee-high riding boots - I don't think they make these anymore. They are not very comfortable.
Helmet? - < 90 F Simpson Modular Bandit > 90 F Simpson OTW "Over The Wall" half helmet
Gloves? Cold Weather: A pair of Cabelas gauntlet Snowmobile gloves Most other times: Indian leather full finger > 90 F: finger less gloves or nothing
Jacket? Cold Weather: Fox Creek Leather Classic Motorcycle Jacket Men's Classic Motorcycle Jacket II Most other times: Indian Mesh > 90 F: A cutoff T-shirt
Pants?: < 90 F: jeans or if it's chilly Duluth Fire Hose pants > 90 F: Jeans
Boots/Shoes?: < 90 F: Under Armor or Bates 8" 'correction style' boots >90 F Alpine Star Ridge Two Air Boot Ridge-2 Air Boot nice boots for hot weather. Found the soles do wear out (and get slippery) after a long season of riding.
Gloves and Jacket. Harley-Davidson FXRG. My jacket is an older model and a bit heavy for hot weather but newer ones are good 4 season jackets.
Arai XD-4 helmet
Sidi AllRoad boots
Indian leather jacket
HD heated gloves
Gerbing heated liners
Wow. I didn't really have gear that I wore for Every ride.
I always wore gloves - the type depended on the conditions.
Helmet also depended on the conditions. I wore one about 80% of the time. My favorite for trips was a Nolan Modular.
Jacket - I had 2 a Leather one covered in Patches and a Joe Rocket Armoured Cloth Jacket. I didn't always wear a Jacket though.
Pants - First Gear Armoured Pants, only worn in nasty weather. Usually jeans, never shorts.
Footwear - most often Converse Hightop canvas tennies - also known as Felony Flyers. In nasty weather I wore Joe Rocket Boots. I got the Indian Riding Shoes for my Birthday so that is what I was wearing when riding my Indian after that.
I was only an ATGATT guy in nasty weather.
Same with me @sidecarsam
Helmet- Indian half helmet or skull cap
Jacket- warm... usually denim
Pants- 14oz denim jeans
Boots- Doc Marten ( very few boot manuf. have my size)
Helmet? Simpson Mod Bandit
Gloves? Motostuka Shanks
Jacket? Black Brand Carnivore leather with armor, or Indian Mesh Lightweight
Pants? Bullit Easy Fit
Boots/Shoes? Durango Harness Boots
...and always a black t-shirt and a wallet chain. I can't stand feeling like I'll end up at a hotel or bar, and my wallet will be in the middle of some road somewhere.
Helmet - Indian half helmet or HJC Modular. The Future Mrs. uses a Shoei modular. I may invest in one myself next time.
Gloves - have several depending on weather. All leather
Jacket - Joe Rocket mesh for warm weather and a nice Indian leather jacket for all others
Pants - Duluth Trading Firehose (not he flex). Comfy and durable.
Boots/Shoes - Picked up a couple pair of new Bates riding boots at a deep discount from a member online
Motorbikes are like a bullet. You should never compromise on-track safety. The first thing you must wearing during riding is a Helmet. You must also use a Motorcycle Safety Suit, Gloves and Boots. These things will give you complete protection. I am a motorbike racer and I have also used all these things and this time I bought Motorcycle race suit from Custom Motorcycle Leather Racing Suit | Moto Speeds. And these things fostered a passion for your motorbike riding.
welcome aboard Farquleet,.....
Alpal way down in Burtland,....an ATGATT guy,......
Usually Good Jeans, Gloves and Jacket .. Been known to cheat now and then depending where Riding ..
Always a helmet. Type depends on the bike I take out
Gloves- either an old pair of leather, I believe joe rocket. Or Indian Gloves.
Boots with composite toe.
This is a post-accident list:
- Shoei Neotech 2 for cold weather and distance riding
- LS2 3/4 with bubble shield for riding in the heat
- Military style Indian jacket and vest in the cold
- Vest & t-shirt in 70° and above
- Dr. Marten's (I've tried everything else and these are hands down the most comfortable and best looking)
- Half Finger Captain America, by Harley
- Full finger Two Tone leather by Indian (now on clearance)
- Insulated Gauntlets, by Harley
ATGATT. For peace of mind, just in case.
Gear needs to protect the rider but it also has to be comfortable. Nothing less than perfect. Trial and error, I had to dump so many items that didnt work well for me. Some items help so much, for instance silk, thin neck gaiter and long sleeves. Keep those in my pocket and use them if it gets cold after dark. Kidney belt too, helps so much with the cold air under the jacket. Helmet liner is a must for me. I got a few for hot weather and keep them with every helmet. HEAT-OUT Cool'R Helmet Liner. Wash after every sweaty ride, that helps keep helmet liner clean. For medium temperatures I got Bohn helmet liner, and for cold weather I use Freeze-Out Warm'R Helmet Liner, blocks the wind and provides some warmth. Their wind-blocking pullover is irreplaceable item for cold weather riding.
Except in the summer, I use turtleneck cotton shirt as my base layer. For really cold day I would use mid-layer North Face windproof jacket under the un-insulated leather jacket. Different gloves for the conditions, varies from perforated leather, to gauntlets to insulated, Icon, Furygan, Dainese. Socks, from Michelin cotton, to Wigwam wool crew socks, and sometimes together with over the knee MX socks.
What helped me so much for cold weather are these 2 items: turtleneck dickie, and some kind of windproof FreezeOut Warmr face mask, what I fold under my chin, and secure with the helmet strap. Both items help so much stopping cold wind enter under the jacket collar.
Underwear is so important for comfort, silk/synthetic has its advantages, but I hate it for the slippery feel, so pants are sliding down. Thats why I use synthetic boxers only with the mesh pants for summer. Otherwise, cotton, even a Hanes Orange Tiger (hahaha) long johns / t-shirt. Thats for when it is too cold for riding in jeans only, and not cold enough for leather pants.
What I had to do is to make a table, a reminder list of gear suitable for specific temperature/conditions. Riders diary helped, in a way that my entries contain a list of all the gear I was wearing that day and the data: time of my rides, meteo conditions, air temp, humidity, wind, sunset/sunrise time, route of the ride, etc.
For instance, the other day was so hot, some 34 Celsius, but in the woods, temperature drop is significant, at least some 5-6 degrees. By the river it was cooler even more, 10 degrees or so. Its a shame my bike does not have ambient temperature indicator, would be so useful. And compass too.
Hey Gas gas!
Welcome aboard Buddy! Good to have you here,....what bike you riding Bro? I see you use some Bohn gear,......I do too. I use their armoured pants in the summer and even sometimes under my armoured winter leggings in the winter as well,......
Enjoy the forum Buddy,.....It's a good one!
Thanks for your welcome. Good find you all here. I read many posts of yours and thank you for sharing your experience.
I only got Bohn neck brace. It helped me with my old helmet, for that helmet is not that much aerodynamical. Since I dont use any windshield on my Scout 60 (I feel that doesnt go along well with my Scout), Bohn neck brace helps to alleviate helmet movement during the higher speed ride. Bohn sent me that helmet liner as a gift when I ordered the neck brace. Both items are so good.
For the colder weather and winter rides, since you mentioned pants, I feel obliged to recommend to all riders 2 pair of pants:
- WICKED STOCK Motorcycle Riding Pants. They dont even have a real name. Look for it on Amazon. So good for very cold weather, removable liner, vents.
- Ride & Sons Diamond Trousers Suede. So soft, I hope strong, warm with flannel liner.
I put some D3O armor, and with the suspenders, they are perfect for late fall cold rides. Maybe they will be a pain to keep clean if I get into some rain or mud, but I sprayed them with silicone water repellent. They were not expensive, but something very similar called el-solitario-rascal-leather costs some 900 evro. Thats simply too much for me.
I'm sure I've seen that second set of pants in a Starwars movie!,.....I am , like you an ATGATT guy as well,......I do have screen on my Scout, a Memphis Shades Rio Grande which I feel does a good job of keeping the wind off me and is a nice shape to go with the bike,.....
And my Michelin Motorcycle Tires socks.
They help to know precisely which foot to use for certain pedal.