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post #1 of 26 Old 11-14-2013, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie Rider looking for suggestions.

Hey guys, buying my first bike hopefully this weekend, just wanted some suggestions on cool, cheap gear like helmet and leathers.

I'm buying a 2003 Ducati Monster 1000, so something to go with that style.

Thanks!

P.s. This is my first purchase of a bike, not the first time I am riding a motorcycle, my brother has already lectured me thoroughly on how big the bike is. But a good deal is a good deal!

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post #2 of 26 Old 11-14-2013, 07:36 PM
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Scorpion and Joe Rocket comes to mind for great value. Check this site for great deals: MotorcycleGear.com (the new name of New Enough) :: Motorcycle Jackets, Helmets, Gloves, Boots, Luggage, Parts and More!

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post #4 of 26 Old 11-15-2013, 04:27 AM
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Hi Jeff,
For leathers I would see whose style you like that's reasonable then search for the older version. I ended up finding a Tourmaster Coaster 2 (thought the 3 looked great new) on ebay in my size lightly used for $105 shipped and think it's great. For helmets I think Bell makes nice stuff, I got an rs -1 but the vortex looks good too. Helmets are probably the easiest thing to find at a discount because the models rarely change but the designs are updated and closed out all the time. I got Joe rocket gloves but wish they were a bit more substantial, I will probably upgrade in the spring if I can find a good deal. If you are looking for boots/shoes I think the TCX stuff is a good value, I got mid height water proof boots for $100.


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I always start with motorcyclegear.com and look through their closeout section


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post #6 of 26 Old 11-15-2013, 06:58 AM
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I second what Andrew said.. I have had really good luck with Scorpion jackets and gloves. the Hat Trick jacket is great. I shop the closeout sections first too!

... and welcome! Nice to see another NC rider here!

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I always start with motorcyclegear.com and look through their closeout section
+1... I found that site earlier this year and have bought a lot of stuff from them since.... great deals, and customer service is great

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I second what Andrew said.. I have had really good luck with Scorpion jackets and gloves. the Hat Trick jacket is great. I shop the closeout sections first too!

... and welcome! Nice to see another NC rider here!
Me too. Love the hat trick!

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post #9 of 26 Old 11-15-2013, 11:56 AM
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eBay is the way to go IMHO. I've picked up a few Joe Rocket jackets in excellent shape for $40 or so. Craigslist can also have some screaming deals (bought a Dainese leather jacket, Shoei RF-1100, A-star gloves, Axo boots all together for $300 compared to $1100)

However, don't skimp out on a helmet. I'd recommend going to a cycle shop to try out helmets before you commit to one. Then, if you're a cheap skate like me, get the cycle shop to price match the online guys and go from there

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I still have a helmet and jacket for sale here:

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...ale-32437.html

The textile is gone, but the leather jacket and helmet are still available

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If you buy through ebay or online get fitted first at cycle gear or any motorcycle dealership.
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I still have a helmet and jacket for sale here:

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...ale-32437.html

The textile is gone, but the leather jacket and helmet are still available
Great deal on that X11!

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I still have a helmet and jacket for sale here:

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forums/...ale-32437.html

The textile is gone, but the leather jacket and helmet are still available
And he is in NC
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Thanks everyone for the help! Still looking and shopping around. So far the wish list goes something like this.

Helmet: Scorpion EXO-900 'Solid' Matte Anthracite Full Face Transformer Helmet $279
(a little splurge on the most important part)

Jacket: Xelement 'Asylum' Mens Gray/Black Textile Jacket $79
(not really sold on this jacket, no shoulder pro. looking for something that doesn't scream "motorcycle jacket" so I can wear it more that when I'm riding.)

Riding Shoes: Cortech Vice Waterproof Black Riding Shoes $90

Pants: undecided. Any thoughts on Kevlar lined jeans?

Also, has anyone had any luck with leatherup.com? Seems like some good deals.

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post #15 of 26 Old 11-16-2013, 04:48 PM
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Good choice on the Scorpion helmet, I had an exo 1000 for a while and really liked it, good helmet for the money.

I personally don't really like the kevlar jeans by themselves, I usually wear hard armor or Bohn armor underneath them.

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Pants: undecided. Any thoughts on Kevlar lined jeans?
I have Draggin Jeans which are made much sturdier than my Joe ROcket and Shift denims (with kevlar lined bum and knee). They don't provide impact protection, just an extra few seconds of slide time on rash. Worth the price difference IMO.

Quality-wise, Draggin is top notch for jeans. Joe Rocket's stretch panels make it nice to move around in on the saddle, also great when putting in hardwood floors lol

KenPhenix put some pants that's on sale on motorcyclegear.com, they're overpants with some fancy armor (impact hardening). $159 sale from $300

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I started with leatherup.com but moved to compact.com (competition accessories). They have killer prices on shoei helmets (I got my 1100 in Jan this year for 300). They also have Kevlar pants at decent prices.

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I would also goto the store and test fit everything on before buying. Definitely try to invest as much as you can into a decent helmet. That's the most important part of riding. I would recommend a Shoei. Then after that. If you can't find decent deals on gear, look on ebay. You can pick up a slightly used jacket for great prices..

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I would also goto the store and test fit everything on before buying. Definitely try to invest as much as you can into a decent helmet. That's the most important part of riding. I would recommend a Shoei. Then after that. If you can't find decent deals on gear, look on ebay. You can pick up a slightly used jacket for great prices..
+1 on this
I spent 3 hours at chaparral motor sports buying riding pants... tried on about 10 pair.

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+1 on this
I spent 3 hours at chaparral motor sports buying riding pants... tried on about 10 pair.
I was taught, if it's not comfortable.. you won't wear it.

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If you buy through ebay or online get fitted first at cycle gear or any motorcycle dealership.
If you get fitted at CycleGear or a dealership buy from them.

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I was taught, if it's not comfortable.. you won't wear it.
While I agree that you will not wear uncomfortable clothes, remember that motorcycle gear will be most comfortable when you are actually riding.

It's not designed to be comfortable while you are in the store. It's designed to be comfortable when you are on the bike.

Just like most sport or activity specific gear.

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BTW OP I suggest getting AGVsport telluride pants. So Flippin nice.

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II would recommend a Shoei.
Sorry, I disagree right there.

It doesn't matter how much you spend on your lid. If it doesn't fit properly, it's not going to protect you as intended when you need it most. A $50 helmet that fits properly is going to protect you better than that $600-900 Shoei that doesn't fit properly.

It doesn't matter what brand the helmet is, if it doesn't fit right, don't get it! Find one that fits correctly.

Additionally, read up on the Snell rating and decide if its appropriate for you or not.

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I'd also check the protection that your future helmet helmet REALLY offers, by visiting SHARP Helmets - THE HELMET SAFETY SCHEME

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Sorry, I disagree right there.

It doesn't matter how much you spend on your lid. If it doesn't fit properly, it's not going to protect you as intended when you need it most. A $50 helmet that fits properly is going to protect you better than that $600-900 Shoei that doesn't fit properly.

It doesn't matter what brand the helmet is, if it doesn't fit right, don't get it! Find one that fits correctly.

Additionally, read up on the Snell rating and decide if its appropriate for you or not.
It's just my personal preference. I like the style and fit for me. Again, it's really up to the rider. Just try to check and make sure that it's DOT certified... that way you'll be getting proper protection.

Personally , I only trust a couple brands. Arai, Hawk, Shoei.
I would shop around online. Also, if you want a good deal on helmets. Definiutely shop around online. A lot of companies can't list their best prices that they can offer... You might be able to get more than $100 list price on a helmet. Check out http://www.motorcyclehouse.com

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