I won't lie - for me, part of the excitement of getting into motorcycling was choosing and buying the gear. So as a first time buyer, I spent a lot of time researching each purchase and generally I'm happy with what I ended up starting out with. Still, I'm always interested to see what more experienced riders are using and how they like (or more importantly don't like) what they are using. I'll start, for what its worth. All this for when I'm riding the 919.
Helmet: Shark SKWAL
Jacket: Schott 641
Gloves: Rev'It Striker 2
Pants: Dainese D1 Evo Jeans w/ armor package
Boots: TCX X-Square Plus boots
Additional Protection: Knox Venture Armored Shirt
Helmet: I got the Shark SKWAL in flat black. Right or wrong, I decided that whatever helmet I got had to be ECE and DOT certified, and passed on any one that did NOT have ECE certification believing that since ECE is the strictest standard, it must be the best. Other than that, the other big deciding factors for me were a) the integrated LED visibility lighting and b) the integrated drop-down visor. I'm super glad I went with a helmet with the drop down visor, as I cannot imagine how anyone fits sunglasses under a proper-fitting helmet (maybe I'm just doing it wrong). Lastly, the price was right! In hindsight, I should have sprung for anything other than black, since I'm not sure the LED lighting alone is sufficient when riding at night.
Jacket: My favorite purchase and also the one I'm second-guessing the most. It was nearly half of my total gear purchase cost, has no perforations, no built-in armor or provisions for armor, cannot be zipped to any pants, and came only in black. But damn I wanted a leather jacket so I went with the Schott 641. The zip-in chest liner and beefiness of the leather are major pluses, and it's a very flattering silhouette that still sits very well over the Knox Venture armored shirt that I got to make up for the missing armor. And it works well off the bike, of course. When summer rolls around though, I'm sure I'm going to be shelling out for a dedicated warm-weather jacket and hanging this up for a few months.
Gloves: Straight-up regret on this one, at least based on about 2 hours so far of combined use. I got a pair of Rev'It Striker 2 gloves based on good reviews. Even in large (which is the proper size for my hands based on the sizing info), they are tight to the point where blood flow to the finger tips is restricted and the too-short Velcro strap has to be taken completely out of its closure buckle to get the gloves on and off. At least they were cheap, and the touch-screen enabled fingertip does work! Were only available in black when I bought them
Pants: My most deliberated purchase. IMO, my choice of pants would be the biggest determinant of how and when I rode the 919. I didn't want to skimp on protection, so initially I was leaning towards leathers. But I couldn't find a pair of leather pants that I'd feel comfortable walking around in, making me doubt how often I'd take ride out to get groceries/meet up with friends/do anything other than ride A to B back to A. Of course I'd feel more comfortable walking around in riding jeans, but would they offer as much protection if I went down? Ultimately I went with Dainese D1 Evo jeans w/ pockets for their super beefy knee/shin and hip armors. With the Kevlar reinforcement and the armor in, and based on reviews I've seen, it seems like I've got sufficient protection in the right places. Looks wise, I'm not thrilled with how they fit as they are much baggier than I thought they'd be, and there's maybe an extra 6" of material on the leg openings that either needs to be severely cuffed or tailored. For the price of the jeans + armor, I now think I may have been better off with a pair of Rokkers instead. Also, these were only available in black. Only reflectivity I can see are a strip above the back pockets (why....).
Shoes: TCX X-Square Plus. Probably the easiest decision I made was go to with TCX for my shoes, then I just had to chose a model. I liked their history of focus on protection, and apparently very good build quality and longevity, for a decent price. I wanted some ankle protection but didn't want to go with a full boot, and wanted to be able to walk around on them somewhat comfortably. I would have liked a strap/buckle or zipper closure, some color choices other than all black and maybe waterproofing, but otherwise I'm happy with these boots.
Additional Protection: As mentioned I got a Knox Venture armored shirt to make up for lack of armor in the jacket, and I'm glad I did. It is definitely slim enough to not be bulky underneath the jacket, and feels like cheap insurance. I did not go with the optional chest protection, and wish the back protector was upgrade-able to CE level 2 (or came with that standard). For summer riding, I considered pairing this with a lightweight perforated leather jacket with no armor but that doesn't seem to exist.
Looking forward to other people's opinions on their gear, especially stuff that I haven't gotten yet but that I'm considering (luggage, backpacks, cameras/communication).