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Old 12-29-2012, 04:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

Looking into getting a ninja 250 within the next few months, but I wanna make sure I have all my gear settled before I get the bike so I'm not tempted to ride with just a helmet . I'm trying to keep it a couple hundred dollars shy of a thousand, while still having some quality products and brand names.

From research on this site and others, I've assembled what I feel is a decent list of affordable, yet quality gear. Can anyone give me a little insight into any of this gear, and if something is subpar give me a suggestion for an alternative? Or maybe where, if anywhere, I could most afford to cut some costs? I would really appreciate it!

Helmet:
Scorpion EXO-750 Helmet - Solid - RevZilla

Jacket:
Speed & Strength Twist of Fate 2.0 Jacket - RevZilla

Pants:
AGV Sport Telluride H2O Vented Pants - Street Motorcycle - Motorcycle Superstore or Joe Rocket Atomic Pants - 2010 - Street Motorcycle - Motorcycle Superstore

Boots:
Cortech Latigo Air RR Boots - RevZilla or Motorcycle Boot Pro - komodogear.com or http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/s...sion-air-boots

Gloves:
SEDICI Street Gear - Ricci Leather Motorcycle Gloves - Cycle Gear or Joe Rocket GPX 2.0 Leather Gloves - RevZilla or Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves - RevZilla

Thanks in advance guys,
--Art Vandelay

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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youre better off telling us a budget than listing items and asking for alternatives
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Helmet Shop in Daytona Beach has good prices. Try on a helmet you want, then check the prices on their website. It's a MUST to have a proper fitting helmet. I have a Scorpion EXO 1K among my collection (15 helmets) and they are good lids for the price.
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youre better off telling us a budget than listing items and asking for alternatives
I'm trying to stay in the 550-750ish range. I figured just asking if this level of gear was pretty good would be less of a pain in the ass for you guys than asking for you to compile a list for me
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Helmet is fine, I have a scorpion 700 and it's just fine. Get a leather jacket. Are you looking for rain gear? The jacket and pants you chose are water resistant, just wondering, from there people can tell you what you should look at. Go with the Cortech or Sidi boots, and full gauntlet leather gloves. Shorty gloves and mesh get ripped through pretty easily even at very low speeds (personal experience).
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Helmet is fine, I have a scorpion 700 and it's just fine. Get a leather jacket. Are you looking for rain gear? The jacket and pants you chose are water resistant, just wondering, from there people can tell you what you should look at. Go with the Cortech or Sidi boots, and full gauntlet leather gloves. Shorty gloves and mesh get ripped through pretty easily even at very low speeds (personal experience).
I didnt even realize the jacket and pants were meant for water resistance, thanks. I was just looking for some textile and ventilated stuff because I live in Florida, and we have summer about 10 months out of the year . I was trying to avoid leather (if its not a huge safety compromise, that is) due to the cost and weather concerns. But if textile is going to be a big safety compromise, then I will certainly look into some leather.

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You would be fine in textile. Sure leather protects the best but if you want the best compromise between comfort and safety, go textile.
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This is what I use but it just depends on how the helmet will fit you >>>Signet-Q Black - The Helmet Harbor, LLC
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I've always been happy with Firstgear and just recently purchased this jacket >>>Firstgear Kathmandu Winter Jacket - The Helmet Harbor, LLC. Hope this helps!
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I've always been happy with Firstgear and just recently purchased this jacket >>>Firstgear Kathmandu Winter Jacket - The Helmet Harbor, LLC. Hope this helps!
I'm more looking for a summer jacket with the most protection possible, which is why I figured Textile is a good middle ground between the breathability of mesh and the protection of leather. I think I'd pass out with a winter jacket in Florida

However, if people think the downgrade from leather to textile is a big one, I would certainly look into some sort of summer leather jacket/pants. I'm here to learn, so I'm more than willing to take advice from those more experienced than I.

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