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This is what I have found so far, any comments would be appreciated. Going to the dealership in about 2 weeks, will have saved up enough cash to put 1,000$ down and up to 20% for insurance if its 2,000$ (planning for the worst).

I chose to go by Kneedraggers' prices since they seem to have all around good prices. Getting the equipment included in the bike loan since there is no way I could afford this stuff. Can't seem to find a decent jacket besides the two by Icon but I am not sure if Icon makes good quality stuff.

Helmet
Shoei RF1000 Helmet - Storm TC-1 Price: $344.99
http://www.kneedraggers.com/index.php?partno=32-RF-1000-STORM-TC-1

Boots
Alpinestars S-MX PLUS Racing Boots Price: $233.95 w/ free shipping **
http://www.kneedraggers.com/index.php?partno=34-A512&s=1

Gloves
Teknic Speedstar Gloves Price: $151.00
http://www.kneedraggers.com/index.php?partno=33-TEKSSG&s=1

Jacket
Icon Neo Daytona Leather Jacket Price: $289.00
http://www.kneedraggers.com/index.php?partno=32-ICON4

Icon Motorheada Leather Jacket Price: Call
http://www.kneedraggers.com/index.php?partno=32-ICON6



The helmet is obviously okay, Shoei makes great products from what I've heard and read. The boots are good but should I go with anything different? Maybe waterproof?

About the only thing I'm having trouble finding are good jackets and gloves. The reviews for the gloves make them sound like they are decent but the palm wears down easily.
http://www.motorcyclegearreview.com/reviews.php?prodID=240
 

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You will find out that kneedraggers never has the best price on any items - search more. For example, helmet harbor has that same helmet for $10 less and that was searching for just a minute. ESMX.com has the boots for $20 less. Boots and helmet are great choices, the SMX plus squeek like crazy when walking, and I can't comment on Icon since they are too new.
 

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I can personally vouch for the ICON Neo Daytona; my brother bought it and it is a pretty high quality jacket. Not a ton of armor, but it seems to be worth the money. Especially at that price! He paid almost $400 for his!
 

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I would recomend buying some Dainese Gear off Ebay if you do not wanna pay new gear prices. I personally have the Dainese Shard Jacket and ive ordered some pants to go with it since the quality is so nice. You can get a great Dainese jacket (like new) for around 250-300, i paid 460.00 to my door for a new one, but a used Jacket would work just as well. They have excellent armour and leather thickness is very nice, If i were to guess, the weight of this jacket is around 5 pounds, thats how thick the leather is and how well armoured it is. Any way just wanted to let you know my opinion and personal experience with Dainese products. They are worth every penny.
 

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I just bought the RF1000 Duhamel Tc-5 for $325 shipped. You can get the Storm TC1 for $299 before s&h. Goto to http://www.tonker.com Note you will see the price AFTER you add it to your cart. The RF1000 ROCKS.[8D]
 

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if your gonna get boots go w/ sidi, I love them. they flex at the ankle so they are much more comfortable to walk in and they also have a fully adjustable cap:)
 
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