Main Motorcycle: 2012 Thunderbird Storm
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Johnstown, OH
Need some advice on riding gear.
I've decided I am going to "gear up" the rest of the way. I've always worn a full face helmet, and jeans...but I've decided I should probably go the rest of the way and get some boots, proper riding jeans, a jacket, and gloves...and I need some advice.
I've always ridden in tennis shoes, so I am looking for a boot that is really comfortable, doesn't look like some sort of robot boot, but offers some protection. I don't think I'd like a full boot, and I'd rather have something like a "riding shoe". The Sidi Blade looks like it might work, but it's about as space age looking as I'd like to go. Anybody have experience with these types of shoes/boots?
I really like riding in jeans, so I was looking for some reinforced riding jeans. Are they really necessary? I suppose regular jeans would break down pretty fast in a slide, correct?
Gloves won't be a problem, I can run to the local shop and try on as many pairs as I want. I wear them when it gets cold, but typically not in the Summer. Aside from the fact that I know your hands are typically the first thing to get shredded up in a fall... I find the Thunderbird grips a little slick in really hot weather. So I was going to get a pair of Summer gloves now, and then upgrade my Winter gloves when the time comes.
Jackets...this is where I really struggle. I've been eyeing the vented racing jacket at Fox Creek Leather for a few years now, and I'll probably get it. However, when it's 90 degrees here, I can't imagine wearing a leather jacket, no matter how vented it is. So, I'd like something that will work in the heat, and fits the look of the Storm. Primarily, I am looking for something to keep my skin on in a wreck, and the added benefit to a jacket, albeit mundane...is that it keeps my arms from getting sunburnt. I don't particularly care about armor. I want something comfortable that provides a fair amount of protection.
I understand that the best way to find this stuff is to go try it on. Unfortunately, a lot of it isn't available locally. We do have one really large store that carries the major brands, and I do plan on checking it out. I am just looking for some advice, and hopefully some items that I can get added to a short list to make sure I seek out. Also, I know this stuff gets really expensive. I don't mind paying a decent amount for the gear, if it's going to be of good quality, and last me many years....within reason though. For example, I've seen sone jeans that are $400+...I don't think I could do that. I could pay $200 for some jeans, but I think that's about it. I'll pay $400 or so for a jacket, and approx $200 for some boots. Those are my parameters. Since I'll be buying the leather jacket from Fox Creek (unless someone turns me on to an alternative), I'd like to keep the summer jacket under a couple hundred bucks, since it likely will only be used a couple months a year.
Thanks all, sorry for the long post.