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Let's talk gear. Tell us about your street riding gear setup. What would you have done differently if you could take back all the cash you shelled out? This is something that everyone seems to do their own way. So do you sport a superhero racing suit on the street? More minimal leather two-piece? Textiles? Or maybe jeans and a hoodie with hidden armor...

My setup needs work (which is why I'm asking this) but here's my gear sitch:

  • Helmet - Arai Vector 2
  • Sunglasses - Oakley Wind Jacket (for visor up enjoyment)
  • Gloves - Icon Rimfire Short Gloves (soon: Held Air n Dry)
  • Jacket - Roland Sands Ronin leather (cold to moderate temps) or Dianese Air Frame textile (warm days)
  • Pants - Regular Jeans or Dianese Air Drake textile pants(zips into Jacket)
  • Boots - Sidi Astro
  • Backpack - Looking....
I'm debating next getting a Dianese leather two-piece for road/track, which I probably should have done instead of the textile two piece.
 

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It's nice seeing posts like this to get ideas.

Currently, I most often use:
  • Helmet - AGV K4 Evo, Shark RSR2
  • Gloves - Held Steve Classics (2nd pair)
  • Jacket - Triumph Mugello, Dainese Air-Frame
  • Pants - Dainese Air Drake
  • Boots - Sidi Canyon, Sidi Corsa
  • Trackdays - Fieldsheer 1 pc leathers
 

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Shark Race-R Pro Kimbo White-Black-Orange Helmet http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no=15684
Held Phantom gloves
AGV Sport one piece leathers
Sidi fusion boots
Dainese Paraschiena Wave con Scapole http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no=13639
Under Armor base layer
I also use a Runnur bag when riding in the leathers http://gorunnur.com/

Most of my gear is discontinued, I'm on a budget and like quality stuff, so I buy on close out.

I also have a really nice triumph leather jacket, a few textile jackets and a pair of Olympia textile riding pants. Honestly I just don't feel right riding in this stuff tho, not since I started riding in the leathers. The leathers stay put, keeping the armor where it belongs. They also fit snug so there isn't any flapping in the wind, that crap annoys me so much.
 

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What would you have done differently if you could take back all the cash you shelled out?
Not buy cheap gear.

Tell us about your street riding gear setup.
Depend on the time of year and type of ride, I have a few set ups

Most of the time and always on get away trips (over nights or longer)
I wear my Areostich Transit suit, if you are not familiar with it, it's a 2 piece leather suit that is 100% water proof, with full armor (TF5)

For day ride and commuting to work on extremely hot days (85F+) I have a Macna 2 piece mesh suit. Full armor, CE)

For very cold days (45F-) I have an Olympia, Phantom 1 piece textile suit. It has a removable thermal liner, and in addition I can wear any combination of additional layers including some heated gear.
I sprayed the suit with a silicon waterproofing solution and it works well. Full armor, CE)

My helmets are all Bell RS1 with the transitions shield.

My boots are Alpinestars and I also have a pair of Piloti low profile boots, and when I am really in the mood a pair of red open toe pumps.

I have a few different pairs of gloves.

I am also ATGATT. Period
 

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I will be the first to admit that I'm a complete gear geek. I have multiple set-ups depending on the weather so I'm probably a bit crazier than the normal rider. I'm lucky to have a Dainese store nearby which is why most of my gear is from them. Only thing I really regret getting is some A* mesh gloves for summer. I don't feel they have enough protection so I stopped wearing them.

I wear my Power Ranger suit for canyon riding and the track. Everything else depends on where I'm going and what the conditions are. I really wouldn't expect most riders to be like me. A single set up with ways to make cold or waterproof is more practical.

  • Helmets - Arai Vector 2, Bell RS-1 (Backup)
  • Jackets - Dainese Alien Perforated Leather, Dainese Shotgun Mesh(Hot), Dainese Aspide D-Dry Textile(Cold, Rain)
  • Pants - Rev-It Enterprise Textile(Commute, Rain), Dainese New Drake Air Textile(Hot)
  • Jeans - Dainese D6, Drayko Renegade
  • Gloves - Dainese Druids ST, Dainese 4-Stroke (Hot), Dainese Carbon Goretex Xtrafit (Cold, Rain) All Leather
  • Boots - Dainese TRQ Out Air, Dainese Asphalt (Casual)
  • Suit - Dainese Laguna Seca Perforated
  • Armor - Dainese Wave G Back Protector and Thorax Protector inserts for my jackets, Dainese Dainese Wave Chest Pro Protector for my suit, Forcefield Limb Tubes Knee Protector for the jeans.
  • Backpack - Kriega R20
A piece of gear I don't have that I would really like is a neck protector. The Leatt STX seems to be the only one really designed for sport riders. Things I'm looking at upgrading include a new helmet. I could use more ventilation and the RS-1 isn't a great fit for me. A new strap-on back/chest protector because the Dainese back protector is technically one-time use only. And lastly new jeans with built-in knee/hip protection. I'm not going to wear leather pants when I go out to dinner with my friends, but I'm also tired of wearing the strap on knee armor. I plan on branching out with brands more as well. No complaints with how my gear performs, but Dainese is pretty expensive.
 

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And yes, I have sat down to dinner in a restaurant in full leathers, a bit awkward but it helps if you are with a group of guys all in riding gear ;)

Oh yeah! I also have one of these http://gorunnur.com/
I can't stand tank bags and such on the bike, and one little pocket in the leathers doesn't cut it.
 

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Most of the time and always on get away trips (over nights or longer)
I wear my Areostich Transit suit, if you are not familiar with it, it's a 2 piece leather suit that is 100% water proof, with full armor (TF5)

My helmets are all Bell RS1 with the transitions shield.

I have a few different pairs of gloves.
I bet you love that Aerostitch suit. If I ever get into touring, that will no doubt top my list.

You know, I never seriously considered Bell helmets before. But after researching the transitions shield - which could do away with my need for either sunglasses or shield changes - I'm looking on them with new light.

Okay, you've got top gear so far. What are your favorite gloves?
 

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Helmets:
Actually shopping for another... think I am going to try the Scorpion R2000
Arai RX-7 (time to retire due to age)
HJC CL-15 (also due to retire)
Scorpion Exo-700 (crashed in and tossed two of these -- great affordable helmets that held up well)

Gloves:
Alpinestars SPS (short cuff, good for street duty, crashed in these without issue)
Alpinestars SP1 (whenever the 1 or 2 pc suit goes on)

Boots:
Icon Super Duty (casual riding -- but I don't care for them much on a sportbike. Too bulky.)
Alpinestars SMX+ (any other riding)

Jacket:
Alpinestars (forget model -- heavy leather, minimal venting, removable cold-weather liner. Nice jacket but a bit hot in the summer.)
I'm in the market for a good summer (80-90+ degree) jacket.

Suits:
Teknic Violator 1 piece (great suit, been through a lot and held up)
Alpinestars (forget model, lower end though) 2 piece (I bought this for long days on backroads. It's a lot easier when you stop to eat, and especially if you have to take a dump while out on the road. But doesn't vent nearly as well as the 1pc)

Other:
Forcefield back protector (I forgot model, one of the original ce lvl 2 ones. Comfortable)
Forcefield action shorts (additional armor/padding, comfortable)


I can't pretend to be ATGATT. My typical casual street ride is:
1. Helmet
2. Alpinestars SPS gloves
3. Alpinestars SMX+ boots
4. Alpinestars jacket

Longer trips I'll switch to the 2 pc (or even the 1 pc suit, depending on weather) and go to the gauntlet gloves, back protector, etc. I skimp on pants (for regular jeans) for casual riding. It's not ideal, but yes I have crashed in them and the road rash was pretty unnoticeable compared to the broken femurs :p


Oh and I have the walmart-brand underarmour for hot and cold weather respectively, as well as some really cold weather stuff from army navy surplus.
 

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I'm actually interested in the Shark Race-R Pro. Care to do a mini-review? There's not too many on the web.
I haven't had a chance to wear it much, just got it to replace my RSR that was damaged at a track day.

So far I really like it, really light, excellent ventilation, pretty quiet.
I haven't done any high speed riding or long rides yet.

It is more of a race helmet, so the field of view might be a little off in the standard riding position, but I have clip ons, so I'm not sure if it would be an issue with the stock bars. At most you might have to tilt your head down more to see the gauge cluster.

If you have ever had a shark with their 5mm thick optically correct shield, you will know how nice that is. I did have some mild fogging issues sitting still on a cold morning, but cleared as soon as I got moving.

The cold weather mask for it is very interesting, it's a rubber piece that almost seals against your nose.

Only down side is the cost and availability of replacement shields.
 

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It was just last year that I really started gearing up. For quite a few years I really didn't wear much motorcycle specific gear other than a cheap leather jacket and some gloves when cold.

In the past year, I've bought a lot of new gear.

Schuberth C3 Pro helmet
Dainese Spedio D-Dry jacket for summer riding
Rev’It Everest GTX jacket for spring/fall riding
RevIt
Forcefield back protector
Dainese D-System D-Dry pants.
TCX X-Move waterproof boots
Dainese TRQ boots
REV'IT! Bastion GTX Gloves for cold weather riding
REV'IT! Jerez Gloves for warmer weather riding
TourMaster heated jacket liner

Riding Gear
 

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Helmet- Shoei RF1200
Jacket- Dainese 3-1 Tour w/Bk Protector
Gloves- Alpinestars, for winter, Spidi Water/wind proof
Pants- Alpine Kevlar Jeans, or Triumph Tour 5 pockets
Boots- Alpinestar Waterproof, or short SMX

SS14 plans
Shark Helmet Dual Sport
Style Martin Riding boots
Klim AeroGel Gloves
 
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Helmet - Arai Quantum
Jacket - Dainese Speed Naked
Pants - Dainese Alien
Boots - Sidi Vortice (only boots that would fit over the leather pants with my 17" calves :( )
Gloves - using cheap ones until I find a better pair.
 

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Okay, you've got top gear so far. What are your favorite gloves?
I have several pairs;
A pair of Cortec cold weather
A pair of Olympia cold weather
A pair or heated (Sedi- Cyclegear stuff)

2 pairs of Joe Rocket, one is unlined leather and the other is "water proof" LOL
A pair of Scorpion short length for hot weather.

I am looking at the Aerostich gloves but haven't bought any. I am taking a ride this summer and may swing by Duluth, MN to check them out.
 

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I just replaced my 7 year old (manufacture date) RSR2 with a Shark Speed-R. I wore it the first time the other day, and noticed at moderate to higher speeds it whistles with the visor raised. With it down, the thing is quiet as a tomb. BTW, always wear earplugs. I also wear the Oakley Wind Jackets for visor up enjoyment - I get a little claustrophobic behind a closed visor. I even got the Transitions lenses for them. The whistling could be an issue... :D

Moving down:

Aerostich Roadcrafter (it's my second one, I sold the first one that I had for almost 20 years to a friend who still wears it), or AGV Sport 1-piece leathers, or Kobe 2-piece leathers, or Tourmaster Transitions 2 jacket and TM Air-mesh pants.

Kobe articulated back protector under the leathers, Aerostich Competition protector under the 'stich. Just the crappy foam one that came with the TM jacket. If I wear it more, I might look at getting a Forcefield insert for it.

Held Thrux, or Knox Recon or Held Twin Warm and Dry Goretex gloves. I never wear shorties. You're almost guaranteed to have your jacket sleeve ride up and road rash your forearm with those.

Alpinestar Supertech R, or Daytona Roadstar GTX boots.

I learned Allword's lesson about buying cheap gear the hard way many years ago, but not completely. I bought some Cycle Gear Heat-out undergarments last Summer to wear under the leathers on really hot days. The first time I went to put on the shirt, I ripped part of the seem under one of the arms. Oh well, a little extra ventilation. :D Once these fall completely apart, I'll get some better quality stuff.
 

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For those moving from Shark RSRs to the Speed-Rs, how consistent is the fit for head shape? I have a long oval and can really struggle to fit my xenomorph shaped head.
 

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It seems fairly similar, except when I first got the RSR2 I had a slight pressure point on my forehead that went away fairly quickly. It wasn't there in the Speed, but it seems the cheek pieces on the Speed are shaped differently and are much more snug than on the RSR2. Probably something that will go away over time as I wear it more.
 
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