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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-07-2011, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Everybody!

I got my FZ6 2006 at the end of last season . Now ashamed to ride without any gear.

Still shopping for it, please recommend a place to buy (and try/fit first) a helmet/jacket/gloves/shoes.

I need to find some place that has good gear though. So anyone can recommend anything in Chicago or north of Chicago? Or wherever of Chicago?!

I'm 6'2 175lb and tired of some small few places that have limited sizes and brands.

But I'm open to anything you might know

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-07-2011, 07:34 AM
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Dainese in Schaumburg has gear to try on, but it's all pricey.

I bought my first set of gear from a Honda Powersports dealer, any other similar dealer should have gear.
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Dainese in Schaumburg has gear to try on, but it's all pricey.

I bought my first set of gear from a Honda Powersports dealer, any other similar dealer should have gear.
Yeah I've been to Dainese - quality material/design, but most of their jackets have short sleeves for me. Oddly sales people recommended to get those long gloves to cover up the short jacket sleeves. Yeah I like sales people who can sell a hole from the donut for like $600!

Am I wrong about the short sleeves or is it really not a problem?! They are short like by about an inch/inch and half from where my palm ends...

I'll check out Honda Powersports though.
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Dainese in Schaumburg has gear to try on, but it's all pricey.
their gear is sweet but ur right..definately bucks. and those sales clerks full court press as soon as you walk in the door!
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Yeah I've been to Dainese - quality material/design, but most of their jackets have short sleeves for me. Oddly sales people recommended to get those long gloves to cover up the short jacket sleeves. Yeah I like sales people who can sell a hole from the donut for like $600!

Am I wrong about the short sleeves or is it really not a problem?! They are short like by about an inch/inch and half from where my palm ends...

I'll check out Honda Powersports though.
You're not crazy, they're right in recommending gauntlet gloves. The slightly shorter sleeves help in not getting in the way of the gauntlet cuff.
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I think just about every jacket I've tried on stops before the wrist. Gauntlet gloves are very nice and offer protection on the part of your arm/hand that will mostly likely take some damage in a fall.

Plus it's really nice when it gets colder, the gauntlet stops air from flowing up your sleeves and making you colder.
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try used gear, ive seen lots of good quality stuff here in the 4 sale forum, and you get to try it on before you buy, bought some stuff here myself even, and then theres

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/

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http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street/closeouts/
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Try it on anywhere and buy it from Ken at Chicago Performance
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Thanks

Thanks everyone for your replies. Will do another run this weekend, see what I can find!

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You're not crazy, they're right in recommending gauntlet gloves. The slightly shorter sleeves help in not getting in the way of the gauntlet cuff.
+1 on gauntlet gloves!
don't be cheap on gear!

Don't buy a helmet online if you haven't tried one on.
Chicago Performance, DGY, Dainese store.

Most of us wear gauntlet gloves on the street, over the ankle boots (sidi, alpinestars, oxtar, dainese etc), helmets and jackets.

most importantly, your HELMET must fit well!
there are different brands, prices, shell forms and cheek pad sizes, so you should be able to find something that fits.

opinions vary on money/value on a helmet, but keep in mind that helmet protects your HEAD and you got only one.
any helmet is better than no helmet. buy the best one you can afford!

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