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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-02-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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I've never ridden a motorcycle before and I'm taking the MSF course this weekend. I need to provide myself with a jacket and gloves (and potentially a helmet, but that is provided in the worst-case scenario). Does anybody know any good shops in the west/southwest suburbs that offer good gear at decent prices?

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A denim jacket and basic leather work gloves will suffice for the MSF course. You also need boots that cover your ankle I believe...work boots will suffice as well. You can buy a DOT approved basic helmet at Pep Boys and Wal Mart or Meijeirs for about 50 bucks. It will get you started and if you find motorcycling is not for you, you won't have big bucks tied up in gear you'll never use and will be hard to get rid of.
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Welcome to the board Bret!

I agree with the suggestion above. However, if you want to buy a jacket and gloves by this weekend, check out Chicago Performance or the Dainese store in Schaumburg.

There are couple of other places in Chicagoland area. Can't recall them ATM.

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A denim jacket and basic leather work gloves will suffice for the MSF course. You also need boots that cover your ankle I believe...work boots will suffice as well. You can buy a DOT approved basic helmet at Pep Boys and Wal Mart or Meijeirs for about 50 bucks. It will get you started and if you find motorcycling is not for you, you won't have big bucks tied up in gear you'll never use and will be hard to get rid of.
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PS... Really...Buy the cheap helmet...You're not going to want to wear the helmets the course supplies!
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what size jacket do you wear roughly?

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you want to pay shipping and I'll give you a small First Geer Speed jacket free.
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As others said, you can just wear a heavy jacket of some sort. When I did the MSF class, I wore an army camo jacket and wore heavy leather gardening gloves, jeans, and ankle boots. And helmets were supplied.
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For the MSF you dont even need a jacket - just long sleeves. Bring: long sleeve shirt, sturdy pants, boots that cover your ankle bone, some full finger gloves (not too bulky) and some eye glasses.

where are you going to class? I will be teaching at CLC on Sat and Sun.

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Welcome. Good luck with the class.
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I agree with what has been said above. MSF is ran at bicycle speeds. You'll be much more comfortable without a heavy jacket for the class.

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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. I suppose I can get away with it as long as my wrists and fingers are covered. I have the rest of what I need (denim + boots + glasses). Shouldn't be too hard to manage. I'll update here on how the first day goes on Friday.

@2weelpilot thank you for the offer, I don't think that will help though since class is Friday.
@Kegger I am taking the MSF course at COD.
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I'm glad your taking the MSF course. I've seen it turn clumsy, scared riders into confident ones. It's quite amazing.

If you really need a helmet quickly, Downers Grove Yamaha on Ogden in Downers Grove has a decent selection, though their prices aren't "discount" by any stretch. A good basic helmet like the HJC SL-SP is great for a little more than $100. But any DOT approved helmet is good for the class, and on the road (highly recommend sticking with full face helmet though).

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bdeasy, I noticed you listed "mateen" for "how you found us?"

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If you REALLY need gloves and feel like driving an hour to get them, I have an old Pair of Joe Rocket Gloves I just found that are shorties and I wear to Skate with

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