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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Looking into riding gear pants jacket new helmet the whole shabang. Money aside. What is the best quality stuff to get?

-must be leather
-I am not a "fair weather rider" I have been riding my bike every day since February
-2 piece suits only
-I would like the helmet, jacket, pants, boots, and gloves to be all the same brand.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-20-2012, 09:15 PM
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Kind of unnecessary and potentially not the wisest move to have all one brand. Get stuff that fits well and coordinate your colors.

Sidi boots, helmet that fits your noggin the best, then the pants, jacket and gloves you can have the same brand if you wish. Daineisse is a vendor here, support them or go online to STG and have at it.

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When you say "money aside" that makes it impossible to answer. In general, the best gear costs a lot of money. So check out the most expensive stuff and get out the credit card.

As said above, they won't all be the same brand. I don't even think there is a brand that makes all of that gear, regardless of quality.

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I agree: there are only two reasons I can think of to insist on having all one brand. The first is that you've scored a killer sponsorship deal for your street riding, which is pretty unlikely and ought to have come with a deal to provide the equipment anyway; and the other is so undignified that I shall not mention it further.

If money really isn't important, I've been very happy with my Vanson gear. I'm still on my original (but one) jacket and pants. They have held up very well over the years, and the once or twice I've had to use them, they've not shown the damage afterward. (For comparison, my track suit was a Vanson too, and when I had my big, drain-bamaging crash a couple of years back, the suit held up fine until the medics got their scissors into it.) Upsides: very durable, custom fit is not a big issue, and their off-the-rack stuff tends to be cut for, um, stouter frames than much of the import gear. Downsides: pricy, and they use a very heavyweight leather that makes for a very heavy garment. They also make gloves (which I've not tried), but not helmets and I don't think they make boots.

One other thing, though: if you're going to ride in this climate, I would suggest that you're not going to find leather riding gear that works as all-season gear. Perfed stuff works well July and August, unperfed works well in the spring and fall, and insulation is important outside of that. Getting all three in one garment is tricky.

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Looking into riding gear pants jacket new helmet the whole shabang. Money aside. What is the best quality stuff to get?

-must be leather
-I am not a "fair weather rider" I have been riding my bike every day since February
-2 piece suits only
-I would like the helmet, jacket, pants, boots, and gloves to be all the same brand.

Thanks.
Your on the wrong bike for matching gear. better get a bmw they sell all matching gear for you.

Seriously tho whats the reasoning on all the same brand?

jacket and pants i can see for reasons of mating together with the zippers but gloves and boots and helmet will be different

go time traveler style and go back in time, fuck his grandma, then shoot forward in time and then fuck his mom. Then return back to present state and call him a the product of two incest whores and hes your son and show video of you plowing the both members of his family. .
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let's go to the dainese store. i'll play the pretty women music while you try everything on.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-22-2012, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Reasoning. Im kind of OCD sometimes and I like everything to match as best as it can. My gloves, helmet and jacket all match right now but none of them are the same brand. Ive heard Dainese before from someone I rode with out in Cali. Ill have to check it out.

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So .... Two piece ..... I am going to assume you have no track plans in your future.

If you do, reconsider a one piece.

You can do the one brand thing ..... But.... You will compromise fit, quality or cost somewhere.

Color choice .... Pick colors that *you* like that match you rather than your bike.
You will have your gear ( especially good stuff ) for a long time ..... Maybe several
Bikes...... If you match to your bike you can do it again and again.

Fit matters ....... The Dainese stuff is excellent.... But much of it is sized for the
European figure ..... Slim waisted. Vanson is sized more American sized and is more
Generous in the waistline. In addition, Vanson has excellent mail in repair service.

Vanson n will also do custom colors on a one piece suit very affordably.



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If you are riding all year long I would definitely suggest getting something better than just leather (not that the top brands like vanson are all that bad). I have motoport gear in Kevlar mesh and it's truly year round gear. From 20-110f it's good to go. Also alot stronger than leather (been to the factory twice and seen the crashed gear too). http://www.motoport.com/

Since cost is not a object you can probably afford this stuff figure about a $1000 for a jacket and liner and about $750 for pants and liner with customizations. Figure about $400 for a decent set of boots (get 2 pairs summer/rest of the time), $400-800 for a helmet( just get something that fits your head properly and criteria (Bluetooth, quiet, built in visor, flip up etc) 200 for gloves (you will need multiple sets), and I would look very seriously at heated gear (gerbings/warm n safe are among the best and will run about about $500 for controllers/jacket/gloves). The local Harley shops stock gerbings.

Trying to get everything by the same manufacturer will jus get you crap gear. Pick the best from each. I've ridden about 100k touring miles in the above gear over the last 4 years and it's all been pretty much flawless and worked very well in any tempature (25f in the Skokie mountains and a week of 108f in ar 2 up)

Also when complete bump up your inusruace rider so all your gear is covered. My wife and I added an extra $8000 a year in extra coverage for gear/accessories for $60 a year.

For more info on the Motorport gear look here : http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...t=80138&page=2 the beginning gear is nerdy but some of the later stuff actually looks good.

If that's not your style Bmw/dainese/ and one very expensive euro brand I don't recall right now.
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yeah, dainese is only for slim waisted europeans like this guy.
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