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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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track newbie looking for suit(46),boots,gloves & helmet

I had to re-post this here since no one could respond under classified


Hello everyone, I posted in the newbie section and hoping to start the track addiction this season. I'm a member on STT and doing my due dilligence by researching and preparing myself for the track. Been riding(3+ years on the street which doesnt count) and looking to have more fun moving forward.

So I'm on stt's trackgear site, ebay, weraclassifieds and craigslist to find the following deals and since im a newbie I wont be making any "new" purchases yet as I'm just starting out to the sport. If any of you can please guide/point me in the right direction or let me know where I can get the following.... I'd sincerely appreciate it:

1. I tried a suit at the motorcycle show and it seems like a 46 is what fits me. I've seen people who are my frame and own a 50 and fits them well too. Im 5'11.5 to be precise and 215(big boned).

2. Gloves. Seems like a Medium fits be.

3. Boots. In Alpine stars I was a 45 but in other companies I was a 44. I'm a 10.5 US in shoes.

4. Helmet. I'll get this on my own but anyone have opinions on the Scorpion 400? I love the matte black on stt's site but anyone have opinions?


5. A GOOD bike mechanic who can teach/guide me on oil changes, chain maintenance, tune ups etc etc.


Thanks for your responses in advance!

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I'll start out with #4...get the best helmet, that fits right, that you can get. You can use it for both street and track riding if it is DOT and SNELL approved. So it is an investment worth making.

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There is a nice set of Sidi boots on Nesba 44 10.5 $125 on the WSB site is a whole set up for you suit gloves boots helmet

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There is a nice set of Sidi boots on Nesba 44 10.5 $125 on the WSB site is a whole set up for you suit gloves boots helmet
PM sent and looking further. Thank you!
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I have a size 46 suit available. It's a Frank Thomas XTi. I bought it new and used it for two seasons. It has been crashed and repaired twice. I've replaced all the armor in the suit with t-Pro armor, but have the original armor if you want it.

I have since acquired a different suit that fits me better, and it's my current backup suit.

Send me a PM if you are interested.

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Brian, a member on here, usually runs an annual Tech Day in the spring. There you can watch and learn from some pretty competent folks how to do simple bike maintenance - Oil and filter change, chain and sprocket maintenance, tire changes, brake maintenance, etc.

Also, many of the track regulars on here can show or teach you these basic maintenance skills.

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Brian, a member on here, usually runs an annual Tech Day in the spring. There you can watch and learn from some pretty competent folks how to do simple bike maintenance - Oil and filter change, chain and sprocket maintenance, tire changes, brake maintenance, etc.

Also, many of the track regulars on here can show or teach you these basic maintenance skills.
Exactly. When/if Brian can do this, come on out and I or someone can show you how to change oil, do breaks or many other basic maintenance things with the bike. It's always a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

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anyone know if this site is legit? I mean the prices seem either too good to be true or its pleather on steroids ?

dub/dub/dub world-wear.com/suits-1/leather-motorbike-suits/1-piece-leather-suit.html?limit=30

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Do you want to trust your skin to the cheapest stuff? There is a lot that goes into quality leathers. One area often that low low end stuff skimps on is stitching and the types of stiching and seams used. We carry a spare low end fieldsheer for a spare set and it really is not a bad suit. I think you will be better served going that route or looking for a used high- end suit.

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Also, the arlen ness in the above link is not genuine. it's a fake.
i wouldn't trust it, as i don't trust many no name suits. but that's just me

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good deal?



So after trolling all the forums and classifieds I find someone in the South side of Chicago with the following stuff in the attached pic:

Size 50 Alpine Suit
Boots 43 (missing one toe slider)
Back Protector

For all 3 I paid $ 240.

Thing is Im 5'11 - 217 now but I plan to be 200 by May or even 195.... I'm hoping a chest protector will keep me still make me fit into it. I'm just curious, is this suit going to expand on em and get bigger over the years?



thanks in advance for the responses!
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thats a good deal bro. i dont think it looks small on u at all if thats what u are asking. and yes it will stretch where it needs to a little. remember a suit is cut to fit u in the riding position, not standing up. also make sure u get some under armor or equivelent shirts and leggings. the suit will go on/off like butter and will move around on u when u are on the bike instead of chaffing. a must. congrats.

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thats a good deal bro. i dont think it looks small on u at all if thats what u are asking. and yes it will stretch where it needs to a little. remember a suit is cut to fit u in the riding position, not standing up. also make sure u get some under armor or equivelent shirts and leggings. the suit will go on/off like butter and will move around on u when u are on the bike instead of chaffing. a must. congrats.

thanks! and now to look for gloves and helmet along with shirts and leggings.
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forgot to say they really help u stay cool too by wicking perspiration away from your skin and evaporating. so when the wind hits it its like ac for your body lol. under armor is really good and feels the most comfortable but is really expensive. walmart has starter brand that is like 1/3 the price. it does the job but there is definitely a comfort and performance difference.

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You can get Under Armor (sometimes), the Nike version, and other brands for really cheap at Ross and TJ max. Shirts are normally around $10-15 and pants about the same. Sizes are hit or miss by store, but might be worth a shot if one is around you.

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Tar-jhay (Target clearance section) is my first choice of shopping ... but thank you for your responses nouseforaname and Power House.

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Normally I prefer Alpinestars, but I don't like their track undersuits. Will be looking for something better. Whoever designed that zipper should be slapped. Mr. Happy is anything but happy when nature calls, because of that damn zipper placement.

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