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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Need Some Gear Recommendations

I'd like to get my head around how much it would cost to be prepared...

Particularly, what is proper gear going to set me back?

I'd like to find a set of two piece leathers, racing / street boots, a nice set of gloves, and anything else I might be missing so that I'd have the proper set up for a track event as well as street riding.

This gear will be used mostly during the summer, I've got a cage ( ) for the bad weather and really I'd just like to be prepared for any sort of spill I could take on the road or on the track.

What do you guys suit up in? My budget isn't that great and I've got some gear at the moment, I'd just like to pick everything up at once and be done with it... easier to budget for this sort of thing that way.

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Two piece leathers of decent quality will set you back about $600. Gloves are another $100, boots push about $250. Also, get a back protector. A cheap one is $50 or so (better than nothing), a decent one is about $200.

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Grover do you think two piece leathers would be OK for a track event?
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They need to be full circumference zippers, you know; all the way around. I think New Enough sells the Alpine Stars for about $600

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2 piece should be fine until you get into doing all the trackdays and A where ya might want a 1 piece


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<--------- Two piece Alpinestars w/full circumferance. + 1 on the pricing that Grover offered.

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2 piece should be fine until you get into doing all the trackdays and A where ya might want a 1 piece
Even in most "A" and racing circuits, if you have a full circumference zipper you will be okay. I forgot to add in that when buying a 2 piece, make sure it's a full circumference. In some track day orgs you can't even get out of the beginner group without it.

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I'm not really looking to get serious, I neither have the money nor the time.

Really just looking for something I would feel good about going sliding in, whether it be street or track.

So far I've got an HJC full face helmet, Joe Rocket synthetic material jacket with armor, Joe Rocket gloves with carbon knuckles, annnd... jeans and Adidas shoes. Yeah, I did finally get first hand experience with how useless jeans actually are, so I thought it was better late than never to step up my level of protection.

I plan on doing maybe a couple track days on my VFR if I can stumble across the money and someone with an extra spot on their trailer, it's not the most capable bike and I've got some maintenance to take care of but I think I still have much to learn and am far from even wringing half of the bike's potential.

Keep the suggestions coming!
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sounds like you just need a suit and boots. Go with a 2-piece, then you have a jacket too for street riding.

check out new enough for Alpine Stars and Joe Rocket. Have fresh tires for your track day and take care of all necessary maintainance, let me know if you need help wiring.
The VFR is plenty capable for the track.

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Nicky you getting out to the track this summer?

I might end up building my own trailer but I'm not really sure yet... it'd be nice to have a fallback.
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Nicky you getting out to the track this summer?

I might end up building my own trailer but I'm not really sure yet... it'd be nice to have a fallback.
Doubtful, I need to focus some energy on getting the 400 going and selling it. My leathers are pretty old and not fitting so nicely, I can't really justify that sort of expenditure for a single day.

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They need to be full circumference zippers, you know; all the way around. I think New Enough sells the Alpine Stars for about $600
I use the 2 piece Alipine Star set. up. "Track Pants" and the "P-1" Jacket. The jacket was a little more expensive then most, and I think I spent about $700 on the whole set up. I'm quite pleased with it all, and they do indeed have a full circumfrence zipper.
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On this similiar note, I have the A* Dyno jacket and it has the zipper to attach to their track pants, but I do not consider it full circumference. How far around so the full circumference zippers go? Mine ends liek 2 inchs on each side from the main vertical zipper.

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On this similiar note, I have the A* Dyno jacket and it has the zipper to attach to their track pants, but I do not consider it full circumference. How far around so the full circumference zippers go? Mine ends liek 2 inchs on each side from the main vertical zipper.

That's full circumference. The other option is the one that pretty much just zips in the back for about 6 inches. If it goes around to the front of your body, it's full.

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I ordered a custom 2 piece leather suit from Syed (syed.com) and have been very pleased with them so far. Gloves are Held and boots are Sidi.

In my opinion, when pricing gear you have to ask yourself how much YOU are worth. Save a little longer and get the good stuff. For me, I want the best protection I can get. Just my .02

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EBAY! You can find brand name stuff in good condition starting for: leathers $200, gloves $50, boot $100, back protector $80, helmets $150.

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Here is what I am talking about on my jacket.
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I wouldn't call that full.

Is that an even smaller zipper below?
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The smaller zipper is where the back protector slides into it. It says it will connect to alpinestarsd track pants so I guess I am good.

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What do you guys think? Just got this for $120 shipped.

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Kinda tacky but I hear good things about Fieldsheers, it will go well with Pearl White I think.
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retro!!

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Cool!

I have Field Sheers and they crash pretty good, $120.00 is a great deal.

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Haha yep, if not having mid or lower fairings on while riding the street wasn't enough to provoke the SQUIDS, this suit will sure as hell do it I think.

Anyone know how bearable something like this is to wear in the summer?

I'll be wearing it whenever I ride, regardless, just wondering what I should look forward to. It looks pretty well perforated.
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In general, full leathers suck for city riding. They are good for country/sport touring where you can open it up a bit, but you need to be going more than 40mph to get a good breeze in there.

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In general, full leathers suck for city riding. They are good for country/sport touring where you can open it up a bit, but you need to be going more than 40mph to get a good breeze in there.
Do you think a more viable traffic riding option would be pullovers over jeans with my Joe Rocket jacket described earlier? I am wondering how this setup would fair in a ~55 mph accident.
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Do you think a more viable traffic riding option would be pullovers over jeans with my Joe Rocket jacket described earlier? I am wondering how this setup would fair in a ~55 mph accident.
Best option is the one you will wear. I'd give your leathers a try. If you find it doesn't work, try something else for commuting. For commuting, I use JR non perf textile pants. They block the wind and offer an extra layer of protection with pads on the knees and shins.

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Best option is the one you will wear. I'd give your leathers a try. If you find it doesn't work, try something else for commuting. For commuting, I use JR non perf textile pants. They block the wind and offer an extra layer of protection with pads on the knees and shins.

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Chris, thanks for the advice, I will give my leathers a try.
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I need some boots as well...

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