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We've covered bits and pieces, but I'd like to know what you are all wearing.

I wear:
M2R helmet
Tourmaster Saber jacket (3/4)
Tourmaster Venture pant
A-star full gauntlet gloves
Leather work boots
 

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HJC AC-12 Carbon Helmet
Joe Rocket Solid Blaster 2.0 jacket and jeans
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AlpineStars Stage 1-pc leather suit
CorTech full gauntlet leather gloves
Tennis Shoes, my old military steel toe, or Sidi Strada Evo Air

either i'm dressed to the max or i'm squidding it, there is no in between. i always wear my helmet, my jacket, and my gloves though.
 
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I've got an HJC-FG-12 Crevier helmet

And that's the end of specific models I remember...the rest is:
Joe Rocket pants
Joe Rocket jacket
I own two pairs of gloves, one Joe Rocket, some other brand I don't recall.
Generic bike boots, which I'm hoping to replace with Alpinestars this year.

I'm also looking to add some body armour to wear under a shirt on those days where its too hot for a jacket. Won't protect from rash, but it may prevent some broken bones.

I've got some generic Wal-Mart rain gear packed, and cold weather I've got some thick winter gloves, chemical hand-warmers, scarf, thick sweater and a vest. Woot!
 

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HJC AC-12, plain white, less than $200 if shopped.

Hondaline (Intersport) full perforated leather jacket OR... Dianese solid leather, depending on temperature, WITH...

Wintex leather pants. Nicely armored, knee pucks, and full circumference adapter zippers to attach to either jacket. Track suitable.OR...

Fieldsheer one piece leather, primarily used for the track but can use it on the street. WITH...

Helimot back protector, turtle shell style, elastics around the torso under the jacket. Always used at the track, sometimes on the street, depending on squidly intentions. ;)

Alpinestars S-MX, S-MX3, or Supertech boots.

Held Galaxy or Technic Violator II (?) gloves.

Underarmor long sleeve shirt and long johns, and silk glove liners to help deal with the sweat. Comfort for me, helps preserve the leather.

Light gymn shorts under the drawers and flip-flops under the bungee net. The whole rig can be removed as stops, time off the bike, dictate.

Additionally, I don't go out without some combo of the above listed unless I truly won't exceed 45MPH on the outing. That translates to a block to the store and occurs a max of 5 times a year. In those instances it's helmet, jacket, jeans, boots over the ankles, and gloves.

I estimate that using glove liners has tripled the life of my gloves. Not sure on the leathers because I care for them, wash them, and treat them. My oldest stuff has over 100,000 riding miles and still serviceable.

I also bought leftovers, perfect condition used, or last year's models on the leathers. Other than the Wintex pants that I couldn't find better than $350, I haven't spent more than $250 on leathers, yet. Shop around and don't be too picky on style. They all look totally funky at best, anyway.
 
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a scarf? boy, you canadians sure are a strange breed...

LOL! ;) i kid i kid...
Grrr!

Technically not a scraf, it's one of those neck things that's like a hat that's missing the top....so it doesn't slide off...not sure what its called, but it cost 4 bucks at wal-mart, and I don't think I could drive without it in cold weather.

Fiance got me a real scarf for christmas, so I'm thinking about finding some goggles and a WW1 flight helmet, then riding around like Snoopy this coming summer.
 

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I've got an HJC-FG-12 Crevier helmet

And that's the end of specific models I remember...the rest is:
Joe Rocket pants
Joe Rocket jacket
I own two pairs of gloves, one Joe Rocket, some other brand I don't recall.
Generic bike boots, which I'm hoping to replace with Alpinestars this year.

I'm also looking to add some body armour to wear under a shirt on those days where its too hot for a jacket. Won't protect from rash, but it may prevent some broken bones.

I've got some generic Wal-Mart rain gear packed, and cold weather I've got some thick winter gloves, chemical hand-warmers, scarf, thick sweater and a vest. Woot!
Hahaha weird bunch huh? funny thing is I pack a scarf in my tank bag too... :-\ I don't know why I've used it twice maybe. I heard my dad and some of his buddies remembering way back when in France how they all wore long thick scarfs as part of their moto gear??? ... Sorry just wanted to make a post since the temp shut down.
 

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Hahaha weird bunch huh? funny thing is I pack a scarf in my tank bag too... Undecided I don't know why I've used it twice maybe.
maybe it's because it makes a good tourniquet...? LOL! ;) I'll tell you what though, in cold weather, the biggest reason i bi7ch out is because my neck gets cold. i've got this neck wrap similar to a half balaclava and it does a really good job at proteting my neck from the wind. odd that the very next year i sold it for my RR and i've stopped riding in crap weather...
 

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I keep neck protection, too. I tried a Baklava (sp?) but found it to make the helmet too tight, aggravated fogging the visor, and wasn't really necessary. I went back to my old standby from the '70's, an ear warmer band except pulled down around my neck. Works like a gasket for the jacket and covers the exposed neck, the part that is trouble anyways.

I also have a heated vest, snowmobile mittens, and long johns for the real cold stuff, below 40 at continuous speed. I don't use that stuff much but will dig it out if I get the itch to run a couple of hundred miles up the interstate to meet a New York buddy for lunch in January. ;)
 

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Hey Dad...I just read your post, and think you're spot-on with your protective gear. I see way(!) too many bikers riding around without anything. At any rate, here's my gear:

helmet - Z1R full face
jacket - Olympia motosports Mustang cortech jacket, elbow,shoulder,back prot...love it
crash pads - yea that's the name...like a girdle with tailbone,hip,thigh pads
knee pads
jeans - cut a little large to fit over the crash pads, knee pads
steel toed boots
gloves - my warm weather gloves are Joe Rocket and a deerskin pair that are great...cold weather gloves are a cheap pair of oversized nylon, insulated gloves from WalMart plus a pair of orlon liners...seem to do well down into the 30s
additional cold weather gear: synthetic longjohns, nylon windpants over jeans, cheap nylon quilted jacket under the cortech jacket, lastly...an ordinary scarf...that really makes a difference
 

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Knightslugger said:
Hahaha weird bunch huh? funny thing is I pack a scarf in my tank bag too... Undecided I don't know why I've used it twice maybe.
maybe it's because it makes a good tourniquet...? LOL! ;) I'll tell you what though, in cold weather, the biggest reason i bi7ch out is because my neck gets cold. I've got this neck wrap similar to a half balaclava and it does a really good job at protecting my neck from the wind. odd that the very next year i sold it for my RR and I've stopped riding in crap weather...
Same here, neck upper chest region... no matter how I fix up my gear stingy cold still seems to make its way into those areas. I kinda tried to wrap the scarf into a half balaclava deal, I found it uncomfortable and could see things going wrong. I've seen helmet skirts for sale...? anyone tired on of those before?... I ended up buying a neoprene half mask for the cold (well for CA 30 is REALLY cold) and that worked but was hideously uncomfortable...
 
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I wear a thin baclava under my helmet all the time, it really helps keep my neck from freezing (I ride to work at 3:30am). I wear the bottom of the face hole covering my mouth, which keeps my lips from drying out too much, as well as reducing fogging a little. My dad bought a neoprene helmet skirt and neither of us are impressed with it. It tends to slide off (he ended up having to use double sided tape), and it doesn't work that well anyways.

I forgot to add that I wear cortech polortech gloves when it's not nice out. Also I almost always carry my Timbuk2 messenger bag, works great for carrying everything I'm not wearing.
 

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Knightslugger said:
dad said:
Held Galaxy or Technic Violator II (?) gloves.
how do you like those Helds? I'm looking to buy the Akira.
The Akira looks to be about the same as the Galaxy. I just checked New Enough to see what they were and found the price, $199, to be in line with what I expected. That's plus shipping for sure. The list on the Galaxy was about $250 last year. Not sure if they're new names or subtly different.

Very nice gloves, best I've ever owned. Also, the most expensive (even at cost). Follow their care directions and use silk liners, about $10 from Tourmaster, and you'll get a lot of life from them.
 

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Arai Quantum II helmet
JR alter ego jacket
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Teknic (not sure which model) perf leather jacket

JR alter ego pants
unknown leather gloves
leather hiking boots
Icon spine/chest protector (if im not wearing a pack)

before next riding season ill be getting some sidi vertigo boots and some beefier gloves.
 

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Tell me about the comfort, survival value & costs you guys have had w/ the chest protectors.
Best materials & brands for street or track purposes.

Inquiring minds, and aging bodies, want to know.
 

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well, while i havent put my spine protector to the ULTIMATE test here are a few observations from my ICON model.

the fit is top notch. it has enough adjusments (and very secure ones at that) to make it fit just about anyone. im a smaller guy and it still fits great. its just long enough to protect the entire length of your back and even just above me tailbone. still short enough not to touch on the seat and jack it up when on the bike. fitment is very secure, back has an articulated "lobster back" design going which allows for good flexability. the chest protector is made of more rubber but is deffinatley thick enough to take a hit w/o feeling too much. the overall build on the rest of the vest is great. all very tight weave thick nylon.

i have no doubts that it will stand up very nicley to a crash (yeah, it will probably be rashed up pretty good, but better than your $200+ jacket). and it does not only add a nice feeling of extra security, but it helps in keeping your body more rigid while riding.
 

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Shoei TZR Helmet
Joe Rocket Pheonix 4.0 Mesh Jacket (Which I don't like & want to replace)
Olympia Jacket -Unknown model, gift. Nicer than the JR Pheonix, but not as warm weather friendly
MOTOGP Jacket -Unknown model, gift. Mesh, haven't tried it out yet (no liner, lots of rain recently).
A* SMX 2 Air Carbon Gloves
Harley Davidson heavy leather glove (don't know nothin' about them, but they're nice.. x-mas gift) *STOLEN
Teknic Jet Stream Rain Suit*STOLEN
Sidi Canyon Boots (in the mail)
Jeans (I think I'm gonna get a pair of the Draggin' Jeans, but haven't made up my mind yet).
 

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helmets:
kbc VR1 - trashed
Shoei RF1000 - knicked up a little bit, still good
Vemar Carbon - pimp lid
OGK FF4 - race lide

leather:
Alpinestars GPU 2-piece (street & trackdays)
IXS Joker 1pc (race duty)

Gloves:
Alpinestars GP Plus
Alpinestars GP Pro

Boots:
Alpinestars SMX Plus

Armor:
www.impactarmor.com custom fit chest & back protector.

and i'm probably gonna get some added hip protection to wear under my leathers as well.
 

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On one of the posts I read where someone uses one of those elastic ear bands around their neck to ride in cold weather. My neck and hands have been the only problems on cold rides, so I figured it was worth a shot. Picked up an elastic band at WalMart for 2 bucks and it works great to ward off the wind between bottom of the helmet and top of the jacket collar.
 
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