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I am excited to announce my jacket came in! This is the first riding jacket I have ever owned! I purchased my bike in the summer of 14' and never got around to buying real gear (I know, shame on me!). A friend even gave me his old helmet to use. I rode for about 3 months with just a helmet, and a cheap pair of icon gloves as "gear". Usually I would double up on sweaters and wear jeans and sneakers, but what's that really do? lol...

I went a head and ordered the Alpinestars GP Plus perforated in black. I am VERY happy with the fitment and comfort of this jacket. I Cant wait for warmer weather to come around to actually put this jacket to good use :). rite now there is about 3' of snow on the ground lol. MA got hammered the last few weeks..

I will be ordering a pair of Alpinestars sp-1 gloves, and Alpinestars smx-2 boots very soon, and will make a thread on them too. I do mostly street riding with hopes to start tracking at the end of this season or the beginning of next on like open track days or something.

I will be ordering a new helmet soon but have no idea what I want. All I know is that I want to spend 200-350 on a helmet. Any suggestions?

well here are a couple pics. I also purchased a joe rocket womens radar leather jacket for the Lady as an xmas gift :)

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A* GP plus perforated:
 

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Good choice on the jacket!

As far as helmets go (with potential track days in mind), I like my Bell Star and RS1. The latter is better for the street, while the Star is their top-of-the-line race helmet. For your price point, I think you should be able to snag either one from STG. (If the fitment works, of course!)
 

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Totally thought that was Carson Daily in the jacket! Nice choice, and nice decision on getting real gear. I wasn't that smart, when I had a car change lanes into me all I had on was a lightweight columbia jacket, might as well been paper. I at least had on an Icon alliance helmet and Icon gloves, but my jeans were destroyed and my nikes chewed up! Now I have a speed and strength textile jacket and tcx x roadster boots, don't care how hot it is outside I won't ride with out all the proper gear! I would rather be laughed at for having all of it on and looking hot and miserable than go through the nasty healing process of road rash again!
 

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Thanks for all the complements and recommendations guys! I have already worn the jacket inside the house for about two hours to try and help break it in. I am very surprised at how comfortable this jacket is being a sport fit. It's almost as if I now have 3 layers of skin. I can't wait until I purchase my gloves and boots to accommodate the jacket now! I think the gear bug has bitten me LOL

As for all the recommended helmets, I am going to look into everyone that has been mentioned. I appreciate everyone's suggestions greatly :)
 

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Totally thought that was Carson Daily in the jacket! Nice choice, and nice decision on getting real gear. I wasn't that smart, when I had a car change lanes into me all I had on was a lightweight columbia jacket, might as well been paper. I at least had on an Icon alliance helmet and Icon gloves, but my jeans were destroyed and my nikes chewed up! Now I have a speed and strength textile jacket and tcx x roadster boots, don't care how hot it is outside I won't ride with out all the proper gear! I would rather be laughed at for having all of it on and looking hot and miserable than go through the nasty healing process of road rash again!
I LOL'd at the Carson Daly thing hahahaha! Thank you, I think? LOL. I'm sorry to hear about your spill, but glad to hear you're okay. I appreciate you sharing your story, as that is exactly what I was afraid of and why I made myself purchase real gear. I had a near wreck twice this past season because of stupid drivers not paying attention. Thankfully I'm not learning from any mistakes, but learning from others and listening to what they have to say. Again, thank you for sharing your story. I appreciate it. :)
 

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Thanks for the help in chosing out a helmet guys! Tried on an HJC RPHA-10 and felt amazing! I just had to make the purchase after trying one on lol. Thanks again guys!
 

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Good choice on the jacket, the fitment looks good. My A* GP R has been down twice and while it looks rough, still has plenty of life left in it. Unless you have tried on the SP 1 gloves and like them, you might want to try out some other gloves too. I have a pair of SP 1 that I have worn for a season and hate them. No matter what I do they just won't soften up, and they have huge seams inside that dig into the hands. Just super uncomfortable gloves, especially if you have long fingers.
 

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Good jacket.

For boots get the SMX5 or better. The SMX2 is a waste of money IMO. For helmets in that price bracket your best bet is the Scorpion R2000, Bell RS1, and HJC RPHA10.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions guys! also, thanks for the heads up on the gloves and boots. I will look into the stated SMX5's and I will review the SP1 gloves too.

On another note, my helmet came in today!! Im pumped. Im really happy I settled with the RPHA-10. Thanks again for the suggestion because i probably would have bought something else!

Im getting more n more anxious to ride lol. Good weather needs to hurry up here in MA!


 

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Don't forget about gear for your hips and legs!

I have a pair of Draggin Jeans but don't wear them to often as they are not that comfortable for me. However no matter what jeans I wear I always have on my Knox Armoured Shorts, my A* Knee and Shine protectors and my TCX boots. Crash tested them both and while I did fracture my arm and cracked 4 ribs, I had no visible marks on my body, not a scratch, not a bruise. Force of impact cracked my arm and drove it into my rib cage, gear can't stop everything. All my gear held up and did it's job though IMO. I had small marks on my jacket (Overlord Prime), gloves (Overlord full), boots, knee guards and my hip armour popped its "hinge". This was a fairly slow crash too.

Even though my injuries were on my arm and ribs the most visible marks on my gear was from the waste down. My shoulder, elbow and hip took all of the initial impact and would hate to see how really bad it would have been without gear.

Anyways a lot of people overlook Hip, knee and shin gear, I think its worth it.
 

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Don't forget about gear for your hips and legs!

I have a pair of Draggin Jeans but don't wear them to often as they are not that comfortable for me. However no matter what jeans I wear I always have on my Knox Armoured Shorts, my A* Knee and Shine protectors and my TCX boots. Crash tested them both and while I did fracture my arm and cracked 4 ribs, I had no visible marks on my body, not a scratch, not a bruise. Force of impact cracked my arm and drove it into my rib cage, gear can't stop everything. All my gear held up and did it's job though IMO. I had small marks on my jacket (Overlord Prime), gloves (Overlord full), boots, knee guards and my hip armour popped its "hinge". This was a fairly slow crash too.

Even though my injuries were on my arm and ribs the most visible marks on my gear was from the waste down. My shoulder, elbow and hip took all of the initial impact and would hate to see how really bad it would have been without gear.

Anyways a lot of people overlook Hip, knee and shin gear, I think its worth it.
I was planning on a* gp plus leather pants at some point for the lower half of my body, but never thought about hip, knee and shin gear. figured the leather would prove enough protection. I guess that certainly something to look into. Thanks!
 

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Those pants should be just fine for protection. You may want to get a pair of bike specific jeans too. Lets face it, for a ten minute jaunt or a sedate evening cruise, getting into and out of track type leather pants is a pain in the ass. Unless you are a major gear nazi (even worse than me), they'll end up hanging in the closet for those rides and you'll find yourself in something more comfy. I have 2 pairs of Cortech DSX pants for the times I'm not railing out the twisties. And can attest to their durability in a 40 mph lowside.
 

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Those pants should be just fine for protection. You may want to get a pair of bike specific jeans too. Lets face it, for a ten minute jaunt or a sedate evening cruise, getting into and out of track type leather pants is a pain in the ass. Unless you are a major gear nazi (even worse than me), they'll end up hanging in the closet for those rides and you'll find yourself in something more comfy. I have 2 pairs of Cortech DSX pants for the times I'm not railing out the twisties. And can attest to their durability in a 40 mph lowside.
Or some overpants like these: MEN?S AIRGLIDE 3 PANT | Olympia Moto Sports
 

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Took a look at the Cortech DSX riding pants for the street....thats VERY interesting! price is pretty sweet too. Thanks for sharing that!
 

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Something like that would work too. I have no experience with overpants, so have no idea how handy they would be to use.
I wear these particular overpants all the time. They are great! They flow a lot of air in the summer, and they have waterproof thermal liners that go in for the cold and/or rainy times. They go on quickly over whatever I am wearing, and they come off quickly when I get to my destination.

A friend went down in a pair a while back too, and he slid for a good ways with the bike laying on his knee/leg. He walked away without any lower body injuries other than a bit of soreness.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions guys! also, thanks for the heads up on the gloves and boots. I will look into the stated SMX5's and I will review the SP1 gloves too.

On another note, my helmet came in today!! Im pumped. Im really happy I settled with the RPHA-10. Thanks again for the suggestion because i probably would have bought something else!

Im getting more n more anxious to ride lol. Good weather needs to hurry up here in MA!


Jorge Lorenzo rocks the RPHA...i have the RPHA-X for motocross. It's ok, although motocross helmets don't snug like a road helmet...
 
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