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Hi all,

Picking up my 300 as soon as I complete my MSF course (booked for the 22nd and 23rd) and wanted to learn to ride in my own gear.

So I went with the following, with some influence from my local Kawasaki / BMW dealer and online reviews.

Helmet: Shoei RF1100 (Black) - Made sure to get expert advice for it's fitting / size in store!
Visor: Shoei Dark Smoke (for daytime riding only, of course)

Jacket: Icon Contra Mil-spec (maximum visibility, and it shouldnt look too out of place on a SE 300 ABS)
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/icon-contra-mil-spec-jacket
- Upgrading the back protector on this to the CE approved Stryker

Gloves: Rev'it SLR Race Gloves: http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/revit-slr-race-gloves

Boots: Icon Reign
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/icon-reign-waterproof-boots

No pants chosen yet, any reccomendations?

I don't want overpants, but rather dedicated bike / racing pants that have built in knee protection (I only have to dress to ride, no need to be able to commute).

Looking for maximum protection and reasonable color matching / good aesthetics.

Thanks in advance for any comments / opinions!
 

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draggin jeans/jacket

http://www.dragginjeans.net/


kevlar lined riding gear, breathes well and you wont sweat like a dog in summer

gloves - dainese

boots - sidi -

econony sidi boots

http://www.sidisport.com/eng/scheda.php?macro=2&id=16


luxury sidi boots
http://www.sidisport.com/eng/scheda.php?macro=2&id=47


i love sidi boots. i have had only 2 pairs in 17 years. thats cos my first set fell to bits after 7 years, my 2nd fell to bits a few months ago being 10 years old and travelleled many thousands of kilometers on my feet. sidi are not the cheapest out there, but man, when it comes to getting your moneys worth, nothing comes close.my next ones will be the these

http://www.sidisport.com/eng/scheda.php?macro=2&id=16

they are inexpensive and very comfortable, great value for money

helmet - suomy if you have money to burn. have had 2 of these myself. they are the lightest and most comfortable helmet i have stuck my head in to. payed over $700 for each of them and worth every single penny.

if your on a budget, you cant go past KBC helmets
 

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personally rather than buy those riding jeans I just wear heavy duty jeans 20oz + with a slim knee pad underneath. I reinforced the back pocket area with some kevlar to give my arse a little bit more protection.

If you don't care for jeans just get race leathers. Get what you can afford.
 

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I bought a helmet and gloves for my motorcycle safety course. I am taking it this weekend.

Not even a few days after I got the gear, I bought a Ninja 300, even after saying "Not getting a bike til I take the course."
 

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^ it happens. I've seen people bring brand new bikes to the course. Personally I wouldn't trust myself with a brand new bike as my first motorcycle.
 

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I didn't want to do the MSF on a 300, worried mostly about low speed drops. Not too worried about dropping the 300 after the MSF course, since I plan on spending the first 2 full tanks of gas on the 300 in my neighborhood, practicing gear changes, braking, and starting / stopping at intersections.

Been hunting for a 300 SE ABS in the mean time though, it's not been an easy job, since it mostly entails pestering dealers in my area almost daily to see if they got one in (I really don't want to throw down a deposit and have to wait weeks or months for a specific dealer to get one in).

I did go with Rev'it Tornado Pants today (should do well for the warm weather in FL):
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/revit-tornado-pants (got em in black)
 

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Not bad for a first set of gear. I'm not really an ICON fan though.

For boots, I recommend Alpinestars, Sidi, High End Cortech and High End Gaerne
For gloves, I recommend Held, Alpinestars and Dainese
For jackets, I recommend Cortech, Alpinestars, Dainese
For pants, I wear either the thick Kevlar reinforced Denim, or Leathers
For helmets, I recommend Shoei, Bell Star, AGV, Arai, and high end Scorpion's.
For track suits, I recommend RS Taichi, Alpinestars, Dainese

Of course, all that is my personal preference. Other brands surely make gear that is wonderful, it's more name-brand preference. lol
 
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ICON is not real gear. Do not buy anything ICON. That **** is made for squids doing stunt shows at venues that require them to wear safety gear. Show me on professional racer wearing ICON gear. Do not go cheap on your gear. Don't try to look cool. Try to stay in one piece and be able to ride again tomorrow.

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ICON is not real gear. Do not buy anything ICON. That **** is made for squids doing stunt shows at venues that require them to wear safety gear. Show me on professional racer wearing ICON gear. Do not go cheap on your gear. Don't try to look cool. Try to stay in one piece and be able to ride again tomorrow.
They may not make that much race specific gear, but some of their stuff looks pretty good for touring at the very least. Specifically, their Patrol jacket: http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/icon-patrol-waterproof-jacket?gclid=CJPZ4vSUmrQCFStgMgodEEwABA

Good reviews, and I tried it on in a store and it seemed very well built. Perfect for cooler and rainy conditions. As for their helmets, yea some like the variant are worn by stunt riders for the aggressive look. But it's still got all the world safety ratings, so I saw no reason not to buy it. If I go racing, I'll definitely use a more aerodynamic helmet though.

Edit: If anything, they seem to be one of the few brands that put an emphasis on safety, specifically when it comes to visibility. They have high vis helmets, jackets, gloves, and pants. Even the aggressive looking variant comes in several high visibility styles. I'm not gonna say they are the best brand for racing, but they certainly have a few things going for them.
 

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Is there anything like Bohn Amor Pants but with more skid protection? I know they offer decent impact protection but I've heard that they don't do sh!t when you are sliding.
 

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^ it happens. I've seen people bring brand new bikes to the course. Personally I wouldn't trust myself with a brand new bike as my first motorcycle.
I did that :D

I rode my 600 to the class only to hop on their late 90s Ninja 250
 

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Ouch, guess I should have known better about Icon when they usually don't post the denier of their jackets.

I guess the first gear to get replaced will be those boots (either with a pair of Sidi or Dainese) and the jacket (maybe a Rev'it Tornado Jacket).
 
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