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    Rising Star Rogue Hawk's Avatar
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    Your gear and cost

    It amazes me when I add it all up how expensive even a minimum configuration is. Much of this stuff I got on discount, but the price still really added up.

    I have a minimum and maximum setup. Minimum is when I ride my trike and I have to be some place for a while, like a dental appointment I have today. Maximum is for two wheels riding recreationally. I am more aggressive in that scenario.

    These costs are estimates.

    Minimum
    Helmet 90 Bell Vortex
    Boots 150 Cortech Accelerator XC Boots
    Knee 40 Troy Lee
    Pants 90 Bilt Kevlar
    Gloves 80 Cortech Hydro GT
    Jacket 150 Joe Rocket Atomic 4
    Back 50 AlpineStars Nucleon
    Chest 50 AlpineStars Nucleon
    $700

    Maximum
    Helmet 430 Shoei RF1200
    Shield 150 Shoei Transition
    Boots 300 Dianese TR Course
    Knee 50 Dainese hard shell
    Pants 160 Road Skins Kevlar leggings
    Gloves 200 RS Taichi GP-EVO
    Jacket 350 Dianese Speed Naked
    Chest 60 Dianese
    Vest 600 Helite airbag vest
    $2300
    Current Bikes:
    2016 Ninja 650 ABS
    2015 Can Am Spyder F3

    Former Bikes:
    1995 Honda Interceptor 750
    1993 Honda Night Hawk 750

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    Yes, it can add up. I have 8 feet of closet dedicated to gear. I do not want to add it up.

    I find your comment on level of gear with aggressiveness to track with what I have observed. That extra level of gear may help on a low side, and save some skin in other wrecks, but doubtful it will stop broken bones and internal injuries Don't allow the gear to give you a false sense of security.
    Skill is what keeps you on two wheels.

    Situational awareness combined with skill is what keeps you out of harm's way.

    ATGATT combined with Situational Awareness and Skill means you might live to ride another day when that deer runs into your bike or that drunk blows through that stop sign.

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    I was thinking about this a few days ago... when I'm commuting in the cold with my heated gear and backpack (not including contents of backpack), it's around $2500 of gear I'm wearing.

    On a semi-related note, you should review what is covered and not covered with your insurance policy. I always check how gear is protected (or not) when shopping around. Most of the ones I've been with recently will add the cost of gear (usually except the helmet) towards additional coverage for a bike (such as coverage on modifications and accessories)

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    Rogue couple of nice setups you have there. It's always a balance between $ and safety. LOL I laugh at my "gear" when I got back into riding. When someone says "better than nothing" I would say that was in the literal sense. A few people here really helped me realize how inadequate my gear was. Mesh gloves.. LOL good for maybe a 5mph tip over. And I used leather steel toes as riding boots, perfect for causing ankle detachment! I did buy a nice helment though, no doubt the best of my initial setup.

    For those not overly concerned about brands, there's always deals out there that really are fairly equal in performance to higher end products. Yes, you are giving up something but if you're covered in armored leather you're going to fair pretty well in all but the worst accidents. The reality is even the cheapest helmets offer fantastic protection.

    Nolan N104 500
    Scorpion EX500 150 (sale/clearance)
    Icon Anthem Mesh* 225
    Icon Devce Leather 270 (sale/clearance)
    Scorpion SG3 130
    HJC Mesh Gloves* $20
    Aerostitch Leather Armored Pants 200 (clearance)
    Riding Jeans (knee armor)* 90
    TCX SR1 275 (sale)
    Leather work boots* 130
    D30 back/elbow/knee armor 100 (replace PE/add add as needed)

    * minimal protection/don't really recommend

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    I have always "suited up" with the best gear I could get my hands on. And have "used up" said gear in events of pushing the limits on tracks world wide and on the street. Wear the best gear you can get your hands on . Always. Crashing sucks and really hurts... A lot. And is really expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic.Thing View Post
    Rogue couple of nice setups you have there. It's always a balance between $ and safety. LOL I laugh at my "gear" when I got back into riding. When someone says "better than nothing" I would say that was in the literal sense. A few people here really helped me realize how inadequate my gear was. Mesh gloves.. LOL good for maybe a 5mph tip over. And I used leather steel toes as riding boots, perfect for causing ankle detachment! I did buy a nice helment though, no doubt the best of my initial setup.

    For those not overly concerned about brands, there's always deals out there that really are fairly equal in performance to higher end products. Yes, you are giving up something but if you're covered in armored leather you're going to fair pretty well in all but the worst accidents. The reality is even the cheapest helmets offer fantastic protection.

    Nolan N104 500
    Scorpion EX500 150 (sale/clearance)
    Icon Anthem Mesh* 225
    Icon Devce Leather 270 (sale/clearance)
    Scorpion SG3 130
    HJC Mesh Gloves* $20
    Aerostitch Leather Armored Pants 200 (clearance)
    Riding Jeans (knee armor)* 90
    TCX SR1 275 (sale)
    Leather work boots* 130
    D30 back/elbow/knee armor 100 (replace PE/add add as needed)

    * minimal protection/don't really recommend

    I too laugh at my gear when I first started out. A open face helmet, jeans, jean jacket, hiking boots, and riding gloves that where more like golfing gloves.
    Current Bikes:
    2016 Ninja 650 ABS
    2015 Can Am Spyder F3

    Former Bikes:
    1995 Honda Interceptor 750
    1993 Honda Night Hawk 750

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