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Gear is a necessity for everyone, just interested to see what everyone is wearing.

I'm coming from a sport bike so my gear is more street orientated and I don't see the need for new gear to match the scr950 when mine is just as good.

From head to toe:
Shoei GT-Air Wanderer Helmet
Joe Rocket jacket
Alpinestars gloves
Dainese leather pants
Dainese riding boots
 

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I have a HJC CS-R2. full-face helmet, black mechanic's work gloves (that are constructed just like MX gloves at 1/2 the price) or leather riding gloves, Joe Rocket armored textile jacket and either Alpinestar road boots or all leather Justin roper work boots. Pants? I typically wear jeans (not the best, I know). However, I was recently given a pair of Advanced Rider Coverage armored "Battle born" overpants. They go on easily enough and seem to be made to take a beating. Let's hope I don't find out!

Cool story on the Justins:
I fell while riding my old DL1000 in a low speed, low-side around a sharp neighborhood corner where fresh asphalt crumbs littered the road.
The bike trapped my right foot and dragged me several feet. Stopped, I wrenched my foot free and found the boot was destroyed and took my jeans leg with it.
My foot was fine!
I ended up buying a replacement pair of boots that ultimately got worn out. While shopping for pair #3, I told the store employee about the crash & the protection the boots gave. "Email me with that story and a photo, if you have one." I did and about 2 weeks later, I was contacted by a woman at the Justin boot company wanting to know my size and mailing address. I was amazed they sent me a *free* pair for being a good customer! I tried to tell the lady I'd already replaced the damaged ones...twice.
She joked, "Well, when's your birthday? " {In two weeks} "Happy birthday then and thank you for your patronage!"

PS: I kept that boot on the shelf at the motorcycle shop for 8 years.
Every time a customer would come in wearing tennis shoes or even sandals(!),
I'd show them the damage <20mph caused.
 

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Tractor Supply is my local source for bargain yet practical gear and I sourced my double-front logger's jeans and Schmidt Workwear 6" hiker boots there. The comfortable Firstgear Explorer gloves were a bargain on sale.

Moving upscale, the Shoei RF-1100 helmet is bright yellow for visibility and my one indulgence is the classic Perfecto #118 leather jacket, still hand made in America by Schott. This timeless classic epitomizes the Marlon Brando / James Dean era for vintage fossils like me.
 

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I have a HJC CS-R2. full-face helmet, black mechanic's work gloves (that are constructed just like MX gloves at 1/2 the price) or leather riding gloves, Joe Rocket armored textile jacket and either Alpinestar road boots or all leather Justin roper work boots. Pants? I typically wear jeans (not the best, I know). However, I was recently given a pair of Advanced Rider Coverage armored "Battle born" overpants. They go on easily enough and seem to be made to take a beating. Let's hope I don't find out!

Cool story on the Justins:
I fell while riding my old DL1000 in a low speed, low-side around a sharp neighborhood corner where fresh asphalt crumbs littered the road.
The bike trapped my right foot and dragged me several feet. Stopped, I wrenched my foot free and found the boot was destroyed and took my jeans leg with it.
My foot was fine!
I ended up buying a replacement pair of boots that ultimately got worn out. While shopping for pair #3, I told the store employee about the crash & the protection the boots gave. "Email me with that story and a photo, if you have one." I did and about 2 weeks later, I was contacted by a woman at the Justin boot company wanting to know my size and mailing address. I was amazed they sent me a *free* pair for being a good customer! I tried to tell the lady I'd already replaced the damaged ones...twice.
She joked, "Well, when's your birthday? " {In two weeks} "Happy birthday then and thank you for your patronage!"

PS: I kept that boot on the shelf at the motorcycle shop for 8 years.
Every time a customer would come in wearing tennis shoes or even sandals(!),
I'd show them the damage <20mph caused.
Darn that's a nice chunk o' leather gone, but that's definitely some quality.

That's super cool that they sent you a free pair though ! That's a serious customer appreciative company which is what I love to see. Produce quality products and quality customer relations.
 

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Great story about your Justins! I'm not loyal to one specific brand, it's generally what's on sale at my local gear store, but I always go for a full face helmet and none of that modular stuff.

Suomy Apex 60s Legend White with the Alpinestars T-GP Pro Air Jacket, nice pair of kevlar jeans, some steel toed hiking boots I got from an outdoor gear store and a pair of bargain gloves.
 

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Moving upscale, the Shoei RF-1100 helmet is bright yellow for visibility and my one indulgence is the classic Perfecto #118 leather jacket, still hand made in America by Schott. This timeless classic epitomizes the Marlon Brando / James Dean era for vintage fossils like me.
Thinking of getting a bright jacket like your helmet for visibility. Right now I'm in all black (with hints of white) and it's not that visible to driers at night.
 

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Thinking of getting armored pants after my friend took a spill. Very bruised right around where your knees sticks out a bit from the rest of your body.
 

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I honestly thought the the pants and the jacket were all that was really needed. But after seeing that post by Eddie, the shoes are definitely in the equation as well. Something like these look pretty good. Waterproof as well

 

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Well, last ride (from head to toe):

- Open face retro helmet which I believe is DOT approved
- Sunglasses
- T-shirt, unripped for a change and mostly fresh and clean
- Shorts, standard length, cargo
- Leather sandals, purchased from Kmart

Key Largo Standard. :)

And before you hate and start quoting from the Book-Of-ATGATT, at least I had a helmet on. Optional here in Florida, but the sun was kinda hot, so I wanted to cover my noggin. :)

And yes, that's pretty much normal wear for me. Unless it dips into the 70s, then long pants, and perhaps a sweatshirt.
 

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I generally wear:
Helmet, today is a Shark open Faced, I also have a Scorpion DS helmet and a Shark X Drak
Riding Jacket: Klim Traverse Jacket
Pants: Normal riding, Klim Outrider pants. They look like Carhartt work pants but have easily removable armor for work or hanging out in them. For commuting, some sort of over pant over my work slacks, changes with the weather.
Gloves, Elkskin Ropers. I've moved to these, super simple and I dig the look and feel.
Boots: commuting local riding, Cruiserworks plain old boots - had them for 15 years now. Touring/dirt and gravel riding: Aerostich Combat Light boots.

I tend to go atgatt as much as possible, but have found myself going for comfort a lot more lately: lowered down to more comfortable outerwear at the expense of abrasion resistance, will wear jeans or no overspent if it is really hot, started wearing 3/4 helmets after 20 years of only wearing full face helmets, etc. I find that if I get too hot in the summer, my mind gets mushy - so then it is a question of what is safer: burning up in armor, or comfortable in something less but with better thinking and judgment.
 

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Shoei Neotec..........gray.....I know I know. Maybe I'll paint it red.
Brooks leather jacket and chaps (cool temps-early/late season)
Joe Rocket neon yellow mesh jacket and Draggin Jeans (hot temps-summer)
Saf-T-Gard "Mechani-Gard" gloves (deer skin with Kevlar lining and knuckle protection) Great gloves!
Storefront Commerce Category
Saf-T-Gard Kevlar 14" sleeves with thumb holes. (Purchased for cold weather riding and they help a lot)
Steel toe work boots that are Class 1 green label safety rated. (Required footwear in Canadian auto plants eh.)
Ear plugs (Too late tho. My hearing aids cost more than my motorcycle.......)
 

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Today's kit-out:

HJC CL-17 helmet
Joe Rocket Survivor onesie
+ SAS-TEC CE-level-2 back protector insert
American Legend Rider Winter Waterproof gloves
Timberland steel toe boots
 

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Thank you Florida

Well, last ride (from head to toe):

- Open face retro helmet which I believe is DOT approved
- Sunglasses
- T-shirt, unripped for a change and mostly fresh and clean
- Shorts, standard length, cargo
- Leather sandals, purchased from Kmart

Key Largo Standard. :)

And before you hate and start quoting from the Book-Of-ATGATT, at least I had a helmet on. Optional here in Florida, but the sun was kinda hot, so I wanted to cover my noggin. :)

And yes, that's pretty much normal wear for me. Unless it dips into the 70s, then long pants, and perhaps a sweatshirt.
Guilty of the same today in Oakland. Leather sandals swapped out for flip flops.
 

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Bates makes some great motorcycle boots. I have the Men's Marauder and it's quite comfy and something I can wear to work or around town and not feel like a lumberjack.

https://www.batesfootwear.com/US/en/powersports-footwear/

Other than that, I've got four jackets to choose from 1) Icon retro textile, 2) old Honda FirstGear Gold Wing textile jacket, 3) Cortech Dino leather jacket, and a cheap mesh/armored jacket for when it's really hot (cheap but surprisingly decent quality).

Usually wear regular jeans but when going on a reasonably lengthy ride, armored jeans. Not name brand, but if they do the job once, they're worth it and I'll buy another pair.

Various gloves, for various temps. Hey, I live in New England. "If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes." -- Mark Twain

Kabuto helmets -- three of them. Two full face and one open face. They're the closest I've found to Arai fit and finish without the Arai price.
 

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Hey, I live in New England. "If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes." -- Mark Twain
Mark Twain sure had a lot to say about American weather (in probably-apocryphal quotations). 'Round here we like to attribute this one to him:

"The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."
 
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