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post #2116 of 4728
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Originally Posted by c00kz View Post

It may seem like an accident waiting to happen if you haven't navigated traffic before. You are generally more attentive on a bike (less distractions). As long as you compensate for the natural vulnerability by planning your moves early, giving plenty of space, and ensuring your safety isn't dependent on a driver seeing and reacting to you, you're doing things right.
You can do a lot to prevent accidents, but unfortunately, not everything: getting rear-ended sucks.

agreed. remember, anytime you are stopped be looking in your rearview mirrors, especially on curvy roads. try to have a way out in the event the car behind you ain't paying attention.
post #2117 of 4728
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Originally Posted by konadog View Post

agreed. remember, anytime you are stopped be looking in your rearview mirrors, especially on curvy roads and traffic lights. try to have a way out in the event the car behind you ain't paying attention.

FTFY
post #2118 of 4728
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Originally Posted by John Doe View Post

FTFY

Particularly at traffic lights..
post #2119 of 4728
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post

Particularly at traffic lights..

AND toll booths !!
post #2120 of 4728
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Originally Posted by konadog View Post

agreed. remember, anytime you are stopped be looking in your rearview mirrors, especially on curvy roads. try to have a way out in the event the car behind you ain't paying attention.

For me, the worst thing about curvy roads (or curved exit ramps or round-a-bouts) is that people here don't know how to drive. The slam on their brakes in turns, and on a bike, it is not very safe to do that, so I always leave myself lots of space in front in these situations.

I believe the bike has made me a better and safer driver in a car as well.
post #2121 of 4728
Does anyone have any experience with Vanson motorcycle jackets? I found a waxed cotton one that looks nice and has some padding, but I'm not so sure about the fit.

If anyone also has any other recommendations for jackets that don't fit like they were made for a refrigerator then feel to let me know. Extra cool points if you know of any that come in brown.
post #2122 of 4728
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Originally Posted by Texastyle View Post

Does anyone have any experience with Vanson motorcycle jackets? I found a waxed cotton one that looks nice and has some padding, but I'm not so sure about the fit.
If anyone also has any other recommendations for jackets that don't fit like they were made for a refrigerator then feel to let me know. Extra cool points if you know of any that come in brown.

Belstaff. Also some of the Schott jackets aren't too bad, but the sleeves tend to run much fuller than the body. Roland Sands also makes some really nice looking, well made jackets, but many have some fairly conspicuous branding, which kinda turns me off. Still, worth a look..
post #2123 of 4728
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Originally Posted by gnatty8 View Post

Roland Sands also makes some really nice looking, well made jackets, but many have some fairly conspicuous branding, which kinda turns me off. Still, worth a look..

The Domino jacket looks nice.
post #2124 of 4728
I bought the Montana jacket that British motorcycle gear sells from a member here.

I like it a lot.
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Thanks for the tips guys. My budget is only around 350 or so right now, so I'll have to keep my eye out on ebay for those.
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Good to know that there's some nice looking riding jackets out there that also function well and that one doesn't have to compromise on either front.

What about kevlar jeans? Does any jean company make some nice selvage kevlar jeans? I haven't seen any AFAIK but TBH haven't looked. I'm fixing up a bike now and so I'll probably start riding soon, which is why I ask.

Looking to buy boots and gloves, too, but those are easy to find and pretty much any kind work.

Though I did have a question about boots. I've been thinking about buying a nice pair of engineer boots but am worried that the top toe will get damaged from the gear shift, which is making me think I should buy cheaper ones that still look alright (RRL engineer boots are like $1000, no way I'd wanna damage those like that, do people even use those as they're intended?). What's everyone's opinions on this?
post #2127 of 4728
I would advise you to buy street riding boots or MX boots. Those are made to give more abrasion resistance and many are armored to absorb blows.
post #2128 of 4728
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

The Domino jacket looks nice.

I really like the Ronin jacket as well. The Mission would be a great jacket were it not for huge patch on the back. I am tempted to order it anyway and attempt to surgically remove the patch as long as it is only sewn on and not glued as well. I've heard good things about the quality of those coats overall.
post #2129 of 4728
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Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post

Good to know that there's some nice looking riding jackets out there that also function well and that one doesn't have to compromise on either front.
What about kevlar jeans? Does any jean company make some nice selvage kevlar jeans? I haven't seen any AFAIK but TBH haven't looked. I'm fixing up a bike now and so I'll probably start riding soon, which is why I ask.
Looking to buy boots and gloves, too, but those are easy to find and pretty much any kind work.
Though I did have a question about boots. I've been thinking about buying a nice pair of engineer boots but am worried that the top toe will get damaged from the gear shift, which is making me think I should buy cheaper ones that still look alright (RRL engineer boots are like $1000, no way I'd wanna damage those like that, do people even use those as they're intended?). What's everyone's opinions on this?

Try these. Red Wing. I have these, and they're great. Look good weathered.

350

I also wear these when the weather gets warm:

240
post #2130 of 4728
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Originally Posted by Texastyle View Post

Thanks for the tips guys. My budget is only around 350 or so right now, so I'll have to keep my eye out on ebay for those.

I should embellish a bit on the BMG Montana jacket (I was typing on my phone last night).

I got it from a SFer who bought it from someone else (and one of them never used it, the other one only used it a couple of times) so I didn't have to pay full price and it came with the back armor in addition to the stock elbow/shoulder armor. Also, I was lucky to be able to get much better measurements than they provide on the BMG site (though I think if you ask BMG and/or send them your own measurements, they are supposed to be helpful on sizing).

Jacket itself is pretty nice. Classic moto styling with no outside branding/labeling except for a small british flag on the pocket. Obviously fit and slimness depend on your body. I have the side adjusters pulled to the tightest setting but I may also have more drop than you. I might consider having it altered to have the sides taken in (or maybe replacing the shoulder/elbow pads with the fancy pads that stiffen on impact and then getting it altered to fit with the reduced volume of the slimmer pads). Leather is very soft for the stated thickness of the calf. Not baller-status leather, but nice enough for its purpose (I hit it with some lexol since I wasn't sure how long it had sat on a hanger).

There are a couple of side vent zippers that open with perforated leather underneath. Also, all of the pockets have an inch of perf-leather behind the zipper so they can be opened up as vents. Came with a fleece vest liner...dunno that I will ever use it but I suppose it is a nice touch (I'd probably just wear a extra layer with full sleeves).

And even at the full retail, considering it includes name-brand Knox shoulder and elbow armor, its a pretty good deal.
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