Motorcycles - Page 269
I don't understand what's so appealing about Dainese; so far as I can tell, most other brands offer better quality/construction/materials at a cheaper price.
Also, isn't ICON 1000 stuff all made in China?
A few dozen pages back I was asking for some gear rec's. Based on rec's here and my research, I like the following brands:
Jackets/Pants: Vanson, Fox Creek Leather
Boots: Sidi, Gaerne
Gloves: Furygan, Held
Helmet: Shoei, Bell, Arai, Schuberth
The fit and finish of Dainese puts other brands to shame. About the only complaint I can think of is the relative weakness of the zipper pulls on their jackets. Tug too much and I can see them breaking. Spidi's gear seems almost as well made, then A*. I group most other companies way down with Joe Rocket.
If you're only going to buy one jacket, one boot, one pair of gloves, etc - then get the pair that will work for the most aggressive/dangerous style of riding you may do, i..e highway riding, track, etc.
If you can get more than one set of gear, then you can tailor to your planned riding style.
If I'm doing low-speed city riding, I'm ok with armoured wax or textile jacket, jeans, knee protectors and Red wings as my primary concern is impact protection.
If I'm on the highway, I want impact protection but abrasion protection as well so I'm wearing leather jacket with armour, armoured kevlar jeans, tall boots, etc.
Everyone has their preferences.
Although they make quality gear, I'm not a big fan of Vanson. They just fit me odd and I don't want (read: can't afford) to pay for custom fit.
I've had a set of Held Phantoms and damn near gave them away.
I like Dainese full metal and maybe one or 2 other gloves but that's about it. My hands seem to like Spidi and A* gloves. I think I'm allergic to Rev'it gloves.
I've done A* and TCX and like those over Sidi. I like the minimalist Axial Pro boots but that sole doesn't look very long lasting so I wouldn't recommend them as an only boot.
This bike started off life as a Triumph Daytona 675 which is arguably the best middleweight bike available to the general public. Some might love this build while others will spit at their computer screens at it but I bet we will be seeing more of this kind of conversion in the near future
Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 1/2/14 at 10:54pm