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Old June 25th, 2008, 11:04 AM   #1
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Default so, uhm... I might be acquiring a sportbike...

It's been forever since I've ridden, (for practical purposes, I'll call myself a beginner it's been so long) and obviously the first order of business will be a MSF Course, I have a source of information on those (both free and paid) linked at home.

So, now that said discussion is out of the way, looking for recommendations on gear, and/or in particular local shops to support for gear.

(both apparel and minor mods like flushmounts, fender eliminator's etc)


to save on /pms -

option a) is a low mileage crotch rocket that I have a line on.
option b) is my younger brother's 2006 Honda 599 naked sport bike that's in Asheville that he doesn't have the time to ride.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 11:16 AM   #2
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go with b
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Old June 25th, 2008, 11:21 AM   #3
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Shoei helmet for sure. Make sure it has "Cheek pads" it cuts down the wind noise. Go to your local dealer and size one up, than mail order it. You will save a ton of cash going this route. I had a Joe Rocket leather and used it about 3 times it was too restrictive for my likeings. You might want to look into a non leather protective jacket and some good gloves.


Ride like everyone wants to kill you and you will be safer.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 11:30 AM   #4
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Shoei helmet for sure. Make sure it has "Cheek pads" it cuts down the wind noise. Go to your local dealer and size one up, than mail order it. You will save a ton of cash going this route. I had a Joe Rocket leather and used it about 3 times it was too restrictive for my likeings. You might want to look into a non leather protective jacket and some good gloves.

Ride like everyone wants to kill you and you will be safer.
I already drive that way - some argue that the only difference in my commuter car, and a bike is the number of wheels :tonka:

thx on the headsup. I have actually heard horrific things about some of the joe rocket lineup, but I guess much like anything they may have an entry line that has a number of corners cut?


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go with b
ironically enough, the gixxer I'm looking at, while a couple of years older, will be significantly cheaper, and has much lower miles. If I get it for what I think I can, I may try to flip it after putting a few miles on it, and then going with option b.

edit: of course, it's also very realistic that both options may not pan out too
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Old June 25th, 2008, 11:34 AM   #5
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cheap wal mart helmet a tshirt cut off jeans and flip flops !
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Old June 25th, 2008, 11:36 AM   #6
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cheap wal mart helmet a tshirt cut off jeans and flip flops !
I wouldn't wear cut off jeans some 25+ years ago, let alone at my age.

Ditto on the flipflops. (not even in the showers back in school)

I may have had a cheerleader's Jeep (lifted YJ) and currently driving a miata as a commuter, but I've got to draw the line somewhere...
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Old June 25th, 2008, 11:45 AM   #7
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I have a HJC leather jacket that I love. It is heavy duty compared to most cheaper jackets, has some good padding, and is ventilated well. Besides a cruise at the beach, I wouldn't ride without it.
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Arai helmet...hands down.

I'd go with option A.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #9
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the mesh jackets work great in summer time I have an agv one of my friends had a joe rocket and he crashed several times while wearing it and all that happened was he tore a label off of it. I prefer arai helmets. Most of my gear is teknic.

My brother used to work at C&C sports in brighton they are decent people over there

I love naked bikes my last one was a triumph speed triple 1050.
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My brother used to work at C&C sports in brighton they are decent people over there

they rip you off ask anyone in livinston county.

its a well knowen fact.
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I wouldn't wear cut off jeans some 25+ years ago, let alone at my age.

Ditto on the flipflops. (not even in the showers back in school)

I may have had a cheerleader's Jeep (lifted YJ) and currently driving a miata as a commuter, but I've got to draw the line somewhere...

Lol @ cheerleader jeep.
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p.s. there is a new bike shop in brighton. right by grandriver and old 23.

not sure of the name or if they do good work, i drive by it every day i can get the name if you like
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p.s. there is a new bike shop in brighton. right by grandriver and old 23.

not sure of the name or if they do good work, i drive by it every day i can get the name if you like
thanks, but I was hoping to get a referral to support a local shop from someone that was happy with service/selection.

I used to hear horrific things about anderson's on Telegraph, but honestly don't recall hearing much good about any of the others.

for Harley, I have actually heard some decent stuff about ABC, even if on the more expensive side, but the dozen or so people I know with Harley's that have been there for any sort of service, parts or such were all pretty pleased.
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I wouldn't wear cut off jeans some 25+ years ago, let alone at my age.

Ditto on the flipflops. (not even in the showers back in school)

I may have had a cheerleader's Jeep (lifted YJ) and currently driving a miata as a commuter, but I've got to draw the line somewhere...
what a disappointment. I was certain the line was drawn at the soft way of speach and the actual acts of homosexuality.
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what a disappointment. I was certain the line was drawn at the soft way of speach and the actual acts of homosexuality.

I have no lisp, the tone of my voice makes barry white sound like falsetto. (<-- ok that's an exaggeration)
I hate interior decorating, and fashion - both enough so, that the wife and I have waged war over paint (she likes to paint every 2 years, while I dont care if it ever gets done)

closest thing to closet homoing for me is a previous tendency to care too much about changing my hair style around or some might argue my choice of vehicles.

If you're looking for a date, simply type "ISO Buttsecks" in a new posts' subject and I'm sure you'll have replies from some potential suitors :tonka:
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Arai helmet...hands down.
Sure... if you can justify paying $400-$600 for a helmet that will do the same job as a $200 or less Icon or HJC...:miff:

www.newenough.com has good deals on most everything related to motorcycling. Most brands of gear are relatively similar in protection, so you don't need the most expensive stuff.
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I was looking at slider jeans...

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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:29 PM   #18
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Sure... if you can justify paying $400-$600 for a helmet that will do the same job as a $200 or less Icon or HJC.
400 for a helmet is already cutting corners.

some call it 'splurging'
i dont think so.
spend some good money on boots/helmet/gloves
most jackets are good enough, but stay away from icon and rocket
best bet-join a sport bike forum and ask there

as for a or b, im not sure what the 'crotch rocket' is your thinking about, but a 599 will ride much diferently than a real sport bike.
naked is nice, but i woultnt compare the 599 to crotch rockets. id say ride them and decide which is better for you.

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I just bought a bike myself. Ended up getting a used 2002 Ducati Monster 620ie for a really good price. I rushed over to Rosenau Powersports and got a G-Force helmet (one of the cheapest, and rated REALLY high by several magazines, according to a coworker), Joe Rocket textile jacket (removable liner, all the "turtle" armor, etc) and a set of Joe Rocket gloves with the beefy knuckle pad things. I'm really happy with all the gear. My only complaint is that sometimes the shoulder pads on the jacket get twisted up as I'm putting it on, and I have to readjust, but other than that, no complaints.

As for your choice of bike, a coworker (who owns a Honda 919 Hornet, naked sport) says that naked is a way of life. Either you can hack it and can live without all of the comforts like a windshield, clip-on bars, and fairings, or you go back to a crotch rocket. I've loved every second of riding the Duc so far, so I think I'm stuck with the naked bikes. Plenty of good options there, though. Ducati Monster, SV650, KTM, Honda Hornets, Triumph ST, Buell, they're out there in just about every flavor and engine size.
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oh yeah, and dont buy a duc :)
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