Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Springfield, OH
Definitely wear a jacket underneath. Leather is best, but I've been wearing nylon jackets for a while now (I've had the Icon Timax, and I've now got 2 Timax 2's). I've gone down with the Timax on, albeit at slow speed, and it held up great. As far as pants go, I used to wear the Timax pants, but anymore I just wear jeans. Not the safest route to go, but it's a risk I take. There are plenty of overpants and specialty pants that you can buy, but I couldn't tell you what's best. Browsing through the "Gear" part of the forum might yield better results. Obviously the safest way to ride would be in a full leather suit, but that's not exactly a reality for a lot of us.
As far as starting on a track, you're asking for trouble. Take an MSF, then tool around for a while until you're used to the bike. Then find some gentle curves to start out on until you get comfortable leaning the bike. Or you could go all out and go to a performance riding school, but you'll still need to have the basics down for that to do you any good.
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