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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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First Time Gear Questions

Hey all,

I'm getting a bike soon (first one) and have spent some time going around to different shops to look at gear.

My two main questions are -

1) What are the advantages and disadvantages of a modular (flip up) full helmet vs a regular one.

2) If I'm getting one jacket right now and not intending to go cheap - should I get leather for sure? Are there advantages to not going leather? This will be for riding up in the rocky mountains.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 08:52 PM
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1. I'm sure the flip up costs more... why do you want one???

2. Leather is great up in the mnts... sometimes a little bit warm in town. Some jackets breath better than others too.

I would try stuff on in shops and then look on line for some deals or see if they will price match.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well I could see multiple uses for the modular. I don't particularly need it but I think just opening it up for fresh air once in awhile while stopped might be nice. I've read a lot of reviews just now after trying on the Nolan N102 and everyone seems to be raving about it. It performed pretty well in the testing I saw also. I'm leaning towards that one at the moment.
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Modular helmets will never be as strong, IMO.




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I second that on modular helmets... keep them for the tour bikes. If you ride hard, use the best you can get.

As for the jacket... the new textile jackets are very durable. I like them in SoCal, since they breath very well and you can zip in a wind barrier. Nothing for the keeping you warm. The cost is usually better. I have seen textile jackets after 100mph get offs, and they held up real well... the rider got a heat burn from the nylon heating up on a slide, but it didn't wear through!
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Leather, with vents can be OK in warm wether as long as you are moving, better in cold.

In either look to get some armor in elbows and shoulders.

Consider back protection too. The link above has the jacket I got and it has some minor back protection, where most have none

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the advice. I've been researching a lot since I posted and bought my first helmet yesterday - it's the Shoei RF-1000 matte black. I don't want to chince out on gear and the modulars do seem to pose a safety risk to me. Still looking at jackets.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-03-2007, 06:23 AM
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Great helmet selection..... you wil be very happy with it. If possible, I would pick up a leather and a textile jacket. I wear my leather when riding in the canyons and my textile around town (to stay cool) when I'm just commuting.
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Cool thanks. I'm looking at an Alpinestarz TZ-1 jacket tonight, probably going to pick it up. I think I'd rather have leather first and it shouldn't be a big deal going into fall winter. In spring I guess I'll pick up a textile. I'm worried about the textile material as not being safe but everyone I talked to here around Denver at dealerships praises the new layering and safety of the textiles, especially for CO climate. Any thoughts on that?
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I have only leather and would recommend a perforated with zIp-out liner. Another thing to look for is at least double-stitched seams so it stands up to those crashes much more gracefully. IIRC, typical leather thickness is 1.3-1.5mm.

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