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Old 10-13-2017, 11:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Another relevant question would be what are some reputable helmet companies?
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Old 10-14-2017, 08:02 AM   #12 (permalink)
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A lot of sound advice here and sounds like you got your head on straight. If looking at the SV look at a fz6, fz1 and a ninja 650r. All good bikes. I'm actually on the road to pick up a Burgman 650 lol. 29 years old and riding a scooter, but damn it can move.

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Old 10-14-2017, 08:57 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Helmet branding isnt as important as Snell rating and DOT. For a new rider imho a good full face helmet with a clear faceshield and a amber one for riding after dark is a must. The first bird strike will scare the living s**t out of you but if it hits the chin guard it's much better than one to the face.
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Old 10-14-2017, 10:07 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Full face for sure. Hit a Robin @ 80mph one time if I had an open face helmet wouldent be hear to tell about it. BTW birds explode at 80.

Also invest in a good ridding jacket boots and pants it's a lot cheaper then skin graphs.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:42 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I'll second Mr Idiot Boxes last line. A good leather jacket and ankle high boots with a oil resistant sole are a needed investment. Oil resistant because of that center stripe in most lanes being oil,antifreeze, and grease. Please do yourself a huge favor and don't pass on the riders safety course. Being a rider will have other side benefits like being a better driver. Enjoy.
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Got the jacket covered, full coverage on that end. I do have some steel toed boots i can use, but it'll look awfully goofy. But at the same time, i'd rather look like a goof and be protected.

I'm looking at helmets currently.

A friend has an r6 he said he'd let me learn on and use at the saftey course.
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Safety courses usually supply their own bikes.

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I live by ATGATT..... All The Gear All The Time. If you always ride with the right protective gear, even that short trip on a hot day... you'll greatly increase your chances of survival.
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Another relevant question would be what are some reputable helmet companies?
Don't cheap out and buy what fits well. Unless you have a lot of patience for online returns its something best left to a retail store.

Shoe, Arai, AGV, and Schuberth are good premium brands. Personally I always had Schuberths. They are a little heavy but they were comfortable. I had both a flip up faceshield and the standard style. I loved the flip down sunvisors they have on most of their helmets.

Set aside a grand for gear. Boots, leather or textile jacket, riding pants, helmet, some rain gear, gloves, etc. I really liked Alpinestars stuff. I put several seasons, 30k miles, and 2 accidents on their boots and gloves.

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Old 10-16-2017, 06:18 AM   #20 (permalink)
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For some one your size and height I’d suggest looking at something like a Kawasaki versys 650 or Suzuki V-Strom 650. Both are going to give you a bit more room to move around and will fit better than many other smaller street bikes.

As for helmets. I find lids fit different heads. For me HJCs are hit and miss figment wise but quality is not bad. I have a bell the fits me great and so far holding up great but the inside lining material is not the best comfort wise. And I have had three different Shoei buckets. And all three have been the best fitting most comfy lids I have ever worn. And they all held togeather very well over FULL helmet life cycles.

Presently I been riding for 15 or so years on anything from 200cc too 1731cc. Today I ride either a Vstrom 650 or a TW200. I have a shoei RF1200 helmet for the street and a Bell MX-9 adventure for trail exploring.
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