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Old 11-03-2012, 09:47 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Your Oakleys will be fine.

Any pair of boots will be fine. Hiking, work, riding. It's all good.

Just buy the cheapest pair of gloves at the dealer. They will last and will come in handy.

You will most likely need a helmet. It's a good purchase in case you ever ride through a helmet state.

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Old 11-03-2012, 11:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I find that the mechanixwear leather gloves are great for warm weather riding. very comfortable too. you can usually find em at your local hardware store . I used to ride dirt and compared some of the gloves found em to be the same at half the price.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:11 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I bought a nice pair of harley boots. they were some of the most uncomfortable boots I've ever had. only worn once. I usually end up wearing my steel toed work boots.

when it comes to gloves, I prefer comfortable black leather. I got a great pair from a local Farm and Home store.

I also took the safety class. there was a lot of it that was a waste, but there were a few tips and ideas that have really kept me safer.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Before I go any further:

I'd like to thank everyone on this forum. I've been reading the many threads and have already gotten a lot of questions answered. You guys are cool. I look forward to finally getting my new bike in a few short months!

But first things first. I have to get my motorcycle license. My class is coming up fast (November 18). The class has some requirements for garment so I thought I would ask opinions here.

* Footwear. I must use leather boots that cover the entire foot. Recommendations?

* Longsleeve shirt. Yeah, I got that.

* Longsleeve coat. Got that, two. I have a nice jean jacket I can wear.

* Gloves. Must cover the hands and be leather. Ideas?

* Pants. Levi's jeans, of course.

* Riding glasses. Ideas on this one? I assume my Oakleys will not cut it.

Thank you all for your help.

Oakleys are fine
Decent workboots are fine.

If you are going to take the class at a dealership, many of the classes work out a 10% discount during the class. Buy it then.

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Old 11-03-2012, 04:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Take a look at River Road gear. Nice stuff, reasonably priced. Good website to check it all out.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Remember...this is just for the class. You don't need to rush off and get a bunch of expensive riding gear for this class and then end up not wearing it after you pass your class.

I just wore what I had on-hand: a long sleeved denim shirt, jeans, a regular heavy long sleeved jacket with a liner and some old hiking boots I had lying around that covered the ankle. I used the helmet they provided. The only thing I bought for the class were a good set of leather gauntlet gloves. My class was in January and it was cold and foggy. Dress warm, in layers, so you can remove clothing as the day warms up.

After you pass the class, then go shopping for the gear that you really want .
+1. That is damn good advice> the only thing I have to add, is to consider the type of riding you will be doing, the time of year etc.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:37 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Under armour cold gear is a must for winter riding in my opinion

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Old 11-04-2012, 08:04 AM   #18 (permalink)
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The class does require helmets. Although they do provide them, I have my own. My uncle gave it to me. He's one of those Harley guys that takes such great care of his stuff, the helmet still looks and even smells like it's brand new even though it's almost 3 years old. My apologies for the confusion.


LOL! You definitly have the sickness! I was looking online at the local store's website. They do have some nice stuff and I do see some Harley boots in my near future, but it is expensive. I'll save that stuff for the day I get my bike.


It seems a lot of guys I've met use work boots and safety glasses for riding gear. The reason is usually because work provides them so no money involved. We do have a Harbor Freight in town so I'll check them out. Thanks for the heads up!


Thanks for the heads up. You're quite correct. If I spend almost $200 on a pair of gloves, they need to last a long time regardless of who stamped their name on them. I typed in "motorcycle gloves" on Saw some neat stuff that didn't cost an arm and a leg. You recommend any of those?


Hey! Got a pro photographer pal that takes pictures of the Husker Hotties all the time! Does great work! His name is Jimi. Anyway, thanks for the advice. I think I will take it very easy during the course and not buy anything expensive. Besides, this close the Xmas my wife would kill me, anyway!


I'll write down those names. Saw them on, also. After the class, I'll check them out as I'll want to have all that stuff ready they day I get the ride.


I do have some old boots laying around, but they are worn and may not be acceptable for the class. Old pair of steel toes I had back in the day when I worked on a manufacturing floor. They have sections peeling off them! My class is in two weeks, so it may be cold by then.

Thank you, everyone! I have to admit, this is starting to feel like it's going to be way easier than I thought it would! And I'm getting pumped!

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Old 11-04-2012, 11:12 AM   #19 (permalink)
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it will be easier than you think... my best advice.. relax and enjoy the class!

as for the boots.. you can get boots that look like harley boots for way less .. that HD adds to cost.. not necessarily value.. i prefer Red Wings myself.. i have a few pair i wear to ride in but my red wings are my fave by far
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:05 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Just got back from the Harley shop. HDSickness is right. The cute little girl with the nice rack behind the counter can most certainly hook you up with all the gear you need if you just give her your credit card. Of course, there may not be much of a credit card left over when she's done.

I did get a helmet and gloves on the cheap. The boots are going to have to come from some place else. Way to expensive at the Harley shop.

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