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New rider here (Heritage Classic) seeking recommendations for safety gear head to toe for self and wife. Planning day trips with some dirt roads. TIA!
 

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My safety gear varies from day to day. Today it is a Smith & Wesson. Yesterday it was a H & K. Might be a Glock tomorrow, or maybe a Sig LOL.
Don't know Joe, the way its been going as of late, we all may need to mount twin 50 BMGs front and rear!
 

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Double Ma-Douce, now that will clear a path!
 

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I know everyone hates wearing helmets at all but we have full face helmets. Here in CA, helmets are required - we wear full face because my husband is allergic to bees. I hated the helmet at first, but can tell you within a weekend of riding, we went through a swarm of bees where I would have gotten stung at least six times in the face and a rock that hit so hard (freeway trip) that put a divot in my visor.
We did invest in Bluetooth communication to talk to each other because you can't hear shit with the full face helmets on but I am now glad that we have them.
Good boots are nice to have, also. My husband wears his work boots, he bought me a pair of super cute Harley boots that are more comfortable than any pair of shoes I've ever worn and protect my ankles.
The downside is we don't protect our body as much as we should. Levi's and a jacket sometimes I just wear tank top depending on where we're riding so I guess I'm dumb on that part.
 

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New rider here (Heritage Classic) seeking recommendations for safety gear head to toe for self and wife. Planning day trips with some dirt roads. TIA!
Well that depends on where you ride, more than what you ride. HighPlainsDrifter, by that name, you ride in the North-West, Mid-West or South-West? The temp and wet play i big roll in gear.

I'm about as far South-West as one can be (80 miles North of San Diego, on the desert side) and still be in the Continental U.S.
The common gear out here is full coverage riding boots, Kevlar lined jeans, a cotton long sleeve t shirt or a cooling gear riding shirt, leather vest or jacket (depending on temps) I occasionally wear a Kevlar mesh jacket, (that's only because the P.O. included it with the bike). I prefer a 3/4-Modular helmet, my wife likes her full-face helmet. I keep cooling gear and water in the bags. (those wet neck things and just got some "cooling neck tubes" but, haven't tried them yet). The biggest help i found in preventing from gettin cooked is, fairings! Keeps the blast furnace turned down!

My wife rides wearing a Street n Steel black Kevlar jacket. I guess it's vented well because she never complains about the heat wen we ride but, constantly complaining about the heat at home? IDK. I prefer riding with temps less than 100. But this is the SoCal desert. Seen it get to 125. That is just too HOT!
 
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Those cooling things you put around your neck definitely do work. We are in Southern California as well, last weekend we were riding in a hundred and ten degree weather.
While going through some of the older threads on here I did find a really awesome Kevlar Jacket high visibility, reflection on the back. My husband hated it but I'm thinking about getting myself one
 

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What I find works best in a sub compact .45 ACP for summer and the full 1911 Colt for winter when clothing allows for a little heavier packing.

I have taken to riding with a 3/4 retro lid of late. Boots always.

I have found the 3/4 open face still gives me the peripheral vision I want without the head tip of the damn half helmet.
 

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What I find works best in a sub compact .45 ACP for summer and the full 1911 Colt for winter when clothing allows for a little heavier packing.

I have taken to riding with a 3/4 retro lid of late. Boots always.

I have found the 3/4 open face still gives me the peripheral vision I want without the head tip of the damn half helmet.
my friend rides with a half helmet I see her adjusting it constantly and she says the wind pulls her head back. I thought she didn't have it strapped tight enough but it's as tight as it'll go and a size small. Those half helmets suck.
 

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my friend rides with a half helmet I see her adjusting it constantly and she says the wind pulls her head back. I thought she didn't have it strapped tight enough but it's as tight as it'll go and a size small. Those half helmets suck.
She must like headaches? Too busy trying to look cool, to be comfortable?
 
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Those cooling things you put around your neck definitely do work. We are in Southern California as well, last weekend we were riding in a hundred and ten degree weather.
While going through some of the older threads on here I did find a really awesome Kevlar Jacket high visibility, reflection on the back. My husband hated it but I'm thinking about getting myself one
On one of the group rides out through Desert Hot Springs, one gal in the group had a "cooling vest". She poured water on it, lightly twisted it, then put it on. then she wore a long sleeve white button up shirt over that. The vest is ugly blue, but worn invisible. I'm thinking of adding those to the temp arsenal, on my next stop at Cycle Gear.
 

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Helmets are now optional here in KY but I always wear one and don't mind it a bit. I wear a Bell Pit Boss 1/2 helmet. Like it much better than the 3/4 I used to wear and I can hear my music better. And the Pit Boss has a little thingy wheel behind my neck that lets me adjust it at least a bit. That is really handy when I need to put on my HD Hi-Viz rain suit cause I can use the hood on the rainsuit than put my helmet on over the hood by adjusting the helmet for a little looser/bigger fit. Used to get water running in around the neck area but now using the hood no leaks around the neck. And I always wear boots and jeans. Yeah, that's the full extent of my riding safety gear but I only ride in warm or hot weather so I'm not getting into additional clothing protection.
 

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Those cooling things you put around your neck definitely do work. We are in Southern California as well, last weekend we were riding in a hundred and ten degree weather.
While going through some of the older threads on here I did find a really awesome Kevlar Jacket high visibility, reflection on the back. My husband hated it but I'm thinking about getting myself one
This is her jacket, I know the piping is reflective, I think the embroidery is also.
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Gloves. Always wear gloves. You will almost certainly try and put your hands down when falling to stop yourself and the skin on your hands will not withstand asphalt at speed very well. None of your skin will, but who tries to land butt first?

Helmet. Plain and simple, wear one. You have to decide what style you prefer because they all have their pluses and minuses, but protect the brain!

Hard soled leather boots that go above the ankle are always a good idea. Feet are one of the things most likely to get drug and/or pinned and your Chuck Taylor's won't do a damn thing to stop the damage.

That being said, protective gear is all personal preference. You have the guys that are ATGAT and you have guys who don't even wear jeans and ride in shorts and flip flops. Should it be worn? Of course, we all know that but conditions change and we make decisions knowing the consequences.
 

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My gear depends on the day (temp/humidity), but 3 things I will NEVER compromise on:
  • Full Face Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Leather boots that go well above the ankle
I have a leather HD jacket that weighs as metric sh|t ton when the weather is cooler/cold, and a Tourmaster textile/mesh jacket (with removable rain liner) and overpants when it's raining or I want my legs to be warmer.

At s minimum, I would consider:
Helmet
Jacket (mesh or leather) or leather vest
Riding jeans or leather chaps
Gloves
Boots

As others have said, it's a personal choice and location/weather will dictate what you wear. I always say it's easier to deal with sweat than blood. I also have to be a voice for safety for a second here. You stated you're a new rider who got a Heritage Classic. I'd advise getting some serious solo miles down first before you add a pillion. Being new on a heavy cruiser is one thing, adding another human who may not know enough to lean the right way in curves/turns/etc. is a whole other ball of wax. ESPECIALLY if you are planning on riding some dirt roads.

Be safe and enjoy the ride!
 

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My gear depends on the day (temp/humidity), but 3 things I will NEVER compromise on:
  • Full Face Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Leather boots that go well above the ankle
I have a leather HD jacket that weighs as metric sh|t ton when the weather is cooler/cold, and a Tourmaster textile/mesh jacket (with removable rain liner) and overpants when it's raining or I want my legs to be warmer.

At s minimum, I would consider:
Helmet
Jacket (mesh or leather) or leather vest
Riding jeans or leather chaps
Gloves
Boots

As others have said, it's a personal choice and location/weather will dictate what you wear. I always say it's easier to deal with sweat than blood. I also have to be a voice for safety for a second here. You stated you're a new rider who got a Heritage Classic. I'd advise getting some serious solo miles down first before you add a pillion. Being new on a heavy cruiser is one thing, adding another human who may not know enough to lean the right way in curves/turns/etc. is a whole other ball of wax. ESPECIALLY if you are planning on riding some dirt roads.

Be safe and enjoy the ride!
Excellent advice and post!!!!

As a side note, I have a question for you. I rode many miles on the back of a bike from growing up riding on my dad's to having boyfriends in a high school and now my husband. I was taught many years ago to lean in a little into the curves, not crazy leaning just leaning into the curves.
My husband does not want me to do that, he basically wants me to just sit on the back and enjoy the ride. I still do lean in a little but why would he not want me to lean? He's got my weight which I'm about 125 lbs on the back of a 900-pound bike. I know it's not from lack of experience as he has had motorcycles his whole life but this is very foreign to me.
 

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Excellent advice and post!!!!

As a side note, I have a question for you. I rode many miles on the back of a bike from growing up riding on my dad's to having boyfriends in a high school and now my husband. I was taught many years ago to lean in a little into the curves, not crazy leaning just leaning into the curves.
My husband does not want me to do that, he basically wants me to just sit on the back and enjoy the ride. I still do lean in a little but why would he not want me to lean? He's got my weight which I'm about 125 lbs on the back of a 900-pound bike. I know it's not from lack of experience as he has had motorcycles his whole life but this is very foreign to me.
I've never rode 2-up before, and don't plan to anytime soon. Wife may take the MSF next year, if not, I'll look at trikes in a few years as we want to do some cross-country travelling. I've just heard stories about pillions who threw a bike out of balance by not leaning or worse yet, being all nervous and jerky on the back. I'd wager that on a 900-pound bike it probably doesn't make as much difference. I'd take him at his word, sounds like he just wants you to relax and enjoy the ride. Of course, old habits die hard and you'll probably lean more than you intend to. Sounds like a good man. (y)
 

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Fox Creek Leather for jackets.
 
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