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So, I've been looking around online, and this is what I've been looking into getting. I need a good protective jacket for highway travel that would also be good for riding in the rain and winter riding.

sorry, having issues posting links...

cover for the bike:
http://www.carscover.com/Yamaha-TMAX-Su ... 243NB.html

jacket:
http://www.jafrum.com/Motorcycle-Jacket ... 2033-Black

pants:
http://www.jafrum.com/LP2821;jsessionid ... 1902610549

gloves:
http://www.jafrum.com/Motorcycle-Gear/M ... 1902610549
 

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CRASman, IMHO you get what you pay for in gear (how much is your body worth?)...this stuff looks to be pretty low end. If you want warmth and protection stay away from mesh jackets since they provide little of either. Mesh is designed for airflow/warm weather riding and offers little protection in the event of an "off". Nothing provides better protection than leather but if you don't want to go that route a heavy textile would be a good second choice. Take your time in selecting your gear. If you buy smart it should be a one time purchase. Here are some links where I've found some good buys:
http://www.newenough.com/
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/
http://www.leatherup.com/
http://www.revzilla.com/
Good luck and ride safe!
 

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I agree mesh is not for cooler/cold weather.
There are a lot a good deals right now, since the season is winding down.
If you are a member of AMA you get a discount at Bike Bandit
 

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buy winter stuff in the summer and summer stuff in the winter - saves you a bunch of bucks.

You wear vented gear because its hot outside - black is the worst color you can wear when its hot
 

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Well, I got this mainly for winter driving, I know that jacket is mesh, but I can always wear a sweatshirt under it... I got it because it was cheaper and had the waterproof lining on the inside. I mainly just drive my bike around town, and I live in a small town. Not a WHOLE lot of traffic, and I take the side roads mostly. I plan on getting a good set sometime later... I just didn't have a whole lot of money to play with at the moment, but I needed SOMETHING rather than nothing.
 

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CRASman, IMHO you get what you pay for in gear (how much is your body worth?)...this stuff looks to be pretty low end. If you want warmth and protection stay away from mesh jackets since they provide little of either. Mesh is designed for airflow/warm weather riding and offers little protection in the event of an "off". Nothing provides better protection than leather but if you don't want to go that route a heavy textile would be a good second choice. Take your time in selecting your gear. If you buy smart it should be a one time purchase. Here are some links where I've found some good buys:
http://www.newenough.com/
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/
http://www.leatherup.com/
http://www.revzilla.com/
Good luck and ride safe!
Is it better to get a leather jacket? I wouldn't mind putting the money into getting a nice one. I just didn't have that kind of money right now. Should be able to get one in the next couple months...
 

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i have two dainese jackets one for summer and one for the winter.
its very expensive but when you ride with them you understand its well worth the money.same for helmets(i have the shoei xr1100)and gloves.
wait and save up but when you buy buy the best.
 

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CRASman said:
Is it better to get a leather jacket? I wouldn't mind putting the money into getting a nice one. I just didn't have that kind of money right now. Should be able to get one in the next couple months...
Yes, it is better and save your money to buy the best you can afford rather than wasting it on stuff that ultimately isn't going to meet your needs. Better to take all that you would have spent above on cover, pants, jacket, and gloves and get a real good jacket...actually start with the helmet and work down if you don't already have a really good helmet(your head's worth the most). Watch the closeout specials at newenough.com and others...you can get a great leather jacket for $150- $200. It seems like a lot to lay out but over time it will come together and besides...your worth it! :wink:
 

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I know it is tempting to skimp on the gear to get riding, but you really shouldn't. In the next six months, you'll hit the worst weather for riding possible, and the most potential for an accident. It'll cost you some money initially, but you'll save money in the end by not repeatedly "buying up".

Black, I would avoid if at all possible. I bought my gear in black thinking I'd pick up some warmth in the winter...and found none. But! ...I found the warmth in the summer...lots of it. I used to park next to a BMW rider who had about a 45 mile commute (each way) on the freeway. He dressed in black all the time. Then one day, he came in with a yellow hi-vis vest. I asked him why, and he said it was because he saw a black Labrador Retriever get hit on the freeway at night...over and over and over and over again. About nine times. No one saw the poor dog till it was too late. He had visions of that being himself. Black and gray are wonderful for blending into the road.

You can buy an inexpensive reflective vest like the one in my avatar for about $25-30 from places that sell clothing for construction workers. They don't say "motorcycle" on them...but they cost half as much.

Besides dressing to be seen and to avoid getting road rash and broken knees in a fall, you want to look at trapping the warm air in, and keeping the cold air out.

Look into a neck gaiter. It'll do wonders for keeping you warm by stopping the cold air from knifing down your collar.

I wear a TourMaster Flex jacket. It is designed to have the 600 denier panels on the front, sleeves and back remove and leave you with a mesh jacket. That is the "Flex" part. It works well, but you can get a simpler jacket that is not mesh for less cost. Often you can find last year's model being sold and at a heavy discount. You can also find jackets on places like Craigslist. Just do some window shopping at your local motorcycle shop to get sizing right.

The jacket has a wind/rain liner inside and a quilted liner. So it works in all kinds of weather. (That's the "Flex" part of the name.) I've ridden with this jacket in temperatures from 16F to 110+F. As it gets colder, I add two things. First, a rain jacket on the outside. That traps warm air in and keeps the cold air out. I'll also add a sweatshirt when the temperatures get around 30F. One jacket has lasted me for all kinds of climate conditions without having to buy one for summer, and one for winter.

Just to clarify things, I don't ride in ice or snow. When the temperatures dipped below freezing, the roads were dry and black ice wasn't a hazard. I do not advocate making your scooter into a unicycle. ;)

For pants, I use a pair of Fieldsheer Mercury I pants. They are last year's model and work just fine. The first pair I had of TourMaster pants had a very fine zipper that failed in a little over a year. This pair of pants have a heavier zipper and are holding up fine. I also have rain pants that I put over these to help keep dry and warm.

Boots don't have to be "motorcycle" boots. But you do need something to go over the ankle. I get mine from Big 5 Sporting Goods for about $25-28 on sale. They work fine and are waterproof. In the winter, I'll put some cheap insoles in the bottom to help keep the feet warm.

The gloves you showed looked good, but you will want some inexpensive glove liners too. Places like REI sell some for about $12 that work great. They also sell some with a metal fiber woven in the liner and a pocket on the back of the hand that you can put a heat pack into. The heat packs can be reused several times, if you put them in a zip-loc bag when you stop to stop the combustion.

Lastly, when you plan to ride in the morning, it helps to bring your gear inside over night to warm up. That way, the gear is starting at 65F, instead of 40F, and you're not using your limited body warmth to get it warm.

Newenough Leathers is an excellent source, as is Motorcycle Closeouts. Craigslist and eBay can work well too. You may end up with black, as that is the most popular color, but just supplement it with the hi-vis vest.

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Alright, thanks for the info guys. I'll definitely save up and get a good leather jacket. :) As for the helmet, right now I have a Raider helmet. I think it's like a really cheap helmet but it was free. I'm actually saving up to get a good quality helmet. But for now, this one is better than nothing...
 

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Before you buy your next helmet, you may wish to spend some time reading through webBikeWorld. They do reviews of all kinds of clothing and equipment, but especially helmets. There's all kinds of info on helmet sizing, weight, ventilation, noise, etc. And believe it or not, the lowest priced helmets are sometimes the best.

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Nooot riding gear but I just bought a polo shirt and jacket from this company with the TMax theme to them.

http://www.worldracingmall.com/index.php

I'll post some pics and quality assessments as soon as they show up. I'm planning on the polo shirts being used at work since I work at the Yamaha dealership.
 

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CRASman said:
I need a good protective jacket for highway travel that would also be good for riding in the rain and winter riding.
I'd recommend AGAINST leather if you're going to be in the rain. Its only real-world advantage is on the track. Quality textiles are better in every other way.

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IMO Tourmaster is a good brand.
I also like First Gear
 

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Both of those are jackets I've looked into. In my case, I'm short, only 5'6" and when I tried on a 3/4 length jacket in a store, I found it goes down too far. It would be okay while standing, but when sitting on a seat, I think it would bunch up in front.

But if you are taller...and most of the world is :lol: , than they are excellent choices.

Chris
 
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