Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Idaho. Famous Potatoes!
So i started this tread in August and since have made a few purchases and figured I would post an update. When this thread started, I was new (again) into riding which I hadnt done for a long time. Having sold everything from my first time, I knew there were some advancements and probably new players in the riding gear world so I wanted to get an idea from you guys/gals what you used to start getting a gauge of where to start looking to get ready to ride again on a cruiser this time as opposed to the cafe FZR600 that I had when I was younger. Anyway, here are some thoughts: I still ride with my 1/2 face SENA. My wife also has this helmet and I bought them because I liked the style, and of course they have the built-in bluetooth communication capabilities. She has only ridden with me a handful of times, but I must say, it sure is nice to be able to talk to each other as we are cruising around. It is truye, once you hit part around 60-65, it start getting more difficult to talk/hear. Anything below that, and you can have a conversation. Great for around town but wouldnt be worth much on a good long highway cruise in my opinion. However, next spring, we will be looking at the full-face ones that I believe Cycle gear sells that has the SENA built in already so that we can converse on longer trips. Believe its the BILT Tech 2.0 but still need to do research on that one. Been riding on/off still here in Idaho. Mornings are roughly around 30 degrees in mornings with afternoons reaching around 50 to 55. That half face does well with me wearing a balaclavas and a mask under it. Will enjoy a full face though a lot more so looking forward to that for spring. I did pick up some Highway 21 Jab gloves both in the full finger and half. The full gloves are nice. Borderline not enough glove at 30 degrees, but still ok. I am usually a large but after the recommendations online, I went with an XL which fit good. The half fingers however aren't as nice. Weird as they to are XL, but right side seems smaller than left and becomes a bit uncomfortable after 15-20 minutes. Just not sure it wasn't a fluke or if that company is a bit lax on their QC? Not sure. I came across a pair of goggles at my local Honda dealer. They have the headband and they had them in clear, yellow, and tinted lens. They were right around 12.00 for a pair so i threw the dice and grabbed a pair of yellow tint so I could wear them in day and night. They have full padding around the lens and that has been all I wear now unless my wife goes with and then i let her wear those and I wear my Oakleys. I will buy another pair as they do good protection against wind and the price was right. Also was looking for a leather jacket and ended up picking up a Street&Steel Freemont. I have been really impressed with not only its warmth but its wind break capabilities. When riding to work in 30 deg mornings, I just have a t-shirt underneath it and have absolute no issue with not being warm. Granted, my commute is roughly 9 miles and speeds are no faster than 55-60, but that is still nice to not have to bundle up to much under it. The quilted liner is removable as well so that has been nice to utilize on some could mornings and not needing that quilt in the afternoons. I know it isn't as protective like a leather when it comes to crashing, but it does have elbow, back, and shoulder pads for those not so fast incidents! Believe I paid about 120.00 for the jacket and was, in my opinion, a great buy. Ok, there are a few updates and reviews of some riding accessories from a neebie point of view. There are tons of items and companies to choose from out there. Hopefully those who are newer to this site and/or riding can get some ideas from these posts.