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... had a crash (lowsided) after dropping a bike through a turn after riding over someone's leaky oil-pan contents - was wearing leather riding jacket (padding instead of armor), helmet, gloves (gauntlet type), Prexsport boots, JEANS.

no road rash except for the knees - recommend leather pants whenever possible. In 100+ degree temps out here in Calif though, it starts looking like a toss-up b/t jeans and leathers.

for group or dedicated canyon rides, I always try to wear my leather suits (... gets kinda iffy when it's so hot that you feel like passing out) and my Sidi sport boots (Vertebra).
 
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Boy you guys seem to have great stuff there. I have not bought my riding jacket yet. Manage with a pair of jeans and regular leather jacket with added reflective stripes.

Saving money for some good riding gear.
-Spaceman.
 

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Within six months of buying my M900 last year, I assembled an outfit including Joe Rocket Pheonix jacket and pants and Alpinestar GPS boots. In the warm Florida weather where I am, this combo is tolerable well up into the 90's. I am lazy about putting the pants on sometimes and just opt for jeans.

In the past, I've had two bad get-offs. One on the road at 60 mph and one in the dirt which put me on crutches for 6 weeks. On the road, my upper body took the punishment. In the dirt, it was the feet (endo with the bike landing on me at least once).

I believe in a post I read recently that you should spend as much on gear as you would spend on skin grafts - and thus be ahead by the healing time saved. So I just picked up a set of Dainese 2-piece leathers for all but the hottest weather.

Yes, it's a PITA suiting up. but I still remember what a PITA it was going to work with my entire back and one arm a huge scab, or getting around on crutches for a while. That protection versus skin graft comparo really hit home with me.

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... for those of you riders who are more suited (sorry about the pun), i.e. genetically designed, as in shorter and lighter, to racing, found out that Vanson has a "kids" leathers program that is far more reasonable in price and will actually fit you (compared to the "average joe" sized riding suits).
 
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I just purchased a bunch of gear with the new bike... Got an AGV Leather Jacket (Suzuki Logos on the arms) with hard armor $249, an Arlen Ness Summer Jacket $110, and a 1pc Teknic Chicane suit (http://www.newenough.com) for just about $300 and also another pair of Teknic Violator Pro gloves $69 (to match the new bike...) I'm shopping for a back protector and some good "Racing" style boots (all black)... any recommendations?? There is nothing like having nice gear!!
 

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BUMP! ;)

I can't believe I started this thread 18 years ago! Not sure how many legacy members there are on this forum, but I'd also love to hear from the new generation of Monster riders, so please chime in!

BTW, I'm a long time Monster owner (custom 1995 M900) from the Jurassic era whose bike has been on ice for a while in the back of the garage. Time to change that :)
 

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I can't believe I started this thread 18 years ago!
That's some serious necro posting. :LOL:

The weather has been conducive to wearing my Z Custom leathers bought a dozen or so years ago and updated with new sleeves and repairs to the pants due to sweat damage a couple years ago. It's a 2 piece and my favorite gear of all time along with the custom made boots. They fit just right, because they were custom made to my dimensions. I like the black with red accents that I picked. But when it gets up around 90F or higher, it starts to be too damn hot. For cold weather it is hard to layer enough to stay warm.

For those hot hot days I have a 2 piece Joe Rocket Mesh suit. Less protection, but less chance of a heat stroke.

Probably the most versatile piece is the Joe Rocket Survivor suit. One piece textile, has a zip in quilted liner that is nice and warm. Decent armor, got the bigger back protector. Comes in different sizes, AND different lengths. Good, because many pants are too long in the leg for me. So I pick the short version, and it has lots of velcro and snaps and such to adjust the fit. Takes a little time to adjust at first, then you are good. The say it is water proof. The one time I got in a downpour with it on, I found it is not quite there. It leaked where? The crotch area of course. :p Otherwise it is quite good. Maybe not as good as Aerostitch, but less pricey.

I recommend custom made leathers. The price is competitive with the higher priced non custom stuff out there. Cough, Dainese. Then again maybe an off the shelf suit fits you just right. If budget conscious look at the new version Survivor suit. About $450 now at Revzilla.

I also have a 1 piece AGV Sport size 48, 1 piece with near new knee pucks, that I have not worn since I got the Z suit. It is in good shape, and available for cheap. Hit me up.

Cheers. :)
 

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I believe I'm riding in the same weather as you are (So Cal). Z Custom Leathers? I haven't seen a set of those in over a decade when a few of my then club racer friends were rocking them. Always great gear for sure, and awesome that they are local.

Back in the day, I had a bespoke Kushitani suit made for me in Hamamatsu. It fit like the leathers of the 500GP racers I idolized, but I outgrew them too quickly, and they now serve as a wall ornament. I've been mostly Dainese for "performance riding" ever since. Spendy, but I was always fortunate to have a Dainese connection, so I paid a lot less than most. I am considering another set of custom leathers as off the rack are either too tight (I'm slightly stocky and no longer as lean as I used to be 20 years ago lol) or too baggy (I'm also vertically challenged with a short inseam so anything that fits my torso is too long). Maybe I should just say I'm short and fat? lol Thank you for the offer, but I'm fairly certain that they wouldn't fit me.

I always ride in a jacket with CE Armour and will probably get a pair of riding pants to zip into or at least some kevlar jeans as I don't ride on the street at the pace that I used to when I was wearing my 1-piece almost exclusively. I don't buy gear that often, and I'm always pleasantly surprised to see how much better the protection is designed, even though I'm not a huge fan where a lot of it is being made nowadays.
 

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This means that the jacket and the pants can be worn separately. You can choose to wear only the jacket for short journeys and to combine it with kevlar jeans. If you drive a lot of miles on the street and make little or no trips to the circuit, a 2-piece suit may be the best choice.
 
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