Hey all, looks like I've found a bike, and now I'm seriously looking at protective gear. I know that the Kamloops Yamaha dealer is having a sale, but it's getting really picked over, (the lowest 'sale price' that I found on a helmet there is 180 bucks) and I'm having trouble finding anything that fits me and that I can afford (apparently all of us smaller dudes are frugal?)
I'm 5'8"ish and around 160lbs.
I've found a nice (looking) riding jacket from someone on this forum, but I'm looking to be as well protected as I can for as little cost as possible at first, then upgrade into better looking gear as I can afford it.
I basically just want to get riding asap, and cost vs amount of protection is an issue. I've found stuff online that says to buy boots and full leathers and stuff right off the bat, but that feels kind of pricey for me after buying and insuring a bike. Other sites say that high-top sneakers and jeans are ok and to focus most on a really nice helmet, jacket and gloves when starting out.
I've tried on a few textile and a few leather jackets over at the suzuki dealership, and a couple helmets over at the honda place. I don't know how the armour is supposed to fit, and I'm slightly worried that a poor choice here may be the difference between being able to walk after a spill and eating through a straw for the rest of my life. I'm leaning towards textile because I think it would be cooler than leather and lighter, what am I trading off?
Gloves and helmet:
I assume that the rules for choosing these are essentially the same as for motocross gear, so I think I'm ok here as long as the general areas to look at are fits snugly, good field of vision, and not too heavy. (but what is too heavy for a street helmet?)
To be honest, I wish i could get away with runners, just so that impromptu tricking/free-running sessions could ensue immediately after riding. I know that boots will prevent me from getting rashed and crushed around the ankles though... what should I look for in a pair of boots?
So anyway, I'm confused, to say the least, and advice on where to go and how to shop for safety gear would be greatly appreciated.