Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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I think it's worth spending the extra money on quality gear, especially if you plan on riding at highway speeds.
Most of the cheaper textile gear is polyester, which doesn't have much abrasion resistance. Leather is great for abrasion, but awful for tearing if the fit isn't perfect, so I wouldn't use it for pants and jacket. Cordura and Kevlar seem to be the best balance of the two, with Kevlar gear being much better and corresponding much more expensive.
I have a one piece Cordura Olympia Odyssey suit in high vis, and I love it. I added CE1 hip pads as the included foam pads aren't sufficient IMO. There are a few other really good one piece suits out there, but for whatever reason they aren't very popular.
Most people skimp on boots and gloves. Gloves in particular are key as you'll likely try to catch yourself with your hands, so they're a common first point of impact. Cheap gloves won't protect your hands, or will be too grippy, putting too much force into your arm at once and breaking it. I would suggest good full gauntlet leather gloves, and if you buy a model a year or two behind you can often get better gloves for less money.
At the end of the day, you need to ask how much your health is worth to you, and gear up accordingly.
Every bike is a good bike. The question is whether or not it's the best bike for what you want to do.
The Little Sport Tourer That Could - 2011 CBR250R with touring windscreen, Saddlemen seat, tank cover, frame sliders, mirror extenders, taller gearing via sprockets to fix speedo and reduce vibration at highway speed. Written off due to act of moron.