Getting into motorcycling is an exciting, life-changing event, but it’s an experience that can leave you scrounging for loose change under the couch cushions. Riding gear, insurance and parts to fix up your new/old bike can tax your wallet. And while suave Italian leather is certainly something to aspire to, this month’s Gear spread is dedicated to outfitting you affordably.
Z1r Jackal Helmet
A helmet is a no-brainer, but why not buy one that covers a few bases? The Jackal helmet from Z1R is DOT and ECE-certified and comes with convenient features such as an anti-fog faceshield and integrated flip-down sunshade, so you don’t have to carry a spare shield. The polycarbonate shell contains dual-density EPS for increased energy absorption and there’s a removable anti-microbial Heal-Tec liner. The Jackal is available in several arresting designs for $199.99, or you can save $10 by choosing a solid color.
Fly Street Gear
You could say the crew at Fly has gone supermoto, trading in their knobbies for slicks and moving from the dirt to the road with a host of affordable jackets, pants and gloves for street riders. The Butane jacket ($149.95) and pants ($159.95) are hewn from durable 600-denier nylon backed by a HydraGuard waterproof liner. The outfit incorporates CE-approved armor, reflective piping, myriad pockets and vents and numerous zips and straps to customize the fit and seal out the weather. Both pieces are tailored for the riding position and are available in men’s and women’s sizes in several colors.
Icon Super Duty Boots
Super Duty boots are a big hit among street riders for a reason. Now in their fourth iteration, the Super Duties combine low-key style and comfort with protection and value. These $90 kicks have a leather upper, internal ankle protection and recessed laces that won’t get hung up on your shift lever. Like any good engineer boots they’ve got a steel shank, and the mid-foot straps have been upgraded with aluminum buckles.
Scorpion Gunner Gloves
The Gunner gloves come from Scorpion’s Xtreme Distance Rider collection, which means they’re designed for the long haul, and at $65.95 they’re an amazing bargain. A light and flexible Cordura chassis plays host to goatskin leather panels, plastic knuckle armor and steel-reinforced palm protection. Stretch panels, a Kwik-Wick liner and a long gauntlet promote comfort while a full-length removable Hipora waterproof liner gives the Gunners wet-weather capabilities.