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.
AGV Sport Dragon Jacket
When it comes to abrasion protection denim is decent, textile is better and leather is best of all. AGV Sport’s Dragon jacket is all-leather and utilizes extra-thick 1.4mm cowhide and CE-approved armor at the shoulders and elbows. There’s also a thermal liner over a permanent mesh lining, sturdy zippers with oversized pulls and pleated leather panels to ensure a comfortable fit. When the weather warms up, the thermal liner zips out and air vents positioned at the chest and shoulders keep you cool. The best part? This full-featured jacket only costs $249.99.
Bell Revolver Helmet
You can have it all with the Revolver modular helmet from Bell. This new DOT-approved lid has a pivoting chin bar so you can sip a drink or communicate with civilians not versed in muffled motorcycle helmet-speak. The Revolver borrows the Star’s aerodynamic shape, Velocity Flow ventilation system and removable anti-microbial liner. It also has an internal sunshade and an anti-fog, anti-scratch faceshield. Pick one up for just $199.99.
Bikemaster Replacement Parts
Tip-overs happen, and no one is more likely to undergo that embarrassment than the fledgling rider. When the inevitable happens, BikeMaster is there to take the sting off the repair bill. BikeMaster’s hefty catalog includes a massive selection of replacement levers, mirrors and turn signalsjust the bits that tend to get smashed when your kickstand inexplicably retracts. Parts are available for vintage and modern bikes, and typically cost half as much as new OE components.
Shinko Apex Tires
Based in Osaka, Japan, Shinko has been casting tires since 1946, and started making motorcycle tires after purchasing the rights to Yokohama’s radial technology in 1998. Since then Shinko has continued to acquire and develop cutting-edge technologies, and the company’s new 010 Apex tires are the result. The Apexes feature Zero Degree JLSB (Jointless Steel Belting) for stability and strength, and use an intermediate rubber compound for a balance of grip and durability. They’re available in all common street-tire sizes and can be purchased for less than $300 a set.