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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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Morning everyone. I'm a total newbie here, kids are now calling me MLC (Mid-Life-Crisis) as I'm 47, not been on a bike for 30 years and have seen the photos and adverts for the Bobber. This has triggered the inevitability, a sudden visit to the local Triumph dealership (Manchester) to see if the lust for a Bobber was real or just good advertising, after seeing the bike in the 3 colours it is now embedded into my head that I must have one..
Anyway, a few questions. I'll be using it for social riding no more than 2 hours at a time and 90% summer use.
1. Recommendations for jacket type? Advice on leather or textile - so many views on Google, see what advice I can obtain from you guys.
2. Recommendations on boots
3. Recommendations on gloves

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I just bought a pair of these TCX X-Grove shoes, very comfortable and not big and clunky like engineer or Harley boots

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...terproof-shoes
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A tough one! Everyone has variants on what they like to wear......or not wear.

Blue Jeans
Doc Martins boots.
Leather jacket with elbow/shoulder protection.
If hot out, jean jacket or the like.
Gloves with knuckle protection.
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Like the bike you ride the kit you wear is all about personal choice, so that’s a tough one! But the advice I would give to a newbie is make sure it fits well and choose quality, most people keep their jackets and helmets longer than they keep their bikes so this will pay off in the long run.

Also if you’re looking for a good online store and who isn’t these days checkout the Sports Bike Shop https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk their service is great.
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Thanks for your replies, yes I've now realised even gear is customised as well!
For one thing, I'll be purchasing good quality gear, hopefully I'll never need to know how good they are but 'just in case'


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Daytona boots, on my third pair, first 2 pairs lasted about 8 years each (300+ days a year riding in all weathers) and never a leak, just soles finally wore out and the cost of sending them back to Germany for a re-sole is about 50 quid less than a new pair.
Gloves - whateve you find that fits well and is comfortable.
Jacket - I use a Roadskin Hoodie if it's above 14 degrees C and dry (Roadskin Link) and will be upgrading to thier jeans when i need to change my current armoured ones. Or the Triumph Adventure jacket i had for 4 years if it's wet - I'm not a bike fashion victim, if it's comfortable/warm/dry I'll wear it - Unless it's Flourescent Yellow, Orange or Green in which case I'll laugh at it.

I tried the Triumph Leather (and waterproof) Belstaff jacket last week at the dealers after they ordered in one in my huge size but really didnt like the feeling after 20 years on textile jackets, though my close to 30 year old leather trousers are more cosmetic than protective, i hate to think how the stitching has held up over 30 odd salty winters!
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I just bought a pair of these TCX X-Grove shoes, very comfortable and not big and clunky like engineer or Harley boots

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...terproof-shoes
Yeah, I've got a pair of those. They are really comfortable.


I probably wouldn't wear them when I'm hooning about on my street triple, but for a more laid back ride on the bobber they are great.
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Then again if you decide to get leather look here>

Motorcycle Leather Trousers| Biker Leather Jeans| Mens Jeans|MONZA

They come in sizes to fit and fit really well. I love them and have a 29" inside leg!!!

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Would take a look at the Motolegends website or catalogue. Brilliant place to find all the kind of gear for riding a Bobber and the have you tube vids to take you through the main points
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I have to say like everyone else so far it?s a personal decision and all depends on what style or look your going for
I bought these boots just for the bobber and love them !!
http://www.getgeared.co.uk/rev-it-mo...ts-brown-white

Some days it just isn't worth chewing through the restraints !!!!
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