Green Girl

by Sandra
(Emmitsburg, Maryland, USA)

My Gentleman Friend is buying a beautiful Harley Roadster. I have a background as a trauma nurse so I am a bit timid when it comes to bikes. It is a beautiful bike. We are going to take a safety class together and I will probably end up getting my own bike eventually. Where do I find a shopping list of basic must haves for safety equipment and apparel. I also need a list of must knows.

Thank you, Sandra

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Jul 09, 2010
by: Aili

Everyone's comments are right on.

One thing to remember with helmet & jacket, is that light or bright colors are much more visible than dark/black. You'll see in the course's movie, a rider in black and one in white & green and what a huge difference it makes. #1 rule: See and Be Seen.

I have a mesh jacket for summer (by First Gear), then when it started getting cooler I got a wind-proof jacket (by Joe Rocket). My boots are specifically for mc riding (made by River Road), hiking boots are too soft-soled & will wear out, cowboy boots have smooth leather soles & are slippery. Finding comfy gloves was a huge challenge for me. I use a pair of Phase gloves (men's small) which don't bunch up on the palms. They are not warm, though, and I'm still searching for cold-weather gloves that fit the way I like.

Some fear will keep you alert, but don't get too wrapped up in it, let go and enjoy the ride.

Jul 01, 2010
From 1 Sandra to another.
by: Sandra

That course you will be taking will have a detailed list - and you will need the essential gear just to take an MSF Basic Rider course - or at least I did. I even had to use one of their helmets because although mine was DOT approved, it was not sufficient for the course (a Bell Shorty). I just last night got my HJC FS-3 DOT and Snell approved helmet and it feels much more secure! I don't care if my husband does not care for the "large headed" look - the shorty did not make me feel protected. I also just got my "real" biker boots, even though the ones I had passed course inspection. They truly did not have the traction or soles to be biker wear - they were just "cuter". I do wear fingerless leather gloves (a no-no), but keep a full pair in my saddle bags for cold weather comfort. And of course, I had my leather jacket 6 months before I bought the bike...

May 10, 2010
Safety apperal
by: Anonymous

First things:
Over the ankle boots with a good non-slip sole
Gloves (winter & summer)
Jackets with armor (winter & summer) I can make about 6 combination's with all my different layers

Optional- depending what kind of riding you do,..
Rain gear
Riding pants

May 09, 2010
Green Girl
by: robin


Yes, Judy's comments are spot on...keep us posted...there is also a lot of good info in this forum...check out the articles...they helped me and I am a newbie..

May 08, 2010
Getting Started
by: Judy

Since you are a nurse you might like to read " Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough. He talks about safety gear and riding safely. Nurses usually like to learn the why's and some background. I used to be a trauma nurse but I ride. I have seen everything from motorcycle accidents, gun shot wounds, occupational injuries so there was a little of everything to see.

Try not to let that get in the way. You can have a auto accident and end up in the trauma unit. So take a good course. Read this book. A lot of the information in this book is used in the motorcycle class.

Get a good helmet and good motorcycle books and a safe jacket.

Best of luck,

Keep the shiny side up.


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