Decent but cheap(ish) motorbike gear

#1
Hoping for some wisdom from the bikers in here. I’ve just bought a 125 and going to start commuting to work (4 miles, all city). I spent a lot of time on my dads bikes as a kid in ordinary jeans and an armour free wax jacket. My dad is still riding bikes in day to day clothes. My bro rides a bike and has told me to buy the most expensive kit I can afford. Trouble is, I’m cheap!

I’m hoping to sit somewhere between the two, id like to get a jacket for under £100 and decent armoured jeans for a similar price (if not cheaper).

I suspect that at this budget there is probably some very decent stuff, but probably some total shit too. I’m looking for brand recommendations (ideally I want to go and fetch it from a bike shop in Newcastle so I don’t have to wait for delivery).

What brands would you trust to have decent gear at this sort of price?

Thanks in advance!
 
#2
Can't help on brands as I haven't ridden since I dropped my last bike and promised wifey. Your brother sounds bright, your dad, sounds lucky. You may only be on a 125 doing a few miles but It only takes some biddy with old glasses driving her Micra or some daft young bint on her mobile in her Corsa to pull out and you're custard and jam on the road. My only suggestion is put in as much as you can, make sure the helmet fits and is comfy and whilst you mention jacket and jeans, please, for goodness sake don't forget decent boots and gloves. Tarmac is unforgiving to fingers and toes as I'm sure more knowledgeable and up to date people on here will confirm.
 
#4
Agreed with Frank Thomas, although also a few years since I was last looking at bike gear. If they’re still around, Hein Gericke were also decent. If you’re commuting you might want to consider cordura rather than leather, saves on having a set of waterproofs too. Get good boots and gloves too. Check out MCN, Bike etc. for reviews.
 
#5
The Frank thomas stuff I had was pretty rubbish for full price, second hand might be worth a gander.

@browndog01 - whatever you do, don’t buy a second-hand helmet. Get a decent one, that fits. Wear it in the shop for 10 minutes if they’ll let you whilst you look at other stuff to get a feel for it.

I’d go for waterproof textiles (I used to have some cheap RST ones that would withstand anything but monsoon weather) in good nick, and rewaterproof them when you buy, rather than leathers.
 
#6
Toolstation rigger boots were a good cheap starter, 30ish squids IIRC.
 
#7
Don't buy a second hand helmet. Buy the best 'branded' brand new one you can afford, try them on in the shop as different makes have different sizing's.

Lidl and Aldi some times have in stock motorbike jackets and trousers, boots etc at a reasonable price.

Ask at the motorbike shop if they have any last season kit for sale at a discount, some riders are all the gear and no idea and are very fashion conscious!!!!!

Myself I am still knocking around on the bike in a an old wax cotton jacket, jeans and a WULF SPORT open face trials helmet, and trial boots but I am cheap.
 
#8
Agreed with Frank Thomas, although also a few years since I was last looking at bike gear. If they’re still around, Hein Gericke were also decent. If you’re commuting you might want to consider cordura rather than leather, saves on having a set of waterproofs too. Get good boots and gloves too. Check out MCN, Bike etc. for reviews.
I think Hein Gericke went bust about 6 years ago.
 
#9
Can’t help with the discount end of the scale, I’m a brand snob and like me Italian leathers, but any known brand will ok, textile or leather, you’re probably unlikely to be sliding at high speed and needing top end gear to withstand that sort of stress
Be wary of jeans, some have Kevlar sections as a liner, but on impact the non Kevlar bits burst open and leave you unprotected, fully lined or maybe better to get budget leathers
Look into trying a bike safe course, many councils subsides these, and you’ll learn defensive skills that will last a lifetime and keep you out of trouble, excellent info and a bargain in most areas
Lots of second hand gear around too, that way you can go more upscale and someone else takes the hit, any damage will be obvious, but as said, new helmet that fits well
Enjoy it and ride safe mate
 
#10
K`in ell the softies of today , I had a CB750 at 19 , gear consisted of an ex NCB coal board donkey jacket , ex Bundeswehr boots and combats trousers (because they were cheap and practical) , if it was really cold I`d wear my welding gloves and a bin liner under the jacket........could be why I`m full of aches and pains today :(
 
#11
I bought this jacket a while back, it's a quality bit of kit. £110.00 from Amazon. I like the retro look, I'd look a right twat in a 'Power Rangers Suit" riding an Enfield Bullit.
 

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#12
Frank Thomas was dreadful.

Shop around to get your size, then eBay Is your friend here or if you’re buying a bike off someoneone ask if he wants to throw in any kit. Now you can get armoured jeans.

Make sure your lid fits, decent gloves and boots. Unfortunately for you, you missed the fashion high point of biking. NI gloves, Doc Martens, and a white Bell or black AGV.

Good luck. Watch out for anyone wearing a hat while driving.
 
#13
K`in ell the softies of today , I had a CB750 at 19 , gear consisted of an ex NCB coal board donkey jacket , ex Bundeswehr boots and combats trousers (because they were cheap and practical) , if it was really cold I`d wear my welding gloves and a bin liner under the jacket........could be why I`m full of aches and pains today :(
Snap. Big drawback with the donkey jacket pockets filling up with water. I saved up for yonks and got a Belstaff Trialmaster suit, kept the RN boots, topped it all off with a corduroy cap. Kids today, eh.
 
#14
Aldi always get good reviews for their kit and I think all new kit has To be CE approved. Another good idea is to get on the larger bike forums and into their for sale sections. there’s a lot more money than sense riders out there who’ll spend a fortune on kit and then flog it as soon as the new range comes out. I bought a pair of Rukka trousers for £100 that were £500 when new. I think Revits a good budget brand.
 
#15
Can’t help with the discount end of the scale, I’m a brand snob and like me Italian leathers, but any known brand will ok, textile or leather, you’re probably unlikely to be sliding at high speed and needing top end gear to withstand that sort of stress
Be wary of jeans, some have Kevlar sections as a liner, but on impact the non Kevlar bits burst open and leave you unprotected, fully lined or maybe better to get budget leathers
Look into trying a bike safe course, many councils subsides these, and you’ll learn defensive skills that will last a lifetime and keep you out of trouble, excellent info and a bargain in most areas
Lots of second hand gear around too, that way you can go more upscale and someone else takes the hit, any damage will be obvious, but as said, new helmet that fits well
Enjoy it and ride safe mate
Thanks mate. Do you know if you can do a ride safe course before passing full licence? I was looking at one and the website seemed to imply you did it after your test rather than riding on cbt.
 
#16
Rhino brand, if it's still going, or Mercury. Summer's coming up, if you go to a bike rally, they sometimes have stalls with discount gear.

Otherwise, have a read online of thebike mags, MCN & pick up tips like 10 stitches per inch, one piece of leather per panel., leather details stitched on top, not butt stitched. Then go to charity shops.


New helmet & as good a pair of gloves as you can get, your head and hands hit the ground first.
Summer gloves are nice, I got a great mismatched pair from a bike rally & they made a lot of difference when it was warm, you can always get muffs for winter.
 
#17
Hein Gericke is now online or Lowestoft. Infinity motorcycles are a decent shop, I have found there staff to be helpful.
I agree with the new helmet idea, you just don't know what has happened to an old one. Once secured try to pull the helmet off from the back over your head, it must stay put. However it must not be too tight or you will get headaches, the padding will bed in slightly so try to allow for this.
I would go for textiles rather than leathers for town riding as they will almost certainly be more waterproof than leather although offering less ultimate protection in a slide. As has been mentioned gloves and boots are important, you will put your hands out in the event of an accident, it is a reaction you can do little about. Boots are to protect if you are hit from the side or slide down the road, also to give decent grip on a slippery surface when stationary.
Above all, remember that the other road users really are trying to kill you!
I appreciate this may be teaching granny to suck eggs but it bears repeating.
 
#19
#20
Fully agree with all the comments regarding buying the best helmet you can afford and make sure it fits properly- ie, don’t buy it online.
There is a good saying- “If you’ve got a cheap head: buy a cheap helmet.”
As for the rest of the gear, prioritise decent gloves and don’t buy “fashion” stuff. Lots of the leather jackets (similar to the one posted earlier) have things like stripes incorporated into the main leather panels instead of being stitched on the top- thereby weakening the item.
 

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