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Hello folks,

 

I just enrolled at CDC and completed the circuit orientation. Now I just need to get my safety gear and get going with the practical lessons. But before I take the plunge, I would like to get some opinions first.

 

My plan is to simply purchase a basic set of helmet (open-face), paddings, and gloves. After I get my license, I will have a rough idea of any additional safety gear or upgrades I want and get those then (full-face helmet, mesh riding jacket with armour slots, kevlar infused jeans, etc). Does it sound all right?

 

There are two things in my mind if I were to get those additional safety gear early on. First, I would attract a lot of attention from the others as a complete novice with a nice riding jacket, full-length gloves, riding boots, etc. And secondly, I might also end up not liking what I got and would leave the additional safety gear at home to grow a dust farm. Those safety gear might be stuffier than I might expect them to be. Your thoughts?

 

Where should I get my basic set of safety gear? CDC sells them, but I don't know if they are the ideal choice. Should I shop elsewhere?

 

If I do shop elsewhere, where should I go to shop for riding safety gear? It seems like helmetboys and motoworld are somewhat highly regarded here. Any recommendations for a small individual/family-owned shop with good service and decent product range? I wouldn't want to go into a megastore and get lost with all the product options. Having someone to guide and recommend products would be dandy.

 

Cheers folks,

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Can get from helmet boys but I think the sales personnel there not so friendly. For me, I will just get basic stuff. helmets, glove, hand socks. etc. 50-60 dollars. I rather not spend so much before I pass.

When pass already, then get better helmet and gears. Anyway, spare helmet can keep for pillion...

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Can get from helmet boys but I think the sales personnel there not so friendly. For me, I will just get basic stuff. helmets, glove, hand socks. etc. 50-60 dollars. I rather not spend so much before I pass.

When pass already, then get better helmet and gears. Anyway, spare helmet can keep for pillion...

 

Such a quick reply! Will take note. Any other shops to recommend?

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There are two things in my mind if I were to get those additional safety gear early on. First, I would attract a lot of attention from the others as a complete novice with a nice riding jacket, full-length gloves, riding boots, etc. ,

 

I am not so concerned with what gear you are going to get or where you get them from, but I am very concerned with this mindset of new riders being overly concerned with what others think of how they dress for riding.

 

DO NOT let your fear of what others think put your personal safety at risk.

 

1. People don't care how you dress. Who are you that they should pay special attention to you?

2. Nobody is going to laugh at you. Even if they do, they won't dare do it in your face, so if you don't see it, you don't feel it.

3. Some people MAY laugh in your face. Friends. But that's what friends do. Do you really take your friends so seriously? Also, if they are "real" friends, they should have more concern for your safety.

4. Who's more important? Who's going to feel the pain if you take a spill? You or them?

5. Which bike is less visible? 2B or 2? Which bike is less stable? 2B or 2? Which bike has smaller tyres with lesser grip? 2B or 2?

6. Who needs more protection? New riders or seasoned riders? Those with less experience or those with more experience?

7. Whether you fall from a 2B bike or a class 2 bike, do you not fall on the same road?

8. You want your parents to feel more at ease about you riding a bike? Show them how you protect yourself.

 

I wear a full face helmet, armoured jacket, leather gloves, riding boots every day I ride, and I ride a Yamaha TW200. It's not even a sports bike.

Honda CG145, Honda CB150R ExMotion. And a few others in between...

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My plan is to simply purchase a basic set of helmet (open-face), paddings, and gloves. After I get my license, I will have a rough idea of any additional safety gear or upgrades I want and get those then (full-face helmet, mesh riding jacket with armour slots, kevlar infused jeans, etc). Does it sound all right?

 

There are two things in my mind if I were to get those additional safety gear early on. First, I would attract a lot of attention from the others as a complete novice with a nice riding jacket, full-length gloves, riding boots, etc. And secondly, I might also end up not liking what I got and would leave the additional safety gear at home to grow a dust farm. Those safety gear might be stuffier than I might expect them to be. Your thoughts?

 

Yes, it does. As what Genius and kaiq have mentioned, Ah Boy, Chong Aik, and Helmet Boys are some places where you can get cheap basic gear to get through your practical lessons. Do wear arm socks or a shirt with long sleeves during lessons to avoid awkward tan lines on your arms.

 

Keoni has made several good points on safety gear. Also, if you find that a certain gear does not suit you after riding, you can always try selling it. You mentioned mesh riding jacket, so you do know what will keep you cool in this unrelenting heat. As for full-face helmets, I recommend lightweight ones with air vents.

 

If I do shop elsewhere, where should I go to shop for riding safety gear? It seems like helmetboys and motoworld are somewhat highly regarded here. Any recommendations for a small individual/family-owned shop with good service and decent product range? I wouldn't want to go into a megastore and get lost with all the product options. Having someone to guide and recommend products would be dandy.

 

More shops you can go to for safety gear: Ban Hock Hin, Dainese, Racing World. I'm sure there are more, so let's see what the other members offer. IMHO, the collections available locally is not extensive enough! :lol:

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My plan is to simply purchase a basic set of helmet (open-face), paddings, and gloves. After I get my license, I will have a rough idea of any additional safety gear or upgrades I want and get those then (full-face helmet, mesh riding jacket with armour slots, kevlar infused jeans, etc). Does it sound all right?

For learning the main thing you need to note is you must be able to SEE, HEAR and FEEL the bike and surrounding... so i won't recommend getting a Full Face as a beginner LEARNING in the Circuit. It helps to be able to see clearly and hear the surrounding.

 

Padding will save you when you fall and either you wear long sleves jackets else arm socks should help in preventing some burns should you fall during the lessons. At lower speeds i won't really worry about it... more impact than burns...

 

Gloves, get a pair that has some protections but not too thick that you can't feel the throttle... Please don't use those durian gloves... it doesn't help.. if you really fall... its just something you get so you don't need to miss the lesson...

 

First, I would attract a lot of attention from the others as a complete novice with a nice riding jacket, full-length gloves, riding boots, etc. And secondly, I might also end up not liking what I got and would leave the additional safety gear at home to grow a dust farm. Those safety gear might be stuffier than I might expect them to be. Your thoughts?

 

After my license, I wear a Full Face helmet (with specs), Leather Gloves with knuckle and palm protector and a mesh jacket with jeans. And i ride a TA200 phantom...

The problems i had was how to keep the jacket when i reached the location and of course the heat... Fortunately the know jacket i bought can be folded alittle.

Ask yourself this question. If i get knocked... and fall. Will i regret not wearing the gear? The only time i don't wear the gears is when i take really short trip and i don't ride beyond the neighbourhood... just to run errands. Even then i'll wear my gloves.

 

Where should I get my basic set of safety gear? CDC sells them, but I don't know if they are the ideal choice. Should I shop elsewhere?

 

Search online... or in this forum... alot of sellers... Motoworld, Chong Aik, Mah... just find one day drop by the kaki bukit and macpherson area and you'll find them. The main thing to watch out for might be FIT and weight you're willing to bear... I would recommend getting rain gears separately as on non rainy days... you won't want to be wearing something thats water proof... even my goretex jacket is too hot for an afternoon ride...

 

If I do shop elsewhere, where should I go to shop for riding safety gear? It seems like helmetboys and motoworld are somewhat highly regarded here. Any recommendations for a small individual/family-owned shop with good service and decent product range? I wouldn't want to go into a megastore and get lost with all the product options. Having someone to guide and recommend products would be dandy.

Cheers folks,

 

Youtube is a good place to see reviews... revzilla has lots of reviews of the items... But... best to go down and wear it... it is very important to get one that fits...

 

Have fun and don't worry about what other people say about you. End of the day... its your own body and your own life. Don't save on the important things in life...

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I'm also learning at CDC now. From my point of view, good gears look good and will make you wear them more offen. FYI, I'm using a modular helmet from Chong Aik, basic gloves with knuckle protection from Chong Aik, Trax elbow guard from Chong Aik and an Icon clover knee guard (from Profile, a few shops away from Chong Aik). If fall from bike in lesson or after, at least it's the gears the takes the most damages and not your skin.

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Get value for money (i wont say cheap) gear first foe ur practical lessons

Helmet $50

Glove $15

Shoes

Jeans

Elbowpads/kneepads $15 cheap mustafa centre can.

 

Its understandable to get all excited but start small. Taking ur lessons u will sweat alot due to alot of waiting and stationary, and u wont fall that hard (i hope) coz u wont be riding that fast except for the e brake.

 

Most imptly gear up. Its so cheap there no reasonable reason (except that u r lazy) not to.

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Go lesson, go TP, wear PSB approved helmets. Most reputable helmets are not psb appoved here cos they add up the cost. Plus wearing FF during lesson not really a good idea cos it's hot and will probably hinder you hearing from instructors.

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Definitely buy something that looks good and feel good. For lessons, a good glove is all you need. Once you are on the road consider mesh gears for singapore. My leather jacket only see the moonlight given the hot and humid weather here. Do not forget a set of rain coat for the not-so-occasional rain.

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For me, I got my 2B end Jan 2015... My uncle have spare helmet which size almost good, just a little bit over size.. Simple gloves that CDC sells..

I had many falls at the figure of 8. Seriously the speed at the center when U fall, those basic protection is sufficient. And my only fall at the e-brake.... (suay... 1 day before my TP.... dam scared).. that's the only fall at higher speed. The basic helmet and glove is sufficient.. but the normal jeans is not... my butt hurts.....

Once I got my 2B. Lucky MotoWorld got sales.... so I got my 1st very very good glove.... ; p Taichi RST 400 G metal glove (XL). Very good protection.. ; )

When my friend saw me with that glove... his advice is good and useful... Good maximum protection. but new rider with new bike need to be very careful as the glove is really thick, it also take away some "feel", so need to use more to get familiar to the position of where is the horn, signal, etc etc.... (really, in the beginning, I keep using the wrong switch... horn and passing light.. really paisay).

I uses Carberg Modus (modular helmet)...

I don't know about others but I dam suay..... everytime I had the visor open... sure got sand goes into my eyes... got to blink blink blink to get it out and slow down.....

Since Feb... riding for only few months... I got at least 3 experience of either some small little stones that got driven up from cars from don't know where hit my helmet.... feels like front face area... (can't imagine if I didn't have full face !!!).....

Just 2 days ago.... when riding at night, slowly along bedok reservoir... with the face up..... thought to enjoy some nice cool wind.... then kanna 1 stupid bug hit my right eyes.... go below into my eyes..... pain.... stop by the road side safely... got to rotate my eye ball.... heng got that bug out... dead..... my eye was so uncomfortable.....

 

So really, full face with visor down not only for protection... BUT also against things thats in the air......

 

So ride safe, glove... helmet.... cannot save......

 

Riding jacket and pants I have not get... because I do sales... I ride around to go meet people.... I need to wear some more presentable clothing.

 

All the best to those taking 2B.... ; )

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I am not so concerned with what gear you are going to get or where you get them from, but I am very concerned with this mindset of new riders being overly concerned with what others think of how they dress for riding.

 

Even for lessons in the circuit? I just don't want to attract unwanted attention from the instructors. Once I get my 2B I couldn't care less about how dorky Hi-Viz reflective yellow jackets look. ATGATT makes complete sense to me.

 

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I just got a basic set of helmet, leather gloves, padding from CDC and did my first 2B lesson a few days ago. Was quite fun even though I let the bike fall twice when it got really slow.

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Woah, a sudden bout of replies. It seems like my post was a little confusing. I plan to have ATGATT, but I was just unsure if I should get everything before my first motorbike lesson. Thanks for the replies though

 

It's fine to get all the gear before your first bike lessons. No prob at all.

Theres no prob if you're wearing full during lessons, the one down thing is that instructors may 'pay more attention' to you

July 18 2013 - Class 2B (1st time pass)

 

Dec 03 2014 - Class 2A (2nd attempt :mad:)

 

Feb 2 2016 - Class 2 (1st attempt)

 

July 26 2013 - Yamaha FZ16ST

 

Feb 2 2016 - ZX-12R A1 Model

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Sometimes it is good that the instructor pay more attention to you. Personally I'm pretty slow in picking up some of the riding technique, like S-Crank course, plank etc.... so I did more revision and few instruct take notice of that. They give me more tips on how to do certain things, more open in sharing and correcting my mistake when riding. So personally I benefit from it.

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Main thing is just be safe, pay attention, get the right techniques, be safe!

 

Fancy gears can invest after you pass / get your own bike :)

Dec 2013 - Oct 2014 - Honda CBR150

Oct 2014 - Sep 2015 - MLE XTM 200

Oct 2015 - Current - Honda CB400 Spec III ;)

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What do you consider a very eye-catching helmet? Are you looking for an open face, full face, or modular helmet?

 

Buy a cheap helmet you like, & redesigned the helmet with anything you like (paste sticker is the easiest) or sandspray to a very unique color. It will be damn eye catching.

WTS 2012 Yamaha FZ 16 ST red color version.

Interested party pls PM me. Good prices.

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