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Just got my Street Rod. Love it. I'm really short so no ergo issues. Just staying off the interstates while i break it in and get comfy. So, i ordered kevlar jeans, have a mesh jacket, gloves and helmet. I have low profile ear plugs in the mail as well. Am I missing anything? What do you all use now that you wish you did when you first started riding?
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It sounds like you have the gear pretty well covered. You don't mention boots of some sort, but with everything else you mention I figure you probably have a boot or shoe with an oil resistant sole and provides good ankle support.


How are you planning on using the bike? That's going to dictate some of the accessories.


If it is strictly for recreational riding you may not need much else. If it is going to be a commuter bike you may need a tank bag, tail bag, or backpack to carry a few things.

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What do you all use now that you wish you did when you first started riding?
Common sense, oh, and the realisation I'm not immortal as I 'knew' I was when I started riding on the road age 16
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Get some mirrors so you can see traffic behind you. The original ones are dangerous - especially on the interstate once you get to hit those.
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I am currently using work boots. Great road grip for stopping but i have to be careful not to miss neutral. I plan to replace them with something more shifter friendly evetually.
I'm finding the rear view mirrors suggestion interesting because so far no issues with them. Perhaps the interstate is different.
I did notice it got so hot that i wanted to dismount when i hit construction traffic and had to wait several minutes. No overheat light came on, but if that's how hot a liquid cooled biker gets........
This is solely for pleasure riding on days off work. I hope to be able to ride at night soon so that i can get in some time after work.
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You might want to check out a couple of existing threads:
What gear do you guys wear when riding?
Poll: Helmets: full face, open face half or modular?
Multiple product review posts by member MotoMouthMoshw


You have the Street Rod with the bar end mirrors, right? I suspect that Edgar was thinking of the Street 500/750, on which the stock mirrors give you a spectacular view of your own sleeves and that's about it.


I ride in work boots and hiking boots. They haven't been much of a problem, but real motorcycle boots generally have plates protecting the ankle joint. They also don't fit my incredibly wide feet.

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If you are going to ride at night you may want to consider upgrading the headlight. The stock one isn't great.


You might want to look into such things as helmet and disk locks. I've got one of the helmet locks that is bolted to an engine guard, but to do it again I would go with a security cable and one of the locking carabineers. The whole thing would stuff into a saddle bag when not in use and it could be used to lock my jacket to the bike as well as the helmet when I go into a shop or restaurant.

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Something else you may want to consider is a different exhaust pipe. The original pipe is so quiet. You want to be heard in traffic.
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