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    Hi to all…
    I am another noob rider in the town. I am not a speed freak but a middle aged rider getting back on 2 wheels after 15 years. Bike is mainly for commuting (Gungahlins <—> City).

    Got my L 2 weeks ago, and bought a Honda CBR300. Bike is ready to be picked up from the showroom. I have placed order for helmet, Dririder EXO 2 Jacket and Five WFX skin gloves. Hoping that this gear would protect my upper body from Canberra cold this winter. Thinking of getting Kevlar jeans.

    I am looking for some advise on what to look/ask for before taking the bike delivery, apart from the bike itself.
    Is there anything do you advise that I better buy along with bike purchase from showroom?

    thanks in advance.
    Pat

    p.s:- I am enjoying reading other posts in this forum. So much info and tips.
     
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    Can of chain lube, and get some thermals from either the Aldi snow gear sale (on now!) or Kathmandu or similar.
     
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    Rain gear, decent boots that keep your feet warm and dry

    i prefer textile pants for Winter, they cover all situations, wet, cold etc
     
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    A tyre gauge and an understanding partner.
     
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    Lowes and department stores are a good source for good, cotton weave based thermals.
    Welcome back to two wheels.
     
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    Mate I'm from the Gungahlin ghetto im on an Orange bike as big a Clydesdale. give a nod.
    Go for Draggins jeans yes expensive but so is your arse.
    Welcome and see you on a ride some sunny day.
     
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    welcome aboard - take it easy - otherwise someone will bring up the stat that the biggest killer of men over 40 is those getting back on a bike after a layoff and rideing like they are 20 again....
     
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    Welcome back to 2 wheels.
    Try Rhok jeans from @Takamii
     
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    thanks supamodel, chain lube -yes :up
    I bought a merino thermal legging from Aldi last week.Will see how it fares.
     
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    There was a clearance sale of leftover motorcycle boots in Aldi, I picked a pair for $79
    I will have to buy decent motorcycle pants once i get my next pay cheque.. Ran out of balance now.
     
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    hoping to see you and wave hands some day. I will be riding an orange one too :27.gif:
     
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    I tried few Dririder textile and some Kevlar pants at CMC over the weekend.. .
    Still thinking all day Kevlar at work, or those textile pants that goes over my usual work pants.
     
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    I'm very interested in how the WFX gloves perform. Have a read of the "Winter gear, from a really skinny guy" on the home page as it will give you some good advice on how to keep the cold at bay.(http://canberrariders.org.au/home/2016/winter-gear-from-a-really-skinny-guy/)

    Welcome back to the fold and, dare I say, enjoy the ride!
     
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    Yeh, a simple googling on winter gear lead me to @Lurch article. Very useful advice.
    I will report back on WFX asap.
     
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    Welcome to two wheels and to the forum. We may ride one day together Gungahlin to City on CBR300 and 500 both orange. Can't wait[emoji106]

    Good pick on EXO 2[emoji1362]
     
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    :103.gif: Hi.
    I'm only just back on a bike after crashing last September (not from injury, didn't know whether I could ride again). Welcome back to two wheels.
     
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    Hi Pat, welcome back. I did similar to you, girls grew up and got back on bikes, best thing out. As was said before take it easy, do some course to refresh and learn skills, very easy to think you know what you are doing and then off. Advance rider courses I have heard are great but I can't comment, I was lucky and got some good advise from others here, then started doing Track Days and have not looked back, only courses I have done are the Superbike School at Phillip Island but that was a huge tick off my list and sooo good. Enjoy and cheers.
     
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    WFX Skin gloves: :106.gif:
    Tolerable but I felt chill in my forefingers this morning(1 degree) with WFX Skin gloves on. These gloves were OK till 5+ degrees.
    Another issue is cuff size is different/uneven on both glove's. and bit short too.
    Gloves doesn't go over my jacket wrist straps completely. so there is very little gap between my jacket wrist strap and gloves, that is letting some chill on my skin.

    I guess WFX Tech would be good which covers wrist completely.

    Shark SKWAL: :41.gif: :107.gif:
    I like this helmet. LEDs are great, clearly visible to others. Cannot compare with other helmets as this is my first one, but it is a bit noisy at 80+ speeds. Again, tolerable.
    No fogging inside the helmet at all.

    Dririder EXO 2: :up
    Living up to expectations, Keeping me warm until 0 degrees. Have to test further with sub zero temperatures
     
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