Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
With regards to buying a helmet I would suggest aiming for a Snell rating if you can afford it. The DOT rating is pretty much garbage, and the whole point of a helmet is to protect you, and your head/brain is the most important part. You pay more for it, and you might even have to sacrifice some convenient features (like a built-in Sun visor), but I think it's worth it. I'm currently using a white Scorpion R2000. I think it has the Snell 2015 certification.
In general, when it comes to motorcycle gear, money equals safety. You may find situations where gear is cosmetic and costs a lot, but you also need to pay good money for quality gear. The more research you do beforehand the better. This is your life we're talking about.
Regarding hearing protection I can't help much. I used some cheap ear plugs I got from a hardware store a few times, but they hurt my ears to take out after a ride so I didn't use them regularly. I would generally say that I do think my hearing has been damaged from riding. I want to get tested, but I haven't yet. I think it's smart to be looking for hearing protection, but I can't help you choose really.
I mean the best with what I say. It doesn't always sound that way.
2013 Honda CBR500R (Millennium Red) (Completely stock)
FirstGear Kilimanjaro High-Visibility, Joe Rocket Ballistic Boots, Scorpion Exo R2000, Alpinestars Raider Drystar Pants or Scorpion Covert Jeans, Icon Hypersport Pro Short Gloves
Castrol Chainlube, Pro Honda GN4, Pro Honda Dot 4, 87 octane AKI
Kriega R-35, Air Hawk Dual Sport, Go Cruise 2, Grip Puppies
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