I imagine this was a difficult article to write since costs vary so much in different parts of the country. Here in Nebraska I pay less than $300 a year in insurance for a brand new HD Softail Slim, and I don't even bundle. Some of these things I've paid less for (I've never paid $50 for gloves) and some more (like my nice Olympia jacket) but all in all I think the writer did a good job estimating.

Over the years I've done a lot of consolidating. My nice Olympia jacket has a waterproof and insulated liner so I don't need rain gear or a different coat for winter. Makes traveling easier too. As far as Harley dealers charging a lot for their clothes, maybe, but they also have far and away the best selection for women so I give them my business anyway.

Donna Shinaut
Lincoln, NE
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Editor Response
Thanks for the great feedback Donna. You are right, this was a difficult article to write as we really have to give a range of prices because of the disparities. And great tips on how you've consolidated your gear. All the best to you!
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Topics are spot on! Dont forget ebay prices can be half that.

Little Rock, AR
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Some of those costs are grossly underestimated and while some others seen high. So I thought this article was going to give a final cost of motorcycling. I would never, ever buy a pair of used gloves that are motorcycle specific. Jackets are fine since you wear something under them and I do agree about the helmet - I wouldn't buy a used one.

Harley Davidson is usually the last place I shop for anything for riding as they are way too expensive and most everything is made in China by cheap labor and the prices hiked because Harley has their name on it. There are loads of places online to shop and WRN has some of those great places. The only thing is sizes are very different for each jacket depending on the manufacturer and you might have to send stuff back if you order online.

What I've done in the past is look for a brand that I like where the fit is good and try on the clothing before checking to see if I can get it for a better price. Chaps are really hard to fit for me because I'm so short and chubby. I did buy a pair of Harley chaps with the elastic inserts and they fall down so that the top of the chap legs are halfway down to my knees.

Good luck! You live and learn and when I started riding you couldn't find woman specific riding clothes - had to wear what was made for men. Boots are really hard to find that don't cost and arm and a leg and that are comfortable for riding and walking.

Linda Eade
Easley, SC
Wednesday, May 6, 2015