I forgot to mention boots. Important piece of riding gear imo. I paid $43 on base for a $180 pair of boots. The perks of being in the military I guess. There are plenty of videos of people really messing up their foot/ankle/leg because of lack of protection. Last one I saw was a girl riding 2up and they wrecked. I believe she lost that foot. I think they even show it in the video. Crashing does gnarly things to the human body.If you shop around you can find some really great deals, I got my textile jacket brand new for $115 with full CE armor (CE2 spine protector, full length) typically went for $250. I got a DOT/ECE rated helmet as a spare/passenger helmet for $40 (Speed and Strength ss1300). Boots I ended up paying full price for, couldn't find any great deals on full length boots or gloves.
Riding and riding gear isn't always comfy. We just kind of get used to it. Dress for the slide, not the ride, if I had to pick between comfort and protection, I would go with protection. Not saying modulars won't protect you, I just like full face much more.Great advice, thanks guys. So far I've picked up a RPHA Max modular, AVG Sport gloves, Dainese Air 3 Jacket, MotoCentric Raid boots.
I tried on a few full face helmet but finally settled for the modular which felt the most comfortable and best fit. I would definitely like to get a much nicer boots in the future.