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Essential Gear for the Superbike Rider

If it doesn’t help lower lap times or make you safer, it doesn’t belong on the bike.

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Tasseled handlebars and packed saddle bags are not the way of the superbike rider. If it doesn’t serve the purpose of going faster and cornering lower, it doesn’t belong on the rider or the bike. While not always on the track, the superbike rider can’t sacrifice safety (or speed).

Powering out of the last turn, down the front straight, or weaving through commuter traffic, you should have as much confidence in the performance of your bike as you do the quality of your gear. The Arai Corsair helmet is one of the best shells aerodynamically optimized for open highways and closed straightaways; the Dianese Laguna Seca Evo suit was developed with help from Valentino Rossi. And if there’s gear good enough for MotoGP champions, then it’s good enough for us. Dropping lap times or tearing up real roads, this is superbike gear: the essentials, the apparel and no extras.

Arai Corsair V ($720) | Dianese Laguna Seca Evo Div. ($1,200) | Alpinestars GP Pro ($240) | Dianese Tri-Course Out ($300) | Pilot Core Back Protector ($120) | Moto-D Coolmamax Undersuit ($70) | Kriega US-5 Drypack ($65) | EatSleepRIDE Motorcycles App ($1)

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