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Old 09-09-2006, 11:08 AM   #16
rc mad
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my buff

Seriously usefull bit of kit, i've had it for 4 years, used it in india and south america to keep the dust out of my mouth and nose when on the road, and use it throughout winter on the bike to keep my neck and face warm. All this for 10


It's one of these before any of you lot get stange ideas

the rallye 2 pro jacket is a good bit of kit too, not used it in cold conditions yet but it's been outstanding throughout summer
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:00 PM   #17
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Wow. Just out of curiosity I watched the Buff demo vid. That thing seems kind of cool. I'd chip ten bucks towards one.
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:02 PM   #18
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Roadcrafter

Aerostich 1 piece Roadcrafter suit. Comfortable to ride in at temps as hot as 90 and as cold as 18 (with a heated vest). For most practical purposes its rain proof and you can get into/out of it very quickly.
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:18 PM   #19
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Wow - hard decision.

The GS, of course.
A Handy Motorcycle Lift.
Valentine 1.
Marsee Bavarian Tail Bag.
Gerbings Electric Gear.
Arai Helmets.
Firstgear HT Air Gear.
Oxtar Boots.
National Park Pass.

yeah, hard decision all right.

Single choice? Marc Parnes Visual Alert. Not that I go around speeding all the time, but it has saved me at least a mortgage payment in tickets over the last year.

http://www.marcparnes.com/Visual_Alert.htm

:)
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:34 PM   #20
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got a used vintage 1970's black leather cafe-style jacket on ebay for about $20 shipped...got a little work done on it (free, since my wife knows a seamstress/leather repairer) and it looks/fits fantastic. seen similar ones on ebay sell for about $200 in good condition...
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:56 PM   #21
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I don't wear them very often, but I received a pair of vintage buffalo hide leather pants as a gift from an old girlfriend's dad. He wore them as a hippie. Spent about $100 to get them altered, and they now feel like second skin. The leather is 1/4+" thick and is buttery as all hell, but tough. (Must be that gallon or so of Lexol--great product--I've rubbed into them over the past few years.)

I think I'll bust them out for the first ride of the fall this evening. I always seem to ride a little taller when I'm wearing those pants. They're awesome...totally cowboy.
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Old 09-09-2006, 04:28 PM   #22
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BMW Riding gear.

After being wet, hot, cold, torn seams, fading, tears etc.

I got a pair of the Savana (now Santiago) boots. Had em for 3 years not a prob.

After my other wets leaked badly (torrential conditions) I thought well the boots were good how bad can the suit be and I lashed out and got a Santiago suit.

I do about 30 000kms a year from scratching to offroading in it. Its been brilliant and I would not hesitate to get another. After 2 2/2 years no problems with it. Good for hot and good for cold to about 8C.

I wear the GS/Rallye gloves in the heat (45C) and the summer rain glove with a pair of the BMW silk under gloves underneath either as I have previously badly burnt my hands and they are a bit sensative. Not ever a blister, nada, not even a red spot on my hands. This combo works very well.

Would I buy a BMW bike? Very unlikely (maybe a K1200R). Would I buy BMW riding stuff, certainly. It aint cheap but theyre stuff is so versatile I really only need one set. I may get a set of their pro race leathers and boots for scratching and track work.

Yes I am a happy camper.
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Old 09-09-2006, 05:25 PM   #23
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Sidi On-Road Sympatex boots. On a trip, if your feet ain't right, you ain't right.

Perfect for peg dragging, rough, off road stuff and WALKING. Best all around MC boots I've found.

I put a set of steel, MX toe protectors on mine.

They ain't cheap, but they sure as hell are good!!
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Old 09-09-2006, 06:28 PM   #24
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I picked up a wife who understands and supports my passion for motorcycling. All the rest is farkle!
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Old 09-09-2006, 06:54 PM   #25
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Icon Mil-Spec vest.

Couldn't believe how much the "close calls" from drivers pulling out from side streets dropped when commuting with it.

Close second: PIAA 520's on the TerraNova lightbar

rest of the list:
Roadcrafter 1-pc
Jesse bags (leaking at the moment...dammit)
sargent seat
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Old 09-09-2006, 06:59 PM   #26
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These things were important not for their farkle factor, but because they made spending a long time in the saddle more comfortable, and therefore, more enjoyable.

#3. Shoei RF-800.

#2. Widder vest.

#1. Bill Mayer seat.
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Old 09-09-2006, 07:03 PM   #27
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1. Stich one piece roadcrafter. Living in the pacific northwest, this suit allows me to ride year round (though the BMW venting machine jacket takes its duty with First Gear HT Air pants when it is the heat of summer).

2. Arai XD helmet. Looks cool and the visor blocks the rising and setting sun for daily commutes.

3. Etymotics er6i earplugs. Blocks the road noise and brings in the tunes.
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Old 09-09-2006, 08:59 PM   #28
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Good posts!!! Come on, how about the rest of you guys??
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Old 09-09-2006, 09:27 PM   #29
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#1 Item ever purchased...

Would have to say #1 is my Gerbings electric jacket. It allows riding in nearly any temperature. By far has increased the comfort level in cool to cold weather ridng.
#2 custom seat, really adds to the distance - comfort ratio. Longer rides less pain than stock seat.

#3 item, XM satillite radio. Takes the boredom out of long slab rides, allows me to stay on top of news and current events while on the road and with almost 200 channels, absolute variety of music.
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Old 09-09-2006, 09:52 PM   #30
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Airhawk seat.
it is not just an air bladder,it is interconnected pockets.
physical therapist know about the material for bed ridden patients.
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