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Old 09-10-2006, 07:37 PM   #46
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Does a wife count?

I don’t know if she counts as equipment but so far my wife was a good deal. Very inexpensive when purchased out of the Ukraine. A bit hard to control but so far so good. I think I am going to be in for some trouble if she gets out of the bomb shelter and discovers I’m not really the last man on earth though.
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:02 PM   #47
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• A woman that knows how to ride
• Sidi On-Road Sympatex boots
• Throttle rocker
• BMW Ralleye II Jacket
• Russell Seat
• Marsee Tankbag w/electrics
• Aerostich heated vest
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:46 PM   #48
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Old 09-11-2006, 05:50 PM   #49
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Please, tell us how you REALLY feel...

This one just hit home as today I was riding home from Summit Point motorsports park and had the same damn thing happen to me. I had the visor barely cracked open on my Nolan N102, as it was hot and it's vents leave something to be desired. Of course, a damn yellowjacket misses the windscreen and makes it directly into the 1/4" opening into my helmet. I freak (at 75 mph, not good) but calmly swing up the chin bar, thinking this, and working my gloved fingers around in there, will flush him out. No dice. As soon as I flip the chin bar back down the little fucker zaps me in the neck.

Moral of the story?

Next summer I will be getting a better vented helmet (Arai XD?) that is comfortable even with the visor closed.
Been there, done that, Brother!! Did a big weave, one handed, trying to get that m**********r out. Didn't work. He got me on the right cheek, just below my eye. Swelled up big time within an hour. Sucked.
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:38 PM   #50
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Originally Posted by Ohno
• A woman that knows how to ride
• Sidi On-Road Sympatex boots
• Throttle rocker
• BMW Ralleye II Jacket
• Russell Seat
• Marsee Tankbag w/electrics
• Aerostich heated vest
Whoops! Just saw the favorite of Sidi On Road Sympatex Boots.
No doubt in my twisted mind that these boots will be with me forever. They work. Tough, waterproof and comfy. Kind of high end, but you get what you pay for, when it comes to boots.
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Old 09-11-2006, 06:49 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by AZSpyder
I don’t know if she counts as equipment but so far my wife was a good deal. Very inexpensive when purchased out of the Ukraine. A bit hard to control but so far so good. I think I am going to be in for some trouble if she gets out of the bomb shelter and discovers I’m not really the last man on earth though.
Jerry
Those former USSR women are sweet. My brother likes to go there (and does), just to sample them (if you know what I'm saying).

They've got minds of their own! Be careful, man.
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:02 AM   #52
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By far the best investment I ever made for riding has been my Garmin 2610 GPS.

It makes my riding much less stressful when I don't have to worry about getting lost.

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Old 09-12-2006, 07:10 AM   #53
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Russell Seat

Converibars

Equally wonderful, turns a riding lawn mower into a Sport Touring Machine
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Old 09-12-2006, 09:10 AM   #54
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I have a few things that make me happy every time I use them. It's so nice to have stuff that works...

My beaded seat cover. Cut from a $7 Wal-Mart job, it's been on the bike for several years now. It turned long days from "Are-we-there-yet, can't-feel-my-legs, butt-cheeks-fell-off-in-Illinois" to "hey, that's not too bad." I need no powders, no fancy shorts, nothing else to have a happy bottom. Far and away the best value I've had on bike stuff.

Hot Grips. I got their variable PWM controller, too. Now, even on summer days and cool evenings, a little bit of electric comfort comes with me on every ride. Hands cold? Turn the knob. Ahhhh....

Aerostich Darien jacket. After years of leather and fussy raingear, I just don't worry about the weather anymore. Waterproof in hours of pounding, driving rain, it's nice to actually be confident in one's gear. The pants were a little disappointing, as the crotch will leak, though I've found a simple enough work around for that. It's pretty cool in the heat, too. If it's between 40 F and 90, I have my Darien on.

GIVI luggage. Yes, it's a cliche and common and ugly and boxy and all the rest. It's also waterproof, durable, practical and easy to use. It's luggage, not a fashion statement. And it carries my stuff well.

I haven't had it quite long enough to say for certain, but my Tipperary vest earned significant credibility when I took a header onto a bunch of sharp rocks a couple weeks ago. What do you know, pads that actually keep you from getting hurt! More detail here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=157491


Lastly: LED flashlights and headlamps (for my head, not the front of the bike). I'm slowly replacing all my lightbulb flashlights with LED. Durable, lightweight and efficient, they're good lights.

Dave
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Old 09-12-2006, 10:23 AM   #55
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+1 led headlamp/flashlight.

Used for everything from reading the water meter to finding a spot to piss in the dark.

+1 GPS (vacation, driving, riding) and RAM mount for the bike.
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:54 PM   #56
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- heated grips
- Powerlet outlet ("out" for a heated vest, "in" for a trickle charger)
- trailer (track, service, emergencies)
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:11 PM   #57
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Tough one!

Probably the Widder vest. I refer to it as the best $100 I ever spent. 6 extra weeks of riding a year. Plus nicer/safer riding up until it's to cold in NYC.

3M reflective tape (all over my bike) takes the best accident prevention award.

Vanson suit feels like the best crash protection piece.

x50 detector plus H.A.R.D. system saves the most money and stress.

Cobralinks lock for the 10 years I rode a ZX-11D.

-Eff

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Old 09-12-2006, 05:46 PM   #58
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1) JC Whitney "Top Box"
2) TourMaster Jackets
3) MP3 player (never want to ride with out it)
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Old 09-12-2006, 06:17 PM   #59
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It's the little things...

Shure earphones
Zansa seamless helmet liner
Smartwool socks
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:52 AM   #60
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stuff

nominees:

'stich jacket
'stich electric vest
russell saddle
leatherman wave
treo 600
oxtar boots
thurlow gloves
colt 1911A
iPod shuffle

but the hands-down, 24/7, naked-without-it winner is:
leatherman wave.
I just never leave home without it.
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