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Old 10-11-2008, 05:58 PM   #16
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MOAB, Utah

While I have not posted much in the way of my rides on the XR400, not sure why... As I have posted ride-reports when riding the KTM 950ADV..

But, there was this trip back in October of 2007, and I did post it!
MOAB, Utah - XR400 GCRad1 / DRZ400 TG-DRZ / XR650 JayShizzle
Check it out: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=274008
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:06 PM   #17
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The XR400 Thread

Found this thread that ADVrider forum member "Hayduke" started: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=302523

I chimmed in at page-39 / post #584.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:48 PM   #18
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GCRad1 RIDES DIRT AGAIN!!!!

My last ride in the dirt on my XR400 was back in October of 2007 [X], as I broke my neck [X] during the November'07 LA-Barstow-Vegas Ride [X] while riding my KTM 950ADV [X].

2009 - New Years Day - We head out to Barstow, California and put knobbies to dirt for the first time in over a YEAR!!! Nice long 100% recovery, and it's time to tip toe back in!



Can't be riding without some new jewelery:

LEATT BRACE - Adventure Model
I highly recommend this item!!!

Made a RIDE REPORT:
GCRAD1 RIDES AGAIN!!! 1-YEAR OFF and BACK ON!! 2009 NEW YEARS RIDE: BARSTOW, CALIF.http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=421165

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Old 01-05-2009, 06:35 PM   #19
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Good to hear you're 100% recovered. For a minute there I thought you were talking about your ring (jewelry)!

How's the brace for comfort while riding? I know it is a must have (esp after breaking your neck!).
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:41 PM   #20
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I put the Leatt Brace on and put my helmet on and did all the head movements, I was actually showing my wife all the functions and what it's suppose to do.

One of the first things I noticed while riding with it is you can't just look straight up the steepest hill.

I thought it would be tougher to ride with, bothersome.. but not really.

You get use to it fast, and then you don't notice it, and if you do take it off, you feel naked without it. It also did not get in the way of my backpack and or hydration pack. I'm stoked with it!

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Good to hear you're 100% recovered. For a minute there I thought you were talking about your ring (jewelry)!

How's the brace for comfort while riding? I know it is a must have (esp after breaking your neck!).
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:44 PM   #21
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Saw a David Bailey video about it but I cant remember where it was, maybe from their website. That sealed it for me.

Congrats GCRad!!
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:28 PM   #22
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David Bailey support of Leatt Brace

Found this interesting reading: http://www.pr.com/press-release/31064
and the video here:
http://www.vitalmx.com/videos/featur...ey,196/GuyB,64


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Saw a David Bailey video about it but I cant remember where it was, maybe from their website. That sealed it for me.

Congrats GCRad!!
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:51 AM   #23
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That's the video I was talking about, Thanks. A very emotional David B giving his opinion on "the helmet for the neck".
Nice XR you got! I'm ordering mucho denero of parts and starting a build on an 01 XR400 this week!
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:29 PM   #24
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I put the Leatt Brace on and put my helmet on and did all the head movements, I was actually showing my wife all the functions and what it's suppose to do.

One of the first things I noticed while riding with it is you can't just look straight up the steepest hill.

I thought it would be tougher to ride with, bothersome.. but not really.

You get use to it fast, and then you don't notice it, and if you do take it off, you feel naked without it. It also did not get in the way of my backpack and or hydration pack. I'm stoked with it!

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I see you're wearing a jersey in the pic. What about wearing a jacket (winter-time)? I wear a Darien much of the time (year-around) and wonder about the two working together. Any ideas?
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:46 PM   #25
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Are you asking about the Leatt Brace working with a jacket?

I usually do where a jacket, but with the Leatt Brace, I have yet to try my jacket on with it as the Leatt Brace will need to be worn over the jacket.

I actually have both a Patagonia and REI "wind shirt" that I wear under the Troy Lee armor and then the jersey over that, so basically three layers. It was cool in the morning and warmed up during the day so it was OK, but again, I do like the protection of the jacket and additional pockets and such!

SO, next on the list:

New for 2009 is this Blais Jacket #1229-02

http://catalog.troyleedesigns.com/ca...oducts_id=2017

OR:


ACERBIS Desertika rally jackets from MX1WEST
http://www.mx1west.com/

Thanks for dropping in on the post!
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:19 PM   #26
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Leatt Brace With Jacket On

Hello Motowest,

While I was in haste to go ride the other day and the weather was perfect, you did strike my curiosity again as I know I will be riding soon and most likley it will be cold. So I too will want a jacket on!

SO, I decided to just put the jacket on and put the Leatt Brace on and see if they would work together?


Looks and feels just fine!!! I'm stoked!!! I do not have to spend more money on a new jacket! I can spend it when I WANT TO!!! YEA!!!
So hope that helps you out and or gives you some insight.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:07 PM   #27
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Thanks for the update on the jacket/brace combination. Yes, that was what I was curious about.
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:00 PM   #28
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I wonder, do you wear the brace only off road? Or is it now a permanent thing whenever you ride regardless?
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:05 AM   #29
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After my accident, a co-worker who commutes by bike went out and bought the Leatt Brace and wears it every day. He knew this is something I wanted prior to my "off" and he too had a good "off" as well, so in the name of more safety, he bought it and wears it!

On another note, I had another friend who told me he had an accident [dirt] while wearing his Leatt Brace and it actually snapped off a portion of the back lip. I'm thinking had he not been wearing the brace, the snap could have been his NECK!


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Old 01-08-2009, 11:44 AM   #30
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Great to hear you're back on the XR!

Your story has had me thinking about the Leatt Brace as well. Gotta do it... $
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