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Old 11-28-2013, 07:10 AM   #4096
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IMO, if you want quality in your gear but resources are tight, think about buying used.

Figure out out size you are. Then check out the flea market regularly to be able to jump on something that might come up. You can often get like new quality for less than half the cost of new.

A Roadcrafter IS a lot more money than a set of overalls. But, it could likely save you money in case of a get-off.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:13 AM   #4097
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I use a $200 Fieldsheer one piece with a Gerbings jacket underneath. I treat it every year with Nikwax and its been reliably waterproof through many storms. I used it for my cross country beer run last year and it didn't let me down. It also has decent armor (I am especially paranoid about having back armor), and fairly easy to get on and off, though certainly not as easy at a Roadcrafter. The waist adjustment on one side just tore off so no making it tighter, but it doesn't seem to have affected the suit 's fit all that much.


Thinking about replacing this and my two piece riding setup with something from Olympia.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:49 AM   #4098
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I was able parley wife's safety concerns into a special budget allocation at Christmas. They sell returns for a lil less. Your mileage may vary... The one piece is my preference as I pre-made the AGATE choice- typically I wear just a jacket as the seep rate pant are a hassle to "add" - so the coveralls-esp in cold is my pref. ask Santa... Who knows
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:25 AM   #4099
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I just picked up the Carhartt extreme coveralls which are 1000d Cordura (not cotton duck like the normal Carhartts) with double layers in the seat and knees.

It's not as versatile as a one piece suit because it's a lot harder to vent and you can't reduce the insulation if you get too warm, but with Bohn armor or something similar underneath, I don't think you give up any protection to textile MC gear. Definitely not as good overall, but for $119, I'm hoping it's good enough.

This was my special budget allocation

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:28 PM   #4100
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It'll work well. I rode two years in nylon snowsuit prior to working up the ladder. One treatment with nixwax might help shed water should you get stuck in the wet. Cold & wet is not my happy place...
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Old 11-29-2013, 02:37 PM   #4101
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A roadcrafter would be awesome - one piece of gear that covers that much weather. But they are awfully spendy.
I got a used roadcrafter from the flea market here for $300. With long underwear and a heated vest I am comfortable to about 20F. It might work below that but the temps have not dropped that low yet.
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Old 11-29-2013, 05:18 PM   #4102
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I just rode ~210 miles in the Carhartt with temperatures averaging around 35. Everything from interstate to gravel fire road.

I started off with just a T-shirt and jeans on underneath and had to add a light fleece.

I didn't get cold until the last hour or so at 70mph on I-66. For colder weather I would add long underwear or an extra insulating layer, but for the money it was great.

A motorcycle specific garment that was more tailored would catch less wind and seal better at the ankles and wrists and probably be more waterproof.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:09 PM   #4103
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I've been MIA for a while from the NoVA riding scene due to some serious cashflow problems. Now that I've got a surpluss, I have to decide whether to go with an Athena 310 kit for the TE in the barn, or keep migrating to the 450 engine the PO was putting in. 450 engine needs trans work, probably some ECU upgrading, and various other bits and bobs.

So...

I'll probably be using this as an 'all-round' bike ride to the ride, ride the ride, ride home as well as ride it to work (30-ish mi straight up 66 to 28 at non-rush hour speeds) and back.

I'm leaning towards the 310 kit 'cause the bike was originally a 250 bike, but the extra power of the 450 engine would be beneficial 'JRA.'

Thoughts?

Anyone in the area good at diagnosing Husky issues?

Thanks,

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Old 12-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #4104
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So, who was towing the X-Challenge behind the BMW wagon on I-81S near Winchester today?
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:47 AM   #4105
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FYI - "Why We Ride" is playing in Georgetown on December 2:

I might go. It looks entertaining.
Any of you FFs that didn't get a ticket for the Georgetown showing, it's going to be shown in Baltimore(actually the theater is at I-695 & I-70 west of Bmore) Sunday the 8th if we get a few more tickets sold.

We will be doing lunch before the movie.

More info here:
"Why We Ride" Ride/Drive to eat/see movie Sunday 12/8 Baltimore

Tickets availabale here:
http://www.tugg.com/events/6813

Now back to your regular programing.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #4106
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I've been MIA for a while from the NoVA riding scene due to some serious cashflow problems. Now that I've got a surpluss, I have to decide whether to go with an Athena 310 kit for the TE in the barn, or keep migrating to the 450 engine the PO was putting in. 450 engine needs trans work, probably some ECU upgrading, and various other bits and bobs.

So...

I'll probably be using this as an 'all-round' bike ride to the ride, ride the ride, ride home as well as ride it to work (30-ish mi straight up 66 to 28 at non-rush hour speeds) and back.

I'm leaning towards the 310 kit 'cause the bike was originally a 250 bike, but the extra power of the 450 engine would be beneficial 'JRA.'

Thoughts?

Anyone in the area good at diagnosing Husky issues?

Thanks,

M
Hi there,

I have a Husky 610 and I am pretty good at diagnosing stuff on that bike, but I know little to nothing about the te 250's or the 310 mod. Let me know what you decide to do concerning a te 450, as that is the next bike on my radar in the very distant future.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:22 PM   #4107
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So, who was towing the X-Challenge behind the BMW wagon on I-81S near Winchester today?
Hey, Butters. That wasn't me towing on I-81, but your UserName/byline caught my eye. I'm not a regular to this thread, but ride an X Challenge out of Front Royal.

I got a PM from McGarrett a while back who mentioned that there were a few other X riders in the area. Do you know or ride with him? http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=903321

If you ever want to come out here to where the REAL dual-sport riding is, let me know and I'd be happy to show you some of my favorite spots.

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Old 12-03-2013, 12:40 PM   #4108
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Clutch,

you've seen this?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=928975
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:48 PM   #4109
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Yep - proud member FWIW.

Also play the Northwestern Va Tag http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...68965&page=181

But while I've got your viewership's attention, anybody have good/bad things to say about Beemer Uber Alles for maintenance? http://beemersuberalles.com/
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:55 PM   #4110
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Go to George and tell him the German sent you.
Straight up HONEST guy. Im friends with him so I let others chime in. Check maybe with the bmwbmw.org boards but you won't get disappointed.
He has two service loaners and one car he can loan as well.
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