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Old 10-19-2012, 06:11 AM   #451
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The BMW comfort shell is great and you still look like a women! Feels funny when you first try it on...but sit on the bike and it all falls into place.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:15 PM   #452
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The BMW comfort shell is great and you still look like a women! Feels funny when you first try it on...but sit on the bike and it all falls into place.
Funny you should mention the Motorrad stuff....

I went by the BMW dealer on Friday, to see if they had any women's Olympia stuff I could try on for size, and I walked out with a Tour Shell jacket.

It's a very expensive impulse purchase for me, but it had something I couldn't walk away from: IT FIT. The shoulders, chest, length, hips, sleeve length & volume were PERFECT. The outer shell is waterproof (check off that requirement); the front zip comes diagonally around your neck and has a little piped placket underneath to keep rain and wind out (almost as good as a placket on the outside, so check off my second requirement); and there are diagonal side vents and back
vents that should move enough air to keep me comfie in reasonable heat (85 or 90?), (hits my third requirement).

I went for a 400 mile ride in it yesterday; it was 45 when we left the house, so I had my Gerbings on underneath (yes, I'm a sissy about the cold) and was fine. It was 36 when we hit the East Mountains, but there was zero wind coming in that front zipper (score!!!!).When it warmed up to the mid-60s I put the Gerbing in the saddlebags and was comfy in just the jacket, a thin fleece, and silk thermal camisole. Still, ZERO wind in the zipper or in the collar. When the sun set, I put the jacket's own thermal liner in and was comfortable in the low-50s temps.

Only drawback is that the back protector is much too tall, and was catching on the back of my helmet and keeping me from raising my head to look up. This morning I trimmed about 1/3" off both the top and bottom with a rotary cutter. I just did a 35-mile ride across town and didn't notice the back protector at all. Also opened up the vents to get a sense of the airflow, and I'm feeling pretty hopeful that they will do fine next summer.

Haven't seen how it handles water yet.


But did I mention that IT FITS!!!!

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Old 10-21-2012, 05:18 PM   #453
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Hmm, I noticed the back protector in my GogoGear hoodie was a little high when I rode with it on Friday for 140ish miles. Thanks for the idea of trimming it down a little bit as the symptoms are similar to yours.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:54 PM   #454
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That's the one...it use to be called the comfort shell! The jacket "skin" Opens up in heat and shuts down in cold. It is super waterproof! I didn't know that when I bought it...but I do now! Yes about the back...I am short and it gives me some issues. After washing it will take a bit to get it all comfy again! Also...use non detergent items to wash...woollite or rain gear hiking wash.
Extreme heat...it is still hot... But better than other jackets.
Lastly the cold...not a sissy in my books...smart is what i call it! The gerbin dealer told me i should nit need layers with this jacket...but if i do...put my layers over the grebin...he was so right. The heat needs to be against your skin. What works best is silk weight...gerbin...then a fleece if you need it...but you might not. Congrats on you investment!
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:18 PM   #455
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I picked up my new xt250 yesterday and boy, that little engine runs hot! I'm going to have to get out the wallet asap and order a pair of pants for the armor and a little heat protection . Need to take my measurements, blah, and get those sent off.
When storing for the winter...get the carb treatment and run the fuel out of the line...the bike has issues when it is it ridden.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:33 AM   #456
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Thanks for the info, can the bike sit a month without being ridden?

I'm in southern California so we're just getting into prime desert riding season, but if I go traveling without a bike.....
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:10 AM   #457
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Thanks for the info, can the bike sit a month without being ridden?

should not be a problem at all - if you battery is weak just put it on a tender
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:21 AM   #458
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As Cuttle said stick it on a tender..
BUT 1 word of caution..
Please make sure the battery is FULLY charged first!!!
Before sticking it on a tender....
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:47 PM   #459
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As Cuttle said stick it on a tender..
BUT 1 word of caution..
Please make sure the battery is FULLY charged first!!!
Before sticking it on a tender....
Why, I use the tender to top up my battery if I haven't ridden for week or two since its alarm can drop the battery level.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:51 PM   #460
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Why, I use the tender to top up my battery if I haven't ridden for week or two since its alarm can drop the battery level.

I don't worry about it how full the battery is at this time either
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:18 PM   #461
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You both have been very lucky ....

My buddy has killed/blew up a few batteries that way..
He now makes sure that the battery is full before he puts a tender on it...

There are a few kinds of tenders ~ trickle chargers~ floaters...

I use one that will charge the battery up first then it will maintain it...

If you read the pamphlet on them some will say make sure the battery is fully charged first....
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:36 PM   #462
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Thanks for the info, can the bike sit a month without being ridden?

I'm in southern California so we're just getting into prime desert riding season, but if I go traveling without a bike.....
The battery is not the issue...it is the carb...I am told it is a common issue. (Also I think there is an XT thread on ADV)
If I were you, I would always keep your tank full and have treatment in the tank (it is blue but i cant remember the name of it) and run the fuel out of your carb if it is going to sit.
I got my carb cleaned up $200 and didn't ride for a month and it wouldn't start again. Yup a other $100. :)
(I ride my GS 650... But just can't seem to part with my 250). .
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Are you talking about StarTron fuel additive for the E10 fuel crap...
Also Sta Bil also has a blueish one for E10 .. That also stabilise fuel..
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Hmm, I was always told it was best to charge a new battery on a trickle charger/tender instead of a quick charger as the best way to charge a new battery. Never once in 20 years have we had a battery killed or blown up that way.
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None of my chargers, charge a battery up fast...
no more then a 2 amp. charger.. For my bikes...

I follow the booklets that come with my batteries.. And add the acid...
Let it sit then put a charger on it... It takes like 5-8 hours for a 100% full charge... If you charge a new battery 75% ..
that's ALL it will ever charge to ..

I don't CHARGE a battery up with a tender it's just that a tender...

But hey that's just what I have been doing for 38 yrs....
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