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Old 11-09-2006, 11:43 AM   #136
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I won't mention the GS since the question is regarding the best piece of equipment...

#1 Heated Corbin Saddle, riding comfort is all-important

#2 iPod with Etymotic eR6i in-ear headphones and AirClick remote control

#3 Shoei X Eleven helmet

#4 Sidi Strada boots

#5 Aerostich AirVantage heated vest
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Old 11-09-2006, 06:46 PM   #137
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Fo me:

1) Escort 8500 - without it no point in riding, period
2) 2 pc Stich - at that pace, I like protection/warmth/versatility
3) 2610 GPS - for finding and marking new carving roads
4) MP3 play (iriver) - to add rhythm to the carving
5) Gerbings Liner & Gloves - to ride all year round
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Old 11-10-2006, 02:04 AM   #138
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Garmin 40

My Garmin has outlasted three fanny packs ,numerous trips into the brush when we left the bike , and several trips down the Salmon, and Hells Canyon.

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Old 11-10-2006, 06:38 AM   #139
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Originally Posted by TheGeorge
if i had to pick just one:
my computer...7 years old now, but still doing ok. let's me read the news, blogs, look at maps, ADVrider, buy stuff for the GSA, etc.

i use it just about everyday...

here is a link to bunch of neat-o stuff:
'12 Tiger 800XC
'07 TE510
'02 Sprint ST
'99 XR650L
'99 Speed Triple
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Old 11-22-2006, 08:39 PM   #140
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Rick Mayer seat
Aeroflow shield
Jesse bags
Aerostich 2-piece suit
Redwing goretex subsidized, free just feels better
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Old 11-22-2006, 09:33 PM   #141
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though I use it very little now, it would have to be my two piece Aerostitch. I sold my car and bought one in 1991 and it still works. If they'd only make one with modern materials (read cooler), I'd buy another.

My second choice is a small pair of vice grips, 5" I think. Amazingly useful. I misplaced them for a year once and realized I had clipped them to a fuel line on an old gas tank. Never leaked a drop either.
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Old 11-23-2006, 03:21 AM   #142
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Computer to view ADVRIDER
Garmin GPS
Alaska Leather Sheepskin
Radar Detector
Heated Gear
Hella FF50's
HF Motorcycle Lift/Shop Manual
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Old 11-23-2006, 11:27 AM   #143
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Lotsa great ideas here. Just what I need, more stuff I can't afford.

12GS specific but especially considering the cost/benefit ratio it would have to be the 1200GS Adv winglets. So much quieter, calmer, less fatique.

Although I only have a few rides in it, I am sure liking my BMW Savanna II coat. Kind of embarrassed to admit it but it's my first armored coat in 3 years of on road riding. I tried on a Joe Rocket jacket a couple of years ago and couldn't imagine trying to ride in something that uncomfortable. I just hope I never get the chance to try on a Rallye II.....kinda out of my price range but i bet they're even nicer. Maybe a used one someday.

The first thing I had to get for my GS was a Kaoko throttle lock. I had become spoiled riding Airheads with the throttle tension screws. My hand goes numb without some type of throttle lock. Electronic cruise would be even nicer. Are you listening BMW?

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Old 11-23-2006, 07:53 PM   #144
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Besides the WeeStrom:
#1 - MP Designs windscreen, no contest.

Runners up:
- Sargent seat
- Olympia AST Jacket
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Old 11-23-2006, 11:57 PM   #145
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custom earplugs
2-pc roadcrafter
givi topcase

and yet another vote for a supportive spouse
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Old 11-24-2006, 02:50 AM   #146
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I view the best equipment as the equipment I use all the time and if it were lost/destroyed/unserviceable, I wouldn't hesitate to rebuy:
1. Roadgear digital tire gauge.
2. Arai Signet helmet (mine getting a bit old and I heard they discontinued it).
3. Wolverine safety 'em in grey, clear and amber.
4. Hyperlites...every bike of mine will be fitted with these.
5. Vistacruise...ditto.
6. Dual star heated grip elements...ditto again.
'15 R1200RT, '05 CRF250X : IBA #21269
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Old 11-24-2006, 07:15 AM   #147
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1. Aero Darien jacket & pants -- I have a one-piece Roadcrafter too, but the Darien is my choice for LD riding.

2. Gerbings jacket -- There are two kinds of (serious) riders. Those who own electric garments and those that will.

3. GIVI bags -- Tough, waterproof, secure -- Turns nearly any kind of bike into a touring bike. Once you have a bike with hard luggage you'll never go back.

4. Corbin seats -- Some folks think that Corbins are "too haaarrd"; those people need to toughen their butts up. Day 3 on a long trip is when you really appreciate a Corbin.

5. Best bang for the buck -- Kimpex or Dual Star heated grip kits.

6. Best bang for the buck 2 -- Cheapo driving lights. On a strange road at night, more light is better.

7. Pro-Gel Grips -- Thin, flexible, grippy -- Riding with stock grips is like fucking with a condom made out of inner tubes.

8. Best recent gear addition -- Mesh jacket. How did I ever make it through all those summers without one.
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Old 11-25-2006, 08:24 PM   #148
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Location: Hunter valley (Watagans, Barringtons, Liverpools)
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Fastway footpegs. Can stand for lengthy periods.

Earmold earplugs. 35 decibel reduction.

Alpinestar La Stradas. (25 years old!)

HID lights. BMW hi beam is shite.

Bar risers.

Gearsack rack and bag. (25 years old also)

Dianese leather pants.

Braces for pants! Dianese's don't need them, but BMW Rally II's do.

Cable ties+++

BMW System 4 helmet with peak. Can ride at highway speeds with sunnies, but bugs do hurt.

Wiley X sunnies.

Polarfleece neck tube in winter.

6" shorter screen on GS Adventure 1150. Much quieter and cooler. Less buffeting in traffic. Looks sporty too.

Thumb squeegee for rain.

Hold all for cross brace. Made by local saddler.

Throttle rocker+++.
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Old 11-26-2006, 07:34 AM   #149
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Originally Posted by frewhl
Airhawk seat.
it is not just an air bladder,it is interconnected pockets.
physical therapist know about the material for bed ridden patients.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:19 PM   #150
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Scotts steering stabilizer

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