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Old 10-31-2012, 04:36 PM   #1636
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Pete-NZ made his own and is selling them also, in the "Minimalist Touring (250cc and under)" thread

He mentions making it in this other thread

Originally Posted by MiteyF View Post
I was hoping for a US supplier... not really looking to drop the dough for overseas shipping.

DRT, any chance you'd like to take some detailed close up pictures for me? I may have to grab some stock from work, and bust out the beer/tools
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:52 PM   #1637
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Originally Posted by BikerDave View Post
My best buy has to be my Belstaff Trekker jacket, best damn riding coat I ever have owned!
Do any of these gorgeous Belstaff jackets have armor or padding?
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:11 PM   #1638
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Best Gear for Me Right Now

My best gear for right now:

1. Pinlock Visor
2. Gerbing Heated Gear
3. Klim Traverse Suit

The above items make winter riding do-able-ish.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:32 AM   #1639
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travel light

best accessories ever and pretty much all you need for an extended trip anywhere

1. Credit card and bribe money
2. Hip flask
3. Wet wipes
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:35 PM   #1640
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Originally Posted by milzispete View Post
best accessories ever and pretty much all you need for an extended trip anywhere

1. Credit card and bribe money
2. Hip flask
3. Wet wipes
read the thread topic and stay on target...

I'm gonna chip in, again, with another "best buy"....

...that being a bloody good sleeping bag. I bought a dreamcatcher 500 over 8 years ago and it's still going strong. It packs small, is durable (survived many nights and a dunk in the sea) and is flexible enough to be used in all temperatures down to about 0 degrees centigrade.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:35 AM   #1641
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My GPS, a Zumo 450, has been the best accessory I ever bought for riding.
This was a big surprise for me; I bought the unit on a whim. I was looking for a compass I could use while riding.
Beware, not all GPS’s are the same
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:52 AM   #1642
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My best gear:
  • 2009 KLR 650
  • Slighty experienced Aerostich Darien jacket
  • Gerbings heated inner jacket
  • iphone 4
  • Ram mount stuff for GPS
  • Pelican Hardigg storm cases
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:06 PM   #1643
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This might sound trivial, but it is true. I did not buy it was with my fishing stuff already!

An old wool sock to wrap around a small bottle of single malt scotch...
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:03 PM   #1644
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Bmw tire tools , complete set heyco wrenches and Co2 kit and patch kit for flats.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:00 PM   #1645
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My Aerostitch Darien...followed closely by my Sidi on-road boots, then my Held Steve gloves.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:33 PM   #1646
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Just home from two weeks in Baja

These things worked well:

Klim Latitude jacket: well made, water proof (yup, it rained on this trip...just not in Baja) fits me perfectly at 6'5" and 210 pounds (XL), and looks great.

Heated vest. Mine is a Tourmaster- you might prefer Gerbings or some other brand, but get yourself some heated gear, it's so nice to wear less bulk, and to adjust the heat on the fly as conditions change.

Dark tinted visor for my helmet. Formerly, I was using sunglasses with a clear visor, and they became uncomfortable after a few hours. Also, it's one more thing to fidget with or lose any time you remove the helmet. I swapped a clear visor for night riding.

Caribou luggage, which are Pelican cases under their brand. On SW Motech racks, which allow for quick removal, or can be locked in place. I'd prefer soft bags if I was setting up a lightweight dual sport for travel, but these work great on a road tour.

Had mixed feelings about a tank bag. I liked having a place for a paper map, and a ready spot to keep my gloves. The down side was that I felt compelled to pop it off and take it with me any time I was away from the bike. All those little scouting trips and bathroom stops....inconvenient. I may leave it on my next trip and just go with the locking top case. With wallet and phone and camera in my jacket pockets, I don't worry about the bike short term.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:14 PM   #1647
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My Stebel Airhorn by far, saved my ass a few times.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:58 AM   #1648
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My Stebel Airhorn by far, saved my ass a few times.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:15 PM   #1649
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-Givi E450 Topbox...everything insideeee
-Ink helmet MF1
-Garut Leather Jacket
-Scoyco Glove MC08
-Krisbow Safety Shoes
-Ulite GPS
-Throttle Rocker
-Preety pillion that like to advanture
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #1650
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I'd say at this point, my top three pieces of equipment would be (not including my X-Challenge):

Firstgear Rainier Jacket. I wouldn't call it perfect, but I would say it is an excellent jacket. The fact that I got it under $150 (closeout) puts it over the top.

Grip heaters. Honestly, I don't think the brand matters or whether you go heated grips, under grip elements, or heated gloves. But having something to warm your hands does wonders to improve the riding experience and extend the season.

Firstgear Fargo Gloves. This model has been revised so I don't know if it is still as good, but they were cheap (under $60 I think), have been totally waterproof, and are a very good balance of comfort, warmth, and tactile feedback.

Honorable mentions would be my Sidi Adventure boots and Olympia Bushwacker jacket.
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