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Old 02-26-2007, 12:41 PM   #226
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Originally Posted by Shoganai
Vendramini Marathon
Italians DO leather. I have a road pair. I suppose I'll get these if my Alpinstars ever wear out.
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Old 02-26-2007, 03:14 PM   #227
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Originally Posted by Shoganai
HOLY POOP! You too.

They are the best boot I've EVAR worn. Most comfortable right out of the box, I've worn them all day riding, hiking, running, whatever and totally love them.

Great boot!

Vendramini Marathon

Yeah, I was very impressed with the the look, fit and comfort. The sticky soles will wear out long before the uppers, and I'm not sure what is available for re-soleing them. Only complaint...the buckles. I have one that is hanging on by a thread.

The boot has been this way for about 8 months now (occurred about 4 months after purchase), and is still functional. The distributor was good about sending me repair parts (wish he'd have sent me a new boot, as they were still under warranty), and finding a boot repair store that can hanled the job here in Okinawa has been tough. Next time I'm in Korea, I think I have a lead on someone that can handle the work. The rest of the buckles have held up fine.
Like I said, I love the grip, the fit, the leather, the protection and for the most part, the quality. Will I buy another pair? I dunno, the new Sidi On-Roads are looking pretty good...
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:20 PM   #228
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Great boots!!!

I have the same Marathon boots. Unreal comfort & quality.

I did a surch & found several large resoling sites. $40. Also go to any good shoe repair shop for the buckle repair.

By the way!, the buckle can be replaced by a 12" long x 1" wide nylon flat webbing & a Fastex Buckle for $1.50 from Sport Chalet. Buckled around the area of the missing one.

Possibly a GSA someday.
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:57 AM   #229
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Originally Posted by Jeffro115
So what items did you buy that you have really gotten your money's worth? What stuff has outlasted your expectations?

The Belstaff Trailmaster has kept me bone dry in pretty much hurricane weather and serves well as a three season jacket. The Schott Perfecto is just a a wonderful piece of tough leather that get's better with every wear.

If i had to have but one jacket it would be the Trailmaster. It's outsatanding.
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Old 03-08-2007, 07:23 PM   #230
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Originally Posted by wiredpenguin
I can chat with my wife in full duplex none of this push to talk crap.
Can you tell us a little about this? This could make an interesting short range bike to bike solution. Questions:
-Do you need the phone to communicate from rider to passenger?
-how do you actually connect/call them?

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Old 03-08-2007, 09:18 PM   #231
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Motorola HS830 bluetooth Helmet Headset

That's pretty cool. Something I'd definitely be interested in.

Where did you find/buy? Ballpark price? I guess you needed to buy two of them, huh?
Danger is one thing. But danger plus extreme discomfort for long periods is quite another.
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Old 03-09-2007, 07:50 AM   #232
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Originally Posted by wiredpenguin
You don’t need a phone to use this product. You can directly connect to each other. Motorola said it only works within a range of 30 feet, but I’m getting around twice that distance.
The housing has a multifunction button that allows you to easily control call functions from the helmet, such as power, receive/answer/end calls, call hold and 3-way calling features….and the all important volume controls.
Good stuff, thanks for clarity. I wonder if anyone else has tried this for bike to bike communication.

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Old 03-09-2007, 11:45 AM   #233
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Wicked Best boots, heated gear, GPS

Being a moto boot fanatic - maybe 18 pair and counting - I like the Vendramini attention to safety. My favorite boots are still the Chippewa Buffalo Rally. Safe enough, can walk all day, and w/o the Darth Vader look. Not waterproof for crossing streams, but fine for rain if treated.
My heated Gerbing gloves and vest for winter riding are definitely my favorite when the 20 degree wind blows through and I am still dual-sporting.
Last and most fun, the latest addition is the Garmin Zumo 550. Nothing like being stuck in Nowheresville, TN and having this thing direct me to the nearest gas, hotel, or restaurant.

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Old 03-09-2007, 01:06 PM   #234
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The best gear I've bought, that I never leave home without:

- Touratech/ZEGA panniers
- Arai XD Helmet
- BMW Rallye Suit
- BMW 2-Piece TourTech Rain Ovesuit
- BMW Savannah or Santiago Boots
- BMW "GS" lightweight enduro gloves
- Gerbing's Heated Jacket Liner
- Garmin GPSMAP 376C
- Sony CyberShot DSC-T1 point and pray digcam
- Sony DSC-F828 prosumer digicam
- JVC Everio GZ-M505U Hard Disk Drive "media free" digicamcorder
- Fujitsu LifeBook P7230D sub-notebook personal confuser
- Touratech/Hella Xenon HID auxiliary driving lights
- Many ROK Straps
- BestRest Cycle Pump
- BestRest Tire Gage
- The tire repair kit with sticky strings and glue from any automotive shop
- 36-piece Proxxon Precision Engineer’s Tool Set
- Medjet Assistance Medical Evacution Membership
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Old 03-09-2007, 05:23 PM   #235
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:56 AM   #236
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Compilation to Date - Part 1 of 2

For my first post, here's what hope will be a worthwhile contribution, a compilation of the thread to date. It's not 100% accurate--sue me.

Most advocated:
- Aerostich 1- & 2-piece
- GPS, mostly Garmin
- Electic heat, mostly Gerbings & Widder
- Arai XD
- BMW assorted gear
. . .

Hope it's useful to other noobs. Below is some of the tabulation, but formatting may make it difficult to read. Also, there was too much text for a single post, so second part in next message.I put it together in Excel, so PM if you want a copy of that fiile.

Note: items with no entry in "# of recommendations" column I only saw once.
# of Recs Item Source Comments

1200GS Adv winglets (For GS)

3M reflective tape

Adventure Pipe
5 Aeroflow windshield

Aerostich AirVantage heated Vest

Aerostich Combat touring boots

4 Aerostich Darien

3 Aerostich Kanetsu Electric Vest

17 Aerostich Roadcrafter 1-piece

8 Aerostich Roadcrafter, 2 piece

Aerostich triangle

AirClick remote Control for iPod

4 Airhawk

Airoh S4 helmet
"benefits of an XD"

Alpinestars Jet Jacket
Goretex, padding, liner

Alpinestars La Strada boots

Alpinestars touring boots (unspecified)

Alpinestars Vector suits

4 Arai Helmets (unspecified)

Arai Quantum helmet

Arai Tourx Helmet

Arai VX-Pro Helmet

7 Arai XD Helmet

Audiovox CCS-100 Electronic Cruise Control

Autocom Active Rider

3 Autocom communications (unspecified)

Baby Wipes
for cleaning visor

Bagster tank bag

Beaded Saddle Cover (generic)

Bell Moto 3 helmet

2 Belstaff Trailmaster jacket

Belstaff Trekker

2 Benchmade

2 BestRest Cycle Pump

Bigfoot kickstand attachment

Bill Mayer Saddle

Black Diamond Moonlight headlamp

BMW "GS" lightweight enduro gloves

BMW 2-Piece TourTech Rain Ovesuit

BMW 3-Phase suit

9 BMW GS motorcycle

BMW GS/Rallye Gloves

4 BMW Rallye 2 Pro Jacket

3 BMW Rallye Jacket

BMW Road Boots

BMW Santiago Boots

2 BMW Santiago Jacket

3 BMW Savannah boots

3 Buff

Caberg Justissimo flip-up helmet

Cable ties

2 Camelbak

Carhart insulated bib overalls

Caribou luggage

Cee Baileys Saddle

Chippewa Buffalo Rally boots

Cobralinks lock

Coleman 442 duelfuel stove

Colt 1911A semi-auto pistol

Columbia River Knife M16-13z

2 Convertibars handlebar system
2 Corbin Saddle
one for heated

Craftsman floor jack

Crampbuster "cruise control"

Custom Saddle (Unspecified)

2 Dainese pants

Dainese gloves

Daytona Goretex boots

2 Dual Star heated grip elements

4 Ear Plugs
three recommendations for custom

Ernie Twi Light (2XPIAA 55W)

Escort 8500 radar detector

7 Etymotic er6/6ii in ear monitor (earphones)

Eurek Apex 2XTA tent

Fasst Flexx Bars

Fastway "barkbuster" mounts

6 Fastway footpegs

Firstgear (unspecified item)

2 Firstgear HT Air Gear

Firstgear Kilimanjaro jacket

Firstgear Leather Jacket

flat seamed underpants

Flip-A-Lever Throttle Lock

Fogtech anti-fog

Frey-Daytona Trans Open GTX Boots.
19 Gerbings Heated Jacket Liner

Gericke Eco jacket

GIVI E460 top case

3 Givi luggage

Gizmomill's LED Brake Light

4 Glock pistol

20 GPS (Mostly assorted Garmins)

HALO reflective helmet band

Harbor Freight trailer

2 Hein Gericke Tuareg jacket

2 Held Gloves

3 Held Steve Gloves

Hella FF50 Lights

Helmet sunblocker

Hepco & Becker racks & bags

Hilliberg tent

Hippo Hands handlebar muffs

Hood jeans (K7)

2 Hot Grips


2 Hyperlites

2 Icon Mil-Spec Vest

6 iPod

JC Whitney top box

3 Jesse side bags

Jet Boil camping Stove

3 Kaoko Throttle Lock
similar: Throttlemeister, Wrist Rest
3 Kermit Chair

Kisan Pathblazer high beam modulator

Kisan Tailblazer Brake Modulator

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Old 03-11-2007, 12:59 AM   #237
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Compilation to Date - Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2:

# of Recs Item Source Comments

KRIEGA R25 Backpack

KTM 950

5 Leatherman (origianal, SuperTool, Wave, PST)

Leatt neck brace

3 LED flashlights and headlamps (unspecified)

Lightforce 140 lights

Marc Parnes Visual Alert (of radar detector warning)

Marsee Adventure Jacket and Pants

Marsee Bavarian Tail Bag

Marsee Tank bag w/ electrics

Mefo Explorer tires

2 Micatech side bags

Moose Sahara Pants

Motofizz Large (tail) bag


7 Motoport Ultra Kevlar II

Motorola HS830 Bluetooth Helmet Headset

MP Designs windscreen (for Vstrom)
3 MP3 player (general, not iPod)
several for iRiver

Mr. Ed's Moto Saddle

MSR Leather enduro pro gloves

MSR MX Pants

MSR Offroad Jacket
Tough, offroad

MSR Pocket Rocket camp stove

MSR X-GK Multi-fuel backpacking stove

National Park Pass

New Balance sole inserts for boots

New Enough (vendor) customer service

Nolan Helmet

North Face Superlight 650 sleeping bag

NovoGar Trials Boots

4 Ohlins shocks

Olympia Airglide jacket

Olympia All-season gloves

Olympia AST jacket

2 Oxtar Boots (unspecified)

Oxtar Infinity Boots

Oxtar Matrix Boots

Pelican 1400 tail box

PIAA 520 lights on the TerraNova lightbar

PIAA 959 lights

Polarfleece neck tube

Powerlet outlet

Probike Sportbike race grips

Pro-Gel Grips

Revpack Saddle bags

Rick Mayer saddle

2 Ricky Bar" handlebars


Roadgear digital tire guage

3 Rok straps

Roll-up nylon shave kit as tool bag

Rukka Airpower II jacket

4 Russel Saddle

6 Sargent Saddle

2 Schuberth C2 Helmet

Schuberth Helmets

3 Scotts steering stabilizer / damper

Shoei RF-800

Shoei TZ Helmet

Shoei X-Eleven Helmet

Shure Earphones

Sidecar (unspecified)

3 Sidi Boots (Unspecified)

Sidi Combat Tour light

2 Sidi Discovery boots

6 Sidi On-Road Sympatex Boots
good for walking

Sidi Strada boots

Sierra Designs Clip Fashlight tent

Sig Sauer P229 semi-auto pistol


4 Smartwool Socks

Southwest Moto crash bars

Starcom communications/intercom

SureFire flashlight

Thor T30 Boots

5 Throttle Rocker

Thumb squeegee for rain

2 Thurlow gloves

Tipperary Safety Vest

TKC Tyres

2 Touratech panniers and top case

Touratech tank bag

Touratech/Hella Xenon HID auxiliary driving lights

Tourmaster Cortech GX Air mesh/leather jackets

TourMaster Flex jacket

2 TourMaster Jackets (unspecified)

Tusk Aluminum Handguards

Unabiker radiator guards

Under Armour Compression Cold Gear long sleeve shirt
3 Valentine 1 Radar Detector

Vanson Leather Jacket

Vanson suit

4 Vendramini Marathon boots

Venture rack/bag

Vistacruise throttle lock


Warm-N-Safe heated vest

Wickers balaclava

Wickers underwear

8 Widder Electric Vest

4 Wilbers shocks

Wiley X sunglasses

Wobbly Head" allen wrenches

3 Wolfman Enduro tank bag

Wolverine safety glasses

Wunderlich crash bars

x50 radar detector plus H.A.R.D. system
3 XM Radio

Yoshimura RS3 Off Road muffler

Zansa Seamless helmet liner

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Old 03-14-2007, 02:43 PM   #238
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It would be a close match between my first Widder electric vest and my Aero Tank panniers.
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:07 AM   #239
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Fork braces wanted. Who makes em...

cho man. I'm looking for some sites with fork braces for KLRs. And while I have your attention. I could use some info on the dohicki everyone is talking about. I have about 5k on an 06. how long does the stock last...
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:02 PM   #240
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Bill Mayer Saddles modification of my DL1000 seat. It seamed a little expensive but after 9'850 miles (Kansas City to Prudhoe Bay and back) it was WORTH EVERY PENNY and I will not hesitate to use them for future bike's.
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