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Old 02-26-2007, 12:41 PM   #226
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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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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.

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Old 03-05-2007, 10:57 AM   #229
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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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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?
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Old 03-09-2007, 07:50 AM   #232
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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.
Cheers.
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Note: items with no entry in "# of recommendations" column I only saw once.
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# of Recs Item Source Comments

1200GS Adv winglets (For GS)


3M reflective tape


Adventure Pipe http://www.adventure-motorcycle.com/store/?name=Home
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 http://convertibars.com/
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. http://www.helimot.com/catalog/boots...pen_data.shtml
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 http://www.reflectivedecals.com/haloebay.htm

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


Hyperlite

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) http://www.marcparnes.com/Visual_Alert.htm

Marsee Adventure Jacket and Pants

Marsee Bavarian Tail Bag


Marsee Tank bag w/ electrics


Mefo Explorer tires

2 Micatech side bags


Moose Sahara Pants
Vented

Motofizz Large (tail) bag


Motolights

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


Rimlock


Roadgear digital tire guage

3 Rok straps http://www.rokstraps.com/

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


SignalMinder

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


Vstrom


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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