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Old 11-29-2007, 02:11 PM   #421
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Berik Contender boots.
Tough, good protection, surprisingly comfortable. Feel very exposed riding without them.







Motoroia 2-way radios, pocket sized.
When you're tired, in the middle of nowhere, and you've lost sight of your riding buddy (happens at least onmce every ride), these save the day. And you don't have to take off your helmet to talk.
Mobile phones suck when you're tired, lost and wearing a helmet.





Ogio Flight Vest.
Very well thought-out piece of gear. Carries everything - radios, GPS, tools, water, maps, phone, you name it. Especially useful since most dirt pants have lousy pockets.

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Old 11-30-2007, 09:48 PM   #422
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I don't know if I posted this bfor or not.
I have a polartech fleece scarf that a lady friend gave to me. I won't ride without it among my gear.
It is about a foot wide and five feet long. it can wrap around my neck, or over my head to include ear warming, or wrapped as a bernoose in the taureg style to cover my lower face as well.
I have used it as an outer wrap over soft clothing to make a "make do" pillow for camping, and I have used it to cradle fragile items scored along the way,(a coyote skull) and as a protective wrap for carrying breakable items on the way to the campsite (read: wine bottles)
Nowadays they are selling fleece "lap blanket" in all the favorite NFL team logos at yer local Sprawl-Mart, and that may work too with a mod to the width with a handy pair of scissors.
When I think of all the things I use that are the "best" item of equipment, it is at the top for things not to forget.
I can forget to bring my camera,,oops,, I can forget to grab my radar detector, or my earplugs,,but I gotta have my scarf, I even take it along in the summertime, cuz, well, ya never know,,really. ptrmn
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:41 AM   #423
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Best bit of kit

best bit of kit would be the plastic bag used to stop the dust and sand getting in my mouth, bit sweaty but it did the job.

somewhere in mauritania a few years ago now
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:16 PM   #424
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Frog Togs rain suit. This thing feels like paper but works like a million bucks for keeping dry on long rides with continuous rain.
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:29 PM   #425
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Didn't read every post but saw it once already...


A HELMET

(I was racing bicycles (BMX) before I could ride motorcycles, and Mom had a rule... Well that first helmet and all the other ones along the way have kept me alive and well, long enough to post here and tell you about it.)

There have been many that have given their life in the performance of duty. I should have kept them all, oh the stories they could tell...

I should have killed myself by now, if not for a helmet...
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:27 AM   #426
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Touratech Vp45 Tankbag with tank 'saddlebags'. Great piece of kit.
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:57 PM   #427
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Another vote for the Roadcrafter suit. Worth the $$

Southwest Moto crash bars................they saved me BIG $$$$ on fixing the bike. Oh yea, the Jesses saved me from having to fix anything on the rear side during that incident
Glad to hear that about the SW-Moto Crash bars. Just ordered them today for my Dad's Xmas present.
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:58 AM   #428
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Merino wool top, they simply rock, hot or cold, wet or dry
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:21 AM   #429
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Merino wool top, they simply rock, hot or cold, wet or dry
Top? Top of what? Knit cap maybe? Hat? Sorry, I'm probably confused!
I am curious though.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:33 PM   #430
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Top? Top of what? Knit cap maybe? Hat? Sorry, I'm probably confused!
I am curious though.
Girls call 'em "tops". Guys call 'em "shirts".
Haven't you ever heard of a long john top???
Hat?
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:15 PM   #431
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Girls call 'em "tops". Guys call 'em "shirts".
Haven't you ever heard of a long john top???
Hat?
I've heard of a top hat.
A merino wool top sounds like a knitted toy, maybe related to a crocheted yoyo.
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Old 12-08-2007, 07:26 PM   #432
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My New 07 KTM Super Enduro....WOW....Ride On..
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Old 12-10-2007, 03:02 PM   #433
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A fully armored Roadcrafter suit. It quickly paid for itself in doctor bills I would have forked out without it. It is also a wonderful companion when the weather changes suddenly. It has been with me through 4 bikes, about 30 thousand miles, and 2 crashes and still looks great. IMO nothing protects your epidermis like a Roadcrafter and still enables you to put it on or take it off in 10 seconds or wear it in all seasons.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:29 PM   #434
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Warmnsafe jacket liner and Heat-troller changed my life.

Aside from that, I love my Garmin Zumo and my eTrex Vista HCx.

Best gear for my dirt bike (CRF450R) is a toss-up between the 13-oz. MSR weight I bolted to the flywheel and the TrailTech kickstand.

I also love my Aerostich Combat Touring Boots.

The Happy Trails top case I bolted to the Ulysses is bomb-proof as well.
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Old 12-10-2007, 09:33 PM   #435
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Girls call 'em "tops". Guys call 'em "shirts".
Haven't you ever heard of a long john top???
Hat?
Dude, not everybody is American.



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