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Old 09-13-2006, 05:07 AM   #61
Ed Venture Heir
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Thurlow gloves.
Revpack saddle bags.
Sargent seat.
"They killed Ed Venture for what?" - Kowalski
"For not being alive." - Savage Henry
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Old 09-13-2006, 05:48 AM   #62
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Location: Joseph, Oregon
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Roadcrafter 1 piece suit - 12 years old and going strong

Gerbing electric vest...uuuummm warm

Wife, who not only rides but kicks butt when riding (not my butt mind you but butt....aaahh, you know what I mean)
'06 F650GS, '15 F700GS, '15 F800GS
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:25 AM   #63
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Great Thread. I think I'm just going to print it and send it around come Christmas time.

My favorite bits?

-Tourmaster Cortech GX Air Mesh/leather jacket.
Here in Louisiana we spend more time trying to stay cool than trying to get warm. This jacket flows a ton of air and doesn't compromise safety. With the water/wind liner installed it's completely waterproof in a downpour, add the insulated liner and it will go year round in Louisiana, no problem.

-Pelican 1400 tail box
Permanently mounted. Holds tools, paperwork, Notebook, bungees, lunch, and various other necessaries without looking like a giant wart on the back of the bike and keeping me from swinging my leg over. It was on the KLR, now it's on the Transalp. It's not touring size, but I commute a lot more than I tour, and I can throw soft luggage on for that.

-A cheapy roll up nylon shaving kit has been hands down the most effective tool roll that I've ever seen. I don't even know who makes it.

-Tusk Aluminum Handguards..
Don't leave home without them. It's The best $25 you'll spend towards picking your bike up and continuing riding when you would have otherwise snapped off your brake or clutch lever and been stuck.

-Airoh S4 helmet. All the benefits of an XD, without the sticker shock.
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:25 AM   #64
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Originally Posted by RAM
A Throttle Rocker has been my best investment in motorcycle accessories. Nothing else comes close.
+++ This is easily the best $10 I've ever spent. I have a friction cruise control but I won't ever take a long trip again w/o the throttle rocker. Get the kind the velcroes on and when you'r not using it (off road, trails, etc.) it stays on the cross bar in easy reach.
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Old 09-18-2006, 11:43 PM   #65
Wanna be Adventurer
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Location: San Marcos, CA
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Hmm... Roadcrafter 1pc

'06 GS - Not gear, but it's the reason I have gear. True love
Aerostich 1pc Roadcrafter - Use everyday, everywhere
Motofizz Large bag - Unbelievable tail bag. I didn't know a bag could be so cool.
Sidi Discovery boots - Warm, cool, dry. Nice.
Camelbak - Mine is a fake REI one, but I use it for everthing

I guess if I had to vote on one thing it would be the Aerostich 1pc Roadcrafter. A little warm in the heat and a little cold without proper layering, but still the best damn piece of gear I've ever seen. I guess if I had wanted more temp range, I would have gotten the Aerostich Darien. It vents (dries out after sweating) better than anything except my mesh jacket (which I don't wear now that I have the Aerostich). It allows you to layer w/ fleece or electric vests. It goes on and off in seconds although the Disco boot on the right side takes some care going through the leg hole. I use it to tour distances and commute w/ everyday. I've worn it offroad, but that is limited and I get hot as all hell. In the end, I would give up other things (not the GS) but I wouldn't give up my Aerostich, especially now w/ the temp changing from hot to cold and back again as it tries to figure out if it is fall or summer.
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Old 09-19-2006, 12:31 AM   #66
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K1200 Gt Get You There Fast Then You Dont Need All That Fancy Gear
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:40 AM   #67
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I have 2 favorites:
1) Autocom, Actve Rider
2) Garmin 276C

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Old 09-19-2006, 08:23 AM   #68
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Didn't have to buy it because the guy that sold the bike to me already had it and tossed it in for free:
Original shop manual for the bike.
I'm the only mechanic that's allowed take a wrench to my bike.

Crash gear is way up on the list but so far it's just wasted money.
Five Gears, No Reverse, Cruise On...

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Old 09-22-2006, 08:54 PM   #69
Too old for dirt bikes?
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A Belstaff Trailmaster jacket and a Bell Moto 3 helmet.
3 Brits
2 H-Ds
5 Metrics

Present scooter: '01 XR650L
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:38 PM   #70
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In order:

Aeroflow windscreen
Ohlins Shocks
Touratech panniers and top case
Custom Saddle
Ricky bars
Held gloves
Nolan Helmet
2007 KTM 990 Adventure (Black)
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Old 09-23-2006, 04:14 AM   #71
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In 20 years of riding I've only had two "Holy...Sweet Jesus...Fuck-me-runnin'" moments. 1) My first Arai helmet and, 2) first heated vest. Other than that...
3) Leatherman
4) Generic Bandana
5) Hilliberg tent
6) Lee Parks gloves
7) 'stitch
8) flat seamed underpants
9) "wobbly head" allen wrenches
10) LED camp lighting

"I am here to tell you that fast is better. I've always believed this, in spite of the trouble it's caused me."
H.S. Thompson
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Old 09-23-2006, 05:58 AM   #72
In a state of equilibrium
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The Aeroflow for my 12GS. Transformed the bike.
'05 R1200GS

The following statement is true.

The above statement is false.
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:08 PM   #73
Gnarly Adventurer
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Location: Back to Tejas
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Good post! Hard to pick a single item, so here's the list, in no particular order:
- Gericke Eco jacket, brand new for only about $140, down from around $400 from motrocyclecloseouts; great design, padding, waterproofing
-Widder electric vest; everybody should have one
-cell phone (got it before I even got my bikes)
-$30 hand operated bike stand
-wickers underwear (can wear the longjohns even in the summer)
-wickers balaclava
-Hood Jeans (K7): makes ATGATT as natural as it can be; I can wear them almost year round without even thinking that I'm wearing moto gear
-my torque wrenches
-my helmets (shoei RF1000 and z1r zrp)
-smartwool socks
-helmet sunblocker on dark shield
-matching sunglasses/shades for my eyeglasses (and the flat case I can keep them in that never leaves my back pocket)
-fogtech (best thing I've tried against fogging inside the shield)
-olympia airglide jacket
-33 rated disposable foam plugs (bought in boxes of 200 pairs)

And of course, the main reason for all of the above...the bikes. Especially the Dakar, loaded by the PO with OEM goodies...
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Old 09-23-2006, 02:06 PM   #74
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A chainsaw.
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Old 09-23-2006, 03:23 PM   #75
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There are a few pieces I wouln't be without, but on top of the list are:

Held Steve Gloves
Oxtar Infinity Boots
Kili Jacket

(I never leave without them)
2005 ST1300 / 2015 BMW R1200 GSA
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