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Old 01-03-2012, 05:01 AM   #13486
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Speaking of user wisdom...quick survey for ya'll...did you buy a vest or full sleeve heated liner?
Would you change if you could from what you bought?
Lastly, heated gloves or grips & the good or bad on those?
You can tell I've got an itchy trigger finger....

Just so you know I'm zeroed in on Gerbings so brand is not the question unless you know something I don't....TIA
I purchased my first heated gear (Widder vest and gloves) after riding close to 25 years (~1991). Similar comment to self: why in Hades did you wait so long? Worked well, but no heat for arms, or connection for same with my early version.

Up-graded to a used Gerbings jacket (type without the built-in insulation, and gloves about 8 years ago. Worked well, but decided on one of the newer insulated ones (non-micro finewire or whatever it's called) about 3 years ago. Works very well, but do have some complaints.
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1. Even tho' I fitted it up at Mortons, still fits too loose around the torso and you lose heat; the Widder vest fit snug. Usually wear a sweatshirt over it to pull it in tighter and to help trap the heat.
2. Sleeve pigtails for gloves are shorter on the this one than my old version.... makes connecting the gloves a PITA so I rarely use them.
3. Heat troller croaked after a couple of years. Self-inflicted 'cause I unplugged my connection to the bike without turning it off first (grabbing a tag in P'burg). I have heard of others having a similar problem.

Good luck in your decision. Whichever one you choose will seem like a revelation the first time you use it.

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Old 01-03-2012, 05:47 AM   #13487
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Spirited ride last week.

Madstrom, JerseyMark and I headed over to WV for a spirited ride December 30th. Once again I am amazed how well the V-Strom's do in the twisties. Starting temp that day was 31 degrees.
At the end of 420 miles I was warm and comfy thanks to heated gear.

This is also a test inserting YouTube videos. Mac's Safari will not let me insert YouTube videos. I had to go to FireFox (a different browser) to get the A/A emblem.


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Old 01-03-2012, 06:31 AM   #13488
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Some of you cats will enjoy this. I like the MXer that appears briefly.


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Old 01-03-2012, 06:32 AM   #13489
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Madstrom, JerseyMark and I headed over to WV for a spirited ride December 30th. Once again I am amazed how well the V-Strom's do in the twisties. Starting temp that day was 31 degrees.
At the end of 420 miles I was warm and comfy thanks to heated gear.

This is also a test inserting YouTube videos. Mac's Safari will not let me insert YouTube videos. I had to go to FireFox (a different browser) to get the A/A emblem.

Nevermind. I couldn't see the original because it's blocked here, and I thought it didn't make it.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:39 AM   #13490
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Been busy burning my legs up in the Jungfrau.

For Jeff Munn, TG4360, and anyone else who has been to or is curious about the Jungfrau, a few highlights:

Looking toward Mt. Schilthorn / Piz Gloria (peak 1/4 way from right), Murren (center of pic), and the cliffs in the Lauterbrunnen-Steckelberg valley with the boatload of waterfalls.


Hope everyone on the NYD ride had a great and safe ride, and HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!!
Damn. You had to go and post pictures of the one thing I miss about Europe.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:44 AM   #13491
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X2 on what everyone said about gerbings.. You do want a snug fit like Guy said. Makes a big difference.

I have all the stuff.. Jacket, gloves(T5), pants, and insoles. I really only use the jacket and gloves though.

My controller is not a gerbings though. I have a warm n safe controller. Supposed to be better than the gerbings??

http://www.warmnsafe.com/index.php?m...h3fft1f2g4m9a1
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:59 AM   #13492
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Speedflying, light. :)

Let's see if I can figure out video embed from SmugMug...

Video 1. Pilot taking us for some spins.


Video 2. The landing. Not quite per plan, but had me cracking up, especially after seeing how spectacularly ungraceful it was on video. Not audible, for all the static due to the camera bouncing around: He, "Oopala"; Me, "Where is the word 'stand' in all of that?"


Edit: figured out how to embed properly when using Thunderbird instead of Mac's Safari.

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Old 01-03-2012, 07:00 AM   #13493
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Madstrom, JerseyMark and I headed over to WV for a spirited ride December 30th. Once again I am amazed how well the V-Strom's do in the twisties. Starting temp that day was 31 degrees.
At the end of 420 miles I was warm and comfy thanks to heated gear.

This is also a test inserting YouTube videos. Mac's Safari will not let me insert YouTube videos. I had to go to FireFox (a different browser) to get the A/A emblem.

Good stuff Chuck, especially the last 2 mins. Was that Bluegrass Rd?...
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:07 AM   #13494
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That was a well run group ride, and a nice lunch.

Well done.
yes it was I have to ride a big group ride every few years to remind myself why I don't ride in 'em

great spot for lunch too bad I wasn't very hungry. I'll go back to Wasabi

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Old 01-03-2012, 07:37 AM   #13495
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Sargent Enduro Seat w/ Lava Orange piping for F 650/800 GS for sale

Sargent Enduro Seat with Lava Orange piping in excellent condition with about 500 miles on it.

I gave my wife my F 650 GS when I purchased a new GSA and the Enduro seat is too tall for her.

So she gets a new Touring Sargent seat and I'm selling the slightly used one.

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Price: $335.00, including S / H to lower 48

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Old 01-03-2012, 07:47 AM   #13496
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I have to ride a big group ride every few years to remind myself why I don't ride in 'em
Ya know, you're right. It was nice getting together with folks, but 50 people in a stick is very limiting.

I don't mind riding with the BMW Riders once a month because usually less than 10 folks head out, and that's manageable. But a large group ride tends to be extremely slow moving ... and frankly kinda boring.

Riding back with you guys was fun though. Taking turns popping in front of each other at the end made for some grins. A little cat and mouse never hurt anyone. :-) Too bad Greg's bike won't go past 50mph. LOL! (Just kidding! I keed! I keed!).

Usually I prefer to ride solo. Stop when you want. Speed when you can. Turn whenever the mood strikes. But it is nice to have someone to talk to when you do finally stop.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:28 AM   #13497
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Speaking of user wisdom...quick survey for ya'll...did you buy a vest or full sleeve heated liner?
Would you change if you could from what you bought?
Lastly, heated gloves or grips & the good or bad on those?
You can tell I've got an itchy trigger finger....

Just so you know I'm zeroed in on Gerbings so brand is not the question unless you know something I don't....TIA
I like my Warm n Safe jacket over my Gerbings jacket. Warm N Safe jacket has spandex panels down the sides which help keep the jacket snug to your body. The Gerbings never fit as well as the WNS so it never transfered the heat as well.

I had a vest I didn't like it nearly as much as a jacket, plus like Skippi said the jacket gives you a place to plug in your gloves.

I like the Warm N Safe controller better than my Gerbings controller, because the knob is larger and easier to adjust with winter gloves on.

I like Heated Gloves over Grips. The gloves heat everything but your plam, and grips only heat your palm. Gloves are helped immensly by a good set of hand guards, and I've even taken to using hippo hands when temps get below 40 so I don't have to run the gloves wide open all the time.

Grips are nice because they're there if you need them when things get a bit cool.

If you're loading anything more than gloves, and jacket up to your KTM, you might want to get a volt meter as well. I regularly run jacket, gloves, pants and socks on my Vstrom, but I also unplug a headlight so I get an extra 60 Watts.

If you've got the dough, Warm N Safe has some wirelessly controlled thermostats. Those are the bees knees. It's nice to be able to put the controller anywhere you want and keep the wiring all tucked up in your jacket.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:37 AM   #13498
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Ya know, you're right. It was nice getting together with folks, but 50 people in a stick is very limiting.

I don't mind riding with the BMW Riders once a month because usually less than 10 folks head out, and that's manageable. But a large group ride tends to be extremely slow moving ... and frankly kinda boring.

Riding back with you guys was fun though. Taking turns popping in front of each other at the end made for some grins. A little cat and mouse never hurt anyone. :-) Too bad Greg's bike won't go past 50mph. LOL! (Just kidding! I keed! I keed!).

Usually I prefer to ride solo. Stop when you want. Speed when you can. Turn whenever the mood strikes. But it is nice to have someone to talk to when you do finally stop.
Well, I said it was going to be 20+ people, so if you knew that up front then ya get what ya get. I don't normally like riding in large groups either but once a year is fine.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:37 AM   #13499
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yes it was I have to ride a big group ride every few years to remind myself why I don't ride in 'em
I remember a ride with you and about 20 other folks. Somewhere around Staunton we all stopped to get gas. Folks started gabbin, you hopped on and took off and left about half of them there shootin the breeze. The ride got a bit more spirited after that as well.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:44 AM   #13500
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Well, I said it was going to be 20+ people, so if you knew that up front then ya get what ya get. I don't normally like riding in large groups either but once a year is fine.
Yup. And again, I need to blame someone for my complete lack of self-control at the buffet. It obviously wasn't my fault that I went through so many plates ... and then loaded up on dessert. This is America after all, where personal issues must be blamed on others. So ... who was the designated idiot that caused me to overeat? The TV commercials said I could sue someone since I was the victim. LOL!
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