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Old 04-18-2012, 10:45 AM   #12286
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Being on a very tight budget, I got these http://www.helmetcity.co.uk/Richa-Ex...ack_AN82Z.aspx

And this http://www.helmetcity.co.uk/Richa-Ad...ack_AMS7R.aspx

Been out in all weathers except the snow and they've kept me 100% warm and dry. Of course the quality may not be as good as some, but if its value for money you want.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:32 AM   #12287
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I know it seems to be the current "in thing" but at 800 for the jacket and 600 for the pants? That's Rukka territory. And for something that might get ripped to shreds on the massive brambles we get over here. Not for me. YMMV.
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I have a couple bits of Klim gear and it's good gear but that is just ridiculous prices for stuff that, well, ain't that ground-breaking (despite what the fanbois will say).
Klim are riding a wave right now. They've got Flavor of The Month status among KTM and a few Dakar Heros and many here on ADV. (the wealthy ones) Fact is Klim are relative Noobs to MC gear and come from the Ski/Snowboard world. It's a US based company, but all their stuff is made in China, just like 95% of ALL motorcycle gear.

They DO have some good designs and the quality of some things I've seen in person is good ... but not fantastic. No where near Rukka quality. But even a Rukka will be destroyed in a crash. Seen it happen ... in person!

Some BMW/KTM Adventure "experts" here on ADV don't have a dirt riding back ground. Anyone that's been around a while will know that lots of other companies, both here and in Europe, have made great riding gear for decades.

Most cater more to Moto Cross (where the money is) ... and the Adventure segment is relatively new. But lots of it crosses over. Some favorites I've used over the years:
Fox, JT, Thor, MSR, No Fear, Moose, Troy Lee Designs .... and about a dozen more ... some good, some not. Many other US brands make versatile gear, like First Gear, Tourmaster, Joe Rocket. All have ups and down, but most have really improved in the last ten years. Inexpensive and functional. I use custom armor in my gear, using mostly
Aerostitch armor. I love Aerostitch suits but not for Summer or Latin America.

Most make light enduro jackets, all make great hot weather riding pants, jersey's and lots more. Most sell colors that are too flashy for old fart ADV guys ... who would rather spend $2000 on a Rukka, BMW, KLIM or other over priced, Euro gear. Klim are US based, but are perceived as a Euro brand as they've managed to attach their brand to KTM and BMW. Very smart marketing. They are seen now as a "prestige" brand. But is the gear really any better than ... average?

Some guys raving about Klim have not owned lots of the other brands, not ridden dirt bikes long. Lots of Noobs. Some Klim items are better than average, but some are simply overpriced, typical Chinese made fare. I'd advise checking Klim ... and a few others ... out IN PERSON. Handle it, check the stitching, seams, check the fit.

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:43 AM   #12288
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I'm poor & have used my dirt gear on the street for years. My "outfit" is the A.R.C. backcountry foul weather jacket & pants. $80 each. It's kept me warm & dry for years. I live on the Gulf of Mexico, but I've ridden in snow.



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Old 04-18-2012, 11:57 AM   #12289
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I'm poor & have used my dirt gear on the street for years. My "outfit" is the A.R.C. backcountry foul weather jacket & pants. $80 each. It's kept me warm & dry for years. I live on the Gulf of Mexico, but I've ridden in snow.



http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...er-Jacket-2012
I bought a pair of those ARC pants from Rocky Mountain (I believe ARC are the "in house" brand). Super cheap. I did not expect much as it was half the cost of name brands and also In House stuff is not often very good.
But I was surprised! Good, tough dirt riding pants ... I think they were $60? Damn good! I've had them four years now ... no wear. I always carry rain pants, and slip over dirt pants for cold or rain.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:09 PM   #12290
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Has anyone seen this? I can't read it but I'm sure some of you can. I have been looking at the pictures for the last several weeks.

http://www.realizatuaventura.com/201...a/#prettyPhoto
Google Chrome automatically offers a translate option when on a foreign language site.

Some real nice pics, at times it looks like my neck of the desert.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:11 PM   #12291
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What about the Darien Jacket and pants by Aerostich? Not flashy enough? Has it fallen out of favour?
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:50 PM   #12292
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What about the Darien Jacket and pants by Aerostich? Not flashy enough? Has it fallen out of favour?
My preferred setup these days.

I was lucky enough to be given a good, used Darien jacket by a friend who was not wearing it any more. When this goes TU, I'll get another for sure.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:24 PM   #12293
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My preferred setup these days.

I was lucky enough to be given a good, used Darien jacket by a friend who was not wearing it any more. When this goes TU, I'll get another for sure.
When I bought them, I thought they were expensive, but read great reviews about them and the company after sales service and repairs. I see now that they are not expensive compared to some of the Klim line. Although I cannot compare features as I haven't ever had a close look at the klim. But they keep me warm and dry and took forever to break in, so I am sure they will last for a long time.
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #12294
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Well, it has started. Bought my first farkle for a bike I don't even own yet. Rox risers.

Is anybody using the Kaoko throttle lock? I found some mention of it many many pages back but nothing else since then.

Next up is Jesse bags...
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:23 PM   #12295
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I have a Kaoko throttle lock. It is very over priced, but it looks factory with the stock hand guards.
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:47 PM   #12296
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Which handguards are you using? Stock or??
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:03 PM   #12297
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Well, it has started. Bought my first farkle for a bike I don't even own yet. Rox risers.

Is anybody using the Kaoko throttle lock? I found some mention of it many many pages back but nothing else since then.

Next up is Jesse bags...
That all? I have tires, headlight protector, gel seat, fog lamps, bags, boots, suit, um.. I think that's it. Picking up the bike on Friday.

Just remembered; Leo Vince slipon, cable so I can do my own maps (dealer charges labor), and a pre-filter. K THAT'S it.

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Old 04-18-2012, 04:05 PM   #12298
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Some of the best tuners have been able achieve volumetric efficiencies greater that 1 in a race bike, its not not easy to achieve and those motors wouldn't last very long in a street bike.
Yep. And you'd have to get to 1.2 before the K&N was the limiting factor. The air filter isn't going to be the limiting factor with this engine.
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:16 PM   #12299
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Klim are riding a wave right now. They've got Flavor of The Month status among KTM and a few Dakar Heros and many here on ADV. (the wealthy ones) Fact is Klim are relative Noobs to MC gear and come from the Ski/Snowboard world. It's a US based company, but all their stuff is made in China, just like 95% of ALL motorcycle gear.

They DO have some good designs and the quality of some things I've seen in person is good ... but not fantastic. No where near Rukka quality. But even a Rukka will be destroyed in a crash. Seen it happen ... in person!

Some BMW/KTM Adventure "experts" here on ADV don't have a dirt riding back ground. Anyone that's been around a while will know that lots of other companies, both here and in Europe, have made great riding gear for decades.

Most cater more to Moto Cross (where the money is) ... and the Adventure segment is relatively new. But lots of it crosses over. Some favorites I've used over the years:
Fox, JT, Thor, MSR, No Fear, Moose, Troy Lee Designs .... and about a dozen more ... some good, some not. Many other US brands make versatile gear, like First Gear, Tourmaster, Joe Rocket. All have ups and down, but most have really improved in the last ten years. Inexpensive and functional.

Most make light enduro jackets, all make great hot weather riding pants, jersey's and lots more. Most sell colors that are too flashy for old fart ADV guys ... who would rather spend $2000 on a Rukka, BMW, KLIM or other over priced, Euro gear. Klim are US based, but are perceived as a Euro brand as they've managed to attach their brand to KTM and BMW. Very smart marketing. They are seen now as a "prestige" brand. But is the gear really any better than ... average?

Some guys raving about Klim have not owned lots of the other brands, not ridden dirt bikes long. Lots of Noobs. Some Klim items are better than average, but some are simply overpriced, typical Chinese made fare. I'd advise checking Klim ... and a few others ... out IN PERSON. Handle it, check the stitching, seams, check the fit.
Mortgage and three teens to put through college or university excludes KLIM gear for me. I have a Joe Rocket Ballistic 7 jacket that I paid $139 that leaked a little in a torrential downpour. I put nikwax on it and hope for the best. Being tall and thin I will be looking at First Gear as they have a "Tall" option that will hopefully fit me better than the usual fare. I never even heard of Rukka, but sounds like it is out of my league. Klim has a snowmobile background and there is lots of that where I live. Those guys love the stuff.
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That all? I have tires, headlight protector, gel seat, fog lamps, bags, boots, suit, um.. I think that's it. Picking up the bike on Friday.

Just remembered; Leo Vince slipon, cable so I can do my own maps (dealer charges labor), and a pre-filter. K THAT'S it.
Oh, it will be far from all. Trust me. It is just where I started.

Where did you get the Leo from? I am thinking of going that route as well.
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