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Old 06-16-2013, 06:23 AM   #1
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The best motorcycle gear you ever owned.

I bought these Belstaff "Carbon" gloves about 12 years ago. They have been my summer gloves on about 10 bikes, in about 20 states, been used for gardening, hot mitts cooking over a camp fire, been left in the rain, snow, and heat of day, and still have no holes and fit and function as well as any glove ever.
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:23 AM   #2
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Epic....and a Belstaff. One piece raingear I bought when I moved to BC in 81. Got lots of use/abuse in 20 years. If they still made them that's what I'd still wear.

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Old 06-16-2013, 07:53 AM   #3
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About 10 years ago I bought a new Barbour International waxed cotton jacket. These things were out of date when I started riding 35 years ago but it was waterproof enough for everyday commuting and short trips, a hike in the woods or a walk to the pub. Since then I have worn it most days, I ride every day, and it has been rewaxed a few times each time restoring less of the water resistance than before and now it has holes in it and leaks like a sieve.
I am not going to try and tell anybody that this is a match of a modern textile jacket, that would be like saying a BSA Goldstar would give an R1 a run for its money, but I have never had a textile jacket that with daily use has not leaked as badly after 2 or 3 years as this one does after a lot more so good value for money in my books. I will be buying another then seeing what this one will fetch on ebay as some people apparently are daft enough to buy "distressed" wax cotton clothing.
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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'Stich Roadcrafter 1-piece. 400k+ miles and still my go-to gear.

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Old 06-16-2013, 02:05 PM   #5
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Held Galaxy gloves. I bought mine in the Summer of '01. Four bikes, many 10s of thousands of miles, and they look good as new on the back, just a bit of dark stains on the palms. Expensive, but they've proven well worth the initial sticker-shock (who cares how much they cost, when it was 12yrs ago?).

+1 on the 'stich. My first lasted 10yrs (sold to a friend, who still uses it occasionally). My second is at 10yrs and has many years left.

Shoei RF-series helmets. I've owned three, and will buy a fourth in the next year or so.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Motomedic View Post
'Stich Roadcrafter 1-piece. 400k+ miles and still my go-to gear.
Mine is going strong after 7 years of almost daily use. I just picked up a pair of their elk skin roper competition gloves that I like better than all the other gloves I've used. 'Stich makes good stuff
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:19 PM   #7
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Another 'Stich fan. I've had two Dariens. First one lasted 150k and was still wearable, but no longer waterproof. It might have lasted longer if it hadn't been crashed in and rebuilt twice. Still wearing the 2nd one, though I have no idea how many miles are on it.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:44 AM   #8
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My Arai saved my face and head. Nuff said.

But when I went to replace it, all the sizing for the Arais was off for my noggin. Long oval sizing is all they had (either at the store or at the time) so I bought a Shoei RF1000. very quiet and comfy, with a bigger port to look out of than the Arai it replaced, I love it.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:24 PM   #9
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SIDI Moto-X boots back around 1975, best $$$ I ever spent on gear. I bet they are still in use, I gave them away early 80's.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:58 PM   #10
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Had a pair of malcom smith motocross gloves that I bought in the early 90's that were just awesome. They lasted 10 years and weren't wore out even then until I ripped them cutting wood one day like an idiot. I still look for that design on eBay as nothing has been that good since.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:18 PM   #11
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Vansons Leathers - never felt more protected and comfortable. Stich is my winter suit.... pretty good too.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:20 PM   #12
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I'll say my Darien Light jacket since that thing keeps me dry when nothing should. I have a roadcrafter 1pc. that saved me in a crash at the track but it's never been water proof because of the crotch leak. I use it in all weather for my short commute but touring I use the D-light with Rev-It pants because they are waterproof, period.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:26 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Mark Manley View Post
About 10 years ago I bought a new Barbour International waxed cotton jacket. .

My go to Jacket.

Superb piece of equipment.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:12 AM   #14
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I would have to say as a cheap bmw owner that the scorpion brand helmets are a great deal. I'm on my second Ex 700, they are quiet, fit well and of course inexpensive. I think i got this one online for ~ $150.

I'm in the market for some mesh pants, as my first gear mesh tex has most of the zipper tabs broken off. So if there are better alternatives I would like to know of them.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:17 AM   #15
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You know, that's a good point. I really like my EXO-750 that I just picked up for $125 online.
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