I hate gravel.

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by der_saeufer, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    In fact I have known more than one person this has happened to, including myself. The jeans and/or jeans like fabric when loose around the leg has quite the friction level on skin and pulls the skin a lot when it is rotated in a crash. When the pants don't rip the skin often dose, almost better when the pants do rip. quite the bummer.
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  2. space

    space a.k.a. Jake

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    Glad the damage wasn't worse. Also watch out for rocks on some of those roads in the Angeles Forest. I've seen baby-head-sized rocks and bigger in blind corners, particularly after wind storms. The sport bikers around here who blow through those corners at double the speed limit (or more) are nuts.
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  3. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    If I dump a bike on the pavement, I'd sure rather it be my ds than one of my sportbikes.......dualsports are WAAAAAAY cheaper to fix :nod
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  4. guavadude

    guavadude de-composer

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    depends on the bike, BMW plastic is made of unobtainium and is expensive!
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  5. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    True dat :lol3
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  6. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    So for a newbie just getting into dual sport riding what kind of protective gear do you all recommend? What mid-range price boots, pants, and jacket have you found to be comfortable, protective, and worth the money?

    Thanks...
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  7. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    A really good suggestion would be buy the best you can afford! Don't compromise! Your gear will out last your motorcycles. I've probably owned 5/6 motorcycles in the last 25 years and have used the same Areostich Roadcrafter on all of them. Not saying that's the only thing I've worn. But I'm still using it none the less. It wasn't cheap then, they aren't now! My dad always said buy the best you'll rarely be disappointed! Select what you buy carefully! You can get a lot of information on this site as to what people like and don't like. Most of us have been around the block. A lot!
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  8. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    Thanks! :D
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  9. guavadude

    guavadude de-composer

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    probably better to start a new clothing thread, you'll get more responses.
    Google too, there's a ton of info out.

    I think a high quality full face helmet and good quality boots are where I'd start.
    Jackets and pants will depend on where you live and the type of riding you do.
    I live in TX and the summers are brutal.

    Shoei RF-1100 and a Shoei Hornet for offroad, I wear a Tourmaster HiViz Epic jacket in spring, winter and fall and I just got a BMW Airshell Summer jacket in Hiviz to upgrade the Cortech summer jacket I've been using which isn't hi viz. I like being seen.

    Sidi Goretex Canyon boots, First Gear Air pants with added hip pads (one of the few brands that have a "short" length pant, Dianese shin/knee guards and N2 kangaroo gloves.
    Patagonia Capilene 2 or 3 underneath. I put on a Gerbing heated jacket when it's really cold.

    I bought everything on sale, so keep an eye out for deals.
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  10. guavadude

    guavadude de-composer

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    when buying gear ask what your ankle, head, knee, hands etc are worth. I've taken a few spills and hopped up and rode home all because of the gear. Just ease into it and prioritize. It's hard to buy the right stuff the first time out because you don't what you really need. I've done better than most and have only upgraded one jacket, one rainsuit and a few pairs of gloves. Some guys have a closet full of gear they don't use!
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    good to hear you're ok!

    +1 on atgatt. folks, don't blow away all the $ on the bike, save enough for the gear, get the best you could find.

    i have a 1 1/8 alum bar you could have and a 1" steel bar too.
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  12. der_saeufer

    der_saeufer ?איפה בירה

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    Hey, thanks man. Turns out the bars aren't bent, or if they are, only very slightly, so I'm all set. It looks like bending the crap out of the bar end weight hardware used up a lot of the crash energy. Luckily, that stuff was easy to bend back.

    Knockoff KLR dirt pegs (a copy of an old IMS design) from eBay, plus a new blinker and handguard and I'm back on the road.

    I'll probably be at Death Valley to show off my battle damage.
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