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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Dec 12, 2015.
A very Merry Christmas from us to you wherever you are this holiday (riding) season
Best of the holidays to you both, Sarah says hi too.
Hope you and Elge have a great and safe Christmas and New Year!
That's a really nice photo of you two. Have a wonderful Christmas
So I can tell from the pose that Paul is peeing but what is Elge doing?
Merry Christmas too yall too
Perfect Couple. Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas to you both. Thanks for your riding and writing. Really enjoyed following you last year.
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Love that pic of my favorite couple that I have never met. Thank you so much for taking us along and best wishes to you both on your future adventures.
Nah he is not squatting
Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year to you both. Thanks for posting.
Merry Christmas to you both. Thanks for all the entertainment and have a great ride in 2018.
thanks for all the well wishes, the ride will continue for years so please stay tuned.
I have had a few questions face to face, via PM and emails about boots? As you can see in the above photo we are both in Gaerne...why?
When we left the US we had Lacrosse mining boots, 16" tall, they were good, strong, Goretex and offered as much protection as most ADV boots - which in all honesty isn't anything compared to a full MX boot. The biggest problem with ADV boots is when you need FULL protection you don't have it, they in all reality if compared to a tire are like a 80/20 tire, with the 80% being on the road where they are great. But after so many failures of so-called adventure boots, we simply were not willing to spend close to $1000 on new ones when we knew they would fail.
A good video explanation is here, by Brake Mag in the UK
We wanted good MX boots but simply didn't have the money to buy them and figured we'd save our pennies along the way and get some in Colombia, where the prices are similar to the US. We knew the majority of riding in Mexico and Cuba would be pavement so it seemed like a good idea, and saved us around $800 for now!
I must have been looking at boots so much before leaving the US I kept getting suggestions from google (algorithms) about potential boots, I kept ignoring them until I got an email from a friend who works for one of the biggest motorcycle distribution companies asking how our mining boots were working out?
They were good, i told him, he said "great, but just want to throw this out there, I can get you an amazing deal on Gaerne boots this week. We have an internal promo for select people, I've been told to offer you, I can get both of you in SG12's for less than retail of ONE PAIR of boots...let me know if you are interested?"
I couldn't say no to the deal, as we were close to the US border I made a quick hop over to Yuma where they'd been drop shipped.
If you're wondering how I got that offer, 'the company' (not Gaerne) knows of me and makes me offers due to one simple fact...hits on photos, around 4,750,000 hits in the last 12 months. It's not all about big FB or IG followings, sometimes it's just about shares/ views/ numbers and all you guys on here contribute a hell of a lot to those numbers.
Egle and I want to say a big thank you for our new leg and ankle protection, just by viewing this RR you have helped us more than you realize, and maybe saved her a broken ankle due to an off she had in the Copper Canyon when the bike landed square on her ankle, ADV boots or mining boots would NOT have helped Gaerne saved her a painful break in a location where help was hours away.
I have recently quit wearing ADV boots and just went to full MX boots. Sure, they suck to walk in but they also take 30seconds to take off and put a pair of sandals on. Now my knees feel naked when compared to my knee braces that I wear on my dirt bike.
last time i rode RTW i wore Gaerne sg10's, once they are a few rides in, to me they are comfortable as any ADV boot or walking boot, you just get just to walking wierd! We both carry Goretex socks for rainy days so having dry feet is not an issue either.
I've had some great crashes (wished they'd been filmed) over the years and MX boots have let me walk away, I have a steel rod in my right leg (ankle to knee) and a good selection of hardware holding my ankle together from a crash the day i didn't have MX boots on.
Our lower extremities take a beating on a motorcycle. I use to ride with road boots, I called them bedroom slippers. Then ADV boots for a few years. I got lucky a few times with the ADV boots where a MX boot would have laughed it off.
Boots, yeah boots. When I bought my 640 Adventure and joined the "adventure rider" game over 10 years ago I bought a pair of Aerostitch Combat boots as the lone option and they are still a nice light riding option. As the games got bigger I had very large rocks roll up onto my shins so I appreciate decent protection. I replaced the Oxtars I had with Alpinestars Tech 7's and have not regretted it. I tour in them happily and they are certainly comfortable enough for minor walking around. My pant cuffs come down over the boot far enough that my feet do not get wet in the rain, deep water crossings they will but that is about it. I specifically bought boots without the steel toe strips so as not to trash other peoples floors when I'm walking through.
When I have serious concerns of falling over in bad terrain I want to protect my knees from impact, no twisted knee protection here but these have worked very well for me for many years originally for riding DH. They fit comfortably under my Alpinestars and give me peace of mind. You can see that they have been serving their purpose and my knees have so far survived.
Lovely rib eye roast in the oven, we'll raise a glass to you both.
Batopilas for Christmas?...Now that's a great idea.
Merry Christmas & a very happy and prosperous 2018 to both of you. Keep on riding!
That is a fabulous photo of you both! Not a religious guy, really, certainly not Catholic... but I must say I LOVE this Mexican religious iconography. Nice boot story, too, BTW. Happy to do my own small (1/4,750,000th) part in keeping you safe!