South Western Ontario Riders

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Esser, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    I wasn't a believer until I submitted to peer pressure (aka Farkle Desire) and installed a set of Oxford Adventure heated grips. Even in the middle of the summer I've used them to great result. Like when getting caught in a sudden downpour. They really help keep the chill at bay.
  2. huron52

    huron52 Been here awhile

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    Love my Oxford heated grips.
  3. BoGaRa

    BoGaRa Adventurer

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  4. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    I also like the look of the integrated controller on those grips! Though they are pricy compared to the Oxford grips which are $95 CDN at Twisted Throttle.

    Your outer layer should be windproof and waterproof. Gore-Tex, E-Vent, etc. are good choices. I've opted for Gore-Tex products due to their lifetime guarantee from Gore. Base layer should be wicking and possibly thermal. I prefer Merino wool blends, they don't stink like the synthetics can and are warm, cool, and dry as required. Silk is also good. Some synthetics are treated to not stink, but wool does this naturally. Nature has invented some good stuff! Avoid cotton, even the stuff that claims to be wicking, because it isn't. Non-compressible insulation in the middle like a thick sweater or fleece pull over. Don't forget to insulate your neck. You loose a lot of heat through the arteries to your pumpkin.
  5. BoGaRa

    BoGaRa Adventurer

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    Yeah, more expensive than Oxfords and close to OEM, but it's one of those items you buy for the life of the bike(theoretically :) ) so I don't mind spending a bit more if it makes some weird sense to me :)

    Gore-tex is the way to go for sure, I'm just trying to avoid getting whole riding suit. I always felt more comfortable riding in a well armored pair of jeans and leather jacket, and if it rains I just throw rain coat over. Don't do much off road. I do have a thermal base layer which is good for short rides and down to 15 deg.C , below that my riding season usually ends. :)

    You're right about the neck roll, actually got one on my last stop at Dualsport. Way less cold air making it under the helmet as well.
  6. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    I opted for Aerostich gear, mainly because by the time I stopped to put on the rain gear I was usually already soaked. It seemed like the best compromise for me and isn't covered in advertising like some other gear is (Klim, I'm talking about you!). And I hated having to carry the rain suit. I bought AD-1 pants from an inmate via flea market. A Roadcrafter jacket off kijiji. Both were like new and about 50% cheaper than new. Also bought a vintage Darien jacket that is too big, but allows lots of layers underneath for the cold days. As long as there isn't snow on the road, I am!
  7. tj.

    tj. Adventurer

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    New to the site...just wanted to drop in and say hey.
    ...have the Oxford heated grips on my KLR as well. Nice thing to have this time of year.
  8. lmavin

    lmavin Been here awhile

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    No heated grips for me...I use powermadd Gauntlets. Ugly, but work great! 20161030_115406.jpg
  9. tj.

    tj. Adventurer

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    OMG those are ugly and awesome!
  10. jaab

    jaab Adventurer

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    I am just poking my head in because I live in Sarnia...always looking for an adventure partner. Wow. That just sounds, errr...."off" :D
  11. zixxerboy

    zixxerboy Adventurer

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    If anyone is doing the St Thomas rail trail any time soon please post it up I'd be game. Tried last year to get a group up for it on the GTAM site but somebody saw a no trespassing sign or something and the whole group chickened out.
    It's not bad, rode it about 2-3 years ago
  12. toddiscdn

    toddiscdn Take off, EH!

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    Its not bad as you say, but if its like anything around here right now it will be VERY wet for a bit yet.
  13. UbiSunt

    UbiSunt n00b

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    I rode the trail for a second time last October (2016). St Thomas to West Lorne is very good. Thereafter is still okay but becomes tricky in places from a route finding perspective. Further South you'll run into where the new turbine Powerline construction work has taken over... back to gravel and many detours.

    Great trail for area, will try hit it up again this Summer I think.
  14. smoothdurban

    smoothdurban I do my own stunts

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    I have done it from Essex to St Thomas (2015). Its pretty pointless until about Tilbury. I did it in July and it was really really wet! I could only imagine what it is like now.
    On a side note I took some back roads on my way back to Windsor and I actually found that to be just as fun on the way up.
  15. zixxerboy

    zixxerboy Adventurer

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    When we went it was still early and there were some large puddles to cross. I had no problem with Trackmasters on my DRZ but my buddies got stuck in a puddle running more street oriented tires and I had to wade in to him out. Lots of mud and great fun. Not sure how far west we made. Eventually we turned south and ran back to Port Stanley for beer on a patio.
  16. ODSC1

    ODSC1 Been here awhile

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    I usually do a railtrail ride in the fall. Organization is done through the Ontario Dual Sport Club website. If you're on Facebook check out the West Elgin Rail Riders group they usually organize quite a few rides along the rail trail over the season.

    Brian
  17. smoothride

    smoothride Been here awhile

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    Is anyone going to Jordan szoke' exteme show puce Ontario near Windsor on Saturday. Suzuki will be there with demo rides from 10am to 4pm.
  18. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    Any details? Link?
  19. smoothride

    smoothride Been here awhile

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    The dealer is xtreme fx.ca
  20. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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