The best motorcycle gear you ever owned.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mr. matteeanne, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. Mr_Snips

    Mr_Snips Husky BRAAAAAAAAP!

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    A* sp2 gloves that I bought used 10 years ago get occasional use even though I switched over to a pair of full gauntlets made by Klim. The next piece would be my 15 year old leather A* jacket that I still wear frequently. It's been used abused crashed and worn some more. Ill never get rid of it.
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  2. fiep

    fiep Long timer

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    recognize the pants?

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    MS-Racing
    that was before MSR!
    no telling how often I patched them up
    I cried when they were beyond revival

    still have the jacket, bought it and the pants in 89
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  3. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    I got to say my Hein Gericke bought used from a guy who finished a RTW with this jacket. I have maybe 8000 miles on it now, including a fly & ride from Virginia to New Mexico and a 9 day Baja trip. Jacket rules in all weather.

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  4. Married Man

    Married Man Been here awhile

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    CoolStuff perforated leather motorycle jacket. I bought this from the manufacturer (US made) probably ten years ago. Alas, I can't find them anymore. It came with hard shoulder and elbow armor and a removable hard foam back protector and a full-sleeve removable liner. It is a great three-season jacket.
    Doug
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  5. totomoto

    totomoto Been here awhile

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    My Daytona Roadstar boots. Sturdy, comfy, and absolutely waterproof. Soles can be replaced for another 10 years of life.
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  6. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Since I'm still using an Aerostich 2-pc Roadcrafter purchased in 1997, with six figure mileage on it, I'll say it's been my best gear buy. (And being red, it looks like it has seven figure mileage.)

    Next up would be a pair of Lee Parks deerskin gauntlets, bought at least ten years ago. Still use them, and have another pair waiting patiently for their demise.

    'Stich elkskin gauntlets are still in regular use after more than ten years. Another best buy.
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  7. cardoctor1

    cardoctor1 Been here awhile

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    i dont smoke the big money equipment crack pipe. bought a used tourmaster jacket on ebay. for $75.00 3yrs ago ive put tens of thousand miles on this jacket even 500 miles in pouring rain doing the saddle sore 1000 . dry and warm .
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  8. Burninator

    Burninator Zed's dead

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    Used Fox Creek Leather Grayson off Ebay for $200. Like it so much I've sold my cordura and goretex stuff.
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  9. ShimrMoon

    ShimrMoon Been here awhile

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    I have several pieces of "epic" gear. My Vanson Ventilator jacket that I bought about 1999. I still wear it on every summer ride. Next my Held Sambia gloves are my go to gloves in all but the coldest of weather, with the exception of wet weather. The newest piece of gear that I'm very fond of is my Motoport mesh kevlar street jeans. These pants are stout to say the least. I've put about 5000 miles in these pants and they are impressive. I feel very secure in them.
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  10. jraugie1

    jraugie1 How hard can it be?

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    I have tried many variations of gear over the miles and some have proven to be keepers I keep coming back to.

    1) Sidi OnRoad boots because they have never ever ever leaked. You don't realize how important this is until you ride for days in endless rain with wet socks. Same goes for the Adventures for dualsporting.

    2) A Gerbings heated liner has changed my fall/winter riding life forever.

    3) Arai helmets. Because you are worth it. I wish they made a modular one and I would never buy another brand again.

    4) Lee Parks Deersport gloves. Comfy for 10 hour days and you can wash them.

    5) Heated grips.

    6) Ear plugs.
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  11. Flightar

    Flightar Been here awhile

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    Aerostitch Darien jacket and pants...never a leak and they are warm as well as comfortable. I wear my jacket year round in Florida...simply wouldn't be without it.
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  12. lipsee

    lipsee Been here awhile

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    Me too,,,(smoking kills) I picked up a JPS norton leather jacket in a charity shop for £25,,fixed the zip and Bingo !!! lasted 2 years ,,and many more to go!!!
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  13. RandyReider

    RandyReider Kind of a Big Deal

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    BMW Santiago boots. Bought them used from an inmate and wore them from the arctic circle to Argentina. Plenty of regular use since and they're still waterproof and comfortable- and that was 3 years ago
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  14. brad1098

    brad1098 /\ dumb

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    'Stitch tank panniers
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  15. MMasz

    MMasz Been here awhile

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    Flightar. I live in Melbourne Beach. How does the Darien do in our July-September heat? I'm in search of a new jacket that is waterproof and vents well.
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  16. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Been here awhile

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    I had an IXS jacket that just fit me perfectly. It was awesome. I left it draped over my bike and it apparently slipped a little on to the hot exhaust can. Done! IXS is nearly impossible to find in the US anymore.
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  17. TigerMarker

    TigerMarker Ducati/Triumph

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    It's usually always my newest purchase that goes to the top, but I'll put my Alpinestars Stage perforated jacket I bought about 8 years ago. Still looks like new. Hardly wear it anymore but I don't think I'll ever sell it.
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  18. epb

    epb Been here awhile

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    Probably an odd choice, but my Forcefield "Limb Tubes." I use them for leg armor and they work for most everything in my wardrobe. Runner-up would be my Scorpion Hat-Trick 3-season perforated jacket.
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  19. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Hats off to you guys with more than 10,000 miles on a Aerostitch..mine got sent back at 8000 miles with 12-15 holes worn thru the inside..2 at each piece of velcro, on each pad pretty much..

    Not impressed, could've bought First Gear and had better gear that would last longer..prolly won't be a player for Aerostitch again..fool me once and all that..

    The warranty service was xcellent though!!
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  20. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Best Personal Gear
    1. Stich Roadcrafter 1 piece. 1985 still in limited use.
    2. Stich Roadcrafter 2 piece.
    3. SiDi Stich Combat Lites. best boot to date.
    4. Held Steve Gloves.
    5. Arai XD4 nice helmet.
    6. Sena 10 / Iphone (hard t be without it now)

    Best Bike Stuff
    1. Jesse Bags
    2. Hiedenau Tires
    3. Heated Grips
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