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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by russbryant, Jan 22, 2009.
That sounds great, but my current schedule doesn't have room for being gone more than a day.
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2 day ride would be great. I like to camp so if I can ride and camp its a bonus for me. Day rides work just fine. I'm not as young as I used to be.
My mom and step-father are driving down to Tucson from Colorado in a few weeks. I was thinking of renting a motorcycle for my step-father (very experienced rider) so we could spend part of a day riding somewhere. Is there any place in town to rent a street bike (non-harley) besides Iron Horse? A am not opposed to renting from Iron Horse just wondering about any other options.
Russ...your bike is way cool...good to see you last night. Of course the big surprise of the evening was DUSTYMARCOS showing up.
Russ, John, (anyone else),
Here is the link to that ride report I was telling you about. Great writing and photos.
This may be a little premature but what do most of you use for winter riding gear? This will be my first winter with the DRZ and I am looking forward to some rides where I'm not sweating gallons, but I don't want to freeze. I wear a Koerta for protection, and I was thinking about something like the ARC Back Country/ MSR Trans/Fly Patrol jacket, and maybe adding some kind of fleece pullover under it (over the Koerta) if it gets really cold. It's either that or some kind of 3/4 length jacket, like a Kilimanjaro or similar.
As for pants, I am debating over the Bilt Explorer Air pants (Which are mesh, but have a waterproof liner, and a quilted liner) or an overpant of some kind, like the ARC Back Country pants (I wear Tech 3's and knee guards, so armor in the pants is not important).
The Bilt is a nice all-season pant, if they hold up and the quality is even halfway decent. I have a friend who commutes daily on a KLR (from Continental Ranch to Three Points, he's a fireman) and he has the Bilt Explorer Air jacket, and he loves it.
The ARC Back Country pant is slightly less expensive, but it's a waterproof pant with relatively limited venting. I would need to buy dedicated summer mesh pants in addition to these in order to get the versatility of the Explorer Air.
So, what do you have for winter kit?
What size do you wear...I have all kinds of winter riding jackets...actually 3 season with zip liners and such.
Sorry it took me so long to respond, I work midnights and I went to sleep right after I posted that.
I'm 6'4", 235, 48" chest, 38" waist. I usually wear an XL/XLT/XXL depending on fit and sleeve length. My koerta is an XXL, and the jersey I wear over it for hot weather riding is also an XXL.
I live and die by my Widder electric vest. In fact, it's the first piece of winter gear I add when it starts cooling down, and the last I give up in the spring. I do this because, between the on/off switch on the e-vest and zipper vents on my jacket, I can be comfortable in a wide range of temps without even taking my hand off the throttle. No stopping and adding/removing liners or jackets, just flip the switch and/or zip (unzip) a vent while in motion. LOVE IT.
Heya Mate -
I just posted a jacket for sale. BMW makes top notch gear. They are known for their NP (orange in color) armor. Similar to D30 and other armor with non-Newtonian properties. The armor is very extensive in BMW gear, which is why I have a whole gammat of BMW gear. Armor is my #1 reason for buying gear - haha I've been down too many times to wear small floppy armor.
Anyways, This would make for an excellent jacket in the winter using the soft liner. I'd keep up, but I just have too many other jackets.
Check it out! Come on over and try it on!
Looks like a nice jacket, and good luck on the sale, but there is no way that will fit me. Based on the size chart in your link I would need something along the lines of a Euro 66-64. (Strangely when they go to the long sizes the chest measurements get smaller, so they don't make anything in a long for a 48" chest).
Thanks HTM, great to see you, John , and Skip too and glad the leg is all healed up. I started gettin' bike envy after looking Dusty's KTM 690 over!!
See ya next time.
1989 BMW R100 GS
I've commuted on the drz all the way through winter, in January my rides started before the sun rose, so about as cold as it gets in AZ.
Being a poor HS student, I found that layers are they key. I found one of the most important layers is a long sleeve Under Armour shirt (the tight kind). Then various layers of light cold weather gear depending on how cold. Then a riding jacket, then the second most important, the windbreaker. I found without either the windbreaker or Under Armour I was freezing no matter how many other layers I had. The windbreaker keeps the cold out, Under Armour keeps the heat in. Same concept with gloves, I had some of those small cotton gloves, as well as big poofy winter gloves.
That's my experience, maybe an electric vest would be better, so you don't have to have 5 layers of cold weather gear but I found that I was fairly comfy with what I had said above.
I agree with Drizzt, long sleeve UA type moisture wicking base layer, wind breaker outer layer and then layer as needed in between. Will let you ride down in the low 30's and even the 20's for a while.
Last winter I used these handlebar mitts. One more layer and cheap.
Looks perfect for me. I'm an exact BMW50. Haggle on price???
Tee shirt and flip flops of course.
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