Whats the best piece of equipment you've ever bought?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Jeffro115, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. martoonisotu

    martoonisotu Please Stand By...

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    I don't wear them very often, but I received a pair of vintage buffalo hide leather pants as a gift from an old girlfriend's dad. He wore them as a hippie. Spent about $100 to get them altered, and they now feel like second skin. The leather is 1/4+" thick and is buttery as all hell, but tough. (Must be that gallon or so of Lexol--great product--I've rubbed into them over the past few years.)

    I think I'll bust them out for the first ride of the fall this evening. I always seem to ride a little taller when I'm wearing those pants. They're awesome...totally cowboy.
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  2. The Misinformant

    The Misinformant What road?

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    BMW Riding gear.

    After being wet, hot, cold, torn seams, fading, tears etc.

    I got a pair of the Savana (now Santiago) boots. Had em for 3 years not a prob.

    After my other wets leaked badly (torrential conditions) I thought well the boots were good how bad can the suit be and I lashed out and got a Santiago suit.

    I do about 30 000kms a year from scratching to offroading in it. Its been brilliant and I would not hesitate to get another. After 2 2/2 years no problems with it. Good for hot and good for cold to about 8C.

    I wear the GS/Rallye gloves in the heat (45C) and the summer rain glove with a pair of the BMW silk under gloves underneath either as I have previously badly burnt my hands and they are a bit sensative. Not ever a blister, nada, not even a red spot on my hands. This combo works very well.

    Would I buy a BMW bike? Very unlikely (maybe a K1200R). Would I buy BMW riding stuff, certainly. It aint cheap but theyre stuff is so versatile I really only need one set. I may get a set of their pro race leathers and boots for scratching and track work.

    Yes I am a happy camper.
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  3. Stromdog

    Stromdog Howl at the Moon

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    Sidi On-Road Sympatex boots. On a trip, if your feet ain't right, you ain't right.

    Perfect for peg dragging, rough, off road stuff and WALKING. Best all around MC boots I've found.

    I put a set of steel, MX toe protectors on mine.

    They ain't cheap, but they sure as hell are good!!
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  4. ozarkrider

    ozarkrider Discombobulated Sociopath

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    I picked up a wife who understands and supports my passion for motorcycling.:clap All the rest is farkle!:evil
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  5. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    Icon Mil-Spec vest.

    Couldn't believe how much the "close calls" from drivers pulling out from side streets dropped when commuting with it. :huh

    Close second: PIAA 520's on the TerraNova lightbar

    rest of the list:
    Roadcrafter 1-pc
    Jesse bags (leaking at the moment...dammit)
    sargent seat
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  6. choirboy

    choirboy Yankee Racers - Founder

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    These things were important not for their farkle factor, but because they made spending a long time in the saddle more comfortable, and therefore, more enjoyable.

    #3. Shoei RF-800.

    #2. Widder vest.

    #1. Bill Mayer seat.
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  7. Tman

    Tman Crashes add farkle

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    1. Stich one piece roadcrafter. Living in the pacific northwest, this suit allows me to ride year round (though the BMW venting machine jacket takes its duty with First Gear HT Air pants when it is the heat of summer).

    2. Arai XD helmet. Looks cool and the visor blocks the rising and setting sun for daily commutes.

    3. Etymotics er6i earplugs. Blocks the road noise and brings in the tunes.
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  8. Stromdog

    Stromdog Howl at the Moon

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    Good posts!!! Come on, how about the rest of you guys??
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  9. Omega Man

    Omega Man Adventurer

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    Would have to say #1 is my Gerbings electric jacket. It allows riding in nearly any temperature. By far has increased the comfort level in cool to cold weather ridng.
    #2 custom seat, really adds to the distance - comfort ratio. Longer rides less pain than stock seat.

    #3 item, XM satillite radio. Takes the boredom out of long slab rides, allows me to stay on top of news and current events while on the road and with almost 200 channels, absolute variety of music.
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  10. frewhl

    frewhl daily rider

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    Airhawk seat.
    it is not just an air bladder,it is interconnected pockets.
    physical therapist know about the material for bed ridden patients.
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  11. frewhl

    frewhl daily rider

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    When I was riding around in Alaska in the middle of summer,I was cold.
    I had my elec.vest and handlebar grips,to keep me comfortable.
    I could have made the trip without them,but they made it that much better.
    I guess it is just what I am used to.
    Ear plugs,I have used them more and more consistantly.
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  12. Jutta

    Jutta Into the remote places

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    BMW Rallye jacket
    BMW Savannah boots
    Arai XD helmet
    TKC tyres
    Touratech tank bag
    MSR pocket rocket
    Ventura rack/bag
    Fastway footpegs
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  13. BeemerChef

    BeemerChef Wandering Homeless

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    My sidecar!... nothing like having your buddy with you!...

    [​IMG]

    The Buff... the Buff... always... neck comfort...
    Gerbings... nothing like it...
    Rock Straps... finally no more fumbling...
    and so much more... as it comes to mind... the little "Flip a Lever" $35 gadget which seemed overpriced at time to order is worth its weight in gold... well... it does not weight that much actually!

    Be well... Ara

    [​IMG]
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  14. thecanoeguy

    thecanoeguy just a yobbo from oz

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    I am about 80,000 km into a spread over 8 year world trip on my 5th bike and was using my moto-x helmet which was fine except for the bugs that flew inside it everynow and then including 2 bees that never bit me BUT the clincher was when i was up in alaska this year and a FUCKING yellow jacket flew in my helmet and bit me on the cheek,well FUCK ME if i nearly didn't faint, run off the road,die with the pain , from that little yellow and black fucker, 6 weeks later i still have a great sore that has spread to the size of a quarter and dont seem to wanna heal.i went out and got the XD when i was back in Fairbanks and love it ,and as well as being super comfy it keeps those fucker bugs outa my face
    cheers david
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  15. tekilbourn

    tekilbourn 2 wheels+motor=Smile

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    Best accessory: Roadcrafter suit.

    Best upgrade to the bike: Stainless Stell brakeline my R100gs. (Back when I still had it.)

    tomk
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  16. Kristobal K

    Kristobal K Been here awhile

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    about all that's needed

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  17. markgsnw

    markgsnw WTF?

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    my list, in no particular order:


    the GS

    Ohlins from Stig/PPS.

    Seat from Mr. Ed's Moto.

    Autocom.

    Garmin Streetpilot / RAM mounts.

    Hepco and Becker racks and bags.

    Lightforce 140's.

    Wunderlich crash bars.

    Oxtar Matrix boots.

    Customer service at New Enough :wink:


    I forgot Fastways footpegs :D
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  18. rider33

    rider33 Long timer

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  19. GSWayne

    GSWayne Old Guy nOOb

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    Porbably an Aeroflow windshield, made the GS into a good touring bike.
    Also Micatech Bags for enough room for 2-up touring.
    Others high on the list are Starcom Intercom, Motorport jacket and pants, Schuberth C2 helmet, and Garmin 276C GPS.
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  20. RAM

    RAM 2 wheel Enthusiast

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    A Throttle Rocker has been my best investment in motorcycle accessories. Nothing else comes close.:clap
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