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

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

  1. GS Spirit

    GS Spirit Downsizing

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    Gerbing jacket liner will help you ride longer more days of the year.
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  2. IBRider

    IBRider Been here awhile

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    Please, tell us how you REALLY feel...:lol3

    This one just hit home as today I was riding home from Summit Point motorsports park and had the same damn thing happen to me. I had the visor barely cracked open on my Nolan N102, as it was hot and it's vents leave something to be desired. Of course, a damn yellowjacket misses the windscreen and makes it directly into the 1/4" opening into my helmet. I freak (at 75 mph, not good) but calmly swing up the chin bar, thinking this, and working my gloved fingers around in there, will flush him out. No dice. As soon as I flip the chin bar back down the little fucker zaps me in the neck.

    Moral of the story?

    Next summer I will be getting a better vented helmet (Arai XD?) that is comfortable even with the visor closed.
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  3. moymurfs

    moymurfs Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

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    Another vote for the Roadcrafter suit. Worth the $$ :clap

    Southwest Moto crash bars................they saved me BIG $$$$ on fixing the bike. Oh yea, the Jesses saved me from having to fix anything on the rear side during that incident :wink:
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  4. bonox

    bonox Tryin Hard

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    electronic cruise control
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  5. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    No particular order....

    Held gloves - so comfortable!
    Schuberth C2 - love that flip down visor
    Er6i's - concert hall at 60mph...rockin!
    GPS - makes finding great roads easy
    Gerbing jacket - don't call me a wuss - call me a WARM wuss
    Custom full leathers - I like leather - these fit like another skin
    Supportive SO - she makes it all possible with a smile.....

    Eric
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  6. AZSpyder

    AZSpyder Adventurer

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    I don’t know if she counts as equipment but so far my wife was a good deal. Very inexpensive when purchased out of the Ukraine. A bit hard to control but so far so good. I think I am going to be in for some trouble if she gets out of the bomb shelter and discovers I’m not really the last man on earth though.
    Jerry
    :ruskie
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  7. Ohno

    Ohno moto-pirate

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    • A woman that knows how to ride
    • Sidi On-Road Sympatex boots
    • Throttle rocker
    • BMW Ralleye II Jacket
    • Russell Seat
    • Marsee Tankbag w/electrics
    • Aerostich heated vest
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  8. Leu

    Leu Been here awhile

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    1. Russell Saddle
    2. Vanson Leather Jacket
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  9. Stromdog

    Stromdog Howl at the Moon

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    Been there, done that, Brother!! Did a big weave, one handed, trying to get that m**********r out. Didn't work. He got me on the right cheek, just below my eye. Swelled up big time within an hour. Sucked.
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  10. Stromdog

    Stromdog Howl at the Moon

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    Whoops! Just saw the favorite of Sidi On Road Sympatex Boots.
    No doubt in my twisted mind that these boots will be with me forever. They work. Tough, waterproof and comfy. Kind of high end, but you get what you pay for, when it comes to boots. :D
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  11. Stromdog

    Stromdog Howl at the Moon

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    Those former USSR women are sweet. My brother likes to go there (and does), just to sample them (if you know what I'm saying). :D

    They've got minds of their own! Be careful, man.
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  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    By far the best investment I ever made for riding has been my Garmin 2610 GPS.

    It makes my riding much less stressful when I don't have to worry about getting lost.

    Jim :brow
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  13. chaserkeywest

    chaserkeywest Been here awhile

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    Russell Seat

    Converibars

    Equally wonderful, turns a riding lawn mower into a Sport Touring Machine
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  14. ldbandit76

    ldbandit76 Life is good.

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    I have a few things that make me happy every time I use them. It's so nice to have stuff that works...

    My beaded seat cover. Cut from a $7 Wal-Mart job, it's been on the bike for several years now. It turned long days from "Are-we-there-yet, can't-feel-my-legs, butt-cheeks-fell-off-in-Illinois" to "hey, that's not too bad." I need no powders, no fancy shorts, nothing else to have a happy bottom. Far and away the best value I've had on bike stuff.

    Hot Grips. I got their variable PWM controller, too. Now, even on summer days and cool evenings, a little bit of electric comfort comes with me on every ride. Hands cold? Turn the knob. Ahhhh....

    Aerostich Darien jacket. After years of leather and fussy raingear, I just don't worry about the weather anymore. Waterproof in hours of pounding, driving rain, it's nice to actually be confident in one's gear. The pants were a little disappointing, as the crotch will leak, though I've found a simple enough work around for that. It's pretty cool in the heat, too. If it's between 40 F and 90, I have my Darien on.

    GIVI luggage. Yes, it's a cliche and common and ugly and boxy and all the rest. It's also waterproof, durable, practical and easy to use. It's luggage, not a fashion statement. And it carries my stuff well.

    I haven't had it quite long enough to say for certain, but my Tipperary vest earned significant credibility when I took a header onto a bunch of sharp rocks a couple weeks ago. What do you know, pads that actually keep you from getting hurt! More detail here:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=157491


    Lastly: LED flashlights and headlamps (for my head, not the front of the bike). I'm slowly replacing all my lightbulb flashlights with LED. Durable, lightweight and efficient, they're good lights.

    Dave
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  15. humvee

    humvee Long timer

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    +1 led headlamp/flashlight.

    Used for everything from reading the water meter to finding a spot to piss in the dark.

    +1 GPS (vacation, driving, riding) and RAM mount for the bike.
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  16. Curvesurfer

    Curvesurfer Been here awhile

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    - heated grips
    - Powerlet outlet ("out" for a heated vest, "in" for a trickle charger)
    - trailer (track, service, emergencies)
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  17. Effervescent

    Effervescent Sexiest ADVrider '14

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    Tough one!

    Probably the Widder vest. I refer to it as the best $100 I ever spent. 6 extra weeks of riding a year. Plus nicer/safer riding up until it's to cold in NYC.

    3M reflective tape (all over my bike) takes the best accident prevention award.

    Vanson suit feels like the best crash protection piece.

    x50 detector plus H.A.R.D. system saves the most money and stress.

    Cobralinks lock for the 10 years I rode a ZX-11D.

    -Eff
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  18. CollinsB

    CollinsB Been here awhile

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    1) JC Whitney "Top Box"
    2) TourMaster Jackets
    3) MP3 player (never want to ride with out it)
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  19. R_W

    R_W wannabe

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    Shure earphones
    Zansa seamless helmet liner
    Smartwool socks
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  20. rnr

    rnr Simple. Fast. Paid for.

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    nominees:

    'stich jacket
    'stich electric vest
    russell saddle
    leatherman wave
    treo 600
    oxtar boots
    thurlow gloves
    colt 1911A
    iPod shuffle

    but the hands-down, 24/7, naked-without-it winner is:
    leatherman wave.
    I just never leave home without it.
    :deal
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