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

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

  1. Haul Ass

    Haul Ass Adventurer

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    Certainly the most used item I have is the heated Jacket Liner from Gerbing. Close second is the Kevlar mesh overpants made by Motoport in the USA.
    Garmin Zumo is right there too.
    I have a G9 Scala and seldomly use it. Same with the Hero camera.
  2. idontno

    idontno n00b

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  3. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    For me it's been my Rukka Armas. Waterproof, versatile, protective. Yes, it's expensive, but the thread wasn't asking about best value, it's asking about best piece of equipment. Have worn this jacket every day for 8-9 months of the year for last 3 years. Amazing gear.

    Also - my Motoport pants and Warm and Safe liner.
  4. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    Gerbing Heated Jacket

    Packs small and will make you VERY HAPPY every time you use it. :deal
  5. kumakahn

    kumakahn Adventurer

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    My Gaerne GMX boots, which I promptly had resoled with soles designed for more grip - a close tie with my Sidi Discovery boots, which I use less simply because they are overkill for daily riding. My Gaernes go on easier than tennis shoes, protect well, ride well, keep my feet warm, but not too warm, and last a very long time.
  6. mefly2

    mefly2 Long timer

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    Rigid D2Dually and SR-Q2 lights...
  7. Married Man

    Married Man Been here awhile

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    Alaska Leathers' sheepskin seat cover.
  8. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    My old Gerike "Touareg" suit is at least 15 years old, with something over 100,000 miles by now. Bought from NewEnough Leathers back in the day, It was under $400.00 for the jacket & pants. It's still waterproof, zips all still work, warm as toast with the liners in (but too warm in 80° + weather even without them) & looks, by now, not new, but full of "character". It has armor, leather pads over the shoulders & elbows, loads of pockets & vents, all the bells & whistles. I noticed that the Brit Mag "Bike" named the current "Touareg" one of their top 5 jackets last year. I'd buy Gerike again, if this one would only fail in some way.
  9. Import

    Import Been here awhile

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    My Wayne Gardner shoei.. And believe it or not a frank Thomas winter jacket I've had for about 18 years...
  10. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Apologies, couldn't narrow it down to one...

    Riding related-

    Widder vest, going on 12 years, narry a glitch.

    Arai Signet, just retired after long and faithful service. The fit and comfort within 90% of new.

    Sidi boots, any one of five pairs, Crossfires saved my feet more times than I can remember.

    Teknic leathers and textiles, good balance of quality and value.

    Merino wool T's, boxers, longjohns and socks. Unbeatable in all conditions and easy care.

    Never thought I'd say it, but my Olympia 3/4 length mesh jacket. I've had it about 5 years and it is a workhorse. It's been to the Baja, to the Colorado peaks, countless offroad/enduro rides, numerous road trips and everything in between. It has a zip in liner that doubles as a casual jacket.
    Armour in and it's a good allrounder. Armour out, I can wear my body suit under it.
  11. the1mavin

    the1mavin Adventurer

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    What Brand/model mill is it?

  12. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    My Gaerne Balance Oiled boots....warm, dry, not sweaty, great support for anything outside of MX or REALLY aggressive dual sport riding. The most comfortable pair of boots, ANY kind of boots, I have ever owned. They feel like my feet just grew protection and warmth right on them.
  13. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    Alpinestars Toucan boots
    Klim Latitude pants & jacket
    BMW Atlantis 3 gloves

    Finally - I can ride for hours in hard rain and stay dry

    Add in my Warm-N-Safe heated jacket, gloves, pants & socks and I'm good all year round.
  14. Thumperama

    Thumperama RIP Husaberg

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    +1 - Would love to have one of these in my garage! Need more details.:deal
  15. Hubbman

    Hubbman Been here awhile

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    I gotta say, my new AStar Toucan boots are really nice! I also invested in a really nice new Grebing rechargeable jacket that's working out really well... Oh, and I cant forget to mention the sweet Rukka Air-rob jacket I scored through that German reseller,.... holy crap... I'm addicted to this damn hobby!
  16. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    This post and a couple down have convinced me that I MUST have a pair of Alpinestar Toucans. Talked to Brian at Atomic moto yesterday and he recommended them highly.
    I already have 2 pairs of boots that I LOVE: Aerostich Combat Touring, and Forma Adventures. But.....a man should have 3 pairs of boots, right?

    And I agree on the Klim Latitude suit I recently got.....the 840. Man, I should have bought that a long time ago.

    Now for the perfect gloves.....still on the hunt!
  17. docmisalot

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    Hubbman - Which jacket did you get? 7.4v? What temps are you riding in? I'm considering one of these. Thought I could use it off bike. As well
    Thanks
    Doc
  18. REALGRAVEROBBER

    REALGRAVEROBBER LEAVING GRAVES EMPTY

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    Thinking long on what to submit, not necessarily in order:

    HJC Sy-Max III modular helmet, it has a aircraft-fighter style smoke lens that slides down inside the external clear lens, it is a lightweight helmet, priced competitively, and works as nicely as the top shelf helmets I've had (Shoei, Arai, blah).

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    Happy-Trails (or Touratech) aluminum locking panniers. I ride 10x more often being able to safely transport things around the city I live in. It is hugely easier to pack and locate your gear in a hard enclosure as opposed to soft bags. Both of these brands perform identically in my years of using them.

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    Auto-Com "Pro Rider Super Pro Avi" in-helmet communication system. Bought this so my girlfriend and I can visit while riding together on the same bike. In my opinion, makes riding with your sweetheart 5x more fun. Suprizingly, it does not get old to hear her say, "wow, look at that!" when you are touring around. It is 100% worth it to take the time to setup the speakers and mics in the helmets really well, and take a few months of adjusting before a trip. Aux input for MP3, Smartphone (stream pandora), or other music input is awesome. The squelch adjustment offered on this unit (and those that are newer and costly) is needed for varying ambient noise.

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    Heated gear. My Australian friends really tease me about us Yankees having heated gear. It is worth the comfort and safety. By making a 'saved search' on eBay I've built a setup for a considerable low cost. Tease me all you'd like, but I can feel my hands and body while in the mountain passes!

    My stuff is all from First Gear, it works fine.

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  19. Dark Helmet

    Dark Helmet Been here awhile

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    My BMW Rallye Pro II. Some don't like the removable gore tex liner, but its what I love. In the south the suit breathes very well in summer and in the winter or rain, its dry and warm. Tried a number of other suits that had the integral liner and they were just too hot. Also has great armor (one good crash so far). 60k of riding and its just breaking in.

    Arai XD

    Sidi Boots.

    All comfort, all the time.
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  20. LARK

    LARK Been here awhile

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    I've owned a lot of helmets over the years but my Neotec is hands down the best. Typical Shoei fit and finish, very comfortable, great venting, speaker pocket and a great sun shield. Great for both the GS and Harley. My search for the perfect helmet ( for me ) is over.

    4 years ago I bought a pair of Helm Airstream gloves for warm weather riding. I've ridden probably 30,000 miles with them and they show minimal wear. Super comfortable and have good armor protection. The black color turned to grey pretty quick due to the sun but that's ok. I'm not a ATGATT fanatic but these gloves gave me big upgrade over my previous gloves that I actually liked wearing.

    Sidi On Roads and Canyon boots. They're both great boots. Very well made and little or no break in required right out of the box. Water proof, decent protection and very comfortable to walk in.