Yup the ADV- Gang is rubbing off on me and challenging my horizons!! I actually picked up a pair of custom fitted earplugs on Friday at the bike show. After all the threads and notes on ear damage / plugs I finally gave in and am willing to give it a whirl. The exhibitor was a nice lady from Florida doing her first show in Canada. Her name was Marilyn Navia her companys name was NOWHEARTHIS no website but email address firstname.lastname@example.org I had to sit for about 30 min. with the silicon jammed in my ears but came back an hour later and they were all finished and ready to be used. I paid $60 Cad no tax she also does the same plugs with speakers for $210 Cad Tried them out for the first time this morning. I found the ride to be very very different. First though these babies are comfortable as theyre moulded right in your ear and are therefore better than flush when you place your hand over your ear. The way theyre moulded you have to twist them in and back again to get them out. Also takes a little digging to be able to twist them back so they aint going to fall out thats for sure. I like my helmet snug and had no problems with them in. Second theyre incredible quiet. I couldnt even hear my motor when I got over 65 mph in top gear could only feel it. Once up to highway speeds I could only hear small amounts of wind noise. I passed a tractor-trailer and only heard him when he let off the gas pedal. For me though I wasnt that comfortable first time out. Not hearing the tires the road the motor weird man!!! Funny it certainly made me drive mellower. I had little desire to eat up the gaps and jump through the small pockets like I normally do in traffic. Just was content to move along quietly with everyone else. I felt like I was riding a Gold Wing not a Beemer everything just seemed to be so much smoother and quieter. I guess Id forgotten what its like to ride a bike without all that boxer racket!!! I can see myself using these for mundane commuting purposes and long highway hauls but probably will be leaving them out for any spirited riding. My problem is that I like to make every ride spirited I guess maybe at 45 I should be getting mellower on my bike and maybe these plugs can help with the evolution!!! Yah right!! I also picked up a pair of winter riding gloves no brand name just Thinsulate on the Velcro wrist strap. Man are they nice reasonably thin so you dont feel like youre trying to ride with boxing gloves on and extremely warm. It was below freezing this morning didnt need the heated grips on and fingertip temp was the same as the rest of the glove!! $20 no tax Ive been looking at some up here in the $40 to $60 range glad I didnt buy!!!! I also picked up a new leather jacket from the same guy some dude from Montreal Quebec whos stupendous DDG blonde bombshell of a daughter was all leathered up and serving!!! It the special little moments at bike shows that bring so much joy like bartering with barbie for what seemed like an eternity!!! The dudes no fool his kiosk was the busiest by far. The sign above the jacket had $299 xd out and $199 posted. We began there and ended at $120 cash no tax. Today one of the sales guys at BMW offered me $250 for it!!! Im a happy man knowing that I certainly had a wonderful sales experience but now also believing I made a steal of a deal. Oh yeah the bikes wasnt that impressed with the look and feel of the DL V-Strom but I bet that motor rocks or the pink paint job on the Speed Triple or the rails and accessory options on the F650CS. I was also a bit disappointed with the new Hornet from a visual perspective when you sit on the bike everything you see is just to damn round tank, instrumentation etc. To bad it was a bike that I thought might be calling my name. I guess Im back to the 1200 ZRX. Biggest disappointment no Adventure though too utilitarian for me I know it will appeal to lots of people. I really wanted to see what the gas tank looked like because I think it would be a great compromise between the stocker and the 41 liter beast. It was my first time seeing the new RS I like it and would definitely go there before the RT cause its more me. The only other bike that stood out good or bad was the new VFR800. What a nice bike and the only one that would ever motivate me to do the clipon thingy. Bye now the rambling is over.