Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Iron Butt Rally 2007 begins!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Deal of the Day: Set-Up Sunrise Boots
As a service to my fellow motorcyclists, I've begun posting information on sales and closeouts on quality motorcycle gear. I get this information via subscriptions to email notices and newsfeeds of some of my favorite vendors, and I also stumble across this information during my daily travels on various online forums, etc. Unless otherwise noted, I haven't used or tested this gear; I am simply giving a "hey, lookee here!" on what appears to me to be a good deal on quality stuff from a good vendor. Be an informed consumer and research before buying.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Gear Up for Spring/Early Summer!
For commuting/sport-touring in late Spring to early Summer in this part of the country, temps can range from the low 40s to about 90F. Flexibility and "layerability" are important; I did a 5-day tour in early June this year in which I encountered temps ranging from around freezing to over 90F, with plenty of rain throughout. Here is my typical gear list for late Spring/early Summer, and also what I brought on that tour:
- Base Layer: Wicking-fabric briefs and wicking-fabric T-shirt. For an unusually cold day, I'll wear 'em under silk long-johns (top & bottom).
- Socks: Coolmax for most temps; medium weight SmartWools for sub-40F.
- (Unusual cold only) Long-sleeve Windstopper fabric jersey from Aerostich.
- Aerostich Windband or Rukka Windstopper-fabric neck warmer up to about 60 - 65F.
- Aerostich Roadcrafter jacket (waist length) & Aerostich AD-1 pants.
- Gloves: A wide range is needed, but all are from Lee Parks designs: DeerSports mostly, but for below 40-ish temps I go with the PCI DeerSports; DeerTours (basically DeerSports w/o the gauntlets) when it gets in the upper 80s.
- Boots: Rev'It! Fusions (waterproof).
- Helmet: Arai Signet GTR, clear shield.
- Just-in-case: I always carry Aerostich Triple-Digit glove rain covers.
Safety: My pants and jacket are armored. The jacket has large reflective fabric patches on the rear, front and both sides. The pants have reflective patches on the legs. Additional reflective bits on my boots and a little SOLAS tape on the back of my helmet and on the visor. If it gets foggy or rainy, I throw on my hi-vis yellow reflective vest (less than $10 from RideSafer).
Please share your gear list or comments below.