Every once in a while I see an ADV rider wearing a LEATT brace but not many. I have thought about adding this to our gear but many of the jackets out there are not LEATT friendly unless you move up into the real technical gear which for us seems to be just a bit over kill….suits like the KLIM ADV rally, Badlands Pro, Rukka gear etc. This is not to say we all shouldn’t take the advise of racers and protect our necks but I was wondering….any ADV rider out there reading this post have an opinion? To be ATGATT do we or should we be using this?
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AltRider introducing the upper crash bar for the 2013 F800GS? Pretty cool and if they are made as well as the bottom set up…then perhaps we might have to add them. I need all the protection I can get with this bike to be honest. It’s an investment we both made and if these uppers help why not? LOVE the look and we LOVE the dirt!
This is a great article with some very valuable advise. One thing to remember though, don’t under estimate your ability to handle the bike you want if you are a new rider. Not everyone has to start with a very small cc bike in order to be safe. Be smart, wear gear, stay away from the temptation to what I call gearing down in nice weather. Regular jeans do not protect you at all. They are also much hotter than our KLIM Traverse pants to wear in the warmer months. Cotton is the worst to wear as a layer in any temperature yet we see T Shirts as riders “jackets”. Gear is so important just like your choice of bike.
Don’t succumb to group riding peer pressure, stay alert, relax and have fun. Oh, TAKE a course! Riding on the street in NOT like dirt. Also, we do not think their list of “beginner” bikes is that complete…please add the BMW F700GS. ;-) While I believe your first choice can really be any bike it is indeed up to you the new rider to use your judgement as to what type, how big, heavy and the look you want.
June 10, 2013
Just getting started riding motorcycles? Here’s everything you need to know about riding gear — helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and such — in one digestible package.
One of the most frequent enquiries we get here at RideApart isn’t about which motorcycle to buy or how to learn to ride, but what gear to buy and wear once you’ve accomplished all that. Here’s the info you need to make smart decisions, to be more comfortable, safer and, hopefully, save some money in the process.
Why You Need Good Gear
Back in 2011 when we rode to Alaska we were fortunate to only run into the mosquito swarm once near the Atigun Pass. We were armed with two of these shirts just in case. The draw back to not being attacked by these “killer”, huge bugs was that we rode in cold rain almost the entire trip. You never know what season it will be up there if you are planning a trip. You need to prepare for HOT, warm, cold to down right freezing weather.
If you have sun and warmth on your adventure, then there is a good chance you will have mosquitoes. This shirt may seem like over kill, no pun intended but from those who have had to use it swear by them…we did not have to use ours but it will be a staple item if we venture back up-country.
The Original Bug Shirt®: Elite Edition
“ELITE EDITION” Continue reading
I would hope if you are riding in jeans that your jeans have Kevlar in them at the very least. These Sliders look the part and would hopefully do the trick if you were to find yourself in a slide….anything is better than just Levi’s. Stay safe.
The company says its Sliders 4.0 Kevlar Jeans provide the comfort and look of your favorite pair of jeans, but with the added protection of genuine DuPont Kevlar. Sliders Motorcycle Jeans use a generous amount of Kevlar, with coverage in the knees, shins, seat, and sides of your legs and hips.
Sliders also gives you the option of using CE rated knee armor, with 3 position pockets so you can get the knee armor to sit in just the right spot. With a relaxed fit, Sliders Jeans are very comfortable both on and off the bike, and are constructed of a durable 13.5oz denim. Sliders Riding Jeans are sold by waist and inseam sizes, just like normal jeans. Continue reading
Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z Bike Build – Touratech is celebrating the arrival of Yamaha’s new Super Ténéré XT1200Z by building a project bike. We’ve added ergonomic upgrades, bolted on the essential protection items and given it luggage solutions that enable the bike to hit the road for extended travel. Follow
(Thought this was appropriate for our trip)
This is such a great article addressing many of the issues we are contending with on this trip. Last Summer 2011 when we rode Alaska, we were riding in really cold and wet conditions. This trip it will continue to be HOT and dry. As in any trip we are learning as we go and will be trying out some cooling vests when we get to Rigby, ID. I think it’s important to read the highlighted lessons in this article. If you are riding for hours in heat, it is tempting like Cheryl to take the jacket off but I knew this is not the best idea. What I have learned is about keeping the face shield down. We will also stop more often to soak our under gear with cold water. OH, and read the last part if you don’t read the entire article. So TRUE!
by David L. Hough
The ride south over the Siskiyou Mountains from Oregon to California started out cool enough. Up at 4,000 feet, it was chilly enough that I was glad I had added the jacket liner and neck warmer. But a hundred miles later, as I descend down into the Sacramento Valley, the temperature begins to soar. By the time I reach Oroville, the temperature signs are flashing 118 F. It’s another hundred and fifty miles to the rally site at Mariposa in triple-digit temperatures.
A rider passes by in the opposite lane, jacket bungeed on the back, bare chest exposed to the hot blast. I wave, but there is no response. His exposed skin is red, and he doesn’t even appear to have noticed me, a bad sign that he’s on the fringe of heat exhaustion. I don’t wish any problems on a fellow motorcyclist, but there are lots of riders who have to contribute to the statistics before they crack the code. Continue reading
There is nothing like knowing the owner of a company that makes some really top-notch accessories for ADV bikes. Dave from Motooverland aka MOD not only is a great rider himself that tests all of his gear but a really nice guy in general. I rode with him all day at the Dual Sport BC Spring ride on Sunday, March 25th, 2012 and what a respectful leader of a group that was a big as 8 at one time. Dave lives in Vancouver, BC and takes his time developing key items for bikes that make sense and lasts. His skid plate, newly re-released tool box, side stand foot print and rear rack are perfect accessories for your bike. Have a look at his website
and see for yourself. If you have any questions Dave is good to answer them and he ships all over the place. See video!
Why not standardize the laws? Hot topic but we believe in ATGATT
(All The Gear All The Time)
- Laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 20 states and the District of Columbia
- Laws requiring only some motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 27 states
- There is no motorcycle helmet use law in 3 states (Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire)
- Some bicyclists are required by law to wear a helmet in 21 states and the District of Columbia
- There is no bicycle helmet use law in 29 states Continue reading