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post #1 of 7 Old 11-06-2007, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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New KLR in Western Montana

Hi all-----My first dual sport! I've been riding since 2004-Honda ST1100. I love to motorcycle tour/camp. Just finished 4400 mile trip and no interstates. Now gearing up for Baja first of March. Any area riders who've ridden "out"in winter?
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-06-2007, 08:18 AM
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-10-2007, 12:56 AM
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Welcome shez, and this will be my first winter on a bike, have had pretty good weather so far, coldest ride to date has been a 20 minute ride to work and the temp was 25, that wasnt to bad, but I am most likly going to get some juiced liners for the real cold stuff...

I used to be twice as fast and half as good, now I am twice as good and half as fast, gettin older not such a bad thing...
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-10-2007, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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electric liners

i have the Aerostich Kanetsu "air"vest with attachable/detachable sleeves. i found this fits me better than the liner jacket, which I tried first, but it was bulkier. I like this unit-- the air insulates even more and it squeezes the heating wires right against your skin-mmmmmm! I wear a thinnish zip t-neck so the heat is right on my skin. the 'windstopper' fleece is amazingly warm. also is reversible to smooth black liner to look like a pretty normal jacket for wearing out at night on a trip. the price seems high on a hot day, but man, a few days riding in 40 degree rain and you would pay twice as much.... i found that this liner under a snug-fitting jacket is better than under a loose Kilimanjaro.
I also got their heated grip wraps-- much less $$ than heated grips and can be moved from bike to bike. i didn't get the thermostat, i just turn them on and off as needed.
i am now considering their heated seat pad-- i figure it can go under my sheepskin pad and also be moved from bike to bike and maybe even use it in my car?
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i have the Aerostich Kanetsu "air"vest with attachable/detachable sleeves. i found this fits me better than the liner jacket, which I tried first, but it was bulkier. I like this unit-- the air insulates even more and it squeezes the heating wires right against your skin-mmmmmm!
I have the same vest w/sleeves.. It's almost like cheating. The best way to describe it is standing in a very warm shower, but not getting wet..

I use it for when it's really cold, but for when it's just a bit chilly, or I might be riding after dark and need a bit extra warmth, I have a regular Aerostich standard electric vest. It packs down very small and is also nice and warm when you need it.. I got lucky and found it on eBay for 35 bucks a couple years ago..
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-10-2007, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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good gear

having quality gear that does the job makes the difference in a ride and a comfortable enjoyable ride, whether its the right earplugs,helmet,jacket,pants,etc. right down to the right underwear and socks. one wrong seam, or slightly leaky zipper can make or break it.
what puzzles me is how many " almost right" pieces of gear there are: the jacket that's great, but doesn't have zippered cuffs, the pants that are great, but the liner that comes with them is useless.... you know what I mean. I'm still trying to find a quiet helmet. ha.
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