A few questions for you gents. I've read through some other newbie question threads and have been quite impressed with the input, thought I'd do my own!
As a fire fighter I understand the value of good personal protective equipment so I've got a decent helmet to get going with and am on the hunt for the other stuff.
Question: I'm 6' 220# and have tried on a few jackets in XL and they feel like a damn sausage casing. Any brand known to fit a little bigger. I'm really broad across the back and a little spare tire.
I've seen a few links to online retailers (MC gear .com) any others out there you guys like/trust?
Any specific youtube or other source for riding tips?
I've got a bit of experience from a long time ago and am a regular mt biker, but know that isn't the same. I'm going to keep it on dirt roads and back country pavement till I get a feel for the thing.
Anyone from Oregon and know of a good riding class/training school?
I hope you guys understand just how valuable and appreciated your experience and knowledge is.
Thanks a ton!
Welcome to our little corner of the internet! I joined up on a few different KLR message boards - but this is the only one I still frequent. Much less drama here, and the folks are pretty damn good at helping out!
Regarding riding gear: I purchased one of the "package deals" from Cycle Gear this spring in the "Sand" color scheme. I like it, but it doesn't breathe well enough for me to use it during the summer. Here's a link:
Link to the Cycle Gear "BILT Explorer (waterproof)" package.
Next spring, I plan on purchasing the "Explorer Air" package - or at least the pants and jacket. They've got mesh for greater air flow during the warmer months. The waterproof package is good material, and I was wearing (with different gloves, not the ones from the package deal) it in temperatures down at / below freezing, and I was still quite comfortable - and that's without the "quilted liner" in the jacket or the pants. That's what I'll go back to wearing in September when things start cooling off a bit. Barring snowfall, I plan on riding until overnight temps are down to about 30 degrees - because 45 to 50 mpg on the KLR beats the 15 to 16 mpg in my truck.
Oh, and currently I'm wearing a mesh jacket that I picked up from an online retailer for about $60 - I don't remember where I bought it. It's okay, but I want something a little better. The current jacket has the cheap armor inserts in the shoulders, elbows, and down the center of my back - and the material is supposed to be abrasion resistant everywhere else. I always wear at least the mesh jacket, gloves, jeans, boots, and my helmet every time I mount up for a ride - it doesn't matter how hot it is, I always wear the gear.
For the record, I'm about 5'10", and 250 lbs (but I don't look
like I weigh that much). My waist size on my jeans is a 40", but the Explorer overpants in a 40" were too big. I had to exchange them for a 38" waist, and they slip over my jeans without any problem.
One thing about Cycle Gear's "BILT" line of stuff, it has a 5 year warranty. So they do stand behind their gear.
It's not the highest quality stuff, but it fit my budget, because I can't afford to pay $500+ for a coat, plus another $500 for a set of pants.
Oregon: Can't help you - I've never been there.
Insurance: I go through SafeCo Insurance for my house, autos, RV, and motorcycle. I used to have Allstate, but switched to Safeco when I found that they had equal or better coverage for literally 50% of the cost of Allstate. I also did my online checks for customer satisfaction, and Safeco scored higher than Allstate.