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post #21 of 29 Old 03-21-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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They are about 3/4" away from the body work. The room is needed so the bars don't touch if they flex in a tip over.
As to the comfort of the Scouts, I have walked many miles in them both in the woods and on pavement. I still cant believe how comfortable they are. They were comfortable right out of the box. Just as good as my Redwings I wear all day on concrete at work. As a machinist I stand all day except for lunch and coffee so I need good footwear and won't put up with poor footwear. MX Boots suck to walk in.
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post #22 of 29 Old 03-22-2013, 06:51 AM
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justjeff - gee that green grass in your pic looks nice...
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post #23 of 29 Old 04-10-2016, 07:59 PM
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Riding gear isn't very practical over business casual attire. Any suggestions?
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post #24 of 29 Old 04-10-2016, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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I wasn't having to wear business clothes but did have to change into work clothes when I got to work. It only took 4 or 5 minutes to change and became part of my morning routine.
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post #25 of 29 Old 04-11-2016, 02:49 AM
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Riding gear isn't very practical over business casual attire. Any suggestions?
For trousers, check out Cycle Gear "Ironworker" cargo pants or jeans.

Kevlar-reinforced, crashworthy with knee padding.

Took a 60 mph slider (oncoming delivery truck forced me toward the shoulder; re-gaining the roadway, front knobby washed out on the hard-surfaced road and I went down left side, sliding about 60 feet). No damage to yours truly, seamstress patched small rip in aforementioned cargo pants.

Happy Trails Paris-Dakar nerfs, Tusk handguards with spoilers did their job (Generation 1), smashed left rear-view mirror.

SIDI Adventure Rain Boots earned their keep; Arai motocross helmet scratched minimally. Quality motorcycle-specific gloves protected my hands and fingers. Good ol' Technic motorcycle jacket (not its first rodeo) only acquired some more "character" rips and tears.

ATGATT paid off.

Just a comment on boots; not my first crash with the SIDIs. Dug deep to pay for these costly stomps, intrigued by the ankle hinge; stabilizes the joint under such trauma; ankle hinges also found on high-end motocross boots. Previous crashes, wearing motocross boots WITHOUT ankle hinge construction, I've walked with a colorful limp for a long time after similar lay-downs. Never yet a toe/foot/ankle/leg injury while wearing the SIDIs in a crash (knocks on wood).

I'd recommend buying the boot with the best protection you can afford; your extremities, your budget!

DISCLAIMER: To everything above, YMMV!

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post #26 of 29 Old 04-11-2016, 07:53 AM
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Aerostich suits are designed to wear over "business casual" office wear. I kept a pair of street shoes under the desk to switch with the MC boots for the day at work.
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post #27 of 29 Old 04-11-2016, 11:54 AM
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Didn't realize this thread was 3 1/2 years old at first, so I won't bother adding to the "glad you're OK" sentiments.....(though I am, of course!)

Question; how much pressure did you have in your MT21? reason I ask is that I ride mostly offroad/gravel roads and don't bother airing up on pavement.....I know it's a compromise that has me running higher than ideal offroad but it'd be nice to know what pressure you were running when your valve stem ripped out.

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post #28 of 29 Old 04-11-2016, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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On sand I may run as low as 8psi to get better flotation.I have found that you need no less than 15PSI to keep the rim from slipping in the tire. If running below 15psi you MUST run beadlocks. The slippage doesn't necessarily happen all at once either. It can gradually move over time.
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On sand I may run as low as 8psi to get better flotation.I have found that you need no less than 15PSI to keep the rim from slipping in the tire. If running below 15psi you MUST run beadlocks. The slippage doesn't necessarily happen all at once either. It can gradually move over time.
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Great; that mirrors my experience too. I typically run no less than 18 and usually 20-21 on my KLRs. On my race bikes I'd run 10-12 rear and 12-14 front (condition dependant) except when I ran a tubliss setup with a Michelin trials tire on the rear and then I went down to 8-9 psi....all the racebikes had rimlocks of course.

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