I figured that when I put anything on my bike that has real life testing to prove my dedication to a manufacturer or online company that has great customer service and products I need to share. All of us when buying bikes look for the best value, protection, and items that assist us with better visibility, etc….real life reviews are what I look for and they are hard to come by when reading magazine reviews. Just for the record I am not paid to endorse any products. I just share what works well for me. I also share what I would buy again and again.
If you buy from them mention my blog or name…you never know!
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?
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
SOURCE: RIDE APART
By RideApart Staff
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.
CHECK out bugshirt.com for this shirt
The Original Bug Shirt®: Elite Edition