Gerbing’s Headquarters Tour (Nov. 6th, 7th & 8th 2011)


We headed out from Maple Ridge to Shelton, Washington on Sunday morning, Nov. 6th with our goal to be at the Gerbing’s Headquarters on Monday, Nov. 7th. The whole purpose of the trip was to get to Gerbing’s, trade in our old liners for their new micro-wire liners and to deal with some warranty items like our Y connectors. So, we decided to make a trip out of this and carry it over 2 nights. We are trying to get away on the bikes every 5 weeks for fun rather than just commuting.

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GERBING’s HEADQUARTERS TRIP


Heading out tomorrow, November 6th to go see the Gerbing Headquarters on Monday.  We will have our SPOT Tracking on as always.  We use this as a safety thing as well as to track our own route.  So, if you have nothing else to do check in and see where we are.  I have a good time tracking rides in real-time.  I guess I am a nerd like that….the link is also in our SPOT Tracking page where our previous trips are too. The tracking and map will become active when we leave.  Maybe around 1000 PST.

Gerbing Trip Nov. 6th, 7th & 8th 2011

PANASONIC TS3 – Practice Pictures


Still testing out the new camera we got for our trips.  This is just a test picture post.  Feel free to share comments and remember I am definitely not a photographer although would like to be one some day.  🙂 None of these picture shave been edited.

While Cheryl had to work today and while I was supposed to be doing chores, I decided to head to a local park and take pictures.  It was a beautiful day here and just couldn’t resist going for a walk in Kanaka Provincial Park.  Located in Maple Ridge, BC right along the Fraser River.

Kanaka Park Grainy Look

 

 

Typical Wetcoast

 

Sneaking a look at the Fraser River

 

 

 

 

This was taken directly into the sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Ears in the Back ground - Mts near our house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KITSHACK – BUFF HEADWEAR


I stumbled across this website that has to be the most extensive website for Buff wear out there.  Had to post this company sites and I wear a buff since our trip this summer.  Cheryl does not have to worry about helmet head as much as I do and personally I find a buff to help at times with this problem.  Also, makes my helmet fit better and keeps my head a little warmer on cool days, and cooler on warm days.  Plus, it’s an easy way to just cover up dirty hair when away from showers.  😉

Check them out, KITSHACK has a Buff for everyone, plus more stuff.  A cool site to have found.

KITSHACK BUFF WEAR HERE

If you’re looking for Buff® headwear, use our Quick Find to help find colours or designs or simply scroll through the many pages of styles and designs we have on offer. We also stock other brands so please check them out too – there’s some great kit here waiting to be used and enjoyed.

Panasonic TS3 Point & Shoot Camera


Our summer trip ended up killing my other Panasonic camera.  The one that took almost 99% of the pictures.  I brought the camera back to the store I bought it because it was new before left on June 29th.  Told them where I went and that it was my fault the camera died.  Panasonic gave me a new one anyway.  Great customer service. 

So, I will be selling the Panasonic DMC-FH25 since it’s new and got myself a Panasonic TS3 waterproof camera.  I think this is the type of camera that would work better on the bike doing one-handed moving shots and now I can take pics of the rain that we often ride in.

Salmon stream by my house

Today I was just playing around taking pics getting used to grip and trying out the HD 1080p video function.  Here are a few non motorcycle pictures of my dogs and a little stream near my house where Salmon spawn and Eagles come every fall early winter.

***If you click on the pics they get larger and you can really see that this camera takes some nice high resolution pictures.  Please so far.

Xander

I have to practice not covering the mic with my finger and get used to the lens being easily covered up my fingers as well…

Sierra

 

 

Sierra
Close up grass
Cruizer
Foggy Morning

Salmon Stream

PANASONIC’S NEWEST RUGGED LUMIX DIGITAL CAMERA, COMPLETE WITH GPS & COMPASS IS PERFECT FOR CAPTURING STUNNING PHOTOS AND HD VIDEOS DURING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

My short test video set to HD 1080p.  In the above picture you can see where the mic is.  Easy to cover if not paying attention.  So far I like this camera.  Not much bigger than the one I took on the trip just a little heavier.  So, I will try it out this weekend on our 2 niter to Tumwater, WA to go see the Gerbing folks.

Would love to hear about your own set up and cameras that are being used out there.  We also bring a more powerful camera when on a trip.  Canon Powershot SX30 IS.

KLIM’s NEW BADLANDS AND LATITUDE IS SHIPPING


I have posted info about the new KLIM gear before but dealers are now shipping the new Badlands and Latitude ADV suits.  We are HUGE fans of KLIM gear not only because this is a company that listens to the riders who buy their stuff, but it is truly ADV gear, waterproof without liners and extremely comfortable while be made with top quality material.  They also sell long pants sizing as well.

KLIM’s NEWLETTER here

We are not paid employees of KLIM just LOVE sharing what works for us.  We hope the new Latitude will be in our future.  We have been wearing the Traverse for a year now and it has been almost perfect.  We knew the new gear was on the horizon and now that it is here in the flesh, the Latitude seems to really be what we are looking for.  The Latitude simply has hip gators for rider to use and open while sitting to give a little more room.  But for the women out there this is a HUGE addtition because it may allow for we grrls to fit into smaller jacket sizing with using the hip gators all the time.  Plus, the new gear has more pockets than the Traverse.  We need pockets while traveling and this is a nice addition that the Traverse really lacks.

Have a look and if you are lucky to find a dealer who has these in stock, maybe try them on for size. 😉

BADLANDS

 

Badlands Pants

 

Latitude

 

Latitude Pants

Some say KLIM is too expensive.  I think if we found this gear in the first place we would have saved money in the long run.  We have been through so many brands, types of set up and so far KLIM is the closest to what we need in gear without sacrificing comfort and safety.  

 

Polar Bears & Sea Ice


Sea ice is essential to polar bears. Without it, they cannot hunt their primary prey, seals.

via Polar Bears & Sea Ice.

There are so many other videos to learn from about Polar Bears.  It’s that time of year in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.  On my bucket list to see these amazing creatures up close!

Great Review of the BIG ADV BIKES


Motorcycle USA Tests the BIG bikes

Epic. It’s the way every ride is supposed to be, so MotoUSA decided to make our big-bore ADV test as epic as possible. We gathered five of the newest premier AT bikes and rode them across the western states. The loop started in Southern California and wound its way up to Big Sky, Montana where we took a rest day to watch the Big Sky XC hare scramble. From there we went back across the smoky interior of Idaho and plowed down to company headquarters in Medford, OR. For more details on the trip, check out the daily updates (sidebar), but let’s meet the contenders in the 2011 Adventure Touring Shootout.

Very thorough article with videos and more! 

RIDE THE WORLD – Trial Freestyle – THE PARAMONT RIDE – JULIEN DUPONT – ARTHUR COUTARD


Amazing what level of extreme riding is going on out there in the WORLD….and look at their bikes.  BEST in full screen and HD.

Ride the World pictures presents the Paramont Ride a short movie by Fabien Didelot . It’s the story of two trial freestyler riding in the french alps for the pleasure of nature. Air Drone is our partner in this movie and it helps a lot. music conducted and composed by the Scratch Bandit Crew. Wish you enjoy the ride. Cheers. shooting with gh2, canon 7d and jvc 60fps progressive.

What’s with Heated Gear Anyway? Heading to the Gerbing Headquarters


This coming up weekend, Nov. 6th, 7th & 8th, we will be taking a 2 night road trip down to Tumwater, Washington to see the Gerbing headquarters and to trade in our old technology for their new micro-wire heated liners.  I ran a poll a few weeks back and asked if you guys ride in the winter.  I am amazed that the majority answered yes with NO HEATED gear.

Maybe we are getting soft in our aging process because to be honest I can not ride without heat when the temps drop below double digits Celsius.  

Perfect example was today, 1 degree Celsius when I left my house for work at 0520 and got down to 6 on my way home.  Just a turn of the dial and even a little heat makes for such an enjoyable ride home.  We love our heated liner and gloves but that is just us.  This is the best time of year for me to ride.  Especially when the rains stay away.  

So….since I still have my tracking subscription on my SPOT Connect I will be turning it on for this trip.  We are going to finish off the Olympic Peninsula.  There is a section that we still need to ride and will do it this time around since we did not over the weekend of October 3rd. 

Gerbing

Oh, and there are other companies out there that make heated gear like:

Powerlet

Mobile Warming Gear

Tourmaster

First Gear
Warm & Safe

Tips about using heated gear:

Heated gear is worn as close to your body as you can without actually touching your skin. You can wear a vest or full liner.  We prefer the full liner and heated gloves.  Most companies sell glove liners too.   All heated gear is meant to be worn under you riding suit.  We presently own the KLIM Traverse suit that is made for the rider to come up with their own lining system.  The suit does not come with an internal rain or thermal liner.  The Traverse is waterproof on the outside, Gore Tex and Cheryl and I always use our Gerbing as both a liner with no heat and of course with the heat on.  Also, one thing to point out is that we keep our lining slim, no bulk and real easy to do shoulder checks.

Keeping our core body temperature consistent allows us to focus more on riding rather than being cold and shivering.  Being too cold can be very dangerous and so far with the set up we have we are able to comfortably ride in weather well below 0 Celsius.  The coldest  we both have been out has been -8 C but I think that will be the coldest we would ride.  I like -5.

We also use a temperature control rather than an on/off switch.  Our controller is permanent and built into our bikes.  Here are a few pics of our set.  Both our Beemers are set up the same exact way and Yep, Cheryl did the install.  🙂

We know people who use just an on/off switch and they find themselves having to keep turning the heat on and off all the time as their gear only has 2 temps.  HIGH and off.  By using a controller you can adjust the heat as you ride.  Much easier to stay comfortable we feel.  If we were to do it all over again we would add a dual temp controller, one for our gloves and liner.

Some companies sell heated pants, socks, insoles for boots, neck warmers, some use rechargeable batteries, wireless temperature controllers or like us, we are hard wired to our battery and plug in.

Most gear uses anywhere from 15 watts to over 100 watts depending how many items you are using at one time.  Important to know what your bikes battery can handle.

It’s important that you research what cables you need and adapters.  Not all gear comes ready to plug and ride.  For example since we have a liner and gloves we need to make sure we bought a Y connector cable that runs from our jacket and attached to the two connectors on the liner and then plugs into the bike.  Our gloves plug into sleeves.  You need to find a set up that works for you. 

So, that’s it.  I actually started this post just be to an announcement about going to the Gerbing Headquarters and look what happened.  This is typical as I am Italian and from New York….we talk a lot.  Hope some of this info is helpful or useful and I will be taking some pics this weekend.  Going to be trying out my new Panasonic T3 camera.  Supposed to be waterproof.  We shall see. 😉

OFF ROAD RIDING TIPS – RAWHYDE ADVENTURES


This is an advertisement for Rawhyde Adventures DVD but I thought I would post it just in case some out there might actually want this DVD to learn off-road riding techniques especially on the BMW GS bikes.  All techniques and skills can be utilized of course on any DS bike as well. 

Cheryl and I have really been thinking about taking one of the Rawhyde courses.  We could always learn how to be better, more skilled and safer off-road riders.  I think one of these days we will do just that….take some time out of vacation days and sign up for an off-road course.  Can’t lose by doing this real life practice and education.

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