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Sarodude
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2001 - 05:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

A few weeks back I bought some cheeseball MC jacket labeled "First Racing". It's a division of First Manufacturing and no relationship I can find with First Gear. I think it's the Lucky Seven model - the one with the big ugly "F7" on each arm.

Any thoughts on these things? I got 'em for $200 plus tax (LA, Ca) and have only seen them for more.

Along these same lines, I need to find some cool Buell patches to fit over the stitch marks of the soon to be removed F7 insignia...

-Saro
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Buelliedan
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 03:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Saro,

Team elves patches would probably look real good on those sleeves!!
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Sarodude
Posted on Thursday, August 09, 2001 - 08:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Dan-

How big is that patch? Sure does look cool! :)

-Saro
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Xfudog
Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2001 - 08:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I need help. Does anyone knows any manufacturor that makes leather overpants in mens waist size 28 ? I could get by with 29. Feel free to make all the jokes about us height deficient people. I am trying to ride as long as the seasons allows.

Roderick
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Mikej
Posted on Sunday, August 12, 2001 - 11:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Roderick,
There are a few places here in Milwaukee that make, carry, modify leather riding gear. One is "biker" oriented, one is in a mall and is more "fashion" oriented. Then there are the bike shops that carry the Vanson and other heavier race-weight gear. Just depends on how much you want to spend, and what you are looking for.

If you are mainly looking to extend your riding season, I'd recommend Aerostich coupled with electric under-gear.

I've even known of riders going to tack shops (cowboy and horse supply shops) to get leather riding gear made up.
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Drandall
Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2001 - 05:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Captpete,

The Chippewa motocross boots (not poop, that's what they're called), are $210 at this site (http://www.stompersboots.com/catalog/pages/moto.html), and $170 at most others.

I really like the new Alpinestars M6 soft dirt boot. they're said to be slimmer than the heavier motorcross boots, and don't need much break-in. They are come in an all-terrain version black/black with a cleared sole: <http://www.stompersboots.com/catalog/pages/moto.html) -- then footware, offroad, and M6.


Dave
'00 X1
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Fontx1rs
Posted on Friday, August 17, 2001 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Has anyone tried the Air Speed jacket from Fieldsheer? It looks very similar to the Fieldsheer Air Blade jacket, but it's about $70 less. I borrowed my buddies Air Blade awhile back and liked the fit and style (although I could have done without the red and white graphics). The Air Speed is $229 new from Fieldsheer and the Air Blade is $299. BUT there is an AirBlade in my size (I think) on newenough.com for $229. Anyone have any opinions on either or both models?
Thanks,

JoeBuell
99 RaceStripe
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Jeffsd
Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2001 - 02:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I'm looking for a Vanson Leather Buell jacket. All black, black/gray or black/blue. Size 42/44
Any ideas?

I'm also considering a solid black Vanson jacket.

Thanks,

Jeff
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Whimsical
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 01:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Hey Jeff...I saw a Vanson black/blue jacket on www.newenough.com. It is listed in their used Vanson jacket section but it still has tags on them. I would have bought it if it was a smaller size. Hope this is what you are looking for.
http://www.newenough.com/vanson%20used%20jackets.htm

Rosa
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Jeffsd
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 10:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I just ordered the vanson buell jacket from new enough.com. Thanks.
Jeff
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Bomber
Posted on Monday, September 10, 2001 - 05:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

all . . .although it's GORGEOUS here today (here being the Cchicago area), I know it's gonna get colder soon (rats)

any thoughtselectric vests? I'm sold on the idea, and Aerostitch's generally high level of quality has me leaning in their direction, but, knowing no one with first hand experience with these devices, I figured I'd ask the collective

thanks
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Chrisg
Posted on Monday, September 10, 2001 - 08:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Bomber,
One thing to keep in mind is that if you ride alot in the cold, you will eventually want some electric gloves. It's much easier to have the gloves plug into the vest, and manufacturers' wiring sytems are not inter-compatible. I bought a Widder vest a few years ago, and was very happy with it. Then I went for their gloves too, and was frankly dissapointed. They're plenty warm, but protective value in an accident is virtually nil. The shells are made in China and are mostly thin nylon. Only the fingers are leather, giving no protection to the palm or knuckles. Aerostitch doesn't make gloves at all. They are also not in the least water reppelent, as I learned the hard way. Gerbring's makes some good looking gloves, all leather, purpose built motorcycle gloves, rather than cheap crap with wires added. I haven't personally used them yet, but I'm thinking of getting some for this winter.
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Reepicheep
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 - 08:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Anybody tried those chemical heater inserts? I think you can get them for less then $1 each. I have good leather gloves, and LL Bean gore-tex overglove guantlets, and wondered if both of those and the chemical heater would get me to work (about 1 hour).

Alternately, I wonder if there is just some sort of electrically heated insert I could use.

It was chilly on this mornings ride in already!

Bill
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Paul
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 - 11:58 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Bomber, on the electric vest.... I've been using one for several years, it's made by Widder and is the Ventura model with a collar. There is some very good information at their web site that you may find helpful regardless of which brand you buy.
http://www.widder.com/

I've also installed a BMW (M/C) power outlet on the side panel of my M2 for use with the Widder BMW hookup. This item is very high quality item and has a hinged weather proof cover. Cost of the following BMW P/N's was about $35.00.
61 13 1 243 664 is the socket
61 12 1 243 659 is a wiring harness
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Sparky
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 - 01:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

An alternative to electric gloves that you might consider is electric grip wraps that Aerostich sells for $37. (Oops, I goofed! Enter catalog number 102-103 in their Product Search page.) I use these with an electric vest both controlled by an adjustable thermostat. The advantage with the wraps is that they're "on the bike" so you can still use your favorite gloves whether they're thin deer skins or full on winter gloves. There's no extra messing with wires getting on or off the bike. A disadvantage however is slightly thicker and not quite as grippy grips.

For cold weather riding even if it's only chilly, you can ride miles with smiles with the warmth that electrics provides.

Sparky
96S1, 98S3
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Blastin
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 - 01:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

O.K it's definitely Fall. My hands were ice cubes this morning. I didn't even pay attention to the temperature this morning, I just knew it was sunny and not rainning, until someone at work said it was 42F. No wonder my hands were so damn cold. I'm kinda glad I wasn't able to get out of 2nd gear because of traffic. So this leads me to my question.

Can anyone recommend some good quality (read, not way expensive) cold weather gloves that still offer some protection? (Kevlar, etc) Or does anyone have any tricks to keeping the hands warm short of going electric? I'll consider battery.

As long as I'm on the subject of cold, can anybody recomend some pants as well? (for future reference, long underwear will have to do for now) The Tecnik jacket I have does nicely with it's liner and extra neck guard. Its just the hands and legs that get really cold.

I really like my Olympia Kevlars, but they just aren't good for cold. Putting on those little one size fits all gloves underneath only adds about 10 minutes of extra riding time before the hands are cold again.

Thanks,

Jerry
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Bluzm2
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 - 02:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Jerry,
Olympia has a "mid" glove available that's much like your current glove.

I got mine from Aerostich, catalog no. 427.
They are $57.00. http://www.aerostich.com

It was 38 yesterday and 42 this morning for the ride in. I have a 2 piece Aerostich so the cold is not a problem for top or legs. I do wear a fleece vest (Aerostich Kantsue, non-electric) under my jacket.

Brad
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Budo
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 - 02:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

HJC leather pants for sale. I changed out the zipper for a Vanson zipper to zip the pants to my Vanson jacket. I still have the HJC zipper which can be installed for $12.00. I have never worn these pants except to try them on. Size 38, good quality, hard armor in the knees, padding in the hips, $200.00, I pay shipping. Check out the ad for themon comp acc. www.compacc.com/on-line-store/genericproduct.jhtml?id=31666
Steve Rodgers, 901-263-4493 (day)
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Blake
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2001 - 06:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Post for sale items in classifieds for better results?
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Leeaw
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Jerry,

I was thinking the same thing as I was riding to work. I remember seeing somewhere, battery-operated golve liners for skiing, with the battery pack strapped around each wrist.

I am still looking too.
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Buellistic
Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2001 - 10:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

1,my helmet
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Buellistic
Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2001 - 09:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

my helmet
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Buellistic
Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 - 04:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

1,helmet
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Buellistic
Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 - 07:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

1,helmet
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Ccryder
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 12:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

All right it's time for this "Wuss" to get . Lets hear the votes and comments on the electric goodies out in Motorcycledom.
1st: Aerostich vest or jacket
2nd: Widder vest or arm warmers
3rd: Gerbing vest or jacket.
4th: Anybody else?

I'm about 90% conviced with the Aerostich under the grip heaters but the brand of vest or jacket under my "stich" is still undecided. Soooo, all you shy unassuming Buelligans, give my your $0.02.

TIA
Neil S.
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Aaron
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 08:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Gerbing jacket liner. No messing with harnesses up your sleeves to plug in your gloves, it's built in. Very cozy warm, too. The plug is the same as a Battery Tender, so you automatically get a place to plug in your charger.
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Josh
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

Neil,
I'm running a Widder vest and gloves under my 'stich with the Aerostich fleece jacket and pants for the really cold mornings.
I ride a lot through the winter and really give the gear a workout. The only problem I have is the electrical connections. Several times I've headed out only to have somthing quit working because the wires wore through or broke. The Widder stuff is very rebuildable, I just wish I didn't have to each month.

After 3 years of use I finally just bought a new wiring harness and started over.

The discussion I'd like to see is how do you keep your neck/face warm. I've got 4 different items (scarf, barclava, ski triangle windbreaker, ski neck warmer) that I use in various combinations, but sill running 80MPH in 20deg weather I usually wind up with cold air blowing up the inside of the faceshield and freezing my forehead.

Josh
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Bomber
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

I'm using an HD jacket liner . . . . it was there (impulse buy!), on sale, and it seems to work just fine, thanks .

I wore it on the slimey crud run recently (Northern Ill to Southern Wisconsin) . . . when I left the house, it was 27 degress . . . .although it warmed up a bit (high 40s?), I wouldn't have enjoyed the ride nearly as much without the liner (which also helps to sopt the drafts caused by the vents in my leathers).

The grain of slat you have to take with this report is as follows -- my experience with heated clothing is limited to this piece -- I've never owned another

keep warm
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Aaron
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

The HD jacket liner is made by Gerbing.
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Buelliedan
Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2001 - 12:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only)

It was 85 degrees on Saturday when I rode here in El Paso, TX!! Still had to keep the sleeve vents and chest curtains open!! hehe
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