Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: The beach on a little island. Really.
Like a lot of you guys, I’ve been riding for 30+ years. I first started (as an adult) with Harleys and ended up getting leather jackets, chaps, the whole nine yards. I totally would have felt right at home at a Village Peoples concert. As a side note, I recently moved and found those 30 year old chaps in a box. I just had to try them on - they barely fit around the waste, but everything else was just right.
I’ve had (and still have) a lot of gear over the years - leather, mesh, lightweight stuff with armor, and more. I’m currently riding with a nice First Gear 37.5 jacket and some older HT Air pants. The jacket is the hi-viz version and I like it. I’ve got new pants on the way, basically a summer version of the Firstgear mesh pants. I recently bought a Kilm one-piece (Hildanger) and had to return it due to sizing issues. I’ve got the right size on the way and am optimistic that it will work nicely for long distances, all-day riding. I bought the black Klim as their online system wouldn’t accept an order for the grey or tan. Maybe I could’a called them and ordered grey. In any event, black is on the way and they don’t offer hi-viz in the Hardanger.
I’ve always had dark bikes, cars, etc., but for the K1600 I decided upon white. My primary reason is that I’m now living in the south and wanted to try a lighter color due to heat retention. And, with the new bike, new suit, I’ve given a lot of thought to gear. Had a nice five year old Neotec, well decided to get the Neotec 2. Definitely like it. Then I though about some new boots. So, all in all, the guys at Revzilla must be loving me.
I’ve given thought over the last few weeks on the Helite Turtle 2. So, yeah, pulled the trigger on one of those in hi-viz. Why? I’m super confident in my riding skills and experience, yet it’s the accident you plan for. Have had one or two close calls over the years, but (knock on wood) no accidents. I’m not 20 any longer, not Superman, so figured the Helite would be cheap insurance.