Every morning before I get on the motorcycle I put on over 20 lbs of gear. Some of it is to keep myself from freezing, but most of it is there to protect me should the worst happen (again).
I have no idea if you’re actually curious about what I wear, but I figured I would share with you regardless. The fact that my Aerostich is six years old this month might have something to do with me thinking about it. Most of the rest of the gear is 3 years old, having been replaced after the BMW crash.
Full Face Arai Profile Helmet & Sidi Gortex Boots: I like both of these items. I’ll be honest though I went with the Arai because they did such a great job at the motorcycle show finding a helmet that fit me. It’s getting a bit old, but good helmets that fit me are expensive. The boots are great for riding, though I hate walking around in them much. I wish I could fine a boot that was more comfortable to walk in and ride in. They are waterproof, which if you’ve ever had wet feet you know how important that is.
Schampa Head thing and neck warmer: I hate washing my helmet liner, it’s a huge pain. I also dislike being cold in the mornings. Solution? I wear these. Keep me warm and much easier to wash often.
Aerostich wind blocker: I had a really hard time staying warm in the cold mornings when I first got my Aerostich. The Gore-Tex really does breathe, which means the cold air goes right through it. This helps quite a bit with out being too bulky.
Aerostich Kanestu Air Vantage Heated Vest: This thing is AMAZING. It’s my favorite piece of gear ever. It’s so versatile and keeps me warm even though I almost never turn it on. (or can’t since something is wrong with my connector cord.
Dianese Wave back protector: I’m not that fond of this back protector in particular, since the “Velcro” died after 3 months of daily use. thankfully my Wife kicks ass and we’ve fixed it putting better heavier duty “Velcro” in. Now it’s six years old and survied more crashes than any of my other gear. I probably should get a new one… but I’m saving my money for other things.
Racer Multitop Gloves: I love these Racer makes great gloves and this is the second pair I’ve owned. My Lovely Wife has a pair and also thinks they’re great. They are good 2.5 season gloves. Great in the Fall and Spring, cold summer mornings and warm winter afternoons. They get a bit warm/cold in the extremes but I always have them with me just in case.
Aerostich Roadcrafter: I’ve talked about this suit a lot. I like it quite a bit though I’m not very happy with there hip pads. They’re super huge and make it fit strangely. Overall though it has been one of the best pieces of gear I have, and survived one minor crash
If you made it this far you’re probably crazy enough to wear something like this too. Post up in the comments what you wear or if all of this seems a bit excessive.