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Old 10-27-2006, 07:24 AM   #21
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I've been using my Gerbings vest for more than 5 years and it is definitely the best money I have ever spent on m'cycle gear. I think it was cheaper than the Widder , but I suspect they're pretty comparable. I got the switch, but I stopped using it, never really used it. I put the vest on when the temp drops below 60, plug it in if it's below 50, and just forget about it.



I also have a set of Hot Grips on my W650, and down to 30 all that really gets numb are my thumbs, hanging out in the wind. I agree that below 40 its more about bragging, but without this gear the riding season in Massachusetts would be about three months long.



And as long as we're bragging, it was 33 when I set out this morning for my hour commute along the backroads lined with autumn color, and I loved every minute.



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Old 10-27-2006, 07:32 AM   #22
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72 is a little cold? It was 35 riding into work this morning. 72 is perfect. You've got to be a Southern California rider. Good job on the recent review.
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:36 AM   #23
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Damn, I'm an OR rider who uses a one piece Fieldsheer suit and a heated vest. What a strange coincidence. Was a cold one this morning, cold and fog suck.
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:37 AM   #24
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That has to be the most obvious piece of bait I have ever seen.
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:41 AM   #25
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We are thinking about starting a battery charging thread. How long, amps, types of chargers and such. We figured you could be the tester on this one, seeing as you have the most experience with dead batteries on unridden motorcycles. Maybe you would even have something interesting to contribute.
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:42 AM   #26
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72 is a little too close to freezing for me.



Thanks for the kudos. I work cheaply so I'm angling for another gig.



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Old 10-27-2006, 07:49 AM   #27
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Gerbing's heated jacket liner here. The jacket is great, because your arms are always out in the wind, even on a faired bike. It works really well, as long as you remember that you need some kind of layer of insulation _over_ it to keep the heat in. An Aerostich Roadcrafter, for example, flows too much air through the fabric and cools the liner off unless you wear an additional layer between them.



Get your controller from Warm N Safe, the Heat-Troller inventors. Theirs is superious to Gerbings. I see Warm-n-Safe offers liners now, too, but I haven't tried them.



Do install some kind of charge monitor so you can tell if you're drawing too much current.



On gloves, Gerbing's original style gloves will keep your hands warm, but they're horrible gloves. Very bulky, and the mouse-fur lining will stick to your hands and move out of place when you take the gloves off, making it difficult to put them back on. I've heard their newer G3 gloves are better in that respect, but I haven't tried them yet.

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Old 10-27-2006, 08:05 AM   #28
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Just a second Buz I have to strap myself in I've got a big one on the line.
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Old 10-27-2006, 08:08 AM   #29
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Ok longride why don't we post each week what our mileage is.. Are you man enough to take the challenge bully? By the way I will be genoruus and allow you 10 Chicago miles equal 1 Seattle mile instead of the usual 100 Chicago miles/Seattle mile
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Old 10-27-2006, 08:09 AM   #30
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Weren't you supposed to do an arm chaps review?
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