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Old 10-05-2006, 12:29 PM   #31
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Wow.. Was that Stain Resistant (Buz recomends to us nerds) or the regular khakis? I wrecked on asphalt... We only have concrete on some of the interstates here. Think they are going to asphalt cause of the cost and it's less slippery during the rain... i.e concrete was 60s 70s thing I think..
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Old 10-05-2006, 12:29 PM   #32
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LOL I'll race you too..
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:07 PM   #33
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Just a clarification for rare reader not in the know: the "anti-plumber's crack butt loop" is to loop around your belt. If/when you come off the bike and start sliding down the pavement, it prevents the jacket from riding up and exposing your back. Teknic has those loops in their jackets, too.
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:43 PM   #34
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+1 on Ku****ani. They make some of the best quality gear on the planet. Their ventilated gloves REALLY ventilate, and are d@mn comfortable. Also, I haven't seen better leather in use by *any* other manufacturer, even the customs.



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Old 10-05-2006, 04:35 PM   #35
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Real rodeo cowboys use Lexol (maybe they cleaned up with saddle soap first). I also use it on my BMW (auto) leather seats.
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Old 10-05-2006, 05:35 PM   #36
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I think it's funny if you consider a garment good if it lasts for five years. I'm not that old but I've been riding a long time and would expect better than that. I would expect five years from a good pair of gloves-- and I ride every day. I would expect 10 years or more from my leathers. Admittedly, I saved up long ago for Vanson leathers and I wear Ku****ani and Held gloves, which are of excellent quality. But when I hear of people thinking in terms of a season, or just a few seasons tops as their timeframe, I begin to wonder how many people only go in and out of motorcycling for just a short time period, or who ride only infrequently. If you ride, the premium gear is an outstanding value due to its quality and longevity...and you'll enjoy that quality all through the product's life. I realize I'm going to sound like a snob, but what I mean to stress is that it IS worth saving up for premium gear if you're a committed rider. Very worth it. In fact, you will save money in the long run because you won't be upgrading your gear (trying to correct for the cheap gear's foibles) or replacing prematurely worn out gear. There are lots of premium brands out there, like Vanson, Helimot, Held, and yes, I'd agree with Sean and also rate Ku****ani as the absolute best available...spring for the good stuff whenever you can.
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Old 10-05-2006, 07:30 PM   #37
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OT question for the MO staff-



Are you guys sitting on some cool embargoed news that you'll print when the Intermot show opens? I'm assuming Intermot is the show that kicks off the 2007 model year (generally).
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:29 PM   #38
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Do Lee Parks' gloves have some sort of visor wiper? It appears not, judging from his site.

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Old 10-05-2006, 10:37 PM   #39
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I tend to extend your philosophy far, far beyond just the garment industry and that's not being a snob.



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Old 10-06-2006, 03:19 AM   #40
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"next summer "



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