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Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Tck13, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    I hate all of those with the possible exception of the Vanson. I am not sure about the gloss on the Vanson jacket, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it'd look far better IRL. The rest of those are just awful IMO..
     
  2. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    $1500? Not really IMO. Then again I am a function over form kinda guy. I don't think I could fork over 1500 beans for a riding jacket that I would still have to jury rig armour to fit under it.
     
  3. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Riding boots

    Waaaaaay back in the days I used to ride my speedy Honda Shadow 500 in boat shoes, Rebock high tops or whatever I was wearing at the time. Later as I got older and wiser I started wearing my trusty Frye Harness boots.

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    I love these boots and really believed that they provided adequate protection. They really dont

    I ended up buying pair of racing style: Alpinestars SMX-R

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    They were a lot safer than the Fryes and the all black made them inconspicuous. Unfortunately they didn't breathe very well and gave me an awful case of swamp foot. On warm summer days i felt like I was constrantly standing on a wet sponge. Yuck. Another problem is that they squeaked like a cage full of hungry mice. I also noticed that they always felt vague on my feet resulting in plenty of mis-shifts. But the straw that broke the camel's back was the fact that they did not provide lateral ankle support. I could easily bend upper at a 90 degree angle.


    That led me to my current boots: TCX Competizione rs[​IMG]

    These things are great. They are safe, the breathe well enough to wear in 100 degree weather. And with the plastic rear kick-plate installed instead of the metal ones, they are almost as inconspicuous as the Alpinestars. I wear these about 98% of the time. After about a year they too started to squeak.

    I have 2 more boots I plan on purchasing. The first is a Dianese Axial Race In


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    This is a great boot. They have an internal carbon fiber ankle brace system plus since I wear Dainese gear I can wear the leathers over the boot (Dainese pants & suits have built in shin protection) plus they look great with jeans. Valentino Rossi wears em for gawd's sake! If [​IMG] approves of them then so do I



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    I also bounced up on this French company named Vitesse that makes some interesting riding gear. One boot in particular stood out, the Hunt

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    Yes yes yes laces are not a great idea for motorcycles but other than that it looks like a solid casual boot plus it would coordinate well with my Stripes jacket. I don't think I would ever wear my Frye boots while riding again.
     
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  4. blue collar

    blue collar Senior member

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    Hey guys. I'm new to this thread. Lots of fantastic motorcycles in here and a good, friendly group of men. This spring i'll be taking on a 'cafe' project of my own. It'll probably be a 70's cb750 simply for ease of build and parts availability here in Canada. However, I've yet to find a machine in the price range i'm looking for. I want a bike that is not torn down and bastardized already. I don't care if it runs because i'm mechanically inclined and have fabrication skills (MIG and TIG tickets) to bring the machine back to life. In the meantime i'm enjoying following this thread and learning from you all.

    :)
     
  5. MarioImpemba

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    How? It was $995 or something for half the models, and $1500 for the others with the padding. This was cowhide and before options, too. I got the pricer a week ago.
     
  6. Cool The Kid

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    Good to see we have riders here. Just put my Ninja 650 into storage for this damn NYC storm
     
  7. EgliComet

    EgliComet Senior member

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    Hi Folks,
    I'm new here and was just curious how many riders there are from Long Island/NYC area...
    I manage a motorcycle collection for a living and perhaps we could put together a visit this spring for those interested. Kindly speak up if you're so inclined to take a look.
    Best regards,
    eglicomet
     
  8. Texastyle

    Texastyle Senior member

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    You might try posting on http://www.reddit.com/r/motorcycles . They wont be as well dressed and cultured as these bunch, but you might get a bigger crowd.
     
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  9. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Wow. That would be a dream job
     
  10. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Cloth jacket fitting from Johnson Leathers in San Francisco. I'm having them copy a vintage TT Leathers jacket but add in Forcefield armor in the back, shoulders and elbows along with some other design modifications:

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  11. John Doe

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  12. TRINI

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    Really? They show up fine for me. Anyone else?
     
  13. John Doe

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    I don't know what you did Trini but I see them now. What kind of cloth? Looks good.
     
  14. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    Cheers. It looks like they used a corduroy. Just to be clear, this is just the test fitting shell that they will base the new leather jacket off of. Kind of like how some shirtmakers will do a muslin version before making the final shirt. The final jacket will be in a 3.75-4oz naked leather.

    Also, I got a pair of the Maple motorcycle jeans which I'm wearing in those pics. .They're raw denim with a kevlar lining and forcefield armor in the hips and knees.
     
  15. Tck13

    Tck13 Senior member

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    After all of the years on this site I finally just got what this smiley means.
     
  16. John Doe

    John Doe Senior member

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    You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.:teach:
     
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  17. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Reminds me of the horsehide Dainese Chiodo.

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  18. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    Great day for a ride. Took my Sportie out for first ride of 2013, so a little WAYWRN in the motorsickles threak..


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  19. TRINI

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    The inspiration was a combination of the following jackets:

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    So jealous.
     
  20. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Nice. Are you sticking with moo skin or will you consider going a different route such as horse or buffalo? What about kangaroo? It's already a custom so you might as well get sprinkles and a cherry on top
     
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