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National Cycle VStream Tall Touring Windscreen Review

I’ve found the stock windscreens on motorcycles just aren’t very good at their job. I’m 6′ 2″ tall and the screens on every motorcycle I’ve owned or ridden over the past 20 years seem to be setup for riders much shorter than me. They excel at creating a flow of rough air that hits somewhere between my neck and forehead. Even the Concours 14’s adjustable windscreen hasn’t been able to solve this problem. Now that I’ve had my Connie for 6 years, and have no plans to buy a new bike in the future, I thought I’d spend a little money to see if I could finally fix this issue.

After much research I landed on the VStream® Tall Touring Windscreen. My goal was to find a screen that would provide a clean-ish flow of air over the top of my head, make sure there was sufficient airflow during the summer to keep me cool, and provide decent protection in cooler temperatures. Weather protection in the rain was also at the top of my list. In short, I wanted a do-it-all windscreen for all seasons and riding conditions.  Its been 2 years since I purchased the VStream®, so I’ve given it a fair long term test.

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VStream® Tall Turing Windscreen left, stock windscreen right.

The Positive:

This windscreen is tall, that’s not just a marketing term in the title. At slightly over 2 ft. it’s practically a sail compared to the stock screen. In the highest position on the Connie, I can just see over the top (on straight roads). Coupled with the generous fairing on the Concours it creates a pocket of protection that the stock screen cannot even hope to compete with. When it’s raining, as long as I don’t stop, everything behind the screen (head, chest, shoulders, lap) stay bone dry.  I’ve ridden in some pretty decent storms over the last few years and been thankful for this level of protection.

Being almost as wide as it is tall (height: 24.10 in, width: 21 in.) I was concerned about the tall screen blocking too much air to keep me cool in the summer. This was not the case. The unique “V” shape of the screen creates a relatively clean flow of air over my helmet while allowing a stream of air to slip around the screen. Setting the height of the windscreen on the Connie at the 2nd pre-set position sends this stream of air right along and under my arms. The combination of the airflow over my head and along my sides also pulls air from my back. This is ideal for mesh jackets and those with underarm and back vents.

VS_VortexThe Nation Cycle website for the VStream® Windscreen explains this better:

“The typical airflow pattern of the wake from most windscreens is called a van Karman vortex. At speeds of 50-90 mph, the air swirls off the windscreen in an approximate 90-degree segment of rotation, hits the bottom of the rider’s neck on the way up, and curves off the shoulder at approximately 45 degrees.

We gave the VStream® its name for the shape it takes at the upper edge. The patented “V” shape is so quiet because it pushes this vortex out and away from the side of the rider’s head. The rider’s helmet then resides in still air, and the passenger’s environment is greatly improved as well.”

I can personally attest that these claims are accurate and true. With the adjustable screen on the Connie I can direct where the stream of air created by the “V” shape hits me and in essence control how cool or warm I want to be.  Great for summer riding but also very useful when the mercury starts to drop.

Installation was easy. The screen attached to the existing mounts on the Connie with no additional hardware needed. I had my old screen off and the new one installed in about 15 min., 10 of which was spent searching for my allen socket set.

The Negative: 

As I stated before this screen is tall. At highway speeds it flexes quite a lot. This does concern me regarding its longevity. My hope is that the polycarbonate material is strong enough to not crack where I feel it’s week spot is, the mounting screw holes. According to Nation Cycle, “All VStream® Windscreens are made from thick, durable polycarbonate with National Cycle’s exclusive Quantum® hardcoating or FMR hardcoating.” In two years of commuting and long highway trips I have seen no issues, but it’s still a concern for me.

The flexing can also disrupt the otherwise clean air flow produced by the screen. At highway speeds, in traffic, the disruption of air caused by other vehicles coupled with the flexing of the shield can create some buffeting and noise. No more than the stock shield, but it does defeat the special design of the screen. This is not an issue when riding back roads or at lower speeds at all.

Conclusion:

The VStream® Tall Touring Windscreen has all the features I was looking for when I started my search. It provides good weather protection, clean airflow, and good control of that airflow to keep me cool in the summer and warm in the spring and fall. I’m very happy with my purchase.

National Cycle offers the VStream® series windscreens in Sport, Sport Touring, and Tall Touring sizes to fit most motorcycles. Check out their entire catalog at NationalCycle.com. You can purchase VStream® windscreens from most online motorcycle stores. I bought mine from Revzilla for $179, not cheep but well worth the price.

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Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Gear Reviews

 

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SENA LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST INTELLIGENT NOISE-CONTROL (INC™) HELMET AT 2015 AIMEXPO

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October, 15, 2015

 Sena Technologies, Inc., a Bluetooth innovator in the motorcycle and outdoor actives market, debuted today the world’s first Intelligent Noise-Control (INC™) helmet EXCLUSIVELY to the media, dealers and trade members at the 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando.

AIMExpo has grown substantially since its inception in 2013, establishing itself as one of the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. and the largest powersports trade show in North America. Likewise, Sena has shown impressive growth and innovation throughout the past three years, solidifying its position as the global leader in Motorcycle Bluetooth technology.

“We’re thrilled to have Sena unveil its latest innovation here at AIMExpo,” said Cinnamon Kernes, AIMExpo Show Director. “They have been an exhibitor and partner since our launch. Choosing AIMExpo as the place to debut their new helmet and taking advantage of the media and dealer presence exemplifies exactly how the AIMExpo platform was intended to be utilized.”

The Sena Helmet will be equipped with innovative smart technology with a premium comfort, ergonomics and finish. The ultra light-weight and durable carbon fiber material provides a high quality and comfortable experience, with ground breaking Intelligent Noise-Control (INC™) technology to actively control the loud and damaging noises associated with riding. “We are ecstatic to yet again be pushing innovation with the world’s first true quiet helmet, with our focus as always on creating the safest and best riding experience possible for our customers. It only seemed logical that we unveil this game-changing device at AIMExpo, a place where the entire motorcycle industry has gathered to see the latest innovations to hit the market,” says Sena CEO, Tae Kim. With all of the key features such as optional Bluetooth 4.1 Communication module, ultra light carbon fiber material, Plug & Play (PNP) installation feature for the INC™ and the patented Sena Bluetooth Technology, users can enjoy their ride like never before.

Additional new products being showcased at AIMExpo include the 10S, 10R, 10U, Wristband, Handlebar Remote Controls, and Prism Tube.

AIMExpo opens its doors to the general public this Saturday, October 17 (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and Sunday, October 19 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) where enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see all-new products from more than 500 unique exhibitors and demo a wide variety of two- and four-wheel, on- and off-road models at AIMExpo Outdoors!Tickets are available online at AIMExpoUSA.com or on-site at the Orange County Convention Center.

About Sena Technologies Inc.
Sena Technologies, Inc. is the global leader in Bluetooth Innovation for the motorsports, action sports and outdoor sports lifestyles – enabling real-time communication and optimal performance in the thick of the action. Since its first and flagship product, the SMH10 Bluetooth intercom/headset for Motorcycle helmets, the most cutting-edge technological designs have allowed riders across powersports and motocross to change the way they communicate while charging tracks and courses worldwide. With cyclists, action sports and outdoor sports enthusiasts taking advantage of its impressive communications and onboard technologies – coupled with its sheer innovation in creating new perspectives with Bluetooth audio action camera technology – Sena is enhancing the lives of speed demons and action-seekers for the better. Sena currently offers its products worldwide through its global network of distributors, retailers and OEM partners.

For more information on Sena Technologies Inc. and its products, please visit www.Sena.com or contact (951) 719-1040 or marketing@sena.com.

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Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Gear Reviews, Motorcycling

 

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BILT Explorer Waterproof Adventure Pants – First Look

As part of a package deal with Cycle Gear for buying the BILT Explorer Waterproof Jacket I also got the BILT Explorer Waterproof Adventure Pants. Formerly known as the BILT Explorer H2O Waterproof Adventure Pants, their name changed just after I purchased them. I expect that the H2O seemed redundant, but I’m still not sure how Explorer and Adventure aren’t. Despite the name these pants are pretty well-appointed with some features I find impressive for the price, and some that I have come to expect in a pant that were not included.

The Adventure pants are made of the same 600 denier PRO-FLEX™ outer shell and 1200 denier ENDURA-BRADE™ areas as the Adventure jacket. The 1200 denier areas are more integrated into the pants then they are the jacket as they are the main fabric used. The ENDURA-BRADE™ fabric covers the lower half of the front of the leg (from the knee down) and the entire back of the leg starting at the seat. There is a stripe of the PRO-FLEX™ fabric on the outside of the leg where two cargo pockets, reflective material, and the leg entry zippers are. The knees have stretch material to help seat the CE rated armor and make siting on the bike more comfortable. There are no hip pads nor are there pockets to add any.

As with the Adventure jacket there were loose threads when I unpacked them, but far fewer. The seams are cotton thread but double stitched. The pants feel slightly more put together than the jacket. Probably because there are far fewer pockets, angles, and hook and loop areas.

I had ordered a size 36 (I’m 6′ 4″ 210 lbs. 36″ waist) that were to large around the middle and a bit to long so I traded them in for a size 34 at a local Cycle Gear store. My first experience with Cycle Gear customer service was very enjoyable. No fuss, I was in and out of the store with my new pants and pleasant conversation to boot.

I commute to work about 3-4 days a week most of the year so I wear my motorcycle pants over my work pants. With the quilted liner installed it is a tight fit but it has kept me warm the few times I wore them on 40 degree days. Without the liner they fit really well and are a good commuter and riding pant. There’s not a lot of adjustments to speak of. One pull tab at the waist on the left side hip and the other right side pull tab is part of the fly closure. They fly has a zipper and hook and loop closure plus a gator for better weather protection. At the pant cuff there is a 12″ zipper with a hook and loop pull tab. It is impossible to put these pants on over boots. The cuff opening with the zipper does work for slipping on boots once the pants are on, but trying to get a booted foot down that pant leg would challenge a cirque du soleil performer. Best to not try in my opinion.

Like the Adventure jacket the pants also have a waterproof liner between the outer fabric and inner mesh lining. Two vents run the length of the thigh in a diagonal slash with pull/snap stays to hold them open. The vent opens to the WP liner and not directly to the skin. On cooler days this works better than on hot days. I wore this suit in 80+ degree heat recently. While the vents are large, the WP liner does not allow the air to get to the skin and so by the end of my hour commute I had some pretty soggy pants. My fully faired Concours 14 may have also contributed to the lack of air flow, but in any event they did not cool off my legs.

I had really hoped that the Explorer Adventure jacket and pants where a three to four season suit. They have all the appearance of a do it all, go anywhere setup but they have fallen a little short for me. I cannot really wear them in the summer heat for commuting unless I want to change my clothes at the office. I have ridden in them on a recent 450 mile ride where I didn’t have to wear work clothes underneath. This did not solve the heat issues. There is still little to no air flow through the vents to my legs. 

My opinion is that the Adventure pants are better for Late Fall/Winter/Early Spring gear. Even then, only when the temperature stays below low 70’s – high 60’s. They are comfortable, waterproof, and somewhat protective. Paired with the BILT Explorer Waterproof Adventure Jacket they will keep you warm and dry, and looking sharp too.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2014 in BILT Gear Review

 

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BILT Apollo Modular Motorcycle Helmet – First Look

Riding_Modified“Apollo Modular Helmet, didn’t you write that you picked up the BILT Explorer Adventure helmet?” Yes, I did get the Explorer helmet as part of the package deal with the BILT Explorer Adventure Waterproof jacket but when I went to my local Cycle Gear store to exchange my too large BILT Explorer Adventure pants I also traded in the Explorer helmet for the Apollo. The Explorer was just too off-road for me and I felt that the Apollo fit me and my riding better. I’m happy to say that I made the right choice.

The features of the Apollo read like most modular helmets these days. Single pushbutton chin bar release, internal sun shield, optically clear face shield, double d-ring chin strap with snap stay, chin and top vents, rear exhaust vent, removable lining, polycarbonate shell and a nice bag to store it in. I chose the HI-VIZ color with black accents.

From my first ride this helmet fit me, my head and my riding style. The chin bar mechanism is smooth but takes a firm hand to open and latch closed. This is doubly true for the face shield, it’s a bit stiff and takes some effort to raise and lower. There are plenty of detentes in the face shield, the first opens the shield just enough to keep fogging down to a minimum. The chin vents also move enough air, once in motion, that I can feel it on my chin and it clears out any fogging. Two top vents also flow decent air that I can feel while in motion, which is more than I can say for most helmets I’ve owned. I’ve ridden this year in tempts ranging from 30 to 85 degrees and it’s been as comfortable as most helmets and more so then some I’ve worn.

I am also impressed with how smooth the airflow over the helmet is. The Apollo is not a quiet helmet. There’s a good deal of wind noise but with the face shield down and the chin curtain it’s less than you’d expect. I’ve noticed a high-pitched whistle at times that seems like it’s coming from the shield where it meets to helmet. I only hear it when turning a hard corner so it’s not constant. I barely notice it with my ear plugs in. Overall wind noise is not loud enough that it will be a drain on a long ride.

Weight seems reasonable. It’s not carbon fiber but it is lighter than my Nolan n103. I choose the XL over the large, which is my normal size in Nolan and HJC, as it fit better. Even with the XL however I don’t have room for my helmet liner, but that’s not a great loss. I have a beard and so am particularly susceptible to my chin and neck hair getting pulled by the chin strap if it’s not padded well. No such issues with the Apollo. Both sides of the chin strap are well padded. When pulled together through the D-ring the padding comes together and stops the strap from chafing my neck.

I was able to attach my Sena SMH10 to the Apollo. The internal sun visor and shape of the helmet made this a little tricky but it works well. The Sena mounts a littler farther forward on the helmet then I would like, though.  The mic tucks into a little pocket in chin bar and stays out of the way when riding which s a plus. I don’t use the internal speakers as I opted for the base plate that lets me use ear buds. I can’t comment on speaker installation in the Apollo though it looks like it would not be hard. The liner is removable (and washable).

I’ve been on several rides now with the Apollo helmet and am very satisfied with it. It feels and looks solid and well built. For the price I believe this is one of the better helmet choices out there, especially for a new rider looking for extra protection without the extra price. It’s certainly a lot nicer than the $100 Fullmer full face that was my first helmet.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in BILT Gear Review, Gear Reviews

 

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Used Motorcycle Gear

motorcycle gear closetIf you’ve ridden for any length of time and are like me you’ve probably got several pieces of gear that are just taking up space in your closet. For any number of reasons you’ve moved on to other gear and abandoned these items. So, what do you do with all that used gear? Here are a few ideas.

The most common way to get rid of your gear is to post it on Craigs List or eBay and wait for someone to find it and buy it. Both of these are viable options but they have their downsides. The first being that if your item doesn’t sell you have to re-post your listing. This isn’t the end of the world but it means that you have to remind yourself every few weeks to update the listing so it stays in the service. Then there’s collecting the money and shipping or coordinating a pickup and money exchange. It’s a lot of work, but a successful way to get some cash for your old gear.

Another option that I’ve come across are motorcycle shops. Some have started taking “gently used” items on consignment. For me this is a far more appealing option. I can drop off my gear and the store will display it, take payment, and then send me a check. This way my gear is seen by other motorcyclist and is more likely to sell. The downside here is that it’s up to the store to accept or reject your offering and they get to set the price. They also get a cut of the sale for all their trouble. Still, I’ll take their cut and call it a convenience fee for me not having to deal with the buyer, marketing, and shipment of the items. Most of these stores have a set time limit they will display your gear for before you have to come pick up. Usually around 90 days.

I’ve also found several shops that are taking used gear as trade-in toward new gear. What a great way to offload old gear and stock up on future used gear at the same time!

There are also donation centers where you can give your gear away and receive a receipt for a credit on your taxes. You do get some of the benefit in the way of a tax write off, but it’s not that immediate satisfaction of getting money in your had.

Lastly, have a gear swap with your riding buddies or riding group. This way you might at least be able to see your old gear once in a while and know that it’s gone to a good home.

Here are a few links to places in my area and other sites that offer trade in, consignment, or will take your gear as a donation:

http://www.ksumotorcyclegear.com/

http://www.wherethepoweris.com/used-motorcycle-gear.htm

http://www.mortonsbmw.com/parts.html

http://www.yellowdevilgear.com/

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Gear Reviews

 

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Gearing Up

In preparation for the X-Country trip I’ve started putting together my gear. I’ve started with the camping gear first. It was pretty apparent on my first motorcycle camping trip that I needed to upgrade the equipment that I have, which is for car camping. So I’ve started looking for smaller, lighter gear along with a few things that I realized I need but don’t have.

HydraLight Zipper Duffel by Seattle Sports:

I started with a bag. I need a way to get all the gear on the bike and to the camp site. After looking at a lot of bags I went with the HydraLight Zipper Duffel by Seattle Sports. Here’s the product description from Aerostitch.com

“This light, waterproof duffel constructed of coated ripstop nylon will keep your stuff dry on the road or down the trail. Additional webbing and D-rings on each side allow you to easily strap it to your bike. Welded seams, waterproof zipper, with extra support on the bottom and sides. Shoulder strap included. 3887 cubic inches of space, yet super packable. Medium is 13″×23″×13″, 24 oz. and Large is 14″×28″×15″, 43 oz. Grey.”
Here’s a picture of the duffel tied up and ready to go on my bike for one of my camping trips.

Review: I’ve been on two camping trips with this duffel since I purchased it. On the first trip I ran into some light rain and the bag held up well. On the second trip I encountered hours of riding in hard to moderate rain and the bag did not remain waterproof. I believe that the issue is with the zippers. They have a flap that covered the zipper that in light to moderate, intermittent rain seems to keep water out just fine but after hours of being rained on they just could not keep the water out. The second failure also has to do with the zippers but was exacerbated by how I have the bag strapped to the bike. When the bag is strapped down sufficiently to keep it from moving, and to allow me to use it as a back rest, the two rubber flaps that server to keep water out of the zipper track get separated along their seam. This compromises their effectiveness and permits water to get into the bag. I think that in the future I’ll be looking at Dry bags that have a fold-over or roll top closure to prevent the issues that I’ve had with this bag. The good news is that I packed everything in the bag in waterproof stuff sacks with roll top closures (or 1 quart freezer bags) that performed perfectly. So no real harm done with the water getting into the main bag.

Waterproof Stuff Bags:

As mentioned above I picked up several Waterproof Stuff Bags to pack and organize my gear with. These proved to be invaluable for storing and keeping my gear organized. I purchased one of each size to cover all needs. I use the extra small one for toiletries, 2 small ones for my camp stove and to organize other items (flashlights, matches, fat wood, etc.), the medium one for my sleeping bag and a large for my clothes. I have an additional large bag that I use for dirty or wet items that I just pack empty.

Review: As an organization tool these bags can’t be beat. They segregate
out my gear and because they are all different colors I can easily grab the bag that I need when I need it. They have a roll top closure that works well to seal out the wet (or keep it in if needed). You do have to work on getting the air out in order to not take up unwanted room when packing but after a few times using the bags this was pretty easy. These bags really saved me a lot of grief by keeping my gear dry when my duffel leaked.

Now that I had a place to put my stuff, I needed the stuff. So, back to shopping.

Colman Exponent Multi-Fuel Stove/Cranky Pump:

I picked up the Colman Exponent Multi-Fuel Stove which is a small packable camp stove that will run on white gas (unleaded gas) or kerosene. I can pump gas right from my motorcycle tank into the stove using the Cranky Pump. This is a hand held crank pump that will pull gas from the tank as you crank the pump but stops when you stop cranking. No siphon hoses that you have to suck on and then crimp to stop the gas flow. Really nice little gadget.

Review: The Colman stove worked perfectly on my recent 4 day
camping trip. I highly recommend this stove for travel. It’s not as compact as other travel stoves but the fact that it takes unleaded gas right from my tank means that I don’t have to carry camp stove fuel so the size isn’t that much of an issue compared to the convenience. Reading the instructions provided with the stove is critical. This is not a stove that you can, in my opinion, just jump into with out knowing the specifics of how it works. Once used a few times though the operation becomes second nature. If I had to say anything negative about the stove it would be that after filling it with fuel, it is then full of fuel. Repacking the stove means either burning off the remaining fuel (which I do when returning home for long term storage), trying to pump the fuel back into the bike (not easy and there is still residual fuel in the stove), or packing it away with the fuel in it. I bought a watertight, roll top dry bag just to store the stove knowing that I didn’t want to waste the fuel in it by burning it off and being unsuccessful in getting all the fuel out and back into the bike. Because of the sharp “fins” next to the burner and because the fuel is gasoline (read degrades plastic bags) I choose a tough bag to put this in so that there would be no spill over onto my other gear if a leak did occur (which none did). Also important to note is that the “fins” and pot support ring around the top are very easy to bend, I know this from personal experience. So take care where in your packing you put the stove so as not to compress it and ruin the top of the stove.The Cranky Pump pump worked flawlessly. A nice feature of this pump is that one of the tube ends has a metal tip that helps ensure is gets to the bottom of the bikes gas tank to provide a good flow of gas when the pump starts. To clean it out after use I just run water through the pump and then leave out to dry. Sine I only needed to fill the stove once on this trip I wasn’t worried about water getting into the stove the next time I used the device.

Kelty Gunnison 2 Tent:

The test that I used on my first moto-camping trip was an old two man tent that I had in my garage from way back. My first mistake was in thinking that this would be fine to use after sitting around for years. I didn’t waterproof it or even try and set it up before the trip. I discovered that A) it was too big to be really affective as a moto-camping tent and B) that it was not longer waterproof (the hard way). Shortly after that soggy trip I starting looking for a new tent. I reviewed a number of tents but settled on the Gunnison based on reviews from several sites and the price.

Review: Shortly after receiving the Gunnison I set it up in my back yard. The setup was easy and certainly something that I could do by myself (unlike the previous tent that I had). The poles are connected at the middle creating an X that then snaps into clips at the corners of the tent and attached to the walls of the tent via carabiner style hooks. The rain fly for the tent covers 90% of the surface area and also creates two vestibules for gear and boot storage (nice not to have the tent smell like dirty socks). The tent performed well on my 4 day trip. Through several rain storms I did stay mostly dry. On the last rain however there was some dampness on the floor under my mat. I believe that the seams need to be sealed and I’ll be applying a fresh spray on waterproofer before using again. I had, on the advise from another site, purchased a cheep tarp and cut it to the footprint of the tent to provide ground cover. This may have contributed to the leaking tent as my cutting skills were not very exact. I will definitely be picking up the purpose built groundcloth for this tent in the spring. Aside from weather protection the tent was very spacious and made getting my 6′ 2″ body dressed and undressed a non-event. Plenty of room for gear and with the added vestibules wet stuff stayed outside and the rest stayed inside. Pack size is good too, just 7″×25″ which fits perfectly into the HydraLight duffel. Overall I’m very happy with this tent.

Coleman TrueTemp Sleeping Bag:

I have a sleeping bag now that I’ve used for years when camping with my family. However, it is very bulky and took up an inordinate amount of space on the bike. I bought the Coleman at Target. It’s a 50 degree summer weight bag but since I generally camp in the spring through fall and tend to run pretty warm it works great. No frills here just a simple bag.

Review: Every sleeping bag that I’ve ever owned since I was a kid has made me sweat when I sleep. I finally realized that I don’t need a supper warm or even warm bag, I need a bag that will cover me when I’m in my tent and that packs small. I happened upon this bag when shopping at Target and it seemed to fit the bill and was inexpensive enough that if it didn’t work out I wouldn’t feel obligated to use it. Turns out that I made the right choice, and it may be the first time in my life where buying the inexpensive item turned out to be the right way to go. I do plan on purchasing a set of fleece pants and undershirt for cold weather riding that will be sufficient to augment the bag if the temperature does dip into the lower register. For now though this bag stuffs into my dry bag and has worked in both warm and moderately cool weather. I took it camping up in the finger lakes in NY in early September and it performed perfectly.

Aluminum Non-Stick Cookset:

My first moto-camping trip I tried to take plastic utensils and paper plates and bowls thinking that I didn’t want to have to clean up dishes. I neglected to realize how ineffective paper products are in the rain and how fragile plastic utensils are when eating steaks and potatoes. I also cannot cook on or with paper/plastic dinnerware. The Aluminum Cookset that I picked up was inexpensive and generally well reviewed so I thought I grab a set and test them out.

Review:This cookset is light and compact. It easily fit in with my gear and there was even space inside to store some salt/pepper shakers and a Hobo knife that I picked up from Duluth Trading Company inside the pots. The quality of the set leaves a little to be desired. The handles are riveted to the pots and upon opening my set I noticed that one of the handles mounting plates had been cracked during the attachment process. The handles are another issue. From the picture that the manufacturer provides it appears that the handles will fold out from the body of the pot and stay put by way of friction or some other means then fold back around the pot for storage. In reality the handles flop around loose and are hard to keep together when the pot is full of water. I’m still working on a way to keep them together when cooking so that the plastic at the end of the handles does not touch the hot pan and melt to it. on the plus side the set does work well and I like the addition of the frying pan with the set. If I can’t solve the issue with the handles though, this may become a play toy for my girls in their toy kitchen.

I’ve picked up a number of smaller items that are just generally good to bring along and have actually made my moto-camping trips a lot nicer. The Aquis Travel Towel and personal camp towel are great for showers, dishes and wiping down the bike. They are supper absorbent and quick drying (especially when strapped to the back of the bike for a little bit). Speaking of showering I highly recommend J.R. Liggett’s bar shampoo. So much easier than carrying a bottle of shampoo. I take various flashlights, deck of cards, fatwood, matches, etc. For the most part though I’ll just keep refining my list as I camp and continue to try and perfect my gear list. I’m sure there will be more reviews to come.

 
 

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TwoTireTirade

Keeping the faith of fanatics who feel fired up for anything motorcycles. It’s all about the journey and the philosophy of riding on two wheels. Let’s bring alive the truly unique culture of motorcycling and never let the ride leave the fibers of our being.

The Great 80's

All The Things We Love (and Hate) About The Eighties!

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