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« on: May 29, 2011, 08:50:30 PM »

I'm sunburnt but smiling.   I passed my 3 day certification course this afternoon.

Let's get some bike chat going.   Anyone have recommendations on Bluetooth helmets?   Jackets that breathe when it's 115 outside in Phoenix?   Gloves?
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2011, 09:02:53 PM »

Make sure you read this article:

6 Things Nobody Tells You About Owning a Motorcycle

Or maybe it's too late.

Oh, and congrats!
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2011, 09:11:21 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 29, 2011, 08:50:30 PM

Anyone have recommendations on Bluetooth helmets?

Yes.  Don't do it.  Riding a bike requires as much concentration as possible just to avoid the morons in cars.  Why on earth would you give yourself the opportunity to be distracted by a phone call that can almost certainly wait until you pull to the side of the road?

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 29, 2011, 09:02:53 PM

Make sure you read this article:

6 Things Nobody Tells You About Owning a Motorcycle

Or maybe it's too late.

Oh, and congrats!

That's pretty damn hilarious.  The spiders one made me LOL.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2011, 10:01:09 PM »

I had my permit and was about to get my license when my dad was put in intensive care from his motorcycle.  Can't bring myself to ride now.

grats though slywink
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2011, 10:10:18 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 29, 2011, 08:50:30 PM

I'm sunburnt but smiling.   I passed my 3 day certification course this afternoon.

Let's get some bike chat going.   Anyone have recommendations on Bluetooth helmets?   Jackets that breathe when it's 115 outside in Phoenix?   Gloves?

Can I have your watch when you are dead?
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2011, 10:16:58 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 29, 2011, 08:50:30 PM

I'm sunburnt but smiling.   I passed my 3 day certification course this afternoon.

Let's get some bike chat going.   Anyone have recommendations on Bluetooth helmets?   Jackets that breathe when it's 115 outside in Phoenix?   Gloves?

Grats!

You can buy armored vented or mesh jackets in leather or synthetic, they work great. I use a vented jacket for medium weather (it has 2 front & 2 back zipping vents ), and a mesh one  once it gets to the 80s (it is mesh everywhere but the shoulders and elbows, and has shoulder, elbow and back armor).  You can't even tell many of the mesh jackets are mesh until you get close.  Unfortunately in 115 degree weather the only way to stay cool is to keep moving, you'll cook when you are still.  Also, if you have an air cooled bike you'll cook from the crotch up as well when you aren't moving.  Getting stuck in traffic in the summer sucks.

If you ride in cold weather look into Gerbings, they make heated gear (absolutely fantastic against winter rain).  I'm not sure how cool the winters are where you live but you probably don't need the full gear. I'd guess that the gloves & the jacket insert would be enough for almost everything you get.

As I understand it, there are a number of good bluetooth helmets, I think they are pricey though.  I don't use one, my bike is too loud to allow me to listen to anything else.  Depending on your bike and at how good your headset is at cancelling noise (if you go with bluetooth) you may want to keep a pack of foam earplugs.  Freeway noise is significant, these help a lot.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2011, 10:19:11 PM »

oh, btw the helmets that are made for skydivers work best slywink  (it's the only reason my dad lived)
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2011, 11:12:31 PM »

Quote from: Einsteinium on May 29, 2011, 10:10:18 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 29, 2011, 08:50:30 PM

I'm sunburnt but smiling.   I passed my 3 day certification course this afternoon.

Let's get some bike chat going.   Anyone have recommendations on Bluetooth helmets?   Jackets that breathe when it's 115 outside in Phoenix?   Gloves?

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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2011, 04:00:35 AM »

Buy a bunch of those foam earplugs, you'll need them if you're planning to do any freeway rides or long rides or both. It'll save your eardrums and hearing for future use.
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2011, 06:36:53 AM »

That's too bad KD, as motorcycles aren't "cool" anymore.  The good news is that your certification also applies to this.    icon_wink
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2011, 01:42:13 PM »

Congrats! I'm planning to get certified and start looking at bikes too.

P.S. don't pay attention to the pussies  icon_twisted
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