Anytime I ride offroad, I wear my Camelback to help stay hydrated. And when it gets hot out, I fill my Camelback with ice cubes before I put water in it. I've tried freezing the bladder when its full prior to going riding, but that has not always worked as well as I would like, as it sometimes doesn't melt quickly enough. A full load of ice cubes seems to last quite well and the cold water it provides seems much more refreshing than water that's warm.
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By Red Abstract
1. You remember when they invented whoops.
2. You remember when the water-truck was a wooden cask hauled behind two musk oxen. Yes, oxen, dammit.
3. You’ve been thwacked by the surgical neoprene strand of a rubber-band start.
4. You well know the difference between a Combat –Wombat, a Pursang and a Cappra.
5. You begged your dad to “forward-mount” your Elsinore ’s rear shocks.
6. Then you begged more for him to “lay ‘em down”.
7. You’re familiar with Skunk-Works and their whole get-up(s).
8. You badly desired a DG radial head for your RM-125.
9. You knew ‘em as Pentons – before they were Katoomers.
10. You recall Team Tamm and L.O.P.
11. You idolized Marty Smith & Bob Hannah
12. You knew Micky Dymond rode a Husky pretty damn well.
13. You were stunned when you heard Gerrit Wolsink was a dentist.(Dentist? Isn’t that a car-body repairman?)
14. You never missed ABC’s Wide World Of Sports. In case they featured Carlsbad .
15. You remember when hot-dogs were the only “health-food” available at the track
16. You dreamt of manhandling a Maico 501
17. You remember JONES goggles and Carrera’s, too.
18. Ake Johnson and Jack Van Velthoven are household names to you.
19. You’ve pulled serious dirt out of your nose two days after a National.
20. You’ve camped at both Mount Morris and Unadilla and lived to tell of it.
21. You wished you’d never bought those Scott plastic boots. But you did.
22. You’ve owned a duckbill visor on your Red Bell Helment.
23. You’ve worn football pads in a motocross race.
24. You’ve worn race-gloves with pieces of tires attached to the fingers.
25. You remember when box-vans were “factory”.
26. You’re making stupid-money selling your old motocross stuff as “vintage” on Ebay.
27. You used to think Heikki Mikkola was the baddest dude on the planet. In fact, part of you thinks he still is………
28. You’ve pulled the lights and blinkers off an enduro bike to race motocross.
29. You recall seeing Jim Gianatsis’ name over every dirt-bike photo in the ‘70’s
30. Mr. Know-It-All both entertained you and pissed you off.
31. And you know who Lovely Louella is and where Chicken Licks Raceway isn’t.
32. You once asked your dad if you could get a Bel-Ray tattoo.
33. Your mom ironed on a Champion spark-plug patch to your jean-jacket.
34. You’ve written letters to companies begging for stickers (DC!)
35. You were there when tear-offs were invented.
36. You fondly recall the Wrangler Dash For Cash in Supercross races.
37. You owned at least one “Do It In The Dirt” shirt.
38. You tear up while recalling the sound of the start of a 500 National.
39. You blasted your Zeppelin & Rolling Stones on 8-tracks on the way to the races.
40. In later years, you rode home listening to the Eagles on these revolutionary cassettes..
41. You witnessed a Supercross in St, Louis & L.A.
42. You saved up forever for that DG water-cooled head and front-plate radiator dealio from DG.
43. You’re familiar with the “Flying W”, WFO and the GYDBT, amongst other terms.
44. You’ve purchased both Bassani and Hooker pipes for your Yamaha DT-250.
45. You installed a white fender-extender on your ’76 YZ-125. Just because.
46. You used to think it nutty to pay a buck- twenny-five for race-gas.
47. You recall MXA magazine having a ROY (Rider Of The Year) that was awarded a truck.
48. You’re familiar with front-falling gates, too.
49. And flag starts. Uh – huh.
50. Some tracks even had traffic-light starts ! Whaaaaa ?
51. You recall the van craze and it’s link to mx.
52. Rex Staten always kind of scared you a bit.
53.. You still think of Mike LaRocco as “ that fast kid from Indiana ”
54. You’ve ridden a bike or two up and into a pick-up truck bed.
55. You’ve also wadded it up performing this stunt.
56. You’ve raced the Open-Class. On a real Open-bike.
57. You remember the Harley –Davidson mx team.
58. You could never afford those FOX-Shox. But you desired them, badly.
59. You remember Bob Hannah’s Open-Bike fan-club at Unadilla.
60. You remember an AMA National in St. Pete , Florida .
61. You thought the Husky chrome tanks were extremely sexy.
62. You were pretty sure the Hodaka transmissions were made of plastic.
63. You always knew that, by the 90’s, Supercross would be live on TV on Saturday nights.
64. You used to bring your girlfriend and her dog to the races. That didn’t last.
65. You recall Cycle News East & West versions. “ We don’t care how the hell they do it in
California ” – that was the East version’s battle cry. Odd times, indeed.
66. You knew Can-Am’s had rotary valves and no head gaskets.
67. You knew Ricky’s boss had worked in the sport pretty seriously prior to getting into big-rig
68. You not only owned a 175, you actually raced the 175 class !
69. You still have your JOFA mouthpiece.
70. You called your pants “leathers” – even if they weren’t.
71. You always wore a kidney-belt. You just did.
72. You’ve seen a Maico 490 Sand-Spider shred the knobs off.
73. You knew who “Super-Hunky” was.
74. You’re familiar with terms like “Full-Floater”, “Unitrak”, “Monoshock” and groovy.
75. You remember the DATSUN USGP Of Motocross
76. Debruzer was some kind of handlebar pad endorsed by “De-MAN”, right?
77. Tommy Benolkin’s name rings a bell with you.
78. You knew what product "Electro" manufactured.
79. You were there when Darrell Schultz won Daytona on his Chris Haines prepped CR250.
80. You knew Steve Wise was a motorcycling Mr. Do-It-All.
81. You loved watching Jimmy Ellis at the Atlanta Supercross By Wrangler on his Honda.
82. You liked those Dunlop K190’s, you really did.
83. For many years it was only Metzelers for you though.
84. You did give Trelleborg’s a brief try.
85. And Hi-Point’s Red-Dot tires. (Hannah endorsed !)
86. You were there when Donnie started FMF with a fatty hanging from his lip!
87. You’ve actually left a motocross race in a Ford Pinto towing a 3 rail Holsclaw trailer, by golly.
88. You’ve heard of both Bauers: Willi and Steve.
89. You had subscriptions to Modern Cycle & Popular Cycling.
90. You’ve heard the term “Maico-Breako” a time or two.
91.. You would have given your left buttock for a pair of those “hi-zoot” Simons forks !
92. You’ve seen white KTM’s with red-frames.
93. You actually owned a bike-cover for your machine at one point. No, really, you did.
94. You always wanted to put a 44mm Mikuni carburetor on something. Anything.
95. You knew Josh Hansen’s dad raced a bit.
96. You bought a roost-boost bottle for your bike. Supposedly it straightened out the powerband or something.
97. You worked that Impact-driver like nobody’s business. No Phillips-stripping for you, my brother.
98. The name Torsten Hallman was familiar to you, just like you knew well the Gunnar-Gasser throttle. Hell, everybody did.
99. You’ve broke more than one chain in a day. And you always carried extra master-links, you had to.
100. You knew, that if you only had five-bucks to get home on, you could get four burgers from Mickey-D’s and five gallons of gas for your Econoline van. True.
101. Back then, a rhythm – section was a drummer and a bass player.
Ive got the heated jacket liner and gloves from First Gear. (made by Warm and Safe heated gear) I have a duall controller for each. Ive done some searching and it looks like it would be a bad idea to run both at the same.(At full power)
Jacket liner 90 watts
Gloves 15 watts each
I would like to be able to run both at maybe half power for those really cold days. It wont be very often here in eastern NC. I have done the free power mod and have the edge led tail light. Stock headlight and turn signals. I also have battery tenders available at work and home.
Id like to install a volt meter to monitor whats going on when riding but have no idea where to install it on the electrcal system. Also what is the minimum reading I can go to without doing any damage. Sorry if this has been covered before but I'm pretty clueless when it comes to electricity and dont want to fry my bike.
Every year I set an objective over the winter months (ie lighten my bike, etc.).
This year it was to rid my bike of all "made in China" goods and support Canadian and US manufacturers to the highest level.
I am amazed at the number of quality companies in the US manufacturing excellent parts and offering great service (ie Promoto Billet, Cycra, Rekluse, FMF, etc.)
Anyway, I "think" my bike is now "china free" (cannot control where the manufacturers make the parts), so I am now looking at clothing. Already have the boots and helmet covered (OK, not US made, but not China made either).
Anybody know of US companies (or other) who manufacturer riding gear (jerseys, pants, etc) not manufactured in China ? I am thinking KLIM off the top of my head ?? Its time for replacement, so I am now looking at options .. "if" they exist ??
PS ... I don't care if you have all Chinese made parts on your bike... .... a Chinese I-phone ... heck even ride a Chinese bike !! ... I am not debating this (save your opinions), just wondering if ANY companies manufacturer riding gear that is made in the US or Canada (or secondly not in China)?
Curious what motorcycle gear others are wearing for different riding on the LRP.
I'm in need of some summer gear and want a DS helmet too. I just started to look around, for now here is what I use...
Icon 1000 Chapter jacket in grey. Very high quality piece, love this jacket.
Couple different pair of gloves depending on temps.
Firstgear Kilimanjaro Jacket, nice and warm.
Tourmaster Synergy 2.0 heated gear: Jacket liner, pant liner and leather gloves.
Firstgear Overpants, I only wear these on the longer rides.
A few pair of fleece lined jeans and cargo pants.
I want to pick up a new textile/mesh jacket for those hot days. Since I ride 90% street anyway maybe just a mesh street jacket?
I'm down to two helmets, an old Shoei RF800 and a new Bell Star Rally Red with monochromatic shield. Unless I'm going to leave my helmet on the bike then I will take the Bell, the auto tinting shield works perfectly, WAY better than some cheaper glasses that I have had that do that. Now am looking to add a DS helmet, maybe the Arai XD-4?
Funny thing is I have been riding street for 22 years and had the same leather jacket until 2 years ago when I started to get better gear. I always got a new helmet every 5-6 years but that was it really. I have to say having nice gear really makes the ride for me, never really noticed it until recently though.
Anyway, please share what you have or plan to get, and any advice on DS helmets would be good too.