and needs to be replaced. For instance, I have a few riding jackets that I don't wear much and are just like new but my Joe Rocket jacket is the one I have been wearing for nearly 5 years. It is my daily driver jacket and the one I throw around and abuse. Recently I mentioned that I purchased a new JR Ballistic Alter Ego 11.0 . I tried it on at the dealer and got it for a good price.
It is shorter than the one it replaces so I thought that it wouldn't ride up so much, and that would be a good thing. It was mentioned to me by someone recently that I should actually try it in "riding" position to see how it felt. So finally I assumed my usual riding position and it seems to fit better than my old one.
The jacket seems more tailored, slimming & form fitting. It feels good. The next step is to unzip all the liners and see how it feels when I convert it to a mesh jacket. It will be a project for next weekend then I can make sure all the zippers work. I wanted a convertible mesh/riding jacket for my tour of Oregon this summer
A couple of years ago I purchased a new pair of riding boots. I wore these new boots to Oregon for the IMBC2010 and the buckle broke before I got home. I returned them to be repaired and it was a nuisance trying to take care fastening them (they looked flimsy) so I got discouraged (ie: fed up) and gave them away.
I had an older pair of Icons which I wore on my tour to Montana last year and they leaked like a sive. After I got home I told myself that I had to buy a new pair of waterproof riding boots and bought a pair of AlpineStars*. I wrote about this last year and I am saving them for my upcoming trip. They are ready and waiting,
All I have to do is to cut the tags off and put them on. They have been patiently sitting here since last August or September, just waiting to be taken out
I am not in the habit of buying expensive helmets. I pay a moderate price and usually replace them every two years. Last year I decided to replace my helmet and I bought a new one. It has been sitting on the floor since last summer as I didn't want to wear it out until I got the last ounce of utility from my older one. I have a wired headset/boom microphone installed which is very useful on group rides where I can connect an FRS/GMRS radio and be in contact with other riders. This year I decided to upgrade to a Bluetooth Headset unit
After I cut the lawn last Saturday I grabbed my new helmet to wire in the speakers and boom mic. I also charged the Bluetooth unit so I could try it out. I really hate to open new things and it was a struggle to finally cut the tags off, but I did . . .
I sat on my front stairs and breathed in the warm sunshine as I did my installation work. It's not a difficult operation, I unsnapped the padding and used double sided tape to mount the ear pieces on both sides, and then the boom mic. The unit also comes with a velcro'd mic for installation on the chin bar of full face helmets.
I really wanted a full face but I have a funny head and with glasses they just pinched too hard. I have a modular helmet I bought a few years ago. It is still new and unused. It makes me feel claustrophobic. Because your right hand is on the throttle, I mounted the Bluetooth unit on the left so I could reach the buttons. The helmet is curved so I had to move it around to the back of the helmet
My new helmet also has an inside sliding sun shield which is engaged by moving a lever. The Bluetooth works great. I have already synced it with my iPhone4 and it is clear with loud volume. The person on the other end says that I sound great (ie, like normal) I have two BTA: BlueTooth Adapters. I have connected a radio to the BTA and the audio comes out of the helmet speakers, and I have also played old radio shows which I have stored on my iPhone. I have another BTA which can be attached to an FRS/GMRS radio, so hopefully this function will work as well.
I'm slowly checking things off my list, getting ready for my yearly m/c tour to Oregon. I have my new Joe Rocket Ballistic Alter Ego 11.0 jacket, my new Helmet with BlueTooth communicator helmet set, and my new AlpineStar* waterproof riding boots. I need to replace my riding pants soon
Bike maintenance will be next. I had new Michelin Anakee2's installed last September, so they should be okay. I am thinking that the antifreeze should be changed and check out the sprockets, chain & brakes. I will order parts as necessary and have all the work done late June