I’ll admit it, there is nothing about Harley Davidson that I ever felt compelled to write about. I’ll probably never go to Sturgis. I lament the sudden closing down of Buell, and the loss of the almost-adventure bike, the Buell Ulysses XB12X. But then I see this post from Bike EXIF about the SHAW SPEED & CUSTOM XLST3, and I think to myself. It’s got two wheels, knobbies, and attitude to spare. Scoot on over to Bike EXIF and check it out. Maybe I will go to Sturgis, if this bike is going to be on display.
My glove collection is a lot like my wife’s shoe collection. We both have way more pairs than we need, but never seem to have the right ones when we need them. At least that’s what she says. It’s nice having heated grips on the F800 GS, but for cold weather riding, I’ve never had that perfect pair of gloves that is warm enough for sub-freezing temperatures, but not too bulky that they don’t interfere with the throttle, clutch, etc. Previously, I relied on a pair of Cloudveil Troller ski gloves, more or less a leather insulated spring glove. The Klim PowerXcross glove seems like a crossover snowmobile/motorcycle glove. This pair came to me from Motorcycle Superstore, as I was the happy recipient of a gift card from a relative during the holidays. My first impressions:
I read the user reviews on other Klim gloves which seemed to indicate their sizing ran a little small. I normally wear a medium in just about everything, but one thing I hate is when gloves are too small, and when you curve your hands around the throttle or hand grips, they pull on the ends of your fingers. That will really make your digits go numb. Best to have a little extra room, but not too much. I ordered the size Large in the PowerXross, and they are spot on. My advice, go a size up from what you normally wear.
Top shelf materials and construction. I love just about anything made from Schoeller Keprotec material. These also feature Clarino palms and a full Gore-Tex liner, so they are supposed to be waterproof (guaranteed). We’ll see. Perhaps I have found the perfect cold weather moto glove?
So what’s on your moto list for Santa? There are so many farkles I have been lusting after for the upcoming moto season, things to make my bike ride better, things to make my riding more comfortable, things to keep my body intact in the event of an “off.” Most of them are rather big ticket items, so I didn’t put any of these on my list for my family to think about. I didn’t drop any subtle hints like “Gee, I’d really like that $1,200 KLIM Rally jacket. So Santa, this one is for you: I’ve been pretty good this year. I’ve had a few ups and downs. I had one mishap that scared the bejeezus out of me, and escaped with nothing more than a bad ankle sprain which is still quite bothersome when I go skiing, but I won’t complain. At least I’m skiing. But just in case you have any room left in the sled, here are a few things I wouldn’t mind under the tree:
1. KLIM Rally Jacket and Pants (Size small jacket. Size 32 pants).
2. Spot II Satellite GPS Messenger and 1-year subscription. Just in case.
3. Scotts Steering Stabilizer for the BMW F800 GS.
4. Renazco Custom Saddle. Without the 15 month wait.
5. Set of Xenon(HID) + Fog lights for the BMW F800GS from Touratech.
I believe, Santa, I believe.
Words I’ve Heard
"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business, man." --Jay-Z
"The only thing keeping us from going is leaving." --Ewan Mcgregor
"Adventures suck, when you're having them." -- Anonymous Rally Car Driver
"It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike. Anyone who says otherwise is obviously a twatwaffle."--RULE #4, Velominati.com
"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."--W.C. Fields