Darryl.Richman's picture

First off, let me tell you what I won't be wearing: a vintage fashion statement. I've ridden over half a million touring miles and for me, it's important to be both comfortable and safe on the bike. Good, modern equipment can fill this job in a way that a pudding bowl helmet, jodhpurs and a leather bomber jacket just can't match. I fully realize that mpdern gear on an old bike isn't very photogenic, but that's just the way it's going to be.

As mentioned in a previous posting, I have a new helmet, a Shoei X-12. I recently got to test out my previous X-11, and it did its job perfectly. The Shoei helmets always seem to fit me well, and I've been wearing them since my RF-700 about 25 years ago. This X-12 is all white, which is supposed to be good for visibility in traffic. I also have the Pinlock antifog shield, which works great when needed. The new X-12 shield and the matching Pinlock work very well together, providing a greater fog-free area than the older versions on the X-11. The X-12 seems to have great venting, which was already a strong point of the X-11.


I also mentioned that BMW Motorcycles of San Francisco gave me a nice discount on a BMW Trailguard suit. This suit is breathable and water resistant. Reviews I've read say that it will keep me dry in a light rain for a short while. I have a Gore-Tex liner from a previous BMW jacket that will keep the top half of me dry through any rain storm, and I have cannibalized a waterproof liner from a previous set of pants.

I have wicking underwear and socks, and really believe in them. They are very comfortable all day. If it's cold or wet, I also have a set of LD Comfort full length underwear. These definitely move the water away from you.

I have been buying travel clothes from REI for a while now. The various micro fiber shirts and pants are lightweight, comfortable and clean easily on the road. They also dry quickly.


I have a pair of BMW All Around Boots, which are full leather uppers, oil resistant and anti slip soles with a Gore-Tex liner. They include armor for the toes, ankles, heels and shins. I've had good experiences with similar boots from TCX (nee Oxtar) and Alpinestars.

Finally, I have a pair of Olympia gloves. These are smooth leather gloves with a medium gauntlet and knuckle guards. The palms have two layers of leather. I have a set of Olympia rain gloves, too, but the inner fleece tends to hang onto my hands when they are moist and I try to put them inside, and the fleece will then pull out if I try to remove my hands. They are waterproof and warm, however.

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Of course the safety is our

Dennis Smith's picture

Of course the safety is our first preference at the timing of driving.So it is needed t's important to be both comfortable and safe on the bike. Modern equipment can fill this job in a way that a pudding bowl helmet, jodhpurs and a leather bomber jacket just can't match. I fully realize that mpdern gear on an old bike isn't very photogenic, but that's just the way it's going to be.

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