Help find an alternative to my Gixer!

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Re: Help find an alternative to my Gixer!

Post by Ricalnic » Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:36 pm

KLIM Badlands or Latitude work for me, and TCX Infinity Goretex boots, the boots are comfy, and 100% waterproof as you would expect.
Helmets....well that’s another thread to itself....LOL

Great choice on bike BTW, well done

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Re: Help find an alternative to my Gixer!

Post by SteveW » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:10 am

I use my Klim Badlands for day rides especially in cooler weather.
However, it's very heavy and although it's well vented and has decent air-flow through it whilst you're riding at a decent pace, you'll overheat wearing it if you want to have a look around at something off the bike whilst you're travelling in warm weather. Also if you're travelling slowly in the heat....in a city or negotiating a tricky trail those vents won't help much.
It's so bulky and inflexible that it's difficult to store if you want to take the jacket off and store it securely whilst you're off the bike doing touristy things.
On a multi-day trip, say into Southern Europe starting from the U.K. I'd sooner use a lighter jacket and layer-up/layer-down as appropriate to the daily conditions.

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Re: Help find an alternative to my Gixer!

Post by Hopper1 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:14 pm

SteveW wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:10 am
I use my Klim Badlands for day rides especially in cooler weather.
However, it's very heavy and although it's well vented and has decent air-flow through it whilst you're riding at a decent pace, you'll overheat wearing it if you want to have a look around at something off the bike whilst you're travelling in warm weather. Also if you're travelling slowly in the heat....in a city or negotiating a tricky trail those vents won't help much.
It's so bulky and inflexible that it's difficult to store if you want to take the jacket off and store it securely whilst you're off the bike doing touristy things.
On a multi-day trip, say into Southern Europe starting from the U.K. I'd sooner use a lighter jacket and layer-up/layer-down as appropriate to the daily conditions.
What do you wear for lightweight kit?
I appreciate that all kit will be a compromise of sorts... I'm guessing most of my riding will be in the UK, but I don't rule out occasional European travel, nor odd offroad skirmishes, so I'll be asking a lot of my kit, and accept there are limits.

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Re: Help find an alternative to my Gixer!

Post by SteveW » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:11 am

If your budget is healthy you'll find pretty much all options within the Klim range....Leatt do some good armour.
Gaz at Adventure Bike Warehouse would be useful to talk to about options.
Just a base layer with motocross-style armour in the heat.......layer up and top-off with lighter waterproof jacket for cooler damper weather.....
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I take the armour out of the jacket (I've got armour on under it) so I can pack the jacket on the bike when not needed.

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Re: Help find an alternative to my Gixer!

Post by P4ulie » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:02 pm

Hmm bike kit.....I'm in the process of getting rid of a cupboard full.

Boots I have 2 pairs (3 including the ones i bought wrong size :oops: ) Altberg Hoggs for day to day commuting / wandering & a pair of MX boots for when I feel protection is required. I'd rather have 2 pairs than one poor at either.

I bought an Alpinestars mesh jacket off here early last year, thought I would never get any wear from it, how wrong was I! I wore that until the beginning of October, with a lightweight puffer for when the sun went in or late evening, waterproof for the occasional downpour.

I have a Rukka armaxis for the winter but like the Badlands it is very heavy & come spring will be back to the mesh & layering
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Re: Help find an alternative to my Gixer!

Post by Hopper1 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:21 pm

SteveW wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:11 am
If your budget is healthy you'll find pretty much all options within the Klim range....Leatt do some good armour.
Gaz at Adventure Bike Warehouse would be useful to talk to about options.
Just a base layer with motocross-style armour in the heat.......layer up and top-off with lighter waterproof jacket for cooler damper weather.....
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I take the armour out of the jacket (I've got armour on under it) so I can pack the jacket on the bike when not needed.
Cheers, Steve... As it happens, I have been talking to Gaz, two or three times, thus far, as I live close to Acton (handy)...
I have a Dainese mesh top, with full qrmour, from my snowboarding days, which is the same kit as bikers wear.
I like the Klim range, preferring it over the triple layer stuff.
I believe Revit do some laminate, too, but it's not GoreTex Pro, and guarantee is much shorter...

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Re: Help find an alternative to my Gixer!

Post by Jayrob » Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:36 pm

I stepped off a gixer k5 1000, what a beast
About 10 years ago .
Tried all sorts of adventure bikes
The only one that put a smile on my face was a 990 2006
Very exciting , i dont know how the new ones are like to ride.
Bought it for one trip to Morocco and then did another trip
Nearly 60k on the clock ,one dropped valve,one ECU,and one clutch on Plage Blanche .
Still running strong.
And sits next to my 525exc
But the best thing is to try all makes and pick the one that puts a smile on your face pal

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