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Update – Good Gear Makes For a Good Motorcycle Ride

Olympia-Airglide-3-Mesh Jacket-Neon-Yellow-Men

On September 14th I posted about a pair of Olympia’s Airglide 3 Jackets we bought to replace several leather jackets we owned and why we chose the Olympia jackets over the many offerings from other jacket manufactures. Since we hadn’t had a chance to put any miles on them I promised to give y’all an update when we returned from our Harrison, Arkansas trip. So here goes…

We rode 2035 miles through rain, wind, temperatures as low as 45 degrees and as hot as 95 degrees. Someone commented that in heavier rain the mesh in the outer shell of the Olympia jackets tends to get pretty soggy. So in heavy rain we opted to wear our rain suits.

Janet and I both were very pleased how well the jackets preformed on our ride. The jackets did everything Olympia advertised them to do. In cooler weather we stayed warm. When the temperature climbed into the 70’s we removed the liners and stayed cool. When we returned to Texas the temperatures reached into the 90’s. The low 90’s were bearable wearing the jackets. When we were moving we had good air flow but when it reached the mid 90’s we removed the jackets after riding through larger towns with many traffic lights. When sitting at the lights with our jackets on it did get hot. When it gets that hot, riding nude won’t give you relief from the heat. Besides sunburn would be more uncomfortable.

We also like all the pockets the jackets have. We are still discovering all the pockets and other features of the jackets. We may have to update this post again…

Larry Talley a friend riding with us gave us a good tip that worked well. Instead of attaching the liner to the jacket, it is easier to put on the liners and then put on the jacket. It is much easier and quicker putting on the gear that way.

All in all it was a good ride… Great scenery, great friends, great weather and great gear made for a great ride.

Ride safe and we hope to see you on the road somewhere…

Good Gear Makes For a Good Motorcycle Ride

Olympia Men’s Airglide-3 Jacket Neon Yellow

Olympia Women’s Airglide 3 Mesh Jacket Neon Yellow

Good Gear Makes For a Good Motorcycle Ride – If you are like Janet and me, we have filled a closet with leather riding gear (i.e. Jackets and Chaps). It is good gear and has served us well… but there is one problem with all that leather. It’s big bulky and takes up a lot of room on the bike. If you are wearing it there is no problem but we live in Texas which can be very hot but when we ride north or to higher elevations the temperatures can be much cooler or even very cold and we need that gear. So we need to be prepared for the cooler weather and carry all that bulky leather gear with us which limits what else we are able to carry on the bike.

Since my accident I am always thinking about safety and protection and wearing armor just makes sense.

We have been looking for a good solution to the above issues and have found a jacket that will meet all the above needs. We haven’t had a chance to put it to the ultimate test yet but will when we ride from  hot temperatures in Texas to cooler temperatures in northern Arkansas in a few days.

We did a lot of research. We found several jackets with similar functionality and cheaper prices. The jacket we have chosen is the “Olympia Airglide 3”. We kept coming back to this jacket. It fit us well and everything seemed to function well together.

Enhanced function and versatility are the key elements offered in Olympia’s Airglide 3 Jacket. Heat, wind, rain and cold are no match for this cutting edge style. Constructed in authentic Cordura fabric with ballistic nylon mesh panels, this jacket offers maximum airflow with superior abrasion resistance. For added safety, Airglide offers double rows of 3M Scotchlite piping at the chest, back and sleeves. Equipped with a sporty two stage, wind and waterproof, Thermolite insulated liner jacket, this style delivers the ultimate in multi-season riding comfort.

Features:

  • Outer shell constructed in 500 denier Cordura fabric with ballistic airflow mesh panels
  • Removable CE approved Motion Flex armor at elbows and shoulders
  • Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector
  • Cool mesh airflow lining
  • Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows and waist
  • Comfort neoprene framed collar
  • 3M Scotchlite reflective piping at front, sides and back
  • 8” connecting zipper for pants
  • Five storage pockets
  • Two stage waterproof liner jacket: Sturdy wind and waterproof-breathable rip stop nylon shell with removable Thermolite insulation, rib collar, two waterproof zipper pockets and interior cell phone pocket

The advantages for us are we can wear the outer jacket during heat, add one or both inter liners as they are needed. The two liners are easily fold and store well without taking up much space.

We will update this post when we return, so check back see how we and the jackets did.

Ride safe…

Here is the update on how the jackets did.

 

Why Do You Ride Motorcycles?

Hwy 118 heading to Big Bend National Park

My grandpa once said, “It’s not what you say or ask but how you say or ask it!” I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked, “Why Do You Ride Motorcycles?”. Many ask, but the tone and inflection of their voice implies “Why would any sane person even consider riding such a thing?” My answer to those people is short but polite… “I don’t like peddling!” Then there are those people who imply… “Motorcycle riding sounds really cool and I would love to know more.” To those people I reply with a smile… “I don’t like peddling!”

I continue by saying… “Pictures are worth a thousand words” but pictures can’t capture the experience. Riding a motorcycle must be experienced to fully know what it is really about. To different people riding means different things… Ask any rider and you may hear similar themes but they are all different. We all have our reasons and the common thread is our motorcycles and even the bikes can differ… scooters, sport bikes, cruisers, touring, dual sport and the list goes on.

It’s not easy to put into words why I ride. I touched on my reason for riding in our “About Us” post by saying…

Have you ever driven pasted a road many times and wondered where it went, never venturing beyond that thought? When traveling by motorcycle (Touring) it seems that you always make the turn and travel that road, not knowing where it may lead. That’s the allure of riding. It is always an adventure. You are out there in the elements, feeling the sun, wind, heat, cold, and rain and smelling all the smells along the way. Spring flowers, food cooking, rain in the distance etc. all the out-door smells… yes, skunks, dead animals etc. too. Some of the most beautiful scenery we have experienced has been while traveling by motorcycle.

Riding a motorcycle and traveling is like a “chicken or the egg” relation. I’m not sure if we travel to ride a motorcycle or if we ride to travel. Traveling by motorcycle is cheaper than traveling by car. Public transportation ties you to dates and times that are not of your choosing. Riding is being free.

Riding is great therapy. When stressed or I just have a lot on my mind, I can jump on the motorcycle and start riding not having a clue where I am going except that I am going for a ride. My thought shift to where to and what’s over there. Before long my mind is clear and I’m just enjoying the ride.

One of my favorite sayings is… “You never see a motorcycle parked in front of a therapist’s office unless it belongs to the therapist.”

UPDATE : October 21, 2013 – This is a trailer on a documentary called “Why Do We Ride” It nails it…

UPDATE : November 16, 2013 – Another good video. Enjoy…

UPDATE: August 11, 2015 – This past weekend my nephew ask me why I ride. I told him I loved to travel and riding a motorcycle is the best way to experience everything. Traveling by car is like watching a movie… When riding a motorcycle you experience everything about the ride… You not only see your surroundings but you smell and feel everything… Rain in the distance, fresh cut hay, flowers, dead animals and skunks all the smells of the ride. I love riding in the cool of the mornings evenings the best but I just enjoy being in the environment… the wind, rain cold and heat…. Afterward he said listening to me was an emotional experience and made him want a motorcycle…

So why do you ride a motorcycle? I love hearing rider responses to that question. Your reason for riding sounds really cool and I would love to know more… Please leave a comment tell us why you ride…

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I hope I see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…

Wind!

There is a blogger (observations of a perpetual motorcyclist) and fellow biker from “Down Under” who writes some great post about his riding experiences. I enjoy following David’s blog. This is another good insightful and humorous post about riding in wind. Have a look and enjoy…

http://observationsofaperpetualmotorcyclist.com/2012/08/10/wind/