Protect, and how to wear it???
Or I should say Protection, and how to wear it.
I bought my Versys a couple of months ago, for adventure touring. I have been heavily involved in Dual Sporting with my 2 stroke (DS Bike) for the last few years. I'm pretty well set-up for clothing/armor/protection. I had an issue riding the Versys with my MX Boots. For some reason, I need the ability to point my toe, both for “duck walking” the bike and shifting/braking. I find my O'Neal Element boots work fine on my DS bike, but akward, very ski boot-like, on the road/dirt road going Versys. I purchased a pair of Alpinestars Tech 2 MX boots, and could not be happier with these on the Versys. Boot problem solved.
My question for you guys/girls is: What are you using for pants and jackets? I have had many brands of clothing in the past, both for the road and the trail. All of the street pants and jackets I have had feature the CE armor built into the jacket. I really don't see the advantage in this. I am obviously in the minority because every magazine I pick up, I see multi thousand dollar Klim jackets and pants, rule the adventure touring world with this same sort of design. Every armored jacket I have ever owned require external straps and bands on the exterior of the jacket, to keep the armor from flopping around. As you can imagine, this (to me) seems to screw up the breathabilty, flexability, ventilation and comfort of the jacket/pants. Why do this?
As previously mentioned, I run a DS bike as well. On it, I wear a one piece Thor mesh shirt style full body armor that features removable chest and back plates. (Thor Impact) and I have a couple knee and shin guard options as well. I find this protection incredibly (all day) comfortable, well ventilated, it stays in place, and it allows a great range of movement. It seems to me, there is a huge advantage having the armor and the exterior shell independant of one another. I realize that you really don't need as much protection with an adventure bike... Maybe. Why don't typical adventure touring riders simply pick the level armor they want, the shell they want, then layer up as required for the temperature?
Am I on the wrong path here? I am in the process of selecting a new jacket as my forthcoming Christmas gift for the riding the Versys?
I have another question as well... It seems the typical adventure touring jacket is long. (below the butt) Are they comfortable?.. and functional, seated on a motorcycle?
What works and what doesn't for all my fellow Versys riders?