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    Old School-New School

    Going to BMW motorcycle events and rallies in the middle to late 80’s, I was riding year round learning on the rides, runs and rallies. Learned about layering with old type of gear. Riding in heat, cold, wet, dry. A lot of guys rode /2’s to early Airheads and K-bikes. I was bewildered. Looking back, I remember guys wearing old army gear, engineer boots, cowboy boots, working coveralls. Some of the guys rode the latest bikes and had the latest greatest gear. Wow, a little overwhelming. There’s an old saying; U got to war with what U got.

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    Heated Electric Gear on the Way

    Started seeing Guys and Gals in electric gear. They usually had updated lighting, etc. My stock /5 and and /6 had marginal electric output. They explained, U had to manage Ur electrical upgrades. Thought I would stick with the old gear and just layer up. Then, I got a K100. New opportunities to spend my money.

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    Gerbing Heated Clothing

    At a rally, one of the the venders was selling Gerbing Gear. Shelled out the loot for a heated liner.
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    I joined the modern world of state of the art motorcycling. Put it on, plug it in, feel the heat. Cool, I was warm. That ‘s a play on words. I like adding a little humor to serious subjects.

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    I could afford it, I was working 55 hours a week.

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    Heat Controller and Gloves Added

    A couple of years later; I attended another rally, maybe a National. Can’t really D982A1DE-4523-4055-9E2E-30EAF4BEC19A.jpegremember. The Gerbing guy was there vending and had some new products. Gloves and controllers. The good thing is he was set up to retro fit it to my liner. Left the liner at his booth, came back the next day and it was done.
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    A New Liner

    A few years later purchased a updated Gerbing liner. Set up for rider and passenger; with updated features.
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    A new heat controller.

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    Even got a bag with the goods.

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    First Cold Weather Gear

    I started riding motorcycles in 1984. I graduated from a ‘78 Schwinn Bicycle to a ‘71 BMW R50/5 motorcycle. When I started riding, I didn’t think of myself as a motorcyclist or a biker. I was just riding locally for fun. In a short time, I was riding on longer rides and the weather was getting colder. I needed more gear. I found this at Burlington Coat Factory.
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    That worked for a couple of months. Used thermal underwear and added a blue jean jacket to wear over the swede jacket.
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    Layering out, not just under. Got thru that winter, I loved riding and I loved riding further. I needed better gear. Gear that both motorcyclist and bikers wear. It was time to up my game.

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    Still on the old school stuff. When I first started riding in colder weather and longer trips, I needed something for my legs. I used thermal long johns and a second larger pair up jeans to wear on the outside of my regular jeans. A bigger belt and suspenders to hold them up. Comical now, but that’s the way I did it. I just wouldn’t give up on the idea that I wasn’t a biker or motorcyclist. I was just a guy out riding and having a good time.

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    Getting Better Stuff.

    When I started riding, I lived on my bike. Rode to work and back, longer rides on the weekend. Then weekend rides all over the Mid-South and beyond. I was layering up, upper and lower and top and bottom. Added rain gear, rain booties over my boots. Better helmets, better rain proof boots and gloves. It was a lot of extra gear to take. Then, I really upped my game.

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    Along with the better BMW gear, heated grips on the K100 and R1100RS; I got a Aerostich Roadcrafter riding suit and a Schuberth Concept helmet; I was running all the rides to all the rallies. I loved riding and I was running year round. Life was great.

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