Motorcycle Gear

Following my brief note earlier on The Assemble, the Assemble is well and truly under way. About time too. With just about 10 days left before we fly out for our July 5 KSU (Kick Stands Up) from Chandigarh.

The most important ‘Assemble’ has to be that of the Gear related to the Motorcycle ride itself. Many of our friends who talk about the ride with us would suggest that the Photographic Gear is far more important since ‘we’re looking forward to all the pictures of the amazing landscape you’ll be riding through’ 🙂 But, I am sure our friends, and followers will appreciate the fact that we need to ensure that we have ample protection while we are riding the regal Royal Enfield Classic 500 (The Bullet).

Moving on. The Motorcycle Gear has been assembled. The items are listed below with images within a slideshow of the images related to the items.

Please share your tips, thoughts and comments on the ‘Motorcycle’ Gear I (we) will be using for the ride.

GearBrandNotes
HelmetShoei Neotec ModularA Full face helmet. Allows for multiple settings:
- Full face, visor down, complete enclosure.
- Visor from closed to raised and completely open
- Front Module raised completely allowing for face to be full of refreshing - ride with the wind - air
- Sunshade down with closed visor, module or when module raised.
- Ventilation allowing air flow (when module closed) from front through the helmet and out the back.
Bluetooth HeadsetSena 20S BT HeadsetThis piece of gear connects via BlueTooth (wireless)
- to iPhone for music streaming,
- receive and make calls via iPhone
- connect via wireless (BT) with other riders using a similar BlueTooth Headset - like a walkie-talkie
- connects to a GoPro camera allowing for in-sync voice recording with the video as well as allows for mutiple rider conversations recorded to the GoPro video.
Jacket First Gear KilimanjaroGoretex - waterproof and breathable
D3O armor on elbows and back. This also has an inner liner for the potential cold morning/evening rides. Ample ventilation for the warm hot day rides.
PantsKlim Latitude MisanoGoreTex - Waterproof and breathable
Adventure/Long Distance pants designed in America tend to be comfortable (read as baggy!) rather than tailored.
GlovesKlim Adventure Glove
Klim Inversion Pro
Klim Klimate Glove
Gloves for the three main riding conditions.
- Summer - hot days
- Cold/windy days
- Wet rainy days (which we hope we don't get too many of!)
SocksDrymax Work Boot CrewFeet are enclosed in waterproof boots over the 6hr day rides. The socks keep the feet dry and fresh.
BootsIcon Patrol Waterproof BootsWaterproof and not as bulky as other boots. Stretch lace system in addition to clasps allowing for snug protective fit up to ankle height. Important to have good protection and support for the Ankle.
Base Layer ShirtLD Comfort Shirt A good combination with GoreTex Jacket. This provides for additional protection from the cold. Under hot days, the other 'waterproof' layer can be sprayed with water acting as cooling as the air passes over the layer through the Jacket. The water does not go through the outer layer - keeping the underlying skin dry but cool.
Base Layer PantLD Comfort PantA good combination with GoreTex Pant. This provides for additional protection from the cold. Under hot days, the other 'waterproof' layer can be sprayed with water acting as cooling as the air passes over the layer through the Jacket. The water does not go through the outer layer - keeping the underlying skin dry but cool.
Neck Scarf Tube Buff Original Maua'Seals' the space between lower edge of the Helmet and the Jacket Collar. Cool during hot days, warm during cold days. This can be worn multiple ways for protection from neck, to head, to face.
SunglassesRayBan ClubMasterClear skies, high altitude makes for a very bright day. Sunglasses help keep the glare down and riding easy.

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Images from:
Klim.com;  Revzilla.com; Drymaxsocks.com, LDComfort.com, rayban.com;

5 thoughts on “Motorcycle Gear

  1. It will be a TOP OF THE WORLD RIDE,a travel to mystical place with a lineage of Buddhism,a Tibetan history and a nomadic culture.
    A recipe of once in a lifetime adventure.
    You guys will be tasting all flavours of beauty and testring your physical and mental mettle and stimulating your wild insticts.
    Have fun, drive safe, and expecting a virtual trip with you guys…..
    Kudos for Posh Goondas.. 🙂

    • Meeta,

      Thanks so much.
      The varied and diverse culture, architecture, landscape and even the roads, trails, pathways are something we’re looking forward to.
      People have to be mental to certain degree to do such rides – so we are well qualified on that aspect. Regards to testing our physical strength – I would say that would be focused and resting on our Butts!
      Butt breaking it will be!

      ~ Rakesh

  2. Have we overpacked?
    Not really, I believe. The video shows the items that should be a packed for a short ‘normal’ ride. Certainly not one up the Leh!

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