OK that took care of the bike...
Now for the rider.
Wife has been complaining every since I got Trinity that I needed better riding gear. (Doesn't help I tell her everything that happens to me when riding. and she knows about my short fuse.) So she got me a gift certificate for Revzilla and told me I HAD to buy riding gear with it. Sure honey, no problem!
Like many, I have researched until my eyes crossed trying to find that perfect for me deal. I ride year around so wanted a three maybe four season jacket and pants.
had me convinced that the Terra Fly 4 was the jacket to get and I added it to my cart. I then looked at the pants Terra fly pants offered. That's when I discovered that few non-leather pants have any real slide protection. That got me looking at other options. Again few offerings for truly durable pants that offered slide protection, and water proofness.
After much looking with my limited Goggle-fu, The Olympia Moto X 2 pants were the only pants I could find that had EVERYTHING I was looking for. 600 Denier Cordura outer shell with 2000 Denier reinforcements in the knees and butt. That would protect my ass in a slide! Full length zippers, water proof pockets, knee armor, hip pads (replaceable with armor) and the best part, a removable inner waterproof liner that can be worn OVER the pants or inside the pants. Then I discovered these things have HUGE airflow vents that can be unzipped to expose mesh panels! Sold! Then I looked at the price... Holy Cow! Guess I better start playing the lottery...
Then I remembered the wife and her paranoia about me sliding down the asphalt...Hmmm... I showed her the pants explained all about the armor and all that, and she said, "Well if it will protect you and get you home safe, buy them! Now what about your jacket? Does it have all that protection built in too?" I pulled up the Fly Terra 4 to show her. We soon figured out that while it offers a lot, it is not as tough as the pants are. So that got me (us), looking at the Olympia jackets. The matching jacket for the pants is the Dakar 2. It has TWO removable liners. A thermal liner and a water proof liner that, like the pants waterproof liner, can be worn inside the jacket or over the jacket. Also like the pants, HUGE vents everywhere. Elbow armor, shoulder armor and a back pad (upgradeable to true armor).
Short story, the wife approved the purchase of both the pants and the jacket, BUT it will be this years Christmas present! I can live with that!
The set came in last night and I spent the evening trying to figure out all the stuff. I plan to do a full review on these later.
I rode into work this morning with both the jacket and pants and wow does that jacket flow some air! I removed both jacket liners as it is going into the 80's today but left the liner in the pants as it had rained this morning and the roads were still wet. Got to get the pants hemmed as they are about 4" too long but Olympia took that into account in the design.