From Gerald Massey: LD Comfort – a performance base layer designed for riders, by a fellow rider http://ldcomfort.com/ Mario Winkelman likes to ride his motorcycle. I’m not talking about bar-hopping or making a few runs to Starbucks, but rather Iron Butt-class runs spanning thousands of miles over a few days. Like many of us Mario found that at times he was suffering from a pain in the ass… so to speak. So Mario hooked up with a friend in the garment business and focused on inventing the perfect base layer for people that ride motorcycles. And thus, in 1999, LD Comfort was born.
LD Comfort “World Headquarters”
The riding shorts were quickly adopted by the Long Distance riding community and became the gold standard for base layer among this group. My personal experience with LD Comfort started with my introduction to the riding shorts about 10 years ago. I was already wearing Nike DriFit clothing as a base layer for both snowmobiling and motorcycle riding, so garments designed for this purpose were interesting to me. I loved the shorts and expanded my collection to include most, if not all, of the items in the LD Comfort line When I ride I wear the LD Comfort shorts, but also the shirt, skull cap and socks. Most of the year if on the road for a few days or even riding for most of a single day this is all I wear underneath KLIM Badlands pants and one of several riding jackets. In winter I wear Warm ‘n Safe heated pant, sock and jacket liners between the LDComfort and my riding gear.
The Original – Riding Shorts The “Roo-Fly” design While the riding shorts are pretty standard items, there are a couple of varieties of shirt. I have both the standard mock neck as well as the new zippered mock neck. The zippered neck is nice in the summer to quickly release any build-up of heat when stopped, hiking, etc. Both shirts are long-sleeve as this is a critical part of the functionality of the gear. I won’t try to exhaust the topic here as it is all covered on the company’s website, but the long-sleeve mock neck serves as a great insulator/liner within either heated items or simply underneath riding gear.
But the real magic comes in the cooling capability of the shirt. The procedure is that in high temps, 90 degrees plus, you close up the venting on your jacket, leaving only a partial exhaust open in the rear. You wet the LDC shirt sleeves, usually from the elbow down, don and zip up your jacket, the open the end of the jacket sleeves to expose the end of the shirt sleeves. Once moving this creates your own personal swamp cooler and I have routinely developed brief chills or goose bumps on 100 degree + days upon initial highway speeds in this gear. Most people seem to report that the effect is good for a couple of hours at a time. You can extend the effective time by wetting more of the shirt, or even dunking the shirt and putting it back on if you have access to water to do so. Personally, I use a bathroom sink or hose and soak the sleeves initially. Then an hour and a half or two hours later I just hold my hand up and pour about half of a small water bottle down one sleeve from the open cuff, and the other half down the other side. That “recharge” is usually good for another couple of hours and doesn’t require getting off the bike
As I noted above I also wear the skull cap and socks pretty much year-round. The skull cap is great atwicking moisture and keeps me from experiencing sweaty helmet liner when it’s hot. The socks, which are the one item not actually made my LDC but sold by them, are thickly reinforced in the toe and footbed. I have found them to be extremely durable. Though I have several of each item for convenience, all of these items are easily cleaned in a hotel room sink with an individual packet of a mild soap. As they dry very quickly there is no issue doing so even in an overnight quick-turn while rallying or traveling. I have traveled for more than a week with two sets of each item – one in use and one clean.
For those in the Pacific Northwest another great thing about Mario and LD Comfort is that they are right here in our neighborhood. The company is located in Hoquiam, Washington, a coastal town located on Gray’s Harbor, along Highway 101 about 50 miles west of I-5 at Olympia. Though I have only been outside the building I understand that in addition to their website there is a small showroom and retail space within their facility. Though probably obvious from this review, I am clearly a devoted fan of LD Comfort and like so many others have tens of thousands of miles experience riding in them.
Nels Byersdorf at 2 Wheel Dynoworks is the "go to" guy when you need to change the performance of your engine. What Nels mainly does for our bikes is to retune our electronic control unit "ECU" (the computer brain in our bikes),the main improvement is he makes the bike run smoother with a much improved throttle response. Even when your bike is throttle by wire, the modifications make it feel like there is a direct cable between your hand and the engine. Another thing that's possible is he can also program your bike to run on different fuels from regular unleaded to NASCAR race fuel. Just be aware that if he resets your bike for another fuel, that's the only fuel it will be able to run on until it's re tuned. Adjusting fuel economy is possible also.
Getting your ECU re flashed, you have a few options: Go to his shop in Woodenville, Wa. or remove and mail your ECU to him. Turn around time is quick at a week for about $350.00. Your bike shouldn't need to be put on a Dyno unless you have it set up bike differently then the current "maps" he has on file. (different header or muffler combination) When your ECU arrives,Nels installs it with the "ECU Unleashed" program
Here is info from the ECU Unleashed website ECU unleashed Performance Reflash
Eliminate Factory Restrictions- Unleash up to 10% more power Increase Acceleration & Top Speed Improve Throttle Response & Control
Specifications: Improve Fuel & Ignition Maps Eliminate Factory Throttle Restrictions Optimize Throttle Maps Eliminate Timing Retard Increase Rev Limit Remove Factory Top Speed Limiter(s) Increase Idle (Race Idle) Eliminate Factory Fuel Cut Optimize Off-Throttle (Decel) Mapping Disable Closed Loop Routine (For Use w/ Auto Tuning Air/Fuel Modules) Disable Factory Error Code(s): Exhaust Servo Motor/Valve, Pair Valve System (Smog Valve), O2 Sensor/Lambda Disable Factory Immobilizer
*ECUnleashed performance tune files are tested and tuned for maximum power, performance and drive-ability
Nels has done 30+ Teneres ECU " re flashes" already and has the programs ready to upload.
He has been tuning engines for 16 years now and on his own since 2007. Nels can tune whatever you have, weather it's a 260 HP Turbo Heyabusa
or Honda Grom ;-)
He has asked that if you have ever had your bike re flashed by 2 Wheel Dynoworks, please contact him with feedback weather good or bad, its valuable information he needs to get out a better product and service.
Nels can be reached at 425-269-5332 http://2wheeldynoworks.com 14241 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd #331 Woodenville Wa. 98072 This is his mobile dyno thats he takes to area events.
It was an awesome weekend of training for the PNWSTOG! We were able to work with the great instructors at Puget Sound Safety/Puget Sound Safety Off Road for a weekend of real world Dual Sport motorcycle training. Saturday was a special Off-Road 101 class for XLADV bikes like ours. We had a full class of big bikes including 7 Teneres that covered many slow speed drills working on traction and clutch control. I think the most fun they had was going over the logs. After the drills in the green grass, they headed for the hills to learn what to do on the steep stuff. I know everyone learned a bunch about themselves and what their bike is actually capable of.
Day two of the training weekend was all about the pavement. The MSF Advanced Experienced Rider Course is a course not normally taught by PSS but they did a special class just for us. It’s the most advanced course the MSF teaches. It’s geared toward sport bike riders but the class room and range time covers effective use of corners, riders perception and accident avoidance. It’s such a great class the Department of Defense makes it mandatory for every Soldier, Sailor or Airman that owns a sport bike. The time out on the range is extremely well thought out and useful for anyone with an endorsement. I highly encourage everyone to take a street class, there is always more to learn.
I hope we can make this a yearly event in the spring, it’s valuable information that we as Tenere owners need, weather on or off road. A huge thank you to Chrissy and Bret Tkacs of Puget Sound Safety. The off road instructors, Chet Mainwaring, Tad Haas and AERC instructors Jim Ward and Jim Paulsen.
It was an awesome day for the PNW Super Tenere Owners group!
We had a large group of 22 bikes, (18 of which were Super Teneres) riding in the Olympic National Forrest
We want to send out a huge thank you to the crew at Brothers Yamaha in Bremerton Wa. that opened up 30 min early and had breakfast waiting for us. The sale on gear was extremely appreciated!
Mike Gebhart started off the ride by showing us one of his favorite routes along North Shore Rd to get us warmed up on some most excellent twisty dirt. Thanks Mike!
Back on the pavement along both sides of the Hood Canal thru Belfair and Union, we stopped on the Skokomish Indian Reservation for a top off of fuel and snack before heading into the woods. While we were there, a nice lady in a blue van pulled up and saw all the Altrider stickers on our bikes and asked if we had done the
, it was Mary the awesome chef that helped make those events very memorable. At the high steel bridge, we split into two groups to take different routes cutting down the 22 bike conga line and dust. 35 miles of a fine mix of dirt and gravel with a few rocky parts kept everyone on there toes( most were standing anyway). A couple guys had slow speed tip overs and only one needed a roadside repair to zip tie his luggage rack back on.
We did pass about a dozen other Adventure riders on Triumphs and BMW’s, it’s nice to see others out.
We all made it to the Wynoochie Dam as scheduled but a few had to get back to family so they headed home. The rest of us stopped for one last photo op at a vista that overlooked the Wynoochie valley. The Wynoochie Valley road from the dam to Montesano is a real gem in the PNW, it’s 35 miles of glorious curves, the northern half is new pavement that’s wide and pristine while the lower half is much tighter with a few blind corners. You’ll be smiling the entire way.
The Ranch house BBQ didn’t fail to deliver. Nothing beats a full belly after a long day in the saddle.
Here are two videos my wife and I found when we were doing research before I purchased the Leatt neck brace.(Click in the links)
The search all started when my wife Elsa was in a car wreck last November that totaled her Mini and seriously aggravated an existing neck issue she had. It really got me thinking about how fragile our bodies are as we head off into the back country on our 600+ lb adventure bikes loaded down with gear.
I for one, have always followed the rule of ATGATT (All The Gear, All The Time). While in the military, they required us to “show no skin below the chin” plus wear reflective/brightly colored outer clothing while on the instillation. It’s something that has become second nature to me. Venturing off road in the back country only increases the possibility of something going wrong, especially without quick access to paramedic services.
The neck brace I purchased from RevZilla was the Leatt SNX.
There are a few reasons why I picked this particular one( and no,it’s not because it only comes in black and orange )
The SNX is actually designed for snowmobiles and meant to be worn over your jacket, the same way we ride on/off road in our protective street gear. It also has the same “shelf” angle as the off road designed neck braces for upright sitting on our bikes. Leatt makes a few other neck braces that fit over the jacket for road racing but they are designed for the full tuck of a sport bike on the track.
Watching the videos really showed me the science that goes into the design. Yes, they are fairly expensive , but like a good helmet, I think it’s worth it to spend the money for safety’s sake. I’ve worn the neck brace a few times now and I have to say it’s very comfortable! More so than my helmet. I actually forget I’m even wearing it.
In doing my research we also found an article written by a medical doctor that did a journey from Alaska to Argentina. He was in what could have been a life ending crash but credits his neck brace with saving his life. Yes he did break his arm/wrist very badly but he’s alive because of the neck brace. Read the full story—-> here
So when you see me out at events, you’ll know why I’m wearing the Leatt neck brace. You’ll see Elsa in one too once she is all healed up and back on two wheels.
Ride smart, Ride safe
The March Moto Mudness was awesome! Thanks to Tad Haas, Chet Mainwaring, Deb Shiell and Greg Hilchey for the legwork putting this event on. All proceeds are going to Riders for Health and Lost For a Reason.
In the Pacific Northwest, we have access to some incredibly talented motorcycle craftsmen, whether it’s Darryl VanNieuwenhuise’s Cyclops Adventure lights, Alex Marten’s Konflict Suspension or Alex Guth of Alyxmoto. OK, you might ask, who is Alex Guth?
Well, Alex is a master motorcycle mechanic who moved here from Germany in the late 90s. He has 25 years of experience working on BMW motorcycles, and for a time was the shop manager of SSBMW. But now he’s in his own shop, and he’s expanding into more of the adventure market like KTM and our Yamaha Super Tenere. I know one BMW GS owner in particular who travels all the way from Alberta Canada just to get his bike worked on by Alex. Alyxmoto is where world travelers like Simon and Lisa Thomas of www.2ridetheworld.com stop to get their bikes worked on. Alex rebuilt Lisa’s older F-650GS from the ground up (after 200+K miles on a single cylinder; it needed it), and when Simon’s 1150GS’s final drive exploded (after 150K miles) on a Seattle freeway at 60MPH, Alex had him back on the road in minimal time, so the couple could get to a presentation in Boise Idaho. Helge Pedersen’s www.globeriders.com tour members’ bikes get tuned up here before getting packed in the container to head out on their globetrotting journeys.
The roomy new shop has multiple lifts and tire changing capabilities. The shop was just finished last weekend, so Alex is still moving in and getting everything settled. He can do just about anything, not that our Yamahas need much done to them other than regular servicing
I had Alex do a simple tune up of new spark plugs, air filter, wheel bearings, rear brake disk and new tires (Mitas MC-60’s). I only do my own oil changes, because that’s about the limit of my mechanical patience, and a limitation of not having an actual garage at my house. Alex is still working on getting a steady supply of Yamaha parts, so I showed up with all the parts and had him install them. It’s great to have Alex available in the area. I know several of our members have spouses that ride BMWs (mine included: Elsa gets her G-650GS low serviced by Alex), and Alyxmoto can be everyone’s one-stop shop. Alex is the right guy with the know-how to get you set up for a long journey or just your daily commute, so give him a call if you need anything done. He really knows his stuff!
Shop Location: 17829 77th St E, Bonney Lake WA 98391