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  1. Reminds me of a quip from this self-professed "washed up racer" I met a few months back. "I wasn't always the fastest, but I can navigate!" Jimmy Lewis. Heard of him? ;-)
    Only change I'd make to these fantastic boots is more water resistance. However, mine are 3 years old and have been beaten hard, so this likely figures into their lack of water resistance. I've even had mine re-soled after my pegs finally wore through the outer sole and I chopped a notch in the right instep from kick-starting my dirtbike and hitting the peg a few thousand times. The buckles are a better design than I've seen on a lot of boots, and I've failed to break them despite trying. Steel toe-caps prevent the sole falling apart and deflect rocks. Read the commercial reviews to understand how the boots prevent torsion and getting your toes sucked back under when you accidentally catch a rock. If you're the type to ride with hard panniers anywhere but asphalt (which I highly discourage), boots like the SG12 will greatly increase your odds of avoiding a tib/fib fracture if your leg gets pulled back when you dab in harsh terrain or when surprised. Do yourself a favor and don't fall victim to the "adventure boot" hype and get comfy walkers. If they're comfortable for walking, they're garbage for serious protection. Besides, the idea is to ride, not walk, right? They're a bit bulky and boxy, and I've heard people on some bikes have to move their shifter up a tooth sometimes. I've not noticed this on anything I ride. After 3 years of extensive use, often in winter in Washington where we're under water half the time, the inner liner at the heel area is starting to fall apart. I still love my boots though and will milk them for another season. My riding style is extremely aggressive (reckless?), including small bike enduro and hare scramble, as well as big-bike shenanigans and racing on the 950SE. These boots have saved my toes and ankles dozens of times, more than offsetting the significant price tag. I'll buy Gaerne SG12s again. The only other boot I'd even consider is the Sidi Crossfire 2.
    4.75 / 5 stars. Bottom line up front, I'd buy this pack again. And again. I only wish the bladder (especially the bite valve) it comes with was better and the main zipper was two-way. Those are small nitpicks, as bladders are basically a "wear item" to be replaced as the occasion merits, and the zipper is mean to be water resistant. The strength of the R15 is in its carry system where the shoulder straps come together with a single center sternum buckle. I'm a student of carrying heavy loads in all types of conditions thanks to the US Army, and I've never had a pack I put on that simply "disappeared" like the Kriega does. It rides so well and so securely over your upper armor, you forget about it after about a minute. I have never experienced fatigue that was a direct result of how the pack rides, and I ride long, difficult days most of the time. Trust me, I'm an expert in this regard! That right there is a sale made, every time. The inner bladder pouch in the main pouch has a top velcro strap which is great for securing the top of your bladder so it doesn't slump down as you drink your water. It also has straps to cinch down for smaller bladders, preventing slosh. This, again, is key to how it rides so well. The bladder itself held a plastic taste the first few times I used it and the bite valve was nothing impressive. It is a top-fill, so you can easily dump ice into it and get into it for cleaning. I switched to a Source Dvide dual-compartment bladder with two hoses and couldn't be happier. Best bladder ever. The main pouch has room for a good sized tool roll or maybe a very compact jacket/shell. It also has a completely waterproof inner cell phone pocket with zipper. That actually ends up being where I keep a lot of my small tools since it sits up high. The outer pocket has a vertical zipper on the left side and is large enough for a first aid kit, powerbars, and a few other small items. As far as I know, the pack is expandable with a module you can secure to the outside. I've never bothered, as it's big enough already. I've recommended the Kriega R15 to people who were sketchy on the $140 price tag (shipped direct from the UK via DHL from Adventure Spec, which is Lyndon Poskitt's people, so I'm happy to support) and they came away raving. Right now, I'm searching for smaller, cheaper trail packs that have the same buckle/strap system and will fit my three kids. I'm a believer in this design.
  2. Doing my small part to pay it forward. Besides, it's an investment in self-interest. I want more people into this sport so I'm not the only &%$#@! riding around with my nav equipment on the bike like some kind of moto hippy! Go crush it Eric! Also, I don't know if I've seen that picture before! Can I have it? Gawd I wish the light hadn't been so harsh that it blacked out that pic of me pounding a beer on the stage at the end of the prologue!
  3. My money is on 7-8APR, but that's just a guess.
  4. In for a shirt! Where do we sign up? Bummed I'm gonna be out of the country and miss the shenanigans. Are you all set on nav gear yet? Also, did you say something about a squid pro quo with NavyNuke?
  5. Great article!
  6. All my photos are of the kids. I think Chet may have gotten a pic of me and the kids together just before the bomb start. Will have to check.
  7. Regardless of how it all turned out, I had an absolute blast at the D100 with you lunatics! Seriously my favorite event of the year, and I'm super happy so many friends showed up. From rev-limiter tests with the Canucks on Thursday night to watching my youngest cross the podium all on his own, it really was an incredible event. Just bummed the Cyclops clan had fuel issues. I just did the math, and with a 4gal tank on the 950SE (it's stretched a bit. I filled it from purged-empty), I hit reserve at 36 miles. That's under 15mpg. Holy shit! ALso, have parts on the way or on order, but it would appear that I have a radiator leak somewhere and that explains the extreme heat I experienced and why the fan would turn off so early despite a flashing 7-bar warning. I dropped almost a half gal of distilled water into the radiator despite the overflow tank being withing specs. Bike ran fantastic and wouldn't go above 4 bars while hammering it in the garage (screw you, neighbor prius lady!), but the steady drip-drip tells me I have a problem. Couldn't get into it before I had to pack up and leave on this trip, but will check when I get home. Hopefully it's a bad crush washer on one of the two bolts or a leaky clamp. If not, Lee sent me his spare rad and I'll slam that sucker in.
  8. I very rarely find myself wishing I had a centerstand on the 950SE. If it's absolutely a must, there's a dude on AOLRider Vendors selling an adjustable prop that works as a right side stand. Good enough for the field. Anywhere else, I probably have a stand or a big log or a sturdy wall. 12V? Don't really care. I run an SAE pigtail up front and another to the battery since the vast majority of stuff I'd plug in is USB. Combine that with a $12 USB adaptor from Deltran (Battery Tender), and I'm happy. SAE is more versatile and smaller anyway. Side stand issue? As in, a dummy switch? Is that even an option not to have anymore? Too many dipshits ride away with their sidestands and crash? It's a wonder any of us survived older bikes. Fear not, it's easily remedied in under 10min. Snip and twist if it's a switch (probably not a switch--they break too easy), remove the magnet and epoxy together of it's a HAL effect sensor. Or spend $30 at KTMTwins for a purpose-built dongle. What's the deal with the fuel gauge? Not accurate? So long as the reserve light comes on, I'm good. I suspect that the vast majority of users won't really care. Then again, I ran the 950SE at 15mpg last weekend racing the Desert100 and was on reserve from a 4-gal tank by the time I hit the pits at 50 miles. Yowza! What's the airbox problem? Performance-oriented lunatics such as me will be clamoring for Rottweiler to give us a solution anyway. Ain't nobody got time for bullshit paper filters and a corked up motor. How many people NEED a high performance steering damper? I use a Scotts and I know roughly how to use it. Most riding doesn't require it. High speed desert stuff does, and new knobs on grooved pavement have me cranking it to the max. Otherwise...meh.
  9. Bahaah, I was going to reply that I may have blown a seal but my personal life has no bearing on my bike. Your monkey-business was a bit funnier! Nah, nothing so dramatic. New fork valving solution from Konflict for testing. I blew the rear shock and it's getting a rebuild. Picking it all up on Thursday and should have the beast road-worthy soon enough.
  10. Here's the HDB setup. Yes, I know my forks are missing. Believe me. ;-)
  11. I used the full-meal-deal package from RMS for pre-Baja and Baja. The gear is expensive and it's almost single-purpose, so I elected to stick with what I had rather than the Rally Pro tower upgrade that I just now installed from Highway Dirtbikes. If you were to go whole-hog, I'd recommend the tower from HDB, the RB730 or RB750 and ICO (I prefer the RallyMaxG because there are no other wires to the front wheel to tear up, but it's an extra $100) from RMS and leave out the universal bar clamps. However, this marries you to one platform. If the intent is to switch, the universal clamps are a better idea. Ultimately, how pretty do you want it to be? I never gave a rats ass about that (anyone who saw my 950 configured for Baja will confirm), and just wanted the capability.
  12. Picking up forks and shock from Konflict on Thursday. We're putting the band back together!
  13. I'm sorry, I guess my notifications don't work and I missed your question. With the RMS kit, you need nothing else. The tower kit, to me, is simpler and more robust and it incorporates space for lights and stuff. My biggest challenge with the RMS setup was not having enough room and protection for all the wires and stuff.