Bryan Bosch

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  1. Oh, Kali is another brand that is pushing the safety envelope: https://kali-moto.myshopify.com/pages/technology
  2. Follow the money, as they say... There has been other tech released, but I find that many riders don't dig in and research their options. For example, MIPS technology. Not sure if you're familiar w/ it? Another tech is by 6D, but they don't do ADV style lids unfortunately...
  3. Kirsh Helmets Debuts With CHM-1, the Toughest, Lowest-profile, DOT-certified Half-shell Helmet on the Market SCHENECTADY, NY – October 11, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Kirsh Helmetsa member of the Impact Technologies family, both founded by Jason E. Kirshon, are poised to effect a sea of change in the motorsports and other helmet industries. For decades, legacy compression polystyrene technology (aka foam) has been the standard in helmets, from motorsports to football to snowboarding and any number of other impact sports and activities. No longer. “Has been” is the right way to frame it, because Kirsh Helmets, with its patented fluid-displacement-liner (FDL), is about to make foam to helmets what rotary phones are to cellular technology—obsolete. “We see Kirsh’s fluid displacement liner as a game changer,” said Donnie DeVito, President and Chief Operating Officer of Kirsh Helmets. “It works better than foam, it’s safer and it’s adaptable to any number of sports and high-speed activities.” Kirsh Helmets, Inc., a member of the Impact Technologies family, was formed in late January 2017 to take up the challenge of commercializing the innovative, patented technology invented by Jason Kirshon. Focusing first on solving the problem of unsafe—but popular—novelty half-shell motorcycle helmets, Kirsh’s CHM-1 outperforms “competing” helmets by orders of magnitude in independent testing. At one half of an inch thick, the CHM-1 is the lowest-profile half-shell helmet on the market. Made from the highest-quality materials, coupled with the most-advanced impact technology available, it is also Department of Transportation–certified and entirely manufactured in the U.S.A. Since their inception, the thinking on helmet design has been “more is better.” More foam equals more protection for the head in the event of impact trauma. The independent testing conducted on the Kirsh CHM-1 proves this is not the case. Foam does little to slow down or prevent the brain from slamming into the skull after impact. And the bulk necessary for foam helmets requires more mass, which, in turn, translates into more torque exerted upon the head and neck in the event of a crash. The Kirsh FDL’s silicone and fluid construct mimics the body’s natural protective functions. The brain sits in fluid in the skull. With the FDL, the skull sits in fluid within the helmet. This allows for less mass, reducing impact torque, and a fluid buffer that more effectively protects the skull and brain. And the malleability of the liner ensures that it conforms uniquely to each user’s head, insuring better protection and a custom fit, which means much greater comfort. Size and style are key components that influence consumers. Despite overwhelming evidence that helmet use reduces the likelihood of injury for motorcycle riders, many go without. Kirsh is looking to help change that and reduce traumatic brain injury across the board by offering stylish, low-profile helmets that are safer and work better than their larger, bulkier predecessors. Another compelling feature separating the CHM-1 from all other helmets on the market is its ability to sustain multiple impacts without compromising the helmet’s integrity. And the versatility of the FDL allows for application in half-shell and full-shell helmet designs for any sport or activity that requires the use of head protection, meaning its potential goes far beyond motorsports. So, a question: What do rotary phones, the Ford Edsel, the answering machine, and the foam helmet have in common? Answer: They’re all obsolete relics. Kirsh Helmets is offering the next generation of helmet technology, today, and, for the motorcycle rider, the world is a safer place because of it. About Kirsh Helmets Kirsh Helmets, a member of the Impact Technologies family of companies, is an All-American-Made Helmet Company. Our unique technology brings together style, safety, comfort, and improved performance. Source: Impact Technologies
  4. Sorry, not a football fan. Dad got me into bikes at an early age.
  5. YOKOHAMA DRYSTAR® JACKET AND PANT The Yokohama Jacket and pant are superior multi-material garments featuring a host of comfort features such as Alpinestars proprietary Jet Ventilation System for excellent levels of internal cooling performance. With class-leading removable shoulder, elbow, and knee protectors, combined with Alpinestars 100 percent waterproof DRYSTAR® membrane, the Yokohama allows the rider to cope the toughest of conditions. • Multi-material, laminated poly-textile chassis construction for superior levels of abrasion and tear resistance and weather performance. • Ventilation system features large zippered air intakes on chest and arms, with air exhausts on the back for cooling performance which can be adapted according to climate. • Removable CE-certified shoulder and elbow protectors for superb impact protection. • Chest and back pad compartments with PE padding (Alpinestars’ Nucleon chest and back protectors available as accessory upgrade). • Front, deep waterproof pockets provide safe and secure storage. Pockets incorporate seal closing waterproof zips and zip garages for peace-of-mind closure, plus internal waterproof wallet/document pocket. • Multiple fit and volume adjusters on sleeves, waist and sleeves provide personalized fit and help keep protection in place. • Removable long sleeve thermal liner means jacket can be worn in colder climates. Liner jacket includes mesh collar for comfort. • High collar construction with soft textile finish and 3D mesh interior for excellent comfort and weather protection for the neck. • Internal waist connection zipper for attachment to riding pants. • Reflective detailing on front, back and sleeves improves rider visibility. • Graphic detailing on front, sleeves and back. • Multi-material, laminated poly-textile chassis construction for superior levels of abrasion and tear resistance and weather performance. • Ventilation system features large zippered air intakes on chest and arms, with air exhausts on the back for cooling performance which can be adapted according to climate. • Removable CE-certified shoulder and elbow protectors for superb impact protection. • Chest and back pad compartments with PE padding (Alpinestars’ Nucleon chest and back protectors available as accessory upgrade). • Front, deep waterproof pockets provide safe and secure storage. Pockets incorporate seal closing waterproof zips and zip garages for peace-of-mind closure, plus internal waterproof wallet/document pocket. • Multiple fit and volume adjusters on sleeves, waist and sleeves provide personalized fit and help keep protection in place. • Removable long sleeve thermal liner means jacket can be worn in colder climates. Liner jacket includes mesh collar for comfort. • High collar construction with soft textile finish and 3D mesh interior for excellent comfort and weather protection for the neck. • Internal waist connection zipper for attachment to riding pants. • Reflective detailing on front, back and sleeves improves rider visibility. • Graphic detailing on front, sleeves and back. More @ https://www.alpinestars.com/products/road/jackets/yokohama-drystar-jacket-fa18
  6. Eric, are you in line to get one for review? If not, you should!
  7. When is it realistically too cold for camping? I used to be tough, but after almost 4 years in Florida, anything under 60 is getting cold!
  8. Definitely keep us posted! I'm only going to get 1,500 miles out of my rear Pirelli MT21
  9. I'm 48 and have put in over 35 years of off-road time, much of it in the pacific nw. We used to ride everything, even if it meant pushing, pulling, dragging, or crashing out. It was fun, but I'm over it. I still like trail challenges, but if it's a ton of work, no thanks. I go to the gym to get a workout, when I'm on the bike, I just want to have fun! I moved from an almost 500lb. Tiger 800XC to a 17 KTM 690 Enduro R in the spring and I really found that middle ground that I was looking for. It's more on the dirt bike side than big ADV bike, but that suites me best. I'll be a weenie and trailer up to TN b/c slabbin' on the 75 for 10 hours isn't my cup of tea. But, I'd like to camp when I'm up there, riding from area to area for a few days.
  10. Thx for the input! I'm n. of Tampa Flori-duh about 30 minutes. So, it's a full days haul up your way. But, worth it.
  11. I spent some time this summer in E Tennessee. Beautiful part of the country! Didn't bring my bike (family vacation), but I'd love to get back up you way for a long weekend ride. Where would you recommend for guys that like beautiful roads, but mostly to get to more beautiful dirt trails? Love single track, water crossings, hill climbs, etc??? Of course, don't want to have to push, pull, or drag our bikes to ride a trails (used to do that).
  12. An observation a couple of years ago when I bought my first adventure bike was the cost of aftermarket parts. It SEEMS like some manufacturers put the screws to riders in this segment b/c they must all have money to burn. Brand it an adventure bike product and charge 2x. I said SEEMS because I'm sure that this is not always the case, so don't send me hate mail pointing out that a skid plate for a GSA 1200 is more expensive to produce than a simple dirt bike skid plate. I agree. Recently I installed a skid plate for my 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R, a machine that's a little pricey, crosses over into the adventure bike segment, and from what I can tell, has parts for it that some seem awfully proud of. But, the folks at Flatland Racing stood out. Their skid plate for the 690 and 701 Enduro brothers looked great and had an even better price. Reviews of the product seemed good, so I grabbed one from the folks at http://www.ktmtwins.com. At a price of less than half of some options, is it any good? What's the trade-off for the wallet friendly price? Read my full review @
    While my 2017 KTM 690 Enduro R came from the factory with an actually not-too-bad plastic skid plate, it's really only up for light to moderate-duty off-road riding and even then, its rounded bottom profile makes it perfectly useless if you want to use a flat topped lift stand for maintenance tasks. After a bit of searching, the Flatland Racing offering stood out to me. It seemed to have the skid plate bases covered and maybe best of all, a retail price of $109.95. I'm sure that they could ask more, but I'm glad that Flatland kept its eye on value, not just squeezing riders because adventure riders must have money to burn. Installation The Flatland Racing Skid Plate for the 690 Enduro R installs exactly like the factory unit, which is a good thing! It's one of the easiest skid plates to remove and reinstall for oil changes and other maintenance tasks. Flatland did provide a built-in clean out slot, an oil plug hole, and a hole for oil screen removal, but the plate is so easy to remove (just two bolts), I never bothered with these features. Fit & Finish To me, the Flatland Racing Skid Plate looks bullet proof. It's made from burly 3/16" aluminum and is clear anodized for long-lasting good looks. Its welds are clean & uniform and all the mounting points lined up spot-on. I have zero complaints on how this product looks and fits; it definitely compliments the bike. Function The bottom of the Flatland Racing Skid plate is plenty wide, smooth, and completely flat, allowing me to use a lift stand to perform maintenance. This was one of my key objectives, so box checked. It also slides nicely over the downed trees that I encountered after hurricane Irma, with no sharp edges or points to get hung up on. In terms of coverage of vital components, I think Flatlands nailed it. The ignition cover and water pump housing are completely shielded and the clutch cover as much as possible. This part of the engine sits higher, further back, and wider than the ignition side, so to come out past it, the skid plate would have to be excessively wide on the right side. Regardless, I don't think that Flatland left anything on the table in the coverage department. In terms of mud collection and drainage, we have pretty much no clay where I ride, so nothing too sticky or gooey. But, the summer riding season is very, very wet, so at least in the many water crossings that I've ridden, whatever sandy, loamy silt that I managed to pick up didn't seem to congregate in the plate. But if you ride in terribly muddy conditions, running skid plate foam isn't a bad idea anyway. Does the Flatland Racing Skid Plate reflect back engine sound? To a tiny degree, yes. But, that's is that is to be expected at some level. However, the skid plate has a somewhat thick, dense rubber strip glued to the inside of the skid plate to reduce resonance. Hard to say its affect since I've not run an aluminum skid plate on the 690 without this feature, but the net is that any increase in perceived engine noise is a non-issue for me, something I simply don't notice when enjoying the ride. So, anything that sucks about the Flatland Racing Skid Plate? Honestly, no. It looks good, fits good, it's tough, and it covers all my bike's vitals from damage. Add in the affordable retail price of $109.95 and a 100% customer satisfaction warranty, it's a no-brainer buy. Honest product at an honest price. Good job Flatland Racing. I got mine from the folks at http://www.ktmtwins.com
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    Our skid plates are made of rugged 3/16" aluminum. They feature tig welded engine guards.Installation is an easy bolt on procedure with all mounting hardware included! It also offers a built in clean out slot and oil plug hole, along with a hole for oil screen removal,making them the best in the business! Plus it is a wiser choice than carbon fiber, due to lower cost and far better durability. f you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase we will be happy to refund, replace or modify to fit.
  14. I crimped with my wire cutters/strippers w/o issue, but I always fold the wires over so there is a bit more meat to crimp to. And, I heat shrink over the plastic on the bullet connector and wire, as this also helps with the security of the overall connection. And, never had any issues with them either. Good luck!