PackTalk Slim by Cardo Review

Alright… hello adventure riders and motorcycle enthusiasts! Today, I want to talk to you about the PackTalk Slim by Cardo, for which I’ve recently had the opportunity to conduct a thorough review of how the system works. 

So I was given a unit to demo on my KLIM Krios helmet. This particular helmet had not yet been tested for compatibility with fitment. The Cardo folks just weren’t sure if it would work with my helmet, so they went out on a limb to see if it would. 

I received the unit in the mail and immediately started installing it. The installation process was pretty easy with only a slight hiccup and that was getting the wire placement the way my nitpicking brain wanted it. What makes this different than the other units is the fact that it has a separate battery and communicator module. The communicator fits on the side of the helmet like any other unit, but is super thin and streamlined, while the battery module sits on the rear section of the helmet. This adds a superior balance, in my opinion, and makes it so much more comfortable to use while riding for extended times. 

 

 

The unit fits very well with just a slight gap on the communicator module backside. I am willing to state that Cardo could just list the unit as compatible with the Krios helmet on their website, but I will leave that up to them.

My next step was getting it charged. Normally, I would update the unit with the latest software, but I wanted to test it right out of the box. I hopped on a plane and arrived in California. Once there, I jumped on a brand new BMW R2018 GSA. It took me less than five minutes to figure out how to pair my phone with the PackTalk Slim. I headed off and I spent four wonderful days riding around California to test out the unit in various terrains. Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity to take advantage of the DMC technology for communication with other riders. However, upon my return home, I was able to connect with my local riding group and take advantage of this feature. 

While riding in California, I streamed music and took full advantage of the natural voice feature, which allowed me to say, “Hey Siri” for my list of full iPhone commands. It should also be mentioned that it works for “Hey Google” as well. 

 

 

The battery life far exceeded my expectations. I went roughly a day and half between charges. The manual states that the battery will last up to 13 hours and I believe that to be factual. Perhaps if I was running with 15 riders on DMC, it might drain quicker, but I don’t ever plan on riding 13 hours in a day.

Another great feature is that you can have a private conversation with someone in your group using the PackTalk Slim. For example, I sometimes ride two-up and if we are connected with 13 other PackTalk units, I might want to have a quick private conversation with my passenger or perhaps someone else in the group. When the private conversation is over, we can hear and speak to everyone again with a simple click of a button. I’m also able to stream music to other riders or easily tune to FM channels in the area where I’m riding. The unit has universal connectivity, so if you are riding with a buddy who loves their Sena and another buddy who loves their eBay special, you can all be connected! No more hating on each others’ communication systems because they don’t pair. 

The only downside I see, which is more of a personal issue, is that the Slim is unable to be switched to another helmet without a hassle. Since I ride multiple bikes and some helmets are used for specifics like Moto Vlogging or riding my dirt bike, I wish I could easily pop out the unit and pop it into another helmet. I should mention that I have four helmets, which is overkill, I know, but they are like underwear for me and somedays I just want some lace…

 

 

Overall, I’m extremely impressed with this unit and how easy it is to control the features. The learning curve is super fast unlike some of the other models. I will be keeping the Slim on my primary long distance touring helmet for sure!

 

Till next time ride safe and I will see you out on the road!

 


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KLIM Teton Merino Wool Base Layers

The most overlooked pieces of riding gear, in my opinion, are the base layers. We focus so heavily on purchasing the highest quality jacket and pants that we can afford, but forget all about one of the key ingredients to keeping our ride comfortable. 

You can have a jacket with 3 vents or 20, but without proper layers underneath, you’re either going to sweat your ass off, cook inside it, or get pretty darn cold. I have personally tried a multitude of base layers from big names like Under Armor, Nike, etc. over countless miles. You would think that since these companies focus on athletes, their products would work for us, right? Wrong. Those tight fitting shirts and underwear might wick away some sweat, but they are not what is truly best for us adventure riders. I did not realize this until I had a chance to test out the KLIM Teton Summer Weight Merino Wool Base Layers. I bet that some of you are thinking, “Wool for heat gear? This guy must be crazy or getting paid to write the article.” Well, crazy depends on who you ask, and I am surely not getting paid to write. All I can say is what I experienced on my recent trip, including how these items performed. 

I recently had the pleasure of riding for three straight days in beautiful, sunny California. I was there as the honoree for the Rever Track Your Story Challenge, and explored a variety of terrains with Shawn Thomas from BMW Mottorad and his brother, Lance. I wore the Teton Merino Wool long sleeve shirt and underwear as my base layers. My jacket and pants were the KLIM Badlands Pro, Gen 3. 

On the first day, we rode in temperatures ranging from 70-78 degrees. It was great weather, so no complaints. We camped out and the next morning (Day 2), rode into the Mojave Desert. We rode for hundreds of miles in temperatures ranging from 98-115 degrees! At one point, we stopped at Trona Pinnacles to walk around and I left my Badlands jacket on. Obviously, it felt hot but manageable, and I did not seem to be dripping sweat like I normally would be with my normal heat gear on. After returning to the motorcycle and heading back into town, a cool sensation came over my body as the wind entered the jacket and passed through the base layers. This is something that I have previously experienced using my other heat gear, but I am typically drenched in sweat, which is what normally causes the cool sensation. After checking into a hotel and removing my jacket, I was expecting to see my shirt and underwear completely soaked in sweat. To my surprise, the shirt had a very small section of sweat build up near the shoulders, but the chest and back were completely dry! I hung up the set and went to bed. 

While preparing myself for Day 3, I was expecting the base layer garments to smell something wicked. I mean, I had literally gone through the desert in the peak of Summer. The base layer garments were dry, and had that “just washed” wool smell, which completely surprised me. I geared up and we pressed on for the day’s adventure. After doing some sweet twisties and amazing off-roading, we ended up just outside of Shaver Lake at Mushroom Rock to camp out for our final night. 

The temperature dropped into the mid 40’s, so I ended up sleeping in the base layer garments. The next morning, I joked around with with the Thomas brothers and told them they should sniff my garments, as they still smelled good. 

Upon returning home and conducting more research about the materials and their properties, I gained an understanding about how I was able to keep wearing the Merino Wool Base Layers without clearing out a room of people. Traditional heat gear is made out of polyester, which rapidly controls the moisture but stays damp and smelly. In comparison, the wool blend is mixed with a highly effective magical unicorn material. No really, the wool blend is anti-microbial and thus, does not retain odors. The Summer Weight line seems to be the most effective material for a motorcyclist riding in a hotter climate. Another huge bonus to using the Teton collection is that it significantly reduces your need for packed clothes, which saves room for other goodies in your panniers and less weight overall. I am looking forward to the increased cargo space during my future adventures and definitely recommend you check these products out!

www.klim.com

Until next time, ride safe and see you out on the road!


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Quad Lock System

Howdy, folks! Before you start thinking it, yes, this is a cell phone case review. It’s motorcycle related, I promise!

So, for about 4 months now, I’ve been testing the Quad Lock system with my iPhone X. I hooked up three mounts on the following motorcycles: R1200 GSA, R9T Scrambler, and the mighty CRF250L. One of the cool things about the mount is the size. It doesn’t take up much real estate unlike my old system the X-Grip by Ram Mounts. 

Since I’m constantly changing motorcycles for different events, it’s nice to just leave the mount on each bike so it’s ready when I need it.

The Quad Lock system itself is pretty straightforward with no real hangups. Well maybe one… if you failed the square hole/round peg IQ test, then this might not be for you. The most challenging part (which really isn’t all that challenging) is connecting the case to the mount. It kind of resembles an “X” style cut out which you have to align, push in, turn and listen for in order for it to lock. 

While using the system, I tried my best to find fault in the mounting connection. No matter what I tried riding-wise I could not get it to fail. What I have noticed is slight wear, but as with anything you use a lot, it is bound to show some signs of use. I’ve dropped the phone multiple times from various heights (not on purpose) and managed not to crack the phone screen. 

The basic kit is going to run you $70 and if you add the weather resistant poncho, it’s $95. Mine came with the poncho, which is a rubber cover that slips over the case/phone. I never felt it rained hard enough for me to pull it out and slip it on. Yes, I know that sounds terrible! 

Pros:

                                       

Ease of use

Great for taking a quick photo 

Able to use for GPS

Good for multiple motorcycles/bikes

Different colored lever mounts

Weather resistant poncho 

 

Cons:

 

Extra mounts are not cheap at $49.95

Colored lever mount is $9.95 each (if you don’t like the standard blue one)

Weather resistant poncho comes at an extra cost 

 

So, if you’re looking for a motorcycle cell phone mounting solution, you can purchase this with confidence knowing it will do what it was intended for. Check out their website below and sign-up on the website for a discount code. 

https://www.quadlockcase.com

Until next time, ride safe and see you out on the road!


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Field Company Skillet Field Test and Review

Cast iron skillet for a traveling motorcyclist?! Some of you are already wondering, “What the heck is this guy thinking?!” Those take up too much room and weigh a ton! You cannot possibly expect someone to travel efficiently on a motorcycle and bring a cast iron along.

America!

Well my friends, today you will learn that it can be done and with a lot less weight than you might expect. You will be surprised with just how little room it actually takes up when packed correctly.

One of my New Year’s goals was to cook more while camping, which was partially inspired by my Latin American friends. I already had a pot to boil water in and some very tiny saucepans, but wanted something I could really cook with while on the trail. I did my normal YouTube research, read reviews, and almost bought an aluminum saucepan.

 

Someone ask for some gluten?

 

Luckily I didn’t! For whatever reason, maybe pure luck, I came across an ad for “Field Company” while on Facebook. It was like the computer read my mind and this creation of a forged light weight cast iron skillet appeared!

https://fieldcompany.com

I clicked on the ad, which brought me to a very professional, clean looking site. As I was scrolling down admiring the amazing looking foods cooked inside the pan, there was the verbiage, “Light enough to use everyday,” and just underneath it, “25-50% lighter than most cast irons.” My interest was piqued and I continued stalking the site.

Upon clicking the products link, I learned Field Company offers two sizes, the No. 10 and No. 8. I measured the size of my OEM pannier on my BMW R1200 GSA and was delighted to see that the No. 8 would lie flat inside.

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Before purchasing or supporting companies, I always like to know a little something about them. Reading over the “about” tab on the Field Company website, I learned of the company’s rich family history and the thought process behind recreating a tradition, while adding a modern touch to improve upon their designs. Another awesome feature about Field Company is that you are supporting an American made product with your purchase. The pans come with a lifetime warranty and you can have peace of mind that it will be passed down from one generation to the next.

I decided to reach out to the company to express my desires and expectations. I was greeted with a welcoming response and my brand new, adventure camping No 8. skillet arrived within a few weeks.

 

Personalized note inside

 

 

After a few back and forth phone conversations about how to properly care for and season the pan, I hit the ground running and started cooking bacon like any normal man would do!

 

Bacon!

Over the next few weeks of camping, I tested out a wide array of foods inside the pan. The skillet was tested over direct flame made with wood, coal, and just about anything lying around, including Amazon boxes and Starbucks cups. After using it in the field (get it, “field” as in Field Company….ah, never mind), I brought it home and used it on my glass cooktop. This truly is one pan that rules them all.

 

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Ok now for my set-up… I initially used a towel to wrap the skillet and placed it flat side down on the bottom of the left pannier. Keeping the skillet at its lowest point on the motorcycle is crucial for proper packing. The towel worked but took up extra space. I went to my local hardware store and picked up a thin rubber tool mat, cut it to size, and used that for vibration control and protection. To protect the seasoning, I placed a piece of aluminum foil over the top. My additional camping items then fit inside the skillet, taking up almost no room. I use the sides and corners of the pannier to hold my salt, pepper, and garlic in place.

OEM PANNIER

 

If you like camping, meat, and motorcycles, this is the pan for you! I encourage you to give it a try!

https://fieldcompany.com

 

Till next time, ride safe and I will see you on the road less traveled!

 

 


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Motoz Tractionator GPS Tire Review

Hello 2018!

What better way to start off a new year than with a set of new motorcycle tires for the upcoming riding season?!

 

I bring you my latest semi long-term test review of the Motoz Tractionator GPS tires. I equipped these tires on my 2014 BMW R1200 GSA back in August, 2017 and set my sights on some curvy roads. My goal was to challenge these tires in wet/slick conditions and determine their cornering abilities. I packed my bags and headed north to Lorton, VA and started my way down through the Shenandoah National Park. I got exactly what I wished for because it rained non-stop for the next several days.

 

Besides the rain, the leaves were changing colors and falling off; thus, providing me with an even greater challenge of riding untested tires on curvy roads, in wet conditions, and also on a leafy surface!

Having had 30k miles of experience with the direct competitor (Heideanu K60 Scouts), I wanted to focus on identifying the riding characteristics of the Tractionator GPS tires in comparison. I have always heard rumors about the K60 Scouts being slippery as hell on wet roads and never thought much of it, as I drive all the time in torrential Florida rain and had never experienced an issue. It wasn’t until my recent trip to Alaska, riding two-up on a straight road to Kennicot, that I fishtailed and fully understood the slippery horror others using the K60 Scouts had experienced before me. With pure luck and cheeks puckered, I managed to keep us upright and push on.

With that experience in mind, I continued on to the Blue Ridge Parkway to further test the handling of the Tractionator GPS tires. Getting used to them and feeling more confident, I made my way down to the bottom of famous Tail of the Dragon. I started my first run moderately and pushed harder on the following runs.

Check out my YouTube video from Tail of the Dragon:

https://youtu.be/3xxA57izjBQ

The Tractionator GPS tires claim to be 50/50 with an option of the rear tire being reversed for even more traction off-road. I would rate them as a solid 60/40 road configured and a 50/50 off-road configured.

What I can tell you is that these tires perform well in all conditions with the possible exception of ice since I tend to stay away from frigid temps if I can help it. They are by no means a full road tire or hardcore motocross tire, but rather are a good all around adventure tire for those seeking the ability to jump on and off the road with confidence. I managed to rack up just under 4,000 miles and the Tractionator GPS tires show no signs of wearing out anytime soon. If I had a crystal ball, I would estimate these will last a total of 8-10k miles on the rear.

Price Comparison:

Motoz Tractionator GPS – Front $139; Rear $210

Heideanu K60 – Front $154-195; Rear $189-285

For years, consumers have had limited tire choices for the larger displacement motorcycles which offer both on-road and off-road manners. The Motoz Tractionator GPS tires are a win in my book and I will continue to use them for my long distance adventure travels.

For more product information, click the link below:

http://pacificpowersports.com/products/motoz-tires/

Till next time, ride safe and keep adventuring!


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2017 KLIM Kodiak Jacket & Pant

I’m back again to announce the all new KLIM Kodiak. I came across the new design back in October, 2016 at the AIMExpo in Orlando, FL, and have been patiently waiting to get my hands on the set. With a name like “Kodiak” it has a lot to live up to, so what better way to test out the suit than wear it on a 7,000 mile journey to Alaska to explore the amazing region firsthand? Stay tuned for a full ride review of the all new KLIM Kodiak upon my return home!

Below, I have included specifications from KLIM for the Kodiak:

 

KLIM’s Kodiak: The Touring Survival System

Engineered to bring a more refined fit to the KLIM lineup, the Kodiak collection enters the touring world in a sleek and tailored style built for abuse. Featuring fully armored KLIM Technology to battle the weather, abrasion and travel’s most troublesome obstacles, KLIM’s Kodiak is the high-mileage touring king.

Designed for riders looking for the ultimate in precision fit, Kodiak is built on a base of GORE-TEX® Pro Shell GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® main body fabric. Integrated perforated leather overlays in high-abrasion zones add functional style while muted corporate branding finishes the rugged and durable look. Functionality is the core of any KLIM product and the Kodiak has more than most. Each piece comes equipped with genuine YKK® zippers, D3O® CE-rated level two armor, intelligent ventilation ports and functional cargo carrying pockets. Each piece also features Black 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective material.

 

Kodiak is a name that should be taken seriously. As one of the most remote regions of the American frontier, it has a wild and unforgiving reputation. KLIM built the world’s most functional and aggressively tailored touring apparel to honor this region. After all, in Kodiak, there is no pretending or hiding behind claims. Out there, it’s simply perform or perish. And KLIM is riding on.

KODIAK JACKET

WEATHERPROOF/DURABILITY

•GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL

•GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY®

•PERFORATED LEATHER OVERLAYS ON SHOULDERS AND ELBOWS

• MUTED TONAL BRANDING

•YKK® ZIPPERS

ARMOR

•D3O®CE LEVEL 2 ELBOW ARMOR

•D3O®CE LEVEL 2 SHOULDER ARMOR

•D3O®CE LEVEL 2 BACK PAD

•SPACER MESH CHEST PADDING

CARGO

• 2 EXTERNAL CHEST POCKETS

• 2 EXTERNAL HAND POCKETS

• 2 INTERNAL ZIPPERED POCKETS

• 2 INTERNAL OPEN STASH POCKETS

• 1 EMERGENCY INFO CARD POCKET ON FOREARM

• 1 HIDDEN PASSPORT POCKET IN LINING

• 1 GPS TRACKER POCKET ON CHEST

• 1 WATER RESISTANT NAPOLEAN POCKET

VISIBILITY

• BLACK 3M™ SCOTCHLITE™ REFLECTIVE MATERIAL

VENTILATION

• 2 CHEST VENTS

• 2 SIDE VENTS

• 2 BACK VENTS

• 2 BICEP VENTS

• 2 FOREARM VENTS

• SNAP BACK COLLAR

FIT/STYLE/COMFORT

• ACTION BACK TAILORING

• REMOVABLE INTERNAL KIDNEY BELT

• ADJUSTABLE ARM STRAPS

• JACKET-TO-PANT CONNECTION

KODIAK PANT

EXTERIORFEATURES

• GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL

• GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY®

• PERFORATED LEATHER OVERLAYS

• YKK® ZIPPERS

• MUTED TONAL BRANDING

ARMOR

• D3O® CE LEVEL 2 HIP ARMOR

• D3O® CE LEVEL 2 KNEE ARMOR

• SLIDER SYSTEM TO HOLD D3O® IN PLACE

• PORON® XRD® TAILBONE ARMOR

CARGO

• 2 CARGO POCKETS

VISIBILITY 

• BLACK 3M™ SCOTCHLITE™ REFLECTIVE MATERIAL

VENTILATION

• 2 FRONT THIGH INTAKE VENTS

• 2 BACK THIGH EXHAUST VENTS

FIT/STYLE/COMFORT

• ELASTIC BACK WAISTBAND

• REMOVEABLE KLIM® SUSPENDERS INCLUDED

• JACKET-TO-PANT CONNECTION

About KLIM 

KLIM® Technical Riding Gear is a global leader in designing, developing, sourcing and distributing the most advanced powersports apparel for the snowmobile, motorcycle and off-road rider. Utilizing the world’s highest technologies in waterproof, breathable, durable and comfortable materials, like GORE-TEX® products, KLIM® offers gear for the most demanding riders. Driven by the continual feedback and input from dedicated test pilots and passionate customers, KLIM® strives to do one thing above all – improve the riding experience without compromise. For more information, visit www.KLIM.com.

 

*All images have been provided by KLIM.


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2016 Honda CRF250L Bike Build For Less

2016 Honda CRF250L 

Awesome Bike Build for Less

 

I picked up the CRF250L back in October and immediately started researching and reaching out to companies who I wanted to be a part of the build list. I attended the AIMExpo in hopes of landing some contacts with companies who wanted to make this happen. Everything seemed to be going well… I had parts ranging from oil all the way up to exhaust lined up. I went home from the show feeling confident this was going to happen. I called and emailed my newfound contacts, but to my surprise, all I got were crickets. I mean nothing, not even a call back or a reply to my emails.

Seeing that I wanted to get the CRF250L build done sooner rather than later, I used the power of Google and eBay to shop around for parts. In the long run, it probably turned out better doing it this way, as the bike was more personalized.

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2016 Honda CRF250L

My parts build list & cost:

Race Tech complete suspension upgrade – Retail: $1215, discount: $940 (http://www.racetech.com)

Seat Concepts comfort seat – Retail: $279, discount: $250 (http://www.seatconcepts.com/store/)

Precision rear rack – Retail: $94 (http://www.pmracks.com)

Cyclops LED headlight – Retail: $65, discount: $59 (https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com)

Hammer Head folding shifter – Retail: $46, discount: $29 (http://soloracer.com/dualsportparts.html)

FMF Q4 exhaust – Retail: $390, discount: $292 (http://www.eBay.com)

FMF Megabomb header – Retail: $275, discount: $218 (http://www.eBay.com)

Barkbuster “Jet” hand guards – Retail: $85 (http://www.pmracks.com)

Digital voltage meter – $5 (http://www.eBay.com)

Battery tender – Retail: $12, discount: $8 (http://www.eurocyclesoftampabay.com)

Glyde by Gerbing heated auxiliary plug – Free (I had a spare)

Flatlands Racing bash guard – Retail: $110, discount: $100 (http://www.CRFonly.com)

Flatlands Racing radiator guard – Retail: $60, discount: $50 (http://www.CRFonly.com)

Labor on Rach Tech install – $200

FMF Carbon Heat Shield – Retail: $90, discount: 70 (http://www.Rockymountainatv.com)

Total retail: $2,926, total w/discounts: $2,400

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Race Tech gold valve and spring.

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FlatLands radiator guard and bash plate.

Honda vs. Yamaha vs. KTM:

You might ask why I didn’t buy the Yamaha WR250R or a KTM? Well, it’s very simple actually… Cost vs. reward. I knew going into this that I wanted a specific set of options. The Honda CRF250L was OTD at $5,500, w/options $7,900, whereas the Yamaha WR250R was $8,200 OTD, w/options approximately $10,600, and the KTM from a 250-350 was going to be around $9,000 OTD.

KTM makes a great product, but I’m not into servicing the bike every other weekend and wanted to focus on keeping the cost down. The Yamaha was also a nice bike, but by adding the options that would have been required to make it acceptable to me performance wise, it would have put the build at $10,600! I might as well buy a KTM 690 at this point. The CRF250L vs. WR250R torque and HP is comparable at stock.

Some stats:

The CRF250L base has a claimed 23hp and 16lbs of torque. After my install of the FMF, it added approximately 4hp without the programer or airbox mod. The FMF also removed approximately 8lbs of added weight over the stock which helps balance out the radiator guard and bash plate addition.

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FMF Megabomb Header and Q4 Exhaust.

So, taking the performance data and cost as well as knowing the superior round the world reliability, can you see why I went with the Honda CRF250L? Multi-purpose dual sport for $8,000 or spend $2,000 more to ride blue and be butt hurt wishing I had a just bought the 690 KTM.

The build did not take any real technical skill except installing the front suspension. I wasn’t about to count and measure all the washers needed for the gold valve kit. After speaking with FMF, I decided not to buy the EJK. Their rep was pretty confident that unless my intention was to race this bike, the slight gains would not be worth it. Which I was glad to hear, as I’ve spent all my lunch money by now. The Q4 and Megabomb kit are designed to run effectively with stock programming.

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PMRack.

In the end, the bike looks and sounds amazing. Would I buy it again? Absolutely! I have an upcoming trip planned in the mountains of North Georgia to put this bike through its paces.

Until next time,

Ride safe!


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Wilcox Boots

Hello fellow Adventurers!

 

So a few months back, I saw an ad come across my Facebook feed for Wilcox Boots with a nice picture of mud, dirt, and the great outdoors! I decided to click on the ad and within a week found a pair at my door step.

 

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The company was originally a Kickstarter design which I thought was pretty cool. What really caught my interest in purchasing these was the well done company video, expressing the quality, handmade workmanship, and “Made in North America” brand.

 

I was in the need for a good pair of American-made leather boots and these looked like they would fit the bill. The price was on the high end at $190.00, plus shipping, but I decided to take the plunge.

 

I now emphasize “Made in NORTH America” because I misunderstood the video by assuming the boots are made in the good ole’ USA. I later found out the footbed was made in Connecticut and the boots were made in Mexico.

 

Initially, I was pretty upset and almost sent the boots back because I really wanted to support the American workforce. However, I decided to put them on and was instantly blown away by the glove like feel on the interior and comfort of the footbed. They come pre-waxed which aids in the waterproofness and smooth finish.

 

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I have since spent many days and long hours in these boots, which included roughly 10 hours straight walking around the 2016 AIMExpo. I can say these are the most comfortable boots I have ever owned. The quality and workmanship is second to none. With new designs and colors coming out, I know these will not be my last pair!

 

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Relaxing after a long day at the AIMExpo!

 

In the end, I’m extremely happy with my purchase and highly recommend them for anyone looking for a great all around boot!

 

Below is a link to the site and they have provided a coupon code “2wheeladv”  for 25% off.

http://bit.ly/2f0sq8F


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Klim Krios Karbon Adventure Helmet

All aboard the KLIM KRIOS train! 

Several months ago, I had the opportunity to meet one of the KLIM Regional Managers who happened to be at my local dealership (EuroCycles Of Tampa Bay). After checking out some of the new products coming in, I was asked about providing my input on a review regarding the new helmet they would be releasing soon. 

Of course, I said I would be glad to, but did I actually think I would receive the helmet? Eh… 50/50. However, true to their word, the UPS man arrived a few weeks later and left a brand new Klim Krios Karbon helmet at my door. 

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After unboxing the helmet and looking over the features, I turned to my wife and told her to go pack for a camping trip! 

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My initial impressions of this helmet was that it’s super light, looks awesome, and has an easily interchangeable face shield. Included inside the box was the dark tinted shield.

We packed the R1200GSA and headed north to Helen, GA, through Deal’s Gap, around to Gatlinburg, TN and finally had to head back down south to Florida. I acquired approximately 1400 miles in total with the Krios and my longest day was roughly 550 miles, not to mention we were two-up. 

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With this helmet only weighing approximately 3.25 lbs, and being almost a pound lighter then my older helmet (Shoei Hornet X2), it was a considerably noticeable difference. In the past, due to a old injury, I would feel neck and shoulder fatigue within an hour or so of riding. Not the case with the Krios. Its low weight and well thought out peak design helps eliminate excess pulling from wind and diverts it to the open cutouts which in turn, either force air into the helmet for ventilation or create a stabilizer as it passes to the rear spoiler.

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If I could change two things, it would be to add a windscreen opening on the right side, and to be able to raise the windscreen just a crack to add additional venting when in serious humidity.

All in all, I think this helmet was well thought out, looks good, and priced very reasonable at $549.99, which is well below what I believe it could sell for. 

They have a transition lens as an option, and the ability to equip a Sena 10U headset, which is made specifically for the Krios. Currently two color schemes are available including, Element Matte White and Stealth Matte Black. Klim will be soon releasing several other color options which look pretty awesome! 

I want to give a big thanks to Dustin and the staff at KLIM for making this happen!

 

If you have further questions about the Krios, hit me up! Until next time…

 

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Krios enjoying the view.

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Our waiter liked the helmet so much, he moved the table over just to sit it on top!


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GA, TN, and NC – Weekend Getaway

Happy Fall Y’all! It’s the better half of 2wheeladv, back to share about our most recent trip 2-up.We started out the Autumn Solstice with a little motorcycle ride up I-75 through hell, er… Florida, which has not quite gotten the Fall memo yet.

Once we caught sight of the mountains in North Georgia, the temperature significantly dropped and we started to enjoy ourselves. We came upon a fabulous creamery/ice cream shop which caught up with me and my lactose intolerance not long afterwards. I confess and repent of my foodie sins as this trip completely blew my non-dairy, gluten-free diet. 


We made our way to Helen, GA, and celebrated the first official day of Oktoberfest with a beer and pretzel. Not much else to taste that evening since the town center was hoppin’ (quite literally), but everything else shut down early.


We spent the night at the Unicoi Lodge, in an overpriced 1980’s room albeit on pristine grounds with lovely flowers. The next morning, we partook of German baked goods and carried on about our trip.


Next up, was slaying the Dragon Tail.


Following such badassery, we made our way to the lovely Gatlinburg, TN. We glamped in a hotel that night due to the rain and sipped on some delicious blackberry wine after tacos. The server loved the Klim Krios so much that he gave the helmets their own table.


We made our way back towards North Georgia via a scenic parkway. The rain kept it nice and cool and it was a lovely ride. We spotted our dream home along the way.


For our final evening, we spent the night at the Lake Oconee KOA in Greensboro GA.


It was a charming spot overlooking a lake. We relaxed in the hammock before I hid in the restroom for a half hour due to a spider blocking the door.


We returned to the Sunshine State the following day, but not without encountering a religious zealot at a Burger King. That’s middle GA for you. This licensed mental health counselor had to keep it moving in order to practice what I preach (tolerance, non-violence, etc.).

Overall, it was a relaxing, long weekend and a great way to celebrate the change of a season and new beginnings. Here’s to hoping for cooler days ahead in the Sunshine State.





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