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  1. 13 points
    Old-school Yamaha Racing paint scheme on a set of 2003 Yamaha FJR1300 hard bags. This is a heavy Metallic Pearl White, all cleaned up and just put on a layer of ceramic coating on them. Hard to appreciate just how much metal-flake there is in this Pearl White paint. Using these bags only on the two-three long tours planned with wifey this summer. They are a little big on the Tracer for everyday use. Ceramic coating set these bags on Fire! 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
  2. 12 points
    I’m feeling younger, it’s been 4 whole long months with no Suzuki in my garage. That changed yesterday, brought home a 2021 GSXR1000R 100th anniversary model with zero miles on it! Back story I’ve owned Suzuki’s since I was 10 years old, I’m now 58. I’ve raced them, tracked them, always bought GSXRs as far back as the beginning of the name. I am Suzuki lol when this one came out I was like yea I need that like the recent AR15 I built. What the hell I love the look and the paint it’s a nice looking bike. Loaded with high tech what’s not to like! And some hp lol I put 30 miles on it today and yep it’s fast! Makes no excuses doing it. I honestly think this should be outlawed not AR15s. Beautifully built bike. Yes I am ditching the full exhaust and going with a ecu tune just cause 170 hp honestly ain’t enough. I want 195! Hell you cannot use the 170 without the rider aides on the thing keeping it from killing you, I like that lol
  3. 11 points
    Put a RoadSmart 4 on the rear and LightTech chain adjusters on.
  4. 11 points
    Finished 1050 miles out to eastern AL and north Georgia. This has been rescheduled twice in a month due to all of the weather we've been having and the route moved south with more weather coming across the country this weekend. We left from Nashville and North Mississippi and met in Gadsden, AL for dinner at the Downtown Chief. Saturday we rode in east Alabama and North Georgia. We had planned to get into North Carolina, but a late start and an overly long coffee stop in Mentone made us abandon our planned route. We had a good lunch stop at the Pink Pig in Cherry Log, GA. Vinegar BBQ is a nice change from Mississippi sweet BBQ. We connected as many roads as possible together using Garmin and Google and my little local knowledge until it was time for dinner in Dahlonega, GA at the Grapevine. Sunday we took back roads to the AL/GA line and rode up to Cheaha State Park and then on to the Barber Museum - my buddy's 1st trip. We watched the Porsche Driving Experience out back then did a quick ceiling to floor walk through. I found the Niken on display next to a Piaggio MP3, a KTM Christini 2 wheel drive bike and a Christini dirt bike converted into a snowmobile. I found 2 rabbits on the freeway home which knocked at least 15 minutes off the ride back and got me home in time for dinner with the family. Good roads - AL - Little River Canyon, but be sure to take CR-275 south of the Canyon. The grades are crazy. Cheaha State Park GA - Little Sand Mountain to Dry Creek and Lake Marvin between Summerville and Resaca Fort Mountain Aska Road south of Blue Ridge Wolf Pen Gap and the rest of 180 <-- it started raining off and on starting at Wolf Pen and for the rest of the day Routes 52 and 136 between Dahlonega and Fairmount SPOT track Little River Canyon There will always be some amount of gravel or dirt on my rides. I can't seem to avoid it. Twisty road in the distance in GA The Pink Pig Front row motorcycle parking at Barber
  5. 9 points
    YCRS Review OK, here we go. I finally made it out to INDE after having to wait another month because of flight cancellations. I had three main goals for this experience. 1) Really freaking understand trail braking. 2) Figure out why and stop having so much tension in my arms/hands. 3) And gain as much knowledge about how the motorcycle works and what inputs it likes best to be safer faster. 1) Mission accomplished. Not only do I understand trail braking, but I can do it. And it provides a better control of the machine. 2) Mission accomplished. Biggest solution for this is use my body more, and simply more confidence in controlling the motorcycle. If you are fortunate enough to get to a class, you have to do the two-up ride. Mine was with Nick and I couldn't believe how fast he was able to go. 3) Mission accomplished. The video that is on youtube about 100 points of grip is only the tip of the iceberg, but it gives you a hint of one of the main tenets of the YCRS way. Overall, I'm really glad I did this. Nick and all the other trainers are so fun. He talks up front about customer service and they back up their words 100%. It's probably more geared toward someone who is trying to get faster on the track than just a street rider, but they don't neglect the street rider at all. This was my first time on a track, but I imagine I'll find a few more local track days now that I feel comfortable with a track. Only "downside" to the whole thing is that I realize I'm probably going to have to ship the ECU to Ivan for a flash because of the smoothness factor. Hopefully that can be a quick turn-around, and then back to practicing my new skills. Thanks again to @com3 for the coupon and the advice. I can't speak about what I don't know about the other schools, but I 100% recommend YCRS.
  6. 9 points
    Well, my body is back home, but my spirit is somewhere still in the Gorge...know what I mean in more ways than one? I'm too tired and elated to do this justice. What a trip. All I wanted and more. I'm out of the shower and the hot tub after a 4.5 hour ride today (about 260 miles today and roughly 600 miles over the whole trip) ride that started at 32 and turned into 46 and raining, so excuse me being a bit spacey. Friday was just gorgeous here in the PNW. I left town about 4pm and had a quick slab ride down to the turn off for Hwy 14 that goes along the Columbia river. It's unremarkable until you get out of Vancouver, and then turns into the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. And then the fun begins! The sun was setting, the skies were clear, and as you climb a ridge you gain enough elevation that when you pop out, the whole Gorge is laid out in front of you. It's breathtaking. It continues to be eye candy every bit of the way. So much to see. I had the road mainly to myself. It was soon dark, so I pulled off of Hwy 14 and crossed over the Bridge of the Gods to Oregon and slabby Hwy 84 to Hood River to grab dinner. The Full Sail pub had recently opened and I had a nice burger. Back on the road, I headed down 84 to Memaloose State Park. No problem getting there after dark, and as I have spent more nights alone in wilderness than seems believable, I had my tent up and I was sacked in just moments. The photo below is from the following morning. I soon found out that Memaloose is right next to the RR tracks! If sound is a big deal to you, make sure you get a spot closer to the river. It was frosty in the morning, and I was excited about the Saturday adventures. Gear note: I use a BrakeFree light on my helmet and figured I could charge it with my Luci solar light that has a USB port and can charge phones. Sure enough! I had no idea what I was in for, having not ridden 141 or 142 before, but man, I was just in heaven. The day was clear, and yet chilly. I had to ride extra carefully not so much from any ice or frost but from all the gravel. It had snowed recently enough that all the roads in the area had been treated with gravel. If you did this in summer when the gravel was gone you could certainly grind down your pegs. The road to BZ corner is fine, but just prelude. The BZ-Glenwood road is where the action starts. The views of Mt. Adams are outrageous. Pastoral heaven. Just God's country. From Glenwood you head south toward 142, taking 142 toward the town of Klickitat. Along the way is the Klickitat canyon, and what a stunning bit of geography. It should be more famous. It's a deep and dramatic chasm where you are in serious danger of losing control of the bike because your eyes are so pulled away. There are some stretches along here where if you need to pass, let's just say, you can reach speeds sufficient to pass a lot of cars quickly. This loop back down to Lyle at the Gorge is just a bit under 100 miles. You can camp along the way if you wish, and it's just magnificent. By the time I go to Lyle, I felt I had already enjoyed the day's highlights! I crossed the bridge over to The Dalles, and headed south on 197, not entirely sure what I was going to do. Full tank of gas, feeling already pretty satisfied...I got down to Maupin and thought I would check out the White River BLM campground, to see what it offered. The road from Maupin along the Deschutes is paved but not marked, and it's just marvelous. Very much like Yakima Canyon, for those who know. A national Wild and Scenic River, among basalt mountains. I passed several fine campsites along the way but decided to keep going. When I got to the White River site, it was perfect. The day had turned balmy, really warm, bike said 63 or something. Once I saw it I knew I would stay. I grabbed a spot, set up camp, and just about passed out with happiness. I later rallied and hiked up one of the nearby hills for some grand views. I later went down to the river and read for quite a while. The obligatory selfie had to be taken. Can you see the beams of light coming out of my head? To bed early, and snug as a bug, I woke early. Waiting for the dawn to happen, I laid there and contemplated all I had seen, and all that has been, and was to come. Then I did the "It's really cold outside so make this quick!" camp breakdown. I got up at 6am, new time change time, and was on the road by 7am. Sun had not yet hit the canyon. My jacket and bike were frosty, but an Aerostitch heated vest and my heated grips and I was good to go. My ride back home was a true NW mixture of freezing in the morning, and fairly sunny on the dry side, and right on cue, as I came West in the Gorge on 14, I hit rain right as I hit the transition from Pines to Doug firs around Skamania. It rained steadily all the way back to Olympia. I had no drama, no difficulties. The bike is such a dream. So smooth. So quick. Happy to cruise at 80, and pass faster, happy to go slow. Just a wonderful travel machine. I needed to go. I went. One version of me went, and another came back.
  7. 8 points
    I finally picked up my new Tracer and could not believe the response from that triple cylinder motor. Thats on a brand new 0km bike. I will have to use serious restraint as the acceleration is relentless! The gearing is so much longer as well, compared to the smaller bikes Ive owned. Add in the gorgeous burbles and gurgles and you are basically on top of something that sounds like a Formula One car engine. Heres to a great summer and good riddance to Covid 19.
  8. 8 points
    Getting her shined up. Hopefully for a ride tomorrow with @fjray and his new goo.
  9. 8 points
    Saarland and Pfalz, Germany
  10. 8 points
    Helped a mate pull down a massive shed and also helped buy a mint 2000 model R1 as his last ride was written off after a crash. Paid me for my troubles and some future service work with a Brembo Rcs 17/19 radial master cylinder. Fit it up to the tracer with nil issues and made some brackets for my hand guards. Will see how it is tomorrow but a quick test on the lawn shows the abs still works and the feel is much more solid.
  11. 8 points
    Today I picked up my GT from the dealer...YAY! Trailered the bike to the dealer on Friday afternoon, got the "all done" call this morning. Pretty quick turnaround considering there must have been 30 bikes there for various servicing. First ride since Dec 8, when I hit a rock and bent a rim. Got a new front rim (from Japan, took 2+ months to arrive), two wheel bearings (mandatory according to dealer), a fresh pair of Roadsmart III's with metal valve stems. Had the entire front end checked out for good measure (all okay). And had the front brake light switch replaced, as well. What a perfect day, too!....74F and sunny, not much wind. Shakedown cruise ~ 80mi, think I got the tires scuffed enough. Back on the road again, finally! 😀
  12. 8 points
  13. 7 points
    I didn't like the look of the stock Tracer turn signal so after much research I decided to go with 12 O"Clock Labs turn signals and replacement flasher. Made in the US. Replacement lenses available! They are very bright. I ordered the optional Yamaha connectors so no cutting and soldering. The flasher is plug & play. Front running lights still work and there is an optional connection for rear running lights. I connected them to my Aux fuse block. Easy instal. Front panels come off easy. You need to remove the press fittings to separate the panel to get at the turn signal. I used a small screwdriver for that. When reassmbling I use a 8mm socket to press them back on. It's easier to remove the rear turn signal mount completely to replace the turn signals. Theres 3 connectors- left & right signals plus the license plate light. Then 4 nuts to remove under the seat. Don't lose the small spacers! On all the turn signals I used a little blue loctite on the threads.
  14. 7 points
  15. 7 points
    Long exposure at night
  16. 7 points
    I figured it was a good day for a twofer, so here's New Bullards Bar dam. It happens to be the 5th tallest dam in the US, and not too far from the Oroville dam. This one is shorter, but much more impressive.
  17. 7 points
    Here's the Oroville dam, the largest and tallest in the US. This thing is massive, it's hard to photograph, so I took them from top and bottom.
  18. 7 points
    After watching every you tube ever made on the Tracer 900 I decided this bike was indeed the best fit for a new ride. Comfort, power, reliability, some wind protection and a nice seat. I literally thought this through all winter! Well the deal was sealed on a new 19 MY in nimbus grey with red trim about three weeks ago.. At my age the blue rims on the 20MY are a little much. I traded in a small Honda 300F naked which I thoroughly enjoyed on the roads near my cottage even with its limited power. I was asked to bring the bike in so that its condition could be checked as the rep said the dealer had been burned in the past. No problem- one look and they saw the pristine black paint and confirmed the 3700kms on the odometer. I left the bike there and my wife picked me up. After waiting a full week I asked if delivery was possible as I am frequently not able to get a ride over and thought the dealership would have a full trailer setup, wheel chock, ramps etc. My rep said he would handle this himself and I patiently waited. At 530 yesterday he finally showed up in a Subaru sedan and a small trailer. Upon opening the door I heard a groan and looked in. MY BRAND NEW DREAM BIKE WAS LYING ON ITS SIDE!l due to a cheap dirtbike chock and improper tie downs. When lifted, the bike had sustained paint scratches on left side handguard, the left side panel at front of gas tank ,the front fender,back of mirror and lower engine case. Nothing broken. I grabbed all my detailer polishes and realized the paint had chipped off. and no buffing would help. Touch up or replace. He was upset and said this had never happened before. My luck! After an ice cold beer i/we decided that a credit of $500 was necessary and I would do the touch ups on my own. Thats how it went. After a difficult evening i went to bed and came into the garage this AM. Only 3C but could not resist a short careful ride. This bike is everything I though it would be. The engine is incredible! The slipper clutch is amazing! I cant wait to do the touchups and forget my "delivery" woes. Thank for listening fellow riders.
  19. 7 points
    Hi, new to the forum. This will be my first Tracer. Just talked to my dealer where I have a deposit down for one and Yamaha sent them an email that the deliver of the Tracer 9GT is on schedule. This was last week. So, hopefully, at least here in the states, that is true. Looks like Visordown posted a road test and review. Yamaha Tracer 9 and Tracer GT 2021 road test and review SINCE 2015 the Tracer has been the sensible one in the otherwise...
  20. 7 points
    Another 63 n Sunny day in Wisconsin HAD to have my kwik trip fried chicken Left at 1, home by 7. Another 250 mile day. I need to find some new routes though, however good the ones I usually frequent.
  21. 7 points
    What did I do? Picked it up from the dealer. Really pleased, a move up from my Tracer 700 which I had for the last four years. Time for a change and the 900GT (2019 model with 9k on the clock) ticked all the boxes. Spend the afternoon sorting out a few details, ready for a proper ride out tomorrow. Good to be here.
  22. 7 points
    On Sunday I took a little ride down the Feather River Canyon. There was construction at one end of the canyon, so traffic was held up for 15-20 minutes. I happened to hit it at the right time – I scootched to the front of the line as it reopened, and from that point on I had the road all to myself the entire length. I set the cruise at 60, kicked back, and enjoyed the pleasant scenery and the open, winding road. A lovely spring day. On the return trip I stopped for a few pictures to share.
  23. 7 points
    Under the welsh rules you can go about 5 miles from home, so got out for a bit and did a northern orbit of my house. Nice to be out on the Niken. The Pirellis are miles better than the rubbish it came with.
  24. 7 points
    Oh! Oil thread! Best way to uselessly waste money. Use a synthetic that meets all the requirements asked for(Specifically, JASO MA and API Service SG, in the appropriate viscosity for your temperature range) , change it when it's supposed to be changed, and it will make *no difference whatsoever* to use more expensive oil. It's just money spent to get a warm glowy feeling of spending more money on your baby.
  25. 6 points
    I know that some here don't think the Yamaha Comfort seats are worth the money, but if you find an opened box set and can buy it for a song, I think it's worth a shot to try. Just after 500 miles on the Tracer, Warchild-wife has indicated that the stock seats aren't cutting the mustard, and she also want me to do something with the suspension - her exact words: "Fix it", and for emphasis, she gave me "The Look"... 😲 She has many, many, many thousands of miles as a pillion - mostly on FJRs. She knows full well that the Tracer's factory setup isn't doing the job when we are both onboard and the bike is loaded with gear. So while I'm at least making a go of it with the Comfort seats, I told her it's the suspension that we need to drop the Big Coins into in order to get properly sorted. She is aware. Believe me. 🙄 So we'll start with the Comfort seats, and now I await my suspension doctor, currently researching the matter, to tell us what some of our options are for suspension. Been down this road before - I know I am looking at a new shock in the back and new cartridges up front, and a minimum. We've yet to try out the new seats - they look pretty nice: Will update this thread when the suspension fun starts. 👍
  26. 6 points
    That sound...when you are doing 4K RPM and open the throttle fully and hear that deep throated guttural roar of breathing from the beast...that sound feels so...
  27. 6 points
    I'm pretty sure @Rick123 wasn't trying to be a dick there, he was just curious as to the motivation behind the decision. Off topic for the thread, sure, but it's not a crazy question, particularly given it's a bike specific forum. He wasn't demanding Shizzle justify his decision - people move on to other bikes all the time for an infinite variety of reasons. It's not that unreasonable a question, either, as it's not every day people buy a bike and trade it in so quick so doing so usually implies a pretty strong reason. I mean, I'm not gonna lie, I'm kind of curious too. I did it myself, going from an MT07 to the Tracer - and for me, it was just that while the MT07 was stupid fun to ride, I just couldn't deal with the physical size issues. Anybody's business? I mean, again, bike forum. We're largely here to talk about bikes in general and this one in particular. So we do that. Curiosity!
  28. 6 points
    On this boring monday, somewhere in Slovenia.
  29. 6 points
    Could you convince the passenger to even get in the trailer for a road trip? Most that I have seen are fairly small, like a large dog crate with wheels. I would pay to hear someone have that conversation with the wife... 😂
  30. 6 points
    Well, you must have one clean bike and I better never post a photo of the underside of my beast on here for fear of the shame. In his defense, he does live here in rainy Western WA where keeping a bike clean is either a daily task or hopeless.
  31. 6 points
    Tonight I installed my Givi TN2139 engine guards and they were an easy and perfect fit, once @betoney helped my idiot self by pointing out the bolt you remove on the left side goes all the way through and you have to remove the nut on the right side to pull out the bolt on the left side! I also have the Givi RP2139 skid plate installed, and fortunately they play together nicely. With the skid plate installed, you do not need to use the spacers that would normally go in that spot, which is the forward most bolt location. Now I'm feeling pretty solid on by protection farkles. I've got axle sliders on the front, skid plate, engine guards, radiator screen. I can now go on long trips and not worry so much about a rock through the radiator, rock through the oil filter, or dropping the bike in a grocery parking lot in bumblecrap nowhere and cracking my engine case open.
  32. 6 points
    Did a little night riding last night. 🔥
  33. 6 points
    Hello! Been following this forum for a few years when I decided it was time to move on from my Harley FXR to something a bit sportier. I've been riding since 2012 and got a 2015 FJ09 last Fall. It's the bike I've always wanted... upright but sportier seating, room for luggage, windshield, and comes in red. But seriously it is ALL about that triple engine. What an absolutely inspiring machine. I want to thank everyone on this forum for the vast wealth of knowledge. I felt like I knew my FJ09 long before I got on the saddle. I'm looking forward to hearing your stories and learning so much more.
  34. 6 points
    Made myself a little more visible.. some cheap Amazon fog lights and TS, Denali brake light and some black reflective tape.
  35. 6 points
    Good practice is certainly key. Bret Tkacs is a local guy here in Puget Sound, and does a good job. It's a core part of MSF curriculum here in the US that you teach stopping distance and the fallacy that bikes can stop faster. Our best friend is following distance. 2 seconds minimum. Try it sometime, it's a long way at 100kph.
  36. 6 points
    This particular set of 3M reflective decals are meant for a flat surface (FJR1300 side cowling), so they will not lay properly on the curved surfaces of the GT hard bags without placing them at slightly 'off-kilter' positions. Which is fine, I don't really care, I only care how they look to cars coming up from behind me at night. 👍 Now I am more motivated to swap out the ginormous rear pumpkin turn signals back here for a more reasonable smaller set.
  37. 6 points
    After struggling for an hour to get a new vinyl floor (instead of carpet) into a project vehicle, I needed a reprieve. Installed the battery into my FJ and went for a spin; first ride this year. The evening air felt great, but I'm most looking forward to some cones and slow-manoeuvre work down a quiet stretch I know. The biggest thing that jumped out last night was how much better the brakes are after the fluid flush. I've not once felt the rear ABS kick in until last night; felt it twice. Again - need some practice to get used to the new feel. And so begins the season for 2021.
  38. 6 points
    These are my favorite oils and chain lube.....nothing else compares.
  39. 6 points
    240 mile day Saturday. Never got over 58 but I did run into some early bird bugs! Many of the hundreds of little lakes were still at least partially frozen. But it's snowing here now and the forecast is crappy all week. So much to do work and healthcare wise. LMK if you decide to head up this way when it warms up consistently. It looks like my back surgery will have to deferred once again due to serious dentil issues. So I may be able to ride before that up to late April. Then I'll be in a back brace for 5 weeks recovering, so my warm weather riding season may not start until July 😞
  40. 6 points
    ... with one exception. Motul 7100 smells so good!! Not like a good meal, but still. If I didn’t know it was oil, I’d try a spoonful... -Skip
  41. 6 points
    With the beautiful weather we had recently, I rode up to White Pass on Thursday and Spirit Lake Highway on Friday. There is a TON of snow up there but the roads were clear and dry with no sand.
  42. 6 points
    In the Bay Area, that would be listed as “Quaint studio flat. Quiet building with excellent insulation. $2,600/month. References required” 😇
  43. 5 points
  44. 5 points
  45. 5 points
    Trail braking totally transformed riding for me. I didn't realize it, as it happened very gradually over decades riding, but I was entering unknown corners slower and slower because they were unknown and in traditional riding you're pretty much committed to a speed once you've entered the corner. As - at least where most of my riding happens - corners as a rule tend to be blind more often than not, this resulted in my riding slower and slower. I was blissfully unaware, till I went on a group trip with a bunch of guys who went way harder into these corners than I was comfortable with... But at speeds I used to be comfortable with. And they weren't squiddy sorts, this wasn't some knee dragging thing. I was fine following them, but terrified at the notion of doing it on my own. The rationale, of course, was legitimate: I'd been in major motorcycle accidents precisely because I'd entered known corners at speeds that would normally be ok, but some random happening made it not ok - but I was unable to compensate. An example being a large sheet of cardboard that resulted in a really unpleasant lowside. Learning to trail into corners with the suspension pre-loaded correctly until the point where you can see through the exit was game-changing. You make the bike tip in a bit faster, and you're able to shed speed much faster if circumstances change mid corner rather than just braking and ending up off the road. For street riding, particularly through corners with limited visibility, it's absolutely amazing.
  46. 5 points
    Installed a dual garage door and gate opener...no more fumbling around with the remote! Also installed Led Lights on the rear and side reflectors for more visibility.
  47. 5 points
    Well it was till they drove outside 😁
  48. 5 points
    Gold and black always seem to be an excellent color contrast. 👍 Those shouldered carrier bolts already have 125K+ miles on them, they are coming off my old 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa. To further enhance the in-breeding, I used medium thread locker that came from a BMW goody from Wunderlich, so I expect the final drive to start leaking any time now. 😆
  49. 5 points
    New 900GT owner come to learn what the internet has to offer about my latest addition to the family. 20+ years of riding in the Bio; did some amateur 600 WMRRA /OMRRA racing back in the early 2000's and loved it but it started eating up more time (and money) then I could spare so I switched gears for while and got into the dirt and enjoyed some of the great local enduro riding around the Island. Saddle time dwindled for a couple years with a couple little kids added to the mix but managed to claw some back in 2019 with a used GSXR750 purchase which then got turned into a trackday only machine that I dare not ride on the road, I somehow forget how old I am when I ride it and am WAY too old to be getting my licence yanked. Kids are almost old enough to try out some dirtbiking with dad, got them a couple Stacyc bikes last fall and the youngest can ALMOST reach her fingers pull in the brake now (not that she would use it if she could, she's all GO that one)! I enjoy working (tinkering) on bikes almost as much as riding them but never seem have enough time for either with work and kids, though I don't say that as a complaint. Put a fair amount of milage on my truck with work so got the Tracer to spend some of that time in the saddle instead. After trying a few things out the 900GT became the logical choice for me, was planing to buy used but my local dealer had a 2019 still in the crate and with the 2021's out I got a nice deal on it. Almost ready for the the first oil change and am SUPER happy with the bike (though I am maxed out on preload and am going to have to get some stiffer springs into the front). Really loving the motor, cruise control, ergos, bags, and the styling suits me just fine. Look forward to learning from the community and hopefully might have something to contribute from time to time. Ride Safe!
  50. 5 points
    Hooray! Kaloo, Kalay! Oh Frabjoulous Day! My Olympia XMoto pants finally died last Friday morning. The right leg zipper would go down all the way to the bottom, but then the portion about 3-4 inches above would separate and you couldn't get the zipper up. Olympia looks like they are starting back up after going out of business, so I couldn't just go buy another set of their pants. So I did my research and found the supply chain is totally messed up. Many of the pants I wanted, were out of stock in anything but the tiniest sizes or the "Omar the Tent Maker" size. I ended up ordering the HWK overpants off the evil empire, Amazon. And so, my HWK pants arrived today. I had ordered these months ago when they were $29, but returned them. There were some fitment issues back then, and I wondered how these would be. Had they changed? The basic pant looks the same. Like the picture on their website, it has some nice pluses. First, it is light colored. In hot summer temps, black seems like the absolute dumbest color to have, even if it is mesh. And I've found black gear really doesn't add any heat in the winter. Next, it has a large open area that unzips over the top of the thigh to let some cooling air in when the temps get warmer. Some pants give you just a small zippered vent area, and I wonder how well that would work. The most important thing though, is how they fit. I wear a size 34 pant. I purchased two pairs, with the intent to try both and return one. One is a 34-36. The other is a 36-38. Both fit, with obviously a little more room in the larger pair. The pants have a Velcro strap on each side to tighten the waist up quickly and easily. There's also some elastic in the waistband area to allow for expansion. While I'm at the waist, the snaps at the waistband are substantial. How long they stay on, will be up for debate. But for now, they are very strong and seem to be quality parts. The reason I returned the $29 pair, was because the calf area was too tight. That pair of pants fit fine in the waist and thigh, but the calf felt too small. Both of these new pants, seem appropriately tailored. The pants came in a plastic sealed bag. When I opened the first one, these tags were there. Interestingly enough, the second pair of pants, didn't have the tags. It looks like they were returned from a previous purchase and repackaged. Ignore the non-paid model. The tags said they used Cordura material. It appears they did. It also said they used CE armor. It appears they did. A selling point for me, was the large thigh vent area. Here's what it looks like when unzipped. I tucked the material down into the opening at the knee. Unlike the Olympia XMoto pants, the material doesn't fall all the way down into the calf area. But it does tuck away neatly. One "issue" is think will come up, is that same opening will probably pick up water in the rain. The leg opening is one place I wish they would make larger. I can't see a way to get the pants on and off without removing my boots. Every pair of pants is a compromise. The Olympia XMoto pants were not perfect. The knee armor seemed great when standing up, but in the riding position, they shifted to the side to the point where I wondered if they would do any good in a get-off. HWK has done an excellent job on these pants. The material seems durable and the stitching looks good. Zippers are on the smaller side, but seem adequate for the job. The waist adjustment, seems great and the two straps to take up the waist, are well made and simple to use. I wish the side zippers at the bottom of the leg were larger. But that's not a deal-breaker. What would've been a deal breaker, is if the pants were not cut large enough to wear over pants. The rain liner is not one I plan to use; it is the kind of material that doesn't breathe. I'll take the removable rain/wind liner out of my Olympia XMoto pants and use it instead. But what do you want for $59. These pants would be competitive to pants that cost up to $200. And when I see what they managed to do here, I have to wonder why Klim gear costs so much. Chris

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