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Superficial Friday: SHIFT Double Bypass Cheeseburger Helmet

Superficial Friday: SHIFT Double Bypass Cheeseburger Helmet

The Shift Racing Double Bypass helmet has been around for a bit now.  It’s a delicious stack of cheesy, burger helmet goodness.

SHIFT Racing Double Bypass Cheeseburger Dirt Helmet

So what do you think? Love it, LOVE!! IT!! or… eh, whatever?

I can has cheezburger? Yes, please!

My Holiday Wish List – REV’IT Motorcycle Socks

My Holiday Wish List – REV’IT Motorcycle Socks

Rev'it Tour Winter SocksBecause motorcycles are such a passion for me, at Christmas time motorcycle related gifts are a no-brainer for my family. But, at this time in my riding life I really don’t need anything. I’ve got great pants & jackets in both leather and textile. I’ve got a full suite of heated gear. I don’t need a GPS, a helmet cam, tire plugging kit, tire pump or any earbuds. I’ve got luggage, bags and a great helmet.

I must be a pain to shop for.

I’ve been perusing the many “holiday gifts for rider’s” emails and blog posts that have been popping up everywhere. There hasn’t been anything that tickled my fancy save for 1 thing. Socks.

When we were heading to Italy earlier in the year, I asked you sexy babes for suggestions on riding socks and underwear. Of course, you came through with great suggestions. I did opt for the Ex-Officio underwear and couldn’t have been happier with them. But I never did buy any new socks.

My current SmartWool socks are great performance-wise. They are warm/cool, dry and comfortable. A trifecta of wonderfulness. BUT… (there is always a but) I would like a taller sock than the crew style I’ve been using. Something in a nice knee-high. Enter the REV’IT socks.

Why the REV’IT brand socks as opposed to any others? No reason other than I love my REV’IT ”Sand’ jacket and pants. I’m assuming that their socks would be great too.

So Santa, if you’re reading this – I’ve been really good all year. Hook a girl up, would ya?

Now it’s your turn:

  • Would you pay $40 for a pair of socks or is that just stupid?
  • Are all socks created equal?
  • Have you used these socks? Can you offer real world experience with them?
  • What’s on your holiday motorcycle wish list?
Motorcycle Travel Underwear and Socks – Reader Suggestions

Motorcycle Travel Underwear and Socks – Reader Suggestions

When asked for advice on different brands and styles of wash and wear, comfortable underwear and socks that would be good for motorcycle traveling – my blog readers came through with some great ideas. Our commenters are apparently a wealth of knowledge in the underpants department.

Here is a listing of some of their suggestions:

Underwear

  • LD Comfort
    I got a response from Catfish who used these during the 2009 Iron Butt Rally. He said they worked great for wash and wear and he would absolutely use them again.
  • Ex-Officio
    A few folks gave these a nod in different styles from briefs to boyshorts. Boyshort styles offer fewer irritating seams. Ex-Officio’s Give-N-Go fabric was noted as fast drying, breathable and comfortable. I have not been able to find anything in local stores, so I can’t give anything a touch-feel test. Would have to buy online.
  • Under Armour
    We got a few votes for Under Armor. The range of garment styles they offer is diverse; from long legging tights to briefs and boxers. The upside of this brand for me is that it is readily available in many places. Many outlet malls stock their goods as well – if you aren’t picky about colors you might be able to get a pretty good discount.
  • Basic padded bicycle shorts
    Available in a myriad of bicycle shops. Probably fairly easy to find and try on locally.
  • IceBreaker clothing
    Merino wool has excellent temperature management properties and is less stinky than other synthetic technical clothing fabrics.

Sports Bras

Without getting too specific, I am difficult to fit in the sports bra department. Being able to find items locally to try on is a huge plus for me.

  • Moving Comfort
    This was a brand that I was able to find locally to try on at Dicks Sporting Goods. MC offered more defined cup/band sizes than just S,M,L which was a welcomed option. Their website offers a Sports Bra Basics buying guide as well.
  • Under Armour
    I was able to try on or… attempt to try on an Under Armour Endure model. It was a pull over style – no hooks or zips. It was simply too tight to pull on. I was afraid I was going to get stuck half in and half out of it in the dressing room. Who wants to make that call for assistance? I wriggled my way back out and decided that without some sort of closure hardware, maybe UA isn’t for me. Or more specifically that style of bra, regardless of brand isn’t for me.
  • CW-X

Socks

Though I failed to mention it in my previous blog post, if I am not wearing a legging under my riding pants I prefer socks that will cover my calf at least as high as my boot goes. I like to put a layer of fabric between me and the boot. Whatever socks I ultimately choose will have to be fairly long.

Reader suggested socks brands:

A huge thank you to all the readers who offered their input!

If you have any additional brands or information – please don’t be shy. Comment below:

Help Wanted: Motorcycle Travel-Friendly Undergarments and Socks

Help Wanted: Motorcycle Travel-Friendly Undergarments and Socks

Womens Underwear - Corset ModelWomen’s undergarments have a long history of being cruel, hateful things. Whale bones, laces, wires – all of them evil, all of them found in ladies intimates. Sitting on a motorcycle all day can really showcase just how uncomfortable a pair of underpants can be.

For an upcoming trip, I am looking to find some new travel-friendly socks and underwear that provide all day comfort in the saddle. With luggage space being a premium, I’m specifically looking for items that can easily sink-wash and dry overnight so that I can pack less of them.

Wash and Wear

For underwear, the Ex-Officio Give-N-Go bikini briefs on REI.com get great reviews as do the Patagonia Active Briefs. I think they’ll be on my short list. See what I did there? Hopefully the elastic in the legs openings don’t become a problem after sitting all day. If you have experience with either of these pairs, brands or fabrics  – please comment below!

The same applies for sports bras. I’m looking for a sturdy and supportive wash and wear options that can carry me through the week on the road. I welcome any suggestions.

For socks, I’m a little up in the air. I don’t know what to pick. I like SmartWool socks very much but the ones that I currently have are a little bulky to pack several pairs. Also, I’ve yet to wash them in the sink to see how quickly they dry. Is there something better, something slimmer, something that can do a fast wash and wear overnight? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Let’s hear from you:

  • Do you have tips or tricks on how to bring less clothing without “suffering” on a road trip?
  • Do you have any experience with any particular products that we should know about?
The Arrival: Medium Sears/JC Whitney Motorcycle Luggage Trunk

The Arrival: Medium Sears/JC Whitney Motorcycle Luggage Trunk

Last week I ordered a medium sized motorcycle luggage trunk from Sears. It arrived on Saturday.

Storage capacity on the medium trunk is listed as 31liters. It is big enough to put my dirt helmet in, close and lock it. When traveling, I currently use a Famsa 22 liter Art 710 tailbag on my Speed Triple, so once I get this box securely mounted, it should provide me with some extra, waterproof, lockable space. ::knocks wood::

The Maltese Cross emblem is pretty hokey. That is going to be covered up or removed.

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Sears Motorcycle Trunk - Fuzzygalore.com Girlie Motorcycle Blog Sears Motorcycle Trunk - Fuzzygalore.com Girlie Motorcycle Blog Sears Motorcycle Trunk Mounting Plate - Fuzzygalore.com Girlie Motorcycle Blog
Sears Motorcycle Trunk Mounting Plate - Fuzzygalore.com Girlie Motorcycle Blog Sears Motorcycle Trunk - Fuzzygalore.com Girlie Motorcycle Blog Sears / JC Whitney Motorcycle Trunk - Fuzzygalore.com Motorcycle Blog

I don’t recall ordering the gloss black version of the box and the receipt says flat black but, that’s okay, I guess. I kinda like the gloss. Maybe it will make me feel like a sassy Italian bird jetsetting around Milan on a candy-colored Vespa.

Next up – some creative mounting. I’m going to need help from one of my garage savvy friends in sorting out a good mounting bracket for the Speed Triple.

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