Everyone loves new gear. Nothing beats opening that box from the mail, or picking up that perfect helmet or jacket from the dealer and putting it on and thinking, “Oh yeah, that works.” That is how we feel about the awesome KLIM gear that we have for this ride. We are all outfitted with KLIM F4 ECE Helmets, they offer great protection, do not interfere with your peripheral vision, and looks the part. Our Jackets and Pants are all KLIM as well, we’ll be using some of their Overland Gear, as well as their Traverse and Scott, the owner at IMS, will be rocking a Badlands Pro Jacket. They offer great ventilation from the multiple zippers that open up and allow great air flow, with out compromising safety, a theme you will notice about KLIM gear throughout this post. The arms can get a little hot but by simply undoing the velcro straps at the wrist and forearm opens up the jacket to amazing airflow with out compromising your safety (again). Inside the jacket on the right hand side is a zippered mesh pocket with a small hole on the top. It quickly become apparent that KLIM has not forgot that for many of us our ADV bikes do not have speakers to allow us to listen to our favorite music. But you can easily fit a iPod, iPhone, Android, or whatever electronic device you have in the pocket, zip it up, and have a place for the headphone wires to come out of, with out (once again) compromising your safety. This is a great option to have on long rides with open face helmets, since the wind noise can become tedious after a while. I will up date this post with more pictures as I get them, until then enjoy the few pics of one of the Helmets we will be wearing, as well as some of the gear.
Life sometimes can take you down unexpected and strange paths. It reminds me of a old Lord of The Rings saying, “All who wander are not lost.” My life has been an interesting roller coaster, I moved my family to Yucaipa to work for IMS Products, but life had a different path for me. I am now back to teaching elementary school and will be moving back to Monterey, CA in a few weeks, but before that happens I will be making my first adventure ride. Scott Wright of IMS, myself, and 6 other men will be making a 2 day 850 mile ride from Yucaipa, CA to Ouray, CO for a church men’s retreat with Wildwood Calvary Chapel. Two of the six men will be riding in the chase truck towing a 16 foot trailer big enough for 4 ADV bikes to fit in. One of them, Chris Hardin GM of IMS, will be a trade out rider for anyone that gets tired, where as Tim Fogle will be the permanent chase truck guy. It should prove to be a very interesting and awesome trip and I can’t wait to get started. So with out further mumbling on my part, here is the list of men, the bikes that they ride, and a little photo shoot of the bike I will be riding, as more pics and info come I will keep this updated so keep a keen eye out, this should be fun.
The Bikes and Men:
There is me on my 2014 Green Triumph Tiger 800XC
Scott Wright men’s pastor and owner of IMS Products on a 2014 BMW 1200GSA.
Chris Hardin Manager of IMS Products and his 2009 Husky TE310 (he won’t be riding that bike, simply because of comfort)
Mark Schlichter on his personal 2010 BMW800.
Jeremy Fogle 2014 1200GSA (on loan from BMW of Escondido)
Keith Morabito on a 2014 BMW 800GSA (also on loan from BMW of Escondido)
For this ride we have been completely outfitted (minus boots) with Klim Overland Pants and Jackets, as well as Klim Helmets, F4 ECE to be exact. This is something we are all very excite about and very grateful to Klim for the equipment. These pants and jacket are very well ventilated, so even in the heat of the Vegas Desert we should be nice and cool. The jackets come equipped with a back protecter, and elbow and shoulder armor, and lots of pockets for storing things. The Pants have tons of pockets, several vents, as well as hip and knee protection. We are hopeful that we never have to find out how good the armor is but it is better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it.
Our plan of attack is to leave Sunday the 15 at around 2pm and then hit Vegas for some IMS promotional shots and videos. Then bomb out to Saint George Utah for the night. The next day we will be hitting Moab and Zion on the way to Ouray. Once at the camp we plan on going over Engineer Pass and a few other yet to be determined rides. We will be there from the 17-21 when we leave to ride the full 850 miles back in one day.
As we prepare I will post more pics and info but now for what you all really want to see the bikes, or at least one of them, my personal Tiger 800XC.
I have added a RS4 Yoshimura exhaust, Alt Rider guards, Precision Concepts redone front suspension and Touratech rear shock, TKC80 front and rear tires, Renthal Twinwall Handlebars, Cycra Hand guards, and a very comfy Seat Concepts seat. I will be wearing KLIM Overland Pants and Jacket and a KLIM Helmet.
On top of all of this IMS has loaned me a set of their Rally Adventure bike foot pegs. I will get some pics when they arrive but let me say I have ridden with them on this bike before and they are great, big, lots of grip, and easy on the eyes. Scott Wright will have a set of the new Adventure Pegs on his 1200GSA as soon as they are finished. He told me they should be really cool with a special shape just for big ADV bikes. I will keep this updated as things develop.
This is Scott Wright’s BMW 1200GSA