|2012 Suzuki GSX-R750; AGVSport riding leathers; HJC CL-R2 helmet|
If you add dual-sport riding to the mix, you get to buy camping gear as well.
Anytime I read about someone taking long trips on motorcycles, whether it be across the United States or across remote continents like Asia or Africa, I enjoy reading about their adventures but I also have a compulsion to learn about the gear they use. Many authors neglect this aspect of their travel writing.
Since I've been racking up a fair number of miles, and am getting into dual-sport riding, I decided to create some sections on my blog devoted to the gear I use, both on and off the bike.
I have two bikes, a 2007 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 and a 2012 Suzuki GSX-R750. I wear different gear for each bike.
- Aerostich Darien jacket
- Aerostich AD1 Light pants
- Sidi Canyon boots
- HJC RPHA-Max helmet
- Cortech Scarab winter gloves
- AGV Sport Palomar two-piece leather suit (summer), and,
- Aerostich Roadcrafter (R2) one-piece textile suit (spring, fall, and winter)
- HJC CL-R2 helmet
- Sidi Fusion boots
- River Road Mystic Leather mesh gloves
Each bike has its own set of luggage. The V-Strom is fitted with Touratech Zega Pro aluminum side cases and a Givi V46 top case. I use a Wolfman Explorer Lite tank bag.
The Gixxer has Motocentric soft side bags, tail bag, and magnetic tank bag. I also have a large waterproof duffel bag that I attach to the seat instead of the Motocentric tail bag when taking multi-day trips.