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Klim Badlands Pro Jacket & Pants Review

After two years of testing, we have an enormous appreciation for the Klim Badlands Pro Jacket and Badlands Pro Pant here at Solo Moto. We have found this long-range touring and adventure jacket/pants combo to be the ultimate in protection, function, and style. If you're looking for one set of gear to do it all, look no further. The Badlands Pro jacket and pants may end up being your most important set of gear for several reasons... 

No matter how bad the weather, the jacket does its job. In the heat it ventilates extremely well for a jacket with this level of protection. The moisture-wicking brushed mesh liner keeps air moving once it enters one of the six (6) intake vents. The massive vents under the arms are very effective, and the forearm and bicep vents allow for fine tuning or all-out air flow. The two (2) vertical back exit vents remain effective since they route around the back protector. Amazingly enough, the Badlands Pro is still able to shield you from pounding rain and snow in the blistering cold. The Gore-tex shell and waterproof stretch panels are guaranteed to keep you dry, and easily adjustable wrist enclosures with gaiters secure tightly in and around your gloves to keep moisture out. The jacket collar reaches up near your helmet and can be cinched with a draw cord. We've had the jacket in rain, hail and snow, and it performed flawlessly throughout each adventure. 

Top-of-the-line armor and abrasion resistance keep you protected. There's absolutely no reason to buy a piece of equipment that doesn't offer a level of safety consistent with today's technology- and the Badlands Pro has it all. Armacor high-abrasion and tear-resistant material shields you from long slides on pavement or rough terrain. The internal D30 armor is amazingly comfortable and significantly more effective than similarly weighted foam pads used in other jackets and pants. The D30 armor remains soft and flexible while riding but absorbs impacts on a molecular level. The armor fits flawlessly into the jacket and pants, allowing for a full range of motion on or off of your motorcycle. We even find ourselves wearing the jacket around camp. 

Storage in the jacket is convenient and well thought out. The Badlands Pro has an internal chest pocket for an MP3 player or phone with exiting routes for ear pods. You'll find a storage pouch for a hydration bladder behind the back protector with a route for the drink tube exiting via one of the front pockets. There are four (4) big pockets on the front of the jacket that allow the rider to carry just about anything they'd need in a hurry like cash or a camera. There's a huge pouch on the lower back for miscellaneous items, and a convenient zippered arm pocket for ID, credit cards or emergency info. Storage has never been an issue in our experience with this jacket. 

We have yet to wear a better-designed, more functional on/off-road pant than the Badlands Pro. If you are an adventure touring rider you?ve no doubt been across some weather and probably had a spill or two. What if you had a pair of riding pants that had the abrasion resistance needed for street riding, sleek and comfortable impact-absorbing internal armor, and a reliable, rugged construction that will stand up to any type of weather and terrain you throw at them? Well, you?d have the Badlands Pro pant and you would be done shopping. We?ve had the opportunity to ride thousands of miles through rain, hail and snow in these pants and they are the best we?ve seen so far. If you want one pair of riding pants that does it all, the Badlands Pro pant is definitely at the top of the list. 


Overall, there really isn't anything more I could ask for from an adventure jacket and pants. The Badlands Pro is easy to ride in and it?s kept most of my soft tissue intact over the past couple years (despite my best efforts to destroy myself!). Whether I'm riding thousands of miles of highway through the Pacific Northwest, camping for weeks in the Sierras, or adventure riding through Death Valley, I have a one set of gear that will do it all and do it well.
By Aram


Irvine, Santiago Peak, Ortega Highway Ride Report


Sunday morning I woke up early and stepped outside the garage in my pajama pants and a sweatshirt at 0615, passing my motorcycle and gear on the way out. It was socked in fog but I was wide awake and wanted to go for a ride. I threw my Klim Latitude Pants on over my pajamas, strapped on my Gaerne Balance Oileds, put my Alpinestars textilejacket on over a fleece jacket and warmed up the motorcycle not really sure where I was actually headed. 

I headed west towards the beach before turning back around to the east to see if the local canyons were clearer as visibility was less than 75 yards in Irvine. Once I passed through Foothill Ranch it cleared up completely as the tires finally warmed up. Getting on Santiago Road, other than a few bicyclists here and there, was wide open but cool temperature-wise. Silverado Canyon came was coming up on the right and I decided I was going to ride to where the pavement ended when Silverado Canyon Road turns into Maple Springs, one of the access roads up into Cleveland National Forest. Once I reached this without passing any hikers and it still being so early I decided to head up to 4 Corners where Maple Springs, North Main Divide, and Modjeska Canyon all merge (Maple Springs turns into Main Divide where they meet hence the 4th corner). The Sun was just reaching the ridgelines below and to the west when I reached there. 

Looking north from 4 Corners

The trusty steed looking at 4 Corners



Still being early I decided to go for the top of Santiago Peak. The ride was nice and cool yet working the stock DR650SE over the loose rocks on the westward (weather facing) roads was causing me to work up a sweat so it was time to open up the vents on the Latitude pants. I was surprised that the entire way up I didn?t encounter any hikers or mountain bikers as sometimes they are around every corner. I was the only person up there that I saw to this point.


Santiago Peak, looking west

 

I made the top shortly after 0730 to a still foggy Orange County but nice views all around. No one was up there and it was a nice way to spend the morning. I thought I was going to turn around and then I started looking east towards Elsinore and Ortega Highway. I had driven the part of North Main Divide between Santiago Peak and Ortega many times but had not ridden it. 

Somewhere out there is Ortega

 

I took off after spending about a half hour at the top. It is a fun section of dirt with mostly compacted sand and a little bit longer straight-aways allowing the DR to stretch her legs a bit.


Looking back at Santiago Peak


 
Approximately half way to Ortega from the peak I came across the first vehicle who were scouting around for deer. I kept going after talking to them for a few minutes and passed another vehicle that just flew by when I waved him through. I reach Ortega Highway a little after 0900 and decided it was time to eat so I headed down into Lake Elsinore for breakfast. After airing up the tires a bit at a gas station I headed back through Ortega Highway and was sitting at home just after 1100. A great way to spend a Sunday morning in my opinion.


Found Ortega!

By Sir D


Moto-D Undersuit Review

After owning the Moto-D undersuit for about a year and a half, I thought it would be a great time to give a review now that it's proven itself time and time again. Here's to one of the most important pieces of riding gear I own!

The Moto-D undersuit is an adult onesie (come on, they were so cool when we were kids!). The undersuit is made of an 84% polyester and 16% Spandex blend, making it ULTRA stretchy. Because it's so stretchy, I was even able to stitch the undersuit up when it tore during one of my crashes due to my suit coming apart! In regards to sizing, I am 6'3" and 205 lbs with an Athletic build, and I fit into a Medium perfectly. We have never had one returned for it being too small, definitely something to keep in mind when selecting the size that best suits you!

For those of us who wear leather suits or jackets in the canyons or at the track know how much of a pain, literally, it can be getting them off. The undersuit COMPLETELY defeats this, making suits and jackets slide off with ease. In addition, the fabric creates a barrier between your skin, helping to wick away moisture, keeping you cool and comfortable all day long in both hot and cold weather. Speaking of comfort, the MOTO-D undersuit has a two-way zipper that opens from either the top or bottom, so it's easy for men to unzip for rest room breaks. All in all, I highly recommend this undersuit, and if you still have questions email or call one of our resident gear experts for any help and or advice.

By Sir D


Galfer Rear Wave Rotors




When I checked my rear rotor on my 800GS at approximately 18,000-miles, it was about 1mm away from needing to be replaced (according to BMW specs). I happen to relish the opportunity to bolt new farkles on my bike, but maintaining minimum safety standards is a no-brainer. If safety is good, then more safety is surely better. So, let's take things a step further and add a better performing brake system to the rear wheel. Introducing the Galfer RearWave Rotor for the 800GS.

Our 800GS utilizes the rear brake heavily in a variety of conditions: wet pavement and water crossings, dirt, mud, snow, sand, and desert temperatures well over 100-degrees in the summer. We need a rear rotor that will dissipate heat and fight brake fade while maintaining bite in all of the messy off-road conditions we plow this motorcycle through. Galfer has been a trusted name in brakes for over 50 years, and we?ve used a number of their performance braking applications with great success.

The Galfer Rear Wave Rotor installs without any issue since it's a direct replacement for the stock BMW rotor. Do-it-yourselfers may want to make one note: the brake caliper floats on the carrier as the pads wear to keep each side even on the rotor, so you?ll need to slide the caliper over to fit the new rotor and pads into the caliper. That little trick aside, the installation was about as straight forward as it gets.


The performance on the Galfer Rear Wave Rotor is outstanding. We can pound on the brake pedal all day and it responds beautifully without fail. The rotor sheds water through its self-cleaning properties thanks to the wave shape, which also aids in cooling- paramount to a good rotor. Heat will cause brakes to fade, meaning that they start to feel soft and lose their bite. Galfer has worked tirelessly on solving this problem by actually inventing and patenting the Wave Rotor. Thanks Galfer!  
By Aram


Gaerne Balanced Oiled Boots

Choosing my pair of boots was real difficult. I wanted a full blown MX boot with ankle protection, a waterproof boot that I could ride in the rain with, and a boot that I could stand all day in at work. I found out quickly that getting all three of these attributes in one boot was going to be impossible.

I tried on the popular dual sport boots like Sidi Crossfires 2 SRS, Alpinestars Scouts, and a variety of more Alpinestars geared more towards MX. Having heard of so many good things about the Gaerne, specifically their line of trials boots, I decided to throw my money down on a pair of Gaerne Balance Oiled's. I would be losing the complete ankle protection I was looking for but I would gain the waterproofing and the all-day comfort I desired.

I normally wear a size 11 to 12 tennis shoe and about 11.5 boots all depending on the company and ended up ordering the 11's. The boots were tight at first but quickly started to break in. I felt no strange pressure points and the leather that was supple to begin and quickly became more nice and soft. The only complaint I have of the boot is a lack of shifter protecting on the boot. After laying the bike down and riding with a bent shifter my foot got a bit sore since its just leather on top of the boot. Normally this doesn't cause a problem at all. Another thing to note is the lack of a raised heel. I had to adjust the shifter up a notch so that I could comfortably shift as the boots I was used to wearing with a heel allowed more room with the narrower vertical clearance caused by the void in front of the raised heel.

Over all I am really happy with the boots. Riding fire roads on my DR650SE with stock suspension I find these boots great. Before with my work boots my lower legs would bash against the frame sometimes but the Gaerne's have enough padding to make this a non-issue. I have worn the boots for 17 hours at a time; split between riding, standing at work, lounging around, and riding again with no discomfort to speak of. I haven't tested how waterproof they are but did step in a couple of puddles a few inches deep and felt no moisture. When it is hot they breathe surprisingly well but do get a little warm while standing in 85 F plus degree weather. For hardcore dirt riding a different boot ought to be used but for a casual boot that can be worn all day, walked around with no annoying squeaks, the Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots are my boot of choice.

By Sir D


Moto-D Pro Series Dual Temp Tire Warmer Review

I purchased the Pro Series Dual Temperature Tire Warmers from Moto-D brand new a little under 1 year ago now, and WOW! They are working out as well as I could have ever imagined. Coming from a top of the line brand (ChickenHawk), I was a bit skeptical to be trying out a new manufacturer's product with no real track record yet. They come with a super cool carrying case to keep them in, and have 3 settings on the warmer; Off, low, and high with the use of a rocker switch. I typically use high for getting the tires up to operating temperature, and low for keeping the tires from heat cycling in between sessions or for rain tires.

Moto-D's claim to fame, in my opinion, would definitely be their unique Carbon Coil Wire technology. I have noticed a noticeably faster heat up time over the traditional wire element that was used in my old ChickenHawk's. In addition, the carbon coil wires are supposed to last for much longer and are more resistant to tears, breaks, and ?dead? spots. The exterior is made from a durable Carbon Fiber looking Poly-Nomex material, looks pretty awesome when the sun catches it just right!

Moto-d's product support is also top notch, they will replace the warmers, free of charge, within 2 years if they ever stop working - even if it's your fault because you leave them plugged in accidentally! 

.. And, Yes, we REALLY use them :)
By Sir D


Superbike Rear Brake Reservoir Kit

The superbike rear brake reservoir kit makes for a great sportbike winter mod that adds a serious custom look to your machine. They're priced under $20 and come with everything you'd need for installation except for the brake fluid. Kits include 12 inches of Tygon 2375 Ultra Chemical Resistant Tubing, one stainless steel hose clamp and one breather cap. Many customers even pick up an extra Tygon tube and update the front brake reservoir line to clear as well.

This kit also makes a great stocking stuffer for your motorcyclist!
By Sir D


Heidenau K60 Scout Tires In Stock

Heidenau K60 Scout tires are back in stock at SoloMotoParts.com. The K60 is considered a 50/50 dual sport tire which means it is designed for riding half of the time off-road and half of the time on-road. We've seen it being used up to 70% on road with great tread life (in the 6,000-8,000 mile range). We use the K60 rear on our shop BMW F800gs and absolutely love it. Read reviews on the K60 scout from real riders on our website.
By Sir D


Brembo 19RCS Brake Master Cylinder

The Brembo 19RCS brake master cylinder is back in stock! Brembo has put together a very nice platform for street and track duty motorcycles. The 19RCS brake master cylinder comes with a folding lever, brake light switch (for brake light activation) and, best of all, an adjustable pivot distance allow a rider to select from 19x18(street, for instance) or 19x20 (track, or vice versa). This feature effectively puts 2 master cylinders into one unit.

For most modern sportbikes with an existing radial brake master cylinder the 19RCS brake will be direct bolt-on. I would suggest additional Tygon tubing as the length may need to be adjusted to suit your needs - and, hey, it looks trick! Brembo makes a stand-a-lone reservoir kit for those without a stock radial brake system.

Learn a little more about Brembo and their industry leading brake technology.

By Sir D


Does an Aftermarket Motorcycle Seat Really Make a Difference?

I have the Sargent seat on my touring motorcycle and it makes a huge difference in the amount of time I can spend in the saddle. Never the one to complain about a motorcycle I'm still paying for, I try to cope with the stock parts on the machine for as long as possible. Most people can't go out and customize their bikes after spending their budget on the bike itself. When it came to the seat, I was conflicted with how much of a difference it would actually make. One 4,000-mile ride answered that question for me!

My experience with the stock seat wasn't all that bad. It wasn't until I was spending day after day on the bike when I started to have problems. I ended up shifting my weight to one side, then to the other, and eventually just had to stop to stretch and take a break. That's not what riding is about to me. I bought the bike to ride do cover some miles, and I?m old enough to realize that suffering is not always a necessity. There are only a few locations that your body actually contacts the bike so I decided to remedy the most obvious contact point with a product I?d heard so many good things about: the Sargent World Sport Performance Motorcycle Seat.

Sargent seats are well known for their comfort and superior fit on every popular touring motorcycle out there. This became apparent as soon as I popped the seat on the bike. The fit was just as good as stock and it even had an additional storage compartment under the seat. The finish is actually a lot nicer looking that the stock seat which is a bonus. I've had the seat in rain, mud, dirt and dust, and it still looks awesome after thousands of miles. I can ride a looooooong way on this seat. Much, much further than I ever could on the stock seat, that?s for sure.

So, in summary, I would highly recommend the Sargent seat for any motorcycle you?re looking to put some miles on. It will be a noticeable improvement for someone commuting or just putting around on the weekend as well. My friend sat on my bike over the weekend and exclaimed ?nice seat!? So, it does make a difference, and I?m glad I have one on my bike today so I don?t need to turn down long rides to places that I've always wanted to go. This is an upgrade that allows you to do more with your motorcycle, which is the whole point, isn't it?
By Sir D