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    Lessons learned riding the UTAH BDR on the NC

    Thanks for sharing and that sounded like a wonderful trip in that company. Learning to ride off road pays all sorts of benefits both off road and on the street. Twice in the last few years I had a riding buddy that wanted to try off road but at 50 or 60 years of age with 30 or 40 years of...
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    Riding attire?

    I know that many people love their Motoport Kevlar gear and it is highly reviewed and comes with long warranties but I can't get beyond the fact that Kevlar is acutely sensitive to breaking down in sunlight. Some Higher Up at Motoport, perhaps the owner, called me out here a few years ago when I...
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    Heated vest

    On each bike I always run the harness from the battery out from under the left front edge of the seat. In use the positive wire from the controller runs across my upper left thigh. I clip the controller to the lower left side of my chest where I can adjust it with either hand without looking. If...
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    Heated vest

    There has to be a switch of some sort between the wiring harness to the battery and the heated article. I've seen people try to live with an on/off switch but the way to go is to have a rheostat type of controller that allows heat from 1% to 100% and with jacket and gloves the way to go is a...
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    Whats the best accessory that you have added to your NC? What do you use the most?

    The OEM center stand never touched in my most aggressive riding. My NC had about 5/8" more ground clearance than stock. Since I've been here can't recall even one post about grounding the center stand in corners.
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    Riding attire?

    The problem with cotton is how it soaks up and holds water against the skin in places where it can’t and doesn’t evaporate. A few hours and certainly on hot multiple day trips skin breaks down with rashes and in extreme cases, a painful monkey butt ruins the trip. A base layer of a wicking...
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    Something Loose In Fork

    No loose piece in there noise.
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    Whats the best accessory that you have added to your NC? What do you use the most?

    I don’t disagree. I have other circuits on switched power but heated clothing is not one of them. It’s not as bad as it sounds. When you shut off the bike and get off of it you have to disconnect the heated gear from the wiring harness to the battery. If you sit there on the bike not moving the...
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    Whats the best accessory that you have added to your NC? What do you use the most?

    I think the charging system maintains the battery which supplies current to the system. When you turn the bike off accessories on any unswitched power circuits continue to work until the battery is discharged.
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    Heated vest

    I've read that the more skin area heated the easier it is to keep the core warm. Blood going out to the hands returns cooler to the core than when leaving the core in a jacket compared to a vest.
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    Heated vest

    I prefer a jacket over a vest - the jacket doubles as a insulating layer even when unheated and can be worn when off the bike, saving packing clothing items on trips. It costs more but is more practical for me. If you add heated gloves later the glove connectors are right there sewn into the...
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    Riding attire?

    I remember the thoughtful words an ex law enforcement officer turned instructor at a riding class I took. “If you get yourself killed riding ATGATT your family plans your funeral closed casket ‘cuz you are torn up pretty bad. If you don’t wear the gear a 15 mph thump on the noggin leaves you...
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    Riding attire?

    I dunno, there have been more recent studies than 30 years ago but I don't have documentation at the ready. Where good leather resists abrasion, synthetics melt from the friction after sufficient time which is in single digit seconds.
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    Different models?

    In the 2014 model year Canada got two models, the NC750S and the NC750X. The NC750X has adventure bike styling including a small beak below the headlight. The beak sets both bikes visually apart. The S model is styled as a street standard motorcycle and has less plastic fairing components...
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    Riding attire?

    I'm not that good about writing gear reviews but I'll try here in generalities. Helmet, boots, gloves without a doubt. When I first started riding again I first bought Tourmaster, Cortech, or Joe Rocket apparel. Three season mesh jackets and pants sold with both a thermal liner and a rain liner...
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