Bruno Valeri




Motorcycle Gear: My Experience

I think that as far back as I can remember, I've always been a little bit of a tech-gear nut. For any activity that I undertake, I typically amass a fair amount of technical equipment. For example, years ago in downhill skiing, I would typically have 5 pairs of skis. One for GS skiing, one for slalom, one for bumps, one for powder, and one for "rock" skiing. Of course back then skis were more single purpose in nature. Today's skis are much more versatile.

But it would be the same with goggles and gloves. I guess that I'm always looking for something that works well in a given situation. Whether it's mountain biking, hiking, etc. It's no different for motorcycling. I'm always on the lookout for some piece of equipment that will make part of motorcycling a safer or more enjoyable experience.

Of course I do a fair amount of research. As a knowledgeable consumer would for any purchase, I'm always looking for objective feedback from actual users. Feedback and product reviews that can convey how a item performs under given circumstances and allow me to make a more informed decision.

It's in that spirit that I've put up this section of product reviews. I make no claims for any of these products. My reviews are meant to relate my experience; what I've found about how an item performs when putting it through its paces.

Of course, your experience may differ. But hopefully, you'll glean an objective assessment that might be of value to you.

Montreal, Canada


Riding Gear:

First Gear Rainman Jacket Teknic Supervent mesh pants
BMW Kalahari Boots Joe Rocket Meteor 4 jacket
Tecknic Sprint pants Sidi Vertebra Race Carbon and Vertigo Race Boots
Joe Rocket Speedmaster Liner Joe Rocket Sahara vest (evaporative cooling)
Tecknic Violator gloves Joe Rocket Hard Drive waterproof gloves
Joe Rocket Dry Tech liner Teknic Hurricane jacket
Joe Rocket Revolution riding pants Joe Rocket Blaster 3.0 motorcycle leather jacket
Scorpion EXO-700 helmet Crash Pads
RPCM Cool Vest (phase change) Scorpion Race Case (helmet case)
Helmet Halo Frank Thomas mesh jacket
  Dainese safety jacket 21

Cold Weather Riding Gear:

Gerbing heated jacket liner Bikers Comfort WindStopper balaclava (ST-WindPlus)
Gerbing G3 heated glove Widder electric vest
Helmax Widder System2 Lectric-vest and ArmChaps
Psolar BX face mask Riderwearhouse Triple Digit raincovers
Gerbing Heated Pant Liner Gerbing Cascade Extreme jacket
Gerbing Temperature controller  

Luggage related:

Chase Harper Dry Bags Chase Harper H20 Fanny Pack
Chase Harper Tool Roll Chase Harper B-Bags Speed Packs
Joe Rocket Velocity Tail Bag Frank Thomas Cargo Endurance rucksack (backpack)

Bike Related:

SYLVANIA SilverStar halogen bulbs: Scorpion Exhaust can (slip-on)
Lockhart Philips swing arm stand Zero Gravity Double Bubble windscreen
Hyper-Pro steering damper  

Motorcycle Track Riding Schools / Track Racing Schools:

FAST Riding School (F.A.S.T.) California Superbike School
Penguin Riding School  


Twist of the Wrist: Keith Code The Soft Science of Road Racing Morcycles: Keith Code
Twist of the Wrist II:Keith Code More Proficient Motorcycling: David L. Hough

Sport Riding Techniques by Nick Ienatsch

Table of contents:

Travel Writing:

- Experience Newfoundland: West Coast: July 2003
Georgia On My Mind: May 2003
The Great Gypsy Tour: Oct 2002
The One That Got Away: Oct 2002


- Cold Weather Riding
Hot Weather Riding
Tech corner
Riding related
Track pictures
Winter ice riding pics
Touring spirit BMW
Motorcycle track riding school / track racing school review

Topics general interest (technical):

- Are Gore Tex waterproof boots comfortable for hot weather riding?
Gore Tex: What is it? How does it work?
- So
how do I treat my Gore Tex boots? Can I use mink oil?

- Fundraising Basics
_ A quick primer when fundraising for your group or to aid victims of disaster

Road Test Reviews:

New directions at BMW
- BMW R1200 RT
- BMW R1200 ST

- About Buell Ownership
Buell XB12X Ulysses

BRP Can-Am
- Can-Am Spyder Roadster First Look