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« Reply #220 on: October 19, 2008, 12:48:44 AM »

My newest boots are still waterproof (but still a bit stiff, too).  My others that are broken in and most comfortable cannot be trusted when it rains Sad .  One friend, who happens to be a motorcycle dealer and also a rider for about 45 years, swears there is no such thing as a "forever" waterproof boot.  Now, I just pack a pair of Seal Skins waterproof socks and wear them on the days that rain is predicted.  I find them to be comfortable so wearing them is not an issue.  P.S.  If you are ever touring and find yourself with the wet feet problem, picking up a couple of subway sandwich plastic bags is a short term answer.  Just put on dry socks and put a bag on your foot before you put that soggy boot back on.
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« Reply #221 on: October 19, 2008, 05:42:03 PM »


One friend, who happens to be a motorcycle dealer and also a rider for about 45 years, swears there is no such thing as a "forever" waterproof boot.  


My Daytona Lady Star GTX have +100,000 miles on them, I've worn them since 2003. Still as waterproof as the day I got them Thumbsup

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« Reply #222 on: October 19, 2008, 05:44:43 PM »


My Daytona Lady Star GTX have about 90,000-100,000 miles on them, I've worn them since 2003. Still as waterproof as the day I got them Thumbsup


I have had the same luck with my Oxtars. I wear them all winter, every winter, and they are as waterproof today as they were when I got them four years ago. I commute on my bike putting between 10k - 15k miles a year so my winter boots are used daily all winter long.
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« Reply #223 on: October 19, 2008, 05:46:09 PM »


My Daytona Lady Star GTX have +100,000 miles on them, I've worn them since 2003. Still as waterproof as the day I got them Thumbsup


Another Inlove for the LadyStar GTX boots.  I'm on my second pair; the first pair only lost its waterproofing because I caught a sharp rock offroad and it cut a hole in the leather (that's why I replaced them).
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« Reply #224 on: October 19, 2008, 06:06:27 PM »

Good info on the boots - I think I'm going to be due for a new pair before too long. But this question is on...

Adjustable/short reach levers

Yesterday was my first ride of the season in my winter gloves, and I finally decided I'm just fed up with having to choose between feeling my fingers and reaching my brake.

Who's got aftermarket levers? What brand, what's your glove size, how do you like them? If you installed them yourself, were there any issues - hose length, hose routing, switch assembly, wires, anything else?
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« Reply #225 on: October 19, 2008, 09:37:33 PM »




Another Inlove for the LadyStar GTX boots.  I'm on my second pair; the first pair only lost its waterproofing because I caught a sharp rock offroad and it cut a hole in the leather (that's why I replaced them).


That's what my new ones are and I'm lovin' them.  FYI: There is a pair of Oxtar's for sale on the ADVrider.com yard sale for $42 (size 37 EU which is what I wear with a heavy sock - size 6'ish?)  However, in a later post the seller says he found a spot selling the same women's Oxtar's for $25 new!  My husband loved his and tried to get a new pair and said they no longer made them, which may be why the close-out prices.  Might take advantage and pick up a $200 boot for $25!  (I just love saving money!) Lol
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« Reply #226 on: October 20, 2008, 01:54:21 AM »


I have been much more fortunate finding women's sized gear in the last two years.  The industry is finally figuring out we have bucks to spend and more women are riding.  


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« Reply #227 on: October 20, 2008, 11:13:07 PM »




I have ahd the same outstanding result with my Oxtars.


I am on my third pair of oxtar/tcx. They always keep my feet dry.

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« Reply #228 on: October 21, 2008, 11:37:16 AM »


Good info on the boots - I think I'm going to be due for a new pair before too long. But this question is on...

Adjustable/short reach levers

Yesterday was my first ride of the season in my winter gloves, and I finally decided I'm just fed up with having to choose between feeling my fingers and reaching my brake.

Who's got aftermarket levers? What brand, what's your glove size, how do you like them? If you installed them yourself, were there any issues - hose length, hose routing, switch assembly, wires, anything else?


My hands are not that small (I wear mens L gloves), but I still wanted adjustable levers.  I have Pazzos (6-position) and like them.  No issues with the installation on my Sprint.  The Pazzos retail for about $180 for both levers, or you can buy them separately for about $95.  CRG levers are very similar to the Pazzos.  If you think you'd need more adjustability than that, look at ASV levers, but they cost more.

If you have small hands, I'd stay with the full-length levers as opposed to the shorty versions.  My clutch is a "hoss" and I'm glad I stayed with a full-length lever and am able to use leverage to my advantage (it's easier to pull out near the end of the lever).
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« Reply #229 on: October 23, 2008, 12:32:04 PM »

Hi - Just joined ST.N a few days ago.  I've been on other message boards and eventually they figure out I'm a woman - it use to just be easier that way.  This is AWESOME.  Totally laughed, checked out links, thought, 'absolutely, I feel the same way!' ....

In the middle of a long trip with my husband and a guy friend we decided to do a 1000 mile day - or see if we could. Sure, I don't know if I can't until I try.  Yea, I'd started my period the day before... every 100 miles we'd stop, get gas, get a drink, go potty, and I'd take ibuprofen.  Oh, and it was also the day after my birthday on which  I melted chocolate on my 'mini dash' and cried. Jesus, just remembering how pathetic I felt still makes me shake my head... and laugh.  

We had a great trip but 'birthday' became a code word for period for eternity.  Lol

I'd love it if this wasn't just one super long thread... Read the first 5 pages but unfortunately have a life I have to get to. Besides... spent the morning researching and buying hard bags for the B1250 for a L-o-n-g trip this summer.  

So glad to have found you!

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« Reply #230 on: October 26, 2008, 09:49:22 AM »




Very cool!  


Got back to read some of the pages I couldn't read the other day...  This article was about Judy Mirro
 and the Women's Riding School she organizes.  I attended in 2006 and 2008.  We had really new riders and very experienced riders there.  This past year I particularly had an incredible day.  Highly recommend it to anyone wanting to improve their riding skills.  Judy is a completely wonderful person.. Heard yesterday that Penguin Schools are interested in having WRS associated with their schools. Way to go Judy!
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« Reply #231 on: October 29, 2008, 07:33:09 PM »

I have an odd question to ask the ladies of ST.N and figured I would start here. My parents were very accomplished motorcyclists and have enjoyed traveling all over the world together on bikes for 25 years. My father passed away from alzheimer's about three years ago. My mother lost her will to ride anymore and Iíve been working with her to regain her new life without pop. She recently purchased another bike at the ripe young age of 76 and is back at.

I have chatted with a few women on a couple of the organized ST.N rides about this and they suggested that I try to get her to post and maybe encourage some other women to ride their own bike. Maybe post some ride reports of yesteryear. I guess itís a generational thing but sheís not willing to log on and share some of her tales so I asked her to type it out and I would post it. Amazing, she can ride a bike around the world, bust my ballz for 46 years but itís out of her comfort zone to write in a forum.  Headscratch

Well, Iím the proverbial dog that has caught the car now. She sent me fifteen page ride report  Crazy on one of their trips from Orange County, CA to Leesburg, VA via Canada. I was shocked at the length and detail. But, maybe it would be a good read on a cold winter day and inspire someone to have a go.

Do you feel there would be enough interest to read a lengthy ride report with no pictures? Iíll have to tackle the ďhow to scan picsĒ issue later on. If thereís enough interest I was thinking about posting it here in the galís forum which was the original intent.

Thanks for reading this post and please be candid with your thoughts. I donít want to tax the forum if this is dribble.

Sincerely,

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« Reply #232 on: October 29, 2008, 10:34:53 PM »

Yes, of course, post her report pics or no.  Fer pete's sake, do you realize the kind of drivel we are willing to read here on STN?!? Naming no names, of course.  Bigsmile
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« Reply #233 on: October 30, 2008, 12:10:49 AM »

I would LOVE to read it.  Inlove

Also, I'm sorry to hear about your dad.  My dad passed away from Alzheimer's as well and I know how much that sucks.  Sad
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« Reply #234 on: October 30, 2008, 12:31:41 AM »

Another vote for posting it, verbatim from her email.  There's so few firsthand stories from long-time women riders.

This is awesome: she document a bit of your family history.
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« Reply #235 on: November 01, 2008, 03:28:08 PM »

So sorry for your loss, but please do post, your mother sounds like a real inspiration. Occasionally I wonder what age I'll be when I finally stop riding, and it's good to know that I can keep inching that number upwards....
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« Reply #236 on: November 01, 2008, 05:45:47 PM »




I understand that anything over 45 (?) is a waste,


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« Reply #237 on: November 02, 2008, 01:26:50 PM »

Eric, I'd read it for sure, but I wonder if it deserves a wider audience. What about submitting it to a magazine?

My condolences to you both for the loss of your father.
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« Reply #238 on: November 03, 2008, 05:09:31 AM »


 EEK! I'm sort of shocked at how this "STN's Pool of Knowledge for Woman Riders" turned into a discussion about aunt flo.   Strange... anyway... It will definitely keep the men out, that's for sure.  

I have a question for you though.  Do any of you work on your own bike?  And if so, how did you learn how to do it?  
Thanks in advance!



Hi, I started working on my bike because it was 3 hours to the nearest BMW shop.

At first I was scared to death I would make what ever I was trying to fix worse or couldn't put it back together.
1. I bought the BMW service manual and the Clymer. They each serve different needs.
2. I used the internet as a HUGE dictionary and Ref. Lib. There's nothing I could face that has not already been over come, fixed or improved by someone else.
3. I joined ADV and asked for help, including taking pics of the issues at hand. I recieved fun, funny and real good help.
4. When working on my bike, I would take pics so I can review what it looked like BEFORE I tore it apart. (very good for back tracking)
5. I met a man who worked with me, and taught me a lot. As a matter of fact, we are getting married soon, and it all started with us working on my bike in 2006. Inlove

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I know it's a tired saying, but it's so damn true: "Knowledge is power".

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Power to control what is done to your bike and how.
Power to explore the inner working of the machine you are trusting with your life.

And last but NOT least, you'll be Empowered to go further, adventure deeper, and explore lonely places alone and confidently.


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« Reply #239 on: November 03, 2008, 05:22:06 AM »


Lately, though, my face has gotten *really* windburned and dry on all-day rides, even when I use lots of my daily moisturizer (30 SPF) plus sunscreen.


I use this exclusively. Pro-Tech-Skin (Since 1990)

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Apply once in the morning to lips, nose and cheeks thinnly. That's it.
It's a beeswax base, so it seals the skin.
You can't wear make-up with it.
It washes off with soap and water.


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