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« on: September 01, 2012, 01:57:15 pm »

Going from Boston to Sparta, I can go either: A) 95 south though Jersey/Baltimore/maybe DC then cut over to 81 or B) 95 south to 78 west in Newark to 81 south?

And do I wear: C) leather jacket with leather overpants pants, D) leather jacket with mesh pants, E) mesh on mesh (kinky!)?
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 02:39:55 pm »

Pick your poison. What will you be most comfortable wearing?  I prefer leather but on long trips I'll often opt for textile instead. Either way you're gonna want rain gear. If the leather gets wet you may remain soggy for days.

You're slabbing on an FZ1 all that way?  
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 03:15:07 pm »

Its ESTN, so anything, under RAIN GEAR. Lol Lol Lol  
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2012, 03:19:51 pm »

You're slabbing on an FZ1 all that way?

The whole way. My Russell seat comes in on Wed. I have to be on the road 10 minutes after I get out of work (gotta pick up a small item @ Twisted Throttle before they close.)

As for rain gear, the mesh jacket has a good rain jacket, Walmart makes a good Smurf-blue rain pants, and I have a pair Tourmaster boot covers


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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2012, 08:35:24 pm »

Right now, it is expected to have highs in the low 70s.  Mesh would be a little cool.
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2012, 09:47:55 pm »


Right now, it is expected to have highs in the low 70s.  Mesh would be a little cool.


Sorry, forgot to mention that this is a 11 day trip. After ESTN, I head to Deals Gap for a couple of days, then to WV for a couple of days, then head home.
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2012, 10:44:23 pm »

I'd suggest:
2-piece rain suit ( also functions as a windbreaker
for extra warmth ).
2-piece textiles ( I prefer mesh for pants; mesh or
textile jacket depending on expected high temps ).
Electrically heat vest or jacket liner ( for mornings
or altitude ).
Waterproof boots ( you never want to have wet feet ).
3 pairs of gloves: for hot, cold or wet conditions.

Everything will likely get used, at least once.
Nothing is redundant.
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2012, 05:27:22 pm »


I'd suggest:
2-piece rain suit ( also functions as a windbreaker
for extra warmth ).
2-piece textiles ( I prefer mesh for pants; mesh or
textile jacket depending on expected high temps ).
Electrically heat vest or jacket liner ( for mornings
or altitude ).
Waterproof boots ( you never want to have wet feet ).
3 pairs of gloves: for hot, cold or wet conditions.

Everything will likely get used, at least once.
Nothing is redundant.


See, I'm going on a FZ1, so I have limited storage (i.e., none)
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2012, 09:42:01 pm »

If you're young and tough ( me, not so much ) you
can probably get by without the electric gear this
time of year.
But not being prepared for riding in all day rain
can be downright dangerous because of the
chance of hypothermia. Bring good raingear.
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2012, 10:43:10 pm »


Going from Boston to Sparta, I can go either: or B) 95 south to 78 west in Newark to 81 south?




This.  Traffic will be a bit more relaxed.

I95 south of Phila through DCis pretty much a rat race. Some find that thrilling. You won't get bored.  I suspect it's also shorter.  

I prefer I81. Fewer city drivers although still plenty of urban traffic.  Plus, there are more options to get off the slab and ride parallel 2 laners, if you have the time and want a change up
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2012, 11:32:47 pm »




This.  Traffic will be a bit more relaxed.

I95 south of Phila through DCis pretty much a rat race. Some find that thrilling. You won't get bored.  I suspect it's also shorter.  

I prefer I81. Fewer city drivers although still plenty of urban traffic.  Plus, there are more options to get off the slab and ride parallel 2 laners, if you have the time and want a change up


Actually, 95 south through Baltimore is 4 miles longer, but 30 minutes longer as well (I would take I-70W out of Baltimore to Winchester and pick up 81 there)
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2012, 01:48:00 pm »

I would take the I-78 route.  I prefer Harrisburg & York traffic over Philly-Wilmington-Baltimore any day.  Either route is likely to backup during rush hour.

One watchout - I-78 westbound is a zoo with slow commuter traffic between 3:30 Pm and 6:30 PM weekdays.  (Jams up eastbound in the morning.)  Travel in the opposite direction at these times generally moves freely.  Stick with I-78 around the Allentown Bethlehem area (Rt 22 is shorter but backs up in all directions) And I-78 from Allentown to Harrisburg can can get heavy with traffic but still moves along fairly well.

Since I generally do my best to avoid slab (for example, I would take PA 879 & 443 parallel to I-78 from Hamburg to Indiantown Gap.  It's less traveled but you have to fly along it [or at least go as fast as a Wee can go] (it's not the greatest road surface with some nasty little dips but it's not monotonous) & not be adverse to some passes over the yellow when conditions warrant to make good time)  That's my preferred route through east central PA.

Could somebody else help with I-81 commuter traffic south of Harrisburg?
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« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2012, 03:06:23 pm »


I'd suggest:
2-piece rain suit ( also functions as a windbreaker
for extra warmth ).
2-piece textiles ( I prefer mesh for pants; mesh or
textile jacket depending on expected high temps ).
Electrically heat vest or jacket liner ( for mornings
or altitude ).
Waterproof boots ( you never want to have wet feet ).
3 pairs of gloves: for hot, cold or wet conditions.

Everything will likely get used, at least once.
Nothing is redundant.


This is the exact combination of what I wear and bring on summer trips. The combination is very versatile  Thumbsup




See, I'm going on a FZ1, so I have limited storage (i.e., none)


The most you'd have to carry, when it's hot, is 2 gloves, rain suit and a vest. It'll fit in a small tankbag or tailbag. When it's cold? 2 pair of gloves.
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