Ever wondered what Mr. and Mrs. Motorbike wear under their fancy motor cycle clothing? Everyone that experienced a long motorbike tour in different temperatures knows that cotton is the worst enemy of a motorbike rider. You sweat more and therefore chills out faster because cotton stays wet for quite a while. Therefore functional underwear does the trick. It cools you down if you are too hot and warms you if you are cold. Apart from that it doesn’t smell bad as quick as cotton cloth, which is quite important if you are on a long tour and have no possibilities to wash your cloth that often (your fellow human beings will be grateful as well).
Some years ago Xenia some trekking shoes for her trip through Latin America and the shop assistant told her that a shoe is only as good as the socks you wear. He recommended X-Bionic socks which she bought and they proved to be great. Therefore we decided to go with this brand for our motorbike underwear.
These products are not the cheapest but they are absolutely worth it. Everyone of us knows how uncomfortable it is when you sweat in your motorbike trousers until they stick to your skin and how exhausting it is when you freeze during a motorbike ride. With the great help of Marlies of Hess Motorrad, we have decided to buy two sets (one for high and one for low temperatures) as well as two different kind of socks.
Here is our motorbike underwear list:
Moto Energizer Summer, long sleeve (Martin / for high temperatures)
Not something we planned on buying but we are very glad that we did! We always thought that cooling vests are heavy, bulky, not working and just a gimmik, but after we saw them in the shop we decided to give them a try. On our trip through the Pyrenees we took them with us and could test them in temperatures between 33 and 37 degrees. What a relief!!! They really cool you down and the size and weight of them is really not a big deal.
We mostly carry our cooling vests in a small dry bag and if we know that the temperatures are gettin really hot we either fill the dry bag in the morning with water or just water them while on the road.
Without them we would have struggeled a few times alreay on our world trip where we had more than once temperatures over 35 degrees.
To choose the right helmet is an important thing for motorbike riders, because it should not only protect you but also fit your head form perfectly. Because of this you should really wear a new helmet for a while and test it before you head off into a big adventure. Some helmets start to give you painful headaches after two or three hours of wearing, something you won’t feel in the shop.
Xenia went for the Arai Tour X4 already in the beginning of her motorbike career and of course it has to be black. She wears a size S, which weights about 1620 grams. Martin needed a new helmet and also went for the same one (size M with 1680 grams).
That’s why we chose Arai Tour X4 helmets:
High protection level
Enduro/tour helmet with peak
Fits our heads
Can be used without visor but with goggles
You can wash the interior lining (Dry-Cool® lining which dries very quick)
Visor with pinlock
Another great point:
“Emergency-Release®” Cheekpad system with its help you can easily remove the helmet in case of an accident.
Because we love to ride gravel roads and are often on the road if the temperatures are higher we love to ride with MX goggles instead of a visor. The great thing is that we don’t have to remove the visors if we ride with the goggles. This is great because if we change from gravel roads to a highway we can just switch back to the visor in case it is too loud or it starts to rain.
We chose the Fox AIRSPC day Glow Green goggles because they fit into our helmets, have a nose protection (great against sun burns) and an anti fog lens. We changed the original straps and use now Quick Straps, which are great to put the goggles on the back side of the helmet if we need to.
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