shifting-gears

SEASON 26 | EPISODE 2

Money Saving Tip |  Wear Rubber Gardening Gear  “Unless you get into the newest state of the art gloves with gortex and stuff whatever you have may not sustain you once you’re out in the ride. So I just went to a garden shop and they just had these sitting there for people who were messing around in the garden. There’s a shorter one with vulcanized rubber with uh, it just looks like liquid rubber was dipped in over top of these gloves – they’re very very supple.”

Dave Hatch | Host 

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Selecting Motorcycle Rain Gear

Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

Riding in the Rain | Part One

This week on Winging-It, you want to talk about rain and rain riding and I know when you’re out on the open road unfortunately some day you’re going to get caught in the rain.

Shifting Gears Episode 2 Riding in the Rain

Dave

Be sure to tune in next week and continue to follow along as Norm and I explore one of the most beautiful regions of Canada. Meanwhile, speaking of touring, it’s time now to catch up with our riding expert Ken Edick. This week he wants to talk about something we’ve been struggling with down here in Savannah, riding in the rain.

So Ken, this week on Winging-It, you want to talk about rain and rain riding and I knowbwhen you’re out on the open road unfortunately some day you’re going to get caught in the rain. I know myself I’ve had entire days of riding in the rain while on the road, um but I wear all the new gortex, the latest stuff in terms of textiles thanks to Joe Rocket. I see you’ve brought some of the old school rain gear right?

Ken

Well sure, it’s a big investment to get up to today’s technology and some people may have convinced them selves that they may not have evolved that far so far but there are other gears that they can wear, not motorcycle specific so this is something that I got at a variety of other stores not motorcycle geared.

Dave

Okay, do you put on anything else before you put on the rain suit?

Ken

Aside from any of the riding gear that I normally have, I’m going to suspect that when I run into rain the temperature’s going to drop a bit so I’m going to start by adding an extra sweatshirt. If’ I’m wrong I an take it off later but it’s better than to get a chill once I’m all suited up.

Dave

Alright, so you throw on the sweatshirt then you put this gear on?

Ken

No, you still put the rest of your complete riding gear, whatever that might be, jacket, pants or whatever, then this is your outside layer. So it takes a little bit of doing, make sure you allow for a lot of time at the side of the road, it is rubber, but again, because it’s not a fashion statement and it has to go over your worst case scenario of gear make sure you buy extra extra large.

Dave

Right, oaky what about this… I’m a little surprised. What’s the deal on this?

Ken

Again, unless you get into the newest state of the art gloves with gortex and stuff whatever you have may not sustain you once you’re out in the ride. So I just went to a garden shop and they just had these sitting there for people who were messing around in the garden. There’s a shorter one with vulcanized rubber with uh, it just looks like liquid rubber was dipped in over top of these gloves – they’re very very supple. These ones are larger, same thing, completely rubberized, same thing they’re no seams, no nothing and a nice big gauntlet to come up so that the rain doesn’t come in the inside. However I can’t put a lot of warmth underneath them because I need the dexterity for the controls on the bike so this is it, if I can keep myself dry I’ve won the battle.

Dave

Okay so you’re not putting these over your gloves, these become your gloves.

Ken

That is correct.
Dave

What about this, holy smokes… Totes!

Ken

They’re kind of hard to find. Totes is a brand name that makes, I guess they call it intermittent footwear. Again, this is one piece of moulding, there’s no stitching, there’s no zippers, there’s no nothing, it’s very forgiving. It has a good grip on the bottom for when you put your foot down and you put your foot inside of that, tuck it all in, there’s no way rain’s going to get inside the foot.

Dave

And just to be clear, you pull these over your riding boot.

Ken

Yeah, that’s right, and again, buy extra, extra large. Fashion is not your concern for rain gear

Dave

Wow this is fantastic, Mr. Rubber. So essentially, when you’re fully encased in all of this, you’re able to stay dry all day?

Ken

It’s got to be pretty bad if I start getting wet after that point, maybe it’s time to pull it in for a while and wait it out.

Dave

Right, nice job. Good stuff.

RIDE GUIDE TO GASPÉ, QUEBEC

Gaspe is one place, as a motorcyclist you want to see, it’s a motorcycle mecca, it’s all about the ride. There’s a lot of history here as well but this one is all about the ride. You’re on the coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you’re on the coast of Baie des Chaleur. You can go in and out of the Gaspe peninsula on these various roads and you’re going to get changing scenery continuously so it’s a real cool place to go as a Motorcyclist.

TECH, GEAR & INNOVATION WITH HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Over the twelve part article Dave Hatch talks to Harley-Davidson about how to shop and fit a bike, get the right gear, suit up for the season and pick the right accessories for your ride. These riding tips will keep you safe and prepared but more than anything get the most out of your ride.

THE ART OF TOURING

Season 26’s “Winging It” was all about the art of touring and celebration of Honda’s iconic touring machine the Gold Wing’s 40th anniversiry. Ken Edick a veteran touring biker and owner of a Honda Gold Wing shares his best tips on touring. The tips include everything from the proper riding gear to take along on a long tour, the equipment, the additional tools and things to take along just to make sure that you keep moving and enjoying your experience.

Test Your Motorcycle Riding Skills

Recently we’ve been working on improving the riding skills of Anthony Mann by putting him through a series of motorcycle riding skills exercises designed by Matt Fletcher at Yamaha Motor Canada. Matt had hoped this friendly little challenge would show us all how we can become better riders when we practice our sport.  All you need is some open pavement like an empty parking lot and a couple of make shift cones or pylons.

PROUD SUPPORTER OF

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