Team-BHP > Motorbikes > Superbikes & Imports


Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 8th February 2023, 00:21   #181
BHPian
 
100Kmphormore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2022
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 304
Thanked: 510 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Nice to hear about your updates Karthik! May I suggest, HelmetKleen, an equally good helmet cleaner, available at Autobots Jayanagar. Somewhat pricey at 150 mL for Rs. 190 but is very good. What do you do with your earlier riding gear? Sell it? I’m considering upgrading my jacket and gloves (Rynox UrbanX/Viaterra Holeshot) a good mesh jacket, but very heavy with the chest protectors as well, but clueless what to do with the old one once the new one arrives, probably a Viaterra Spencer jacket and Grid full gauntlet gloves.

I did the same large bottle mistake with my chain lube Motul and I couldn’t carry it on my ride to Valparai just last weekend! It was a 1029 km trip and probably the first time the chain has not been lubed for so long a gap in km. You think you’re getting a good deal on Amazon but not at cost of chain life and those hard shifts on the Himalayan! Nevertheless regular maintenance of before helped in not having a bad experience.
100Kmphormore is offline   (3) Thanks
Old 8th February 2023, 05:58   #182
Senior - BHPian
 
KarthikK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,358
Thanked: 8,970 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Quote:
Originally Posted by 100Kmphormore View Post
May I suggest, HelmetKleen, an equally good helmet cleaner, available at Autobots Jayanagar. Somewhat pricey at 150 mL for Rs. 190 but is very good.
Thanks for the suggestion, I shall try it once this can of Putoline ends

Quote:
What do you do with your earlier riding gear? Sell it? Iím considering upgrading my jacket and gloves (Rynox UrbanX/Viaterra Holeshot) a good mesh jacket, but very heavy with the chest protectors as well, but clueless what to do with the old one once the new one arrives, probably a Viaterra Spencer jacket and Grid full gauntlet gloves.
Normally I donít dispose it unless it is unusable. The previous Dainese set is still in decent shape, so I plan to replace all the aged armour pads (elbow / shoulder / chest / spine / knee / hip) and keep it as a spare set for occasional use if needed. Imported Helmets older than 5 years old I usually dispose on olx for whatever I can salvage from it.

Quote:
I did the same large bottle mistake with my chain lube Motul and I couldnít carry it on my ride to Valparai just last weekend! It was a 1029 km trip and probably the first time the chain has not been lubed for so long a gap in km. You think youíre getting a good deal on Amazon but not at cost of chain life and those hard shifts on the Himalayan! Nevertheless regular maintenance of before helped in not having a bad experience.
For longer trips I do carry the chain lube, I go with a small sized can of Maxima chain wax or chain guard, which are about as small as a 500ml Bisleri water bottle and they fit anywhere (even inside my tiny 5L tankbag).
KarthikK is online now   (5) Thanks
Old 8th February 2023, 11:06   #183
Senior - BHPian
 
Sebring's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Dubai/Bengaluru
Posts: 3,300
Thanked: 10,423 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

I have been avoiding Vista products after a few 'not so great product purchases' from them. I'm using Motul helmet cleaner, which is superb, (and will try Putoline next, as reviews are good)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 100Kmphormore View Post
Nice to hear about your updates Karthik! May I suggest, HelmetKleen, an equally good helmet cleaner, available at Autobots Jayanagar.
Sebring is offline   (1) Thanks
Old 8th February 2023, 11:22   #184
BHPian
 
100Kmphormore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2022
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 304
Thanked: 510 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Oh that’s surprising. Can you detail your experience with them? As to riding gear i only have bought my Raida riding pants, Raida boots and a topbox from them and all of them are in fine condition.
100Kmphormore is offline  
Old 8th February 2023, 15:17   #185
Senior - BHPian
 
Cyborg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bombay
Posts: 1,615
Thanked: 3,640 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Quote:
Originally Posted by KarthikK View Post
We just did a few trips with the new Revit gear and I must say both my better half and me are very happy with the new sets of riding gear for the Ninja.
Hello Karthik, love reading about your bike trips. Superb photographs and detailed explanation of your experiences. Kudos to your bike maintenance, classy bike accessories and riding gear

Please review your new riding gear in detail with photographs and of course your CB500X review also as and when time permits.

Thank you.

Cheers
Cyborg is offline   (1) Thanks
Old 8th February 2023, 15:18   #186
Distinguished - BHPian
 
neil.jericho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Cochin
Posts: 3,678
Thanked: 17,675 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Quote:
Originally Posted by KarthikK View Post
Ride to Waterfall estates, Valparai (November 2022)

This is a long overdue update on an old overnight ride done with team-bhpian friends to Indraprastha bungalow, inside Waterfall estates, Valparai around the first week of November. This place is an old Victorian era bungalow set inside a private tea estate, restored to modern standards and let out for guests to stay in and enjoy the lovely greenery around.

We were 6 totally (all stags), 5 on their bikes and 1 BHPian who decided to join by car due to some family commitments. For a surprise last minute wild card entry, CrAzY_dRiVeR decided to join with another friend's Duke 390. Since there was a car accompanying, we decided to dump the luggage in the car and I didn't carry my panniers this time
KarthikK, I am among many TBHPians who were waiting for your series of updates on this incredibly detailed thread and the simple fact is that the wait was well worth it! Your post brought back a lot of wonderful memories from our trip to Valparai. Hopefully the next time that we meet in that neck of the woods, we can ride down towards the fabulously scenic Sholayar dam view points. Here is a picture that I clicked while on my way to the Indraprastha bungalow. Not only are the views incredible but those corners are just lip smacking!

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-20221105_120149.jpg
Quote:
Originally Posted by KarthikK View Post
In my last and final update, we decided to update our riding gear since the first set was ageing at year 5 for both my better half and me. I went for a textile set AND a mesh set of riding gear (which I plan to switch between depending on the weather), while my wife went for a single set with semi-mesh-textile jacket and pants. The helmets obviously had to be imported through friends and relatives, due to the ban on imported helmet sales in the country. This time almost every piece of riding gear is from Revit.
Along with your pending ride updates, CB500X thread creation and 2 mega rides thread creation, I think we should also look forward to your upcoming updates on the Riding Gear and Helmets threads

Based on your positive initial feedback, Im inching closer and closer to joining Axe77 and you in the Revit Sand 4 jacket owners club!

Last edited by GTO : 9th February 2023 at 12:54. Reason: PM coming up :)
neil.jericho is online now   (8) Thanks
Old 9th February 2023, 00:58   #187
BHPian
 
100Kmphormore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2022
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 304
Thanked: 510 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Quote:
Originally Posted by neil.jericho View Post
Here is a picture that I clicked while on my way to the Indraprastha bungalow. Not only are the views incredible but those corners are just lip smacking!
Where was that Neil? They wouldnt allow me past the dam gate. I completely agree, it looks superb! Even when approaching from the previous 3 km. Had been there last Sunday, between the broken patches and my nearly worn out rear tyre on my Himalayan, was able to do some gradual corners, though some hairpins and the road patches upset the front end and washed it out.

Last edited by Axe77 : 9th February 2023 at 05:36. Reason: Editing quote tag.
100Kmphormore is offline  
Old 9th February 2023, 23:30   #188
BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2022
Location: Dharuhera
Posts: 36
Thanked: 69 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

The bike pics in this post are lusty to say the least. This evolved dream coming true makes me dreamy and potentially excited to upgrade to a 1 litre bike soon (unplanned and financially unviable).
Shobhitsaxena is offline   (1) Thanks
Old 12th February 2023, 07:08   #189
Senior - BHPian
 
KarthikK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,358
Thanked: 8,970 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyborg View Post
Hello Karthik, love reading about your bike trips. Superb photographs and detailed explanation of your experiences. Kudos to your bike maintenance, classy bike accessories and riding gear

Please review your new riding gear in detail with photographs and of course your CB500X review also as and when time permits.
Thank you for your kind words Cyborg sir
I shall definitely make an effort to post my views on the riding gear on the gear thread, and the CB500X review needs to happen soon too, hopefully when we get a break from travel.

Quote:
Originally Posted by neil.jericho View Post
KarthikK, I am among many TBHPians who were waiting for your series of updates on this incredibly detailed thread and the simple fact is that the wait was well worth it! Your post brought back a lot of wonderful memories from our trip to Valparai. Hopefully the next time that we meet in that neck of the woods, we can ride down towards the fabulously scenic Sholayar dam view points. Here is a picture that I clicked while on my way to the Indraprastha bungalow. Not only are the views incredible but those corners are just lip smacking!
That was an amazing picture and we should definitely attack some more corners during our next visit there, lol!

Quote:
Along with your pending ride updates, CB500X thread creation and 2 mega rides thread creation, I think we should also look forward to your upcoming updates on the Riding Gear and Helmets threads

Based on your positive initial feedback, Im inching closer and closer to joining Axe77 and you in the Revit Sand 4 jacket owners club!
The backlog has built up too much already, lol! Iíll definitely try to clear it out over the following weeks.

Do consider the Revit Sand 4 H2O. It is a fantastic all-weather touring jacket and a nice investment which will last many years of touring.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shobhitsaxena View Post
The bike pics in this post are lusty to say the least. This evolved dream coming true makes me dreamy and potentially excited to upgrade to a 1 litre bike soon (unplanned and financially unviable).
Thank you for your kind words Shobhitsaxena! I sincerely hope you get to realize your dream soon and share your experiences with all of us very soon
KarthikK is online now   (3) Thanks
Old 13th February 2023, 22:25   #190
Senior - BHPian
 
KarthikK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,358
Thanked: 8,970 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Weekend ride to Lakerose Resort, Karapuzha Dam Backwaters, Wayanad, Kerala (February 2023)

The Ninja hadn't had a chance to hit the highway for a proper trip in December or January, thanks the CB500X hogging a 15-day ride to western India in December and a few car trips in January denying the chance to be able to use the Ninja for those, so February had to be the compensatory month for the Ninja.

This was a regular weekend ride for us just to take a break from the usual city life. For a change from mountains, rivers and beaches, this time we decided to hit Karapuzha dam backwaters, southwest of Sultan Bathery in Wayanad, Kerala. The agenda was to just relax for 2 nights and 3 days in LakeRose resort, Wayanad. The resort is situated right at the periphery of the dam, so the views were very good anyway. We were going here for the second time after a year, and this time we decided to try their Private pool villa for one night, and an Aerial view room for another night. Their food, service levels and location were all top notch as always and the staff went out of the way to ensure we had a good time.

BHPians and fellow riders ebmrajesh and csentil decided to join us till Mysore (which was our breakfast point) and they then rode back to Bangalore after breakfast, while the better half and I continued onward to Kerala.

Breakfast at the elegant Royal Orchid Metropole hotel, Mysore. While the ambience was excellent, the food was nothing to write home about. The buffet spread was lacking in variety as well as taste.
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3141.jpg


Outdoor seating was there too, but we preferred to sit indoors on a cold winter morning
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3144.jpg


ebmrajesh and his spanking new KTM Adventure 390 striking a pose in front of the heritage building
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3145.jpg


Group shot of the 3 bikes and riders before we went our separate ways
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3150.jpg


The Ninja with full load departs towards Wayanad
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3155.jpg


We stopped for a break at Cafe coffee day, Gundlupet before the Bandipur - Muthanga forest road began
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3159.jpg


The better half takes a moment to stretch while we wait for a rather long queue of vehicles to clear up at the Karnataka - Kerala forest checkpost border.
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3162.jpg


And I use those moments to shoot the Ninja and the surrounding forest scenes
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3165.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3167.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3180.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3181.jpg


In spanking new riding gear head to toe
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3170.jpg


We reached the resort by noon, almost an hour ahead of schedule. Thankfully there was no offroading to be done to enter the resort premises. There was a concrete ramp directly next to the tar road
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4687.jpg


The resort staff were kind enough to give us a nice parking spot under shelter
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3182.jpg


Goofing around while we waited for our room to get ready for check-in, thanks to the Ninja's pace making us reach ahead of intended time
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3186.jpg


The pool villa was set overlooking the backwaters of Karapuzha dam, so it was a very picturesque sight indeed
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3247.jpg


The interiors were very cozy and well-designed too
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3190.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3191.jpg


The private pool was set off a ledge at the back of the villa, directly overlooking the backwaters of the massive lake
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3193.jpg


Splendid view of nature whilst cooling off in the summer afternoon heat!
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3241.jpg


Caramel custard to go with the view, anyone?
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3245.jpg


Some of the best holidays are those spent doing nothing!
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3216.jpg


In the evening, we took a stroll from the resort to the actual dam entrance. There wasn't much to see there. It was overflowing with tourists and buses full of children from what might have been a school trip, so we just took a few snaps of the flower zones inside the park before heading back to the resort.
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3278.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3264.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3284.jpg


We spent the rest of the evening strolling around the property. Some snaps from the garden and pathways inside the resort:
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3254.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3257.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3255.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3260.jpg


After an early dinner, we retired to enjoy the refreshing pool water again one more time before calling it a day
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3298.jpg

Last edited by KarthikK : 13th February 2023 at 22:51.
KarthikK is online now   (14) Thanks
Old 13th February 2023, 22:46   #191
Senior - BHPian
 
KarthikK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,358
Thanked: 8,970 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Weekend ride to Lakerose Resort, Karapuzha Dam Backwaters, Wayanad, Kerala (February 2023) continued...

We woke up to an unusually foggy morning, the entire place was covered in mist and it was very gloomy too, much to our surprise
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3304.jpg


Looks like a lot of dew had condensed on the ground too
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4622.jpg


Timepass pictures overlooking the lake
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3316.jpg


Taking a stroll around the resort in the morning
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4625.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4658.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4656.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4664.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3324.jpg


The main infinity pool set along the lake circumference
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4629.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4653.jpg


Breakfast at the restaurant had a good view as well. The entire restaurant had a glass wall
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4691.jpg


We moved in to the aerial view room later during the day for the second night of our stay. This room was housed in the main resort building but we got a higher elevation view of the lake and the property. Differently themed interiors as well
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4591.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4582.jpg


There was a lovely private balcony with a view of the lake. It was great to sit with some hot chai and pakoras here in the evening.
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4595.jpg


This was the view from the balcony
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4598.jpg


Fried ice cream anyone?
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4612.jpg


The mist didn't clear up until early afternoon
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3329.jpg


It was another relaxing, uneventful day albeit in a different room this time. I tried to capture a view at night from the balcony
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4707.jpg


The following morning, I tried my hand at shooting the Ninja with the splendid background of the lake for our memories
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3338.jpg


And another one!
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3341.jpg


Soon it was time to pack up and leave. Here is a departing picture in front of the resort.
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3331.jpg


Another departing picture, this time with the riders
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3350.jpg


We started around noon from the resort and made our way through the Muthanga - Bandipur forests again.
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_4574.jpg


Taking a break along the newly constructed Mysore expressway before we did a non-stop journey to home
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3355.jpg

Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3356.jpg


While the entire expressway was constructed well and is ready for use, it will be a bummer that bikers will not be allowed to use this expressway once it is formally opened with toll plazas operating. Another problem with the expressway is at the entrance of Bangalore, there were a few funnel points where returning traffic got clogged for 2-3 km and this added almost 30 minutes to the overall travel time, somewhat defeating the purpose of an expressway. Hope they sort out the hiccups soon and ensure the travel times do not suffer due to poor planning / implementation.

This trip was a rather short one, so we just clocked a little over 550 km totally.
Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!-img_3361.jpg

Anyway, with that short report and photo dump my small 'travelogue' comes to an end. I'll be back with another trip report soon. Thanks for reading!

Last edited by KarthikK : 13th February 2023 at 22:55.
KarthikK is online now   (30) Thanks
Old 14th February 2023, 04:32   #192
Team-BHP Support
 
Axe77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 5,752
Thanked: 17,301 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Quote:
Originally Posted by KarthikK View Post

In my last and final update, we decided to update our riding gear since the first set was ageing at year 5 for both my better half and me. I went for a textile set AND a mesh set of riding gear (which I plan to switch between depending on the weather) …
Quote:
This time almost every piece of riding gear is from Revit. Thanks to BHPian neil.jericho for the countless discussions on the riding gear suggestions before I finalized my set.
I somehow missed this excellent riding gear update but we’ve clearly aligned on a LOT of the riding gear decisions:

1. I recently upgraded my 5 year old Held gear as well. I too decided to go with a two jacket combination - one full set textile combined with one pure mesh jacket. The textile is all season but I expect the Eclipse will be excellent for very hot weather riding as well as a great choice for in city use. I will very likely complement this further with a cooling vest before the peak summer months hit.

2. I too have opted for Revit for both - the Sand 4 H2O full set and in my case, I opted for the cheaper Eclipse over the Airwave. Small collateral benefit is that the add on purchase Seesoft back protector can be shared between the two jackets.

3. I also have the same ARAI RX 7V model albeit a bit by coincidence since I bought the only thing I could get my hands on - a well used piece for an upcoming track day at that time. Having said that, when its time to exchange this (its already very well used) I’ll likely opt for something a step down and quieter like the Quantic most likely or possibly the Shoei NXR2 (/RF 1400).

4. Alpinestar SMX6 V2 - again - purchased for track day but they’ve become my city and short sunday ride boots with my default adventure / touring boots being the Alpinestar Toucans.

Nice to see some likeminded gear decisions there. Always reassuring to seeone’s gear related choices validated by fellow riders.

Last edited by Axe77 : 14th February 2023 at 05:03.
Axe77 is online now   (6) Thanks
Old 14th February 2023, 14:53   #193
Senior - BHPian
 
KarthikK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,358
Thanked: 8,970 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Axe77 View Post
I somehow missed this excellent riding gear update but we’ve clearly aligned on a LOT of the riding gear decisions:

1. I recently upgraded my 5 year old Held gear as well. I too decided to go with a two jacket combination - one full set textile combined with one pure mesh jacket. The textile is all season but I expect the Eclipse will be excellent for very hot weather riding as well as a great choice for in city use. I will very likely complement this further with a cooling vest before the peak summer months hit.
Great choice and what a funny coincidence that we both ended up with exactly the same jacket and pant models (well almost)

Quote:
2. I too have opted for Revit for both - the Sand 4 H2O full set and in my case, I opted for the cheaper Eclipse over the Airwave. Small collateral benefit is that the add on purchase Seesoft back protector can be shared between the two jackets.
The only benefit I saw with the Airwave 3 was it has a chest armour slot while the Eclipse doesn't. I generally prefer picking up separate armour sets for every jacket rather than swapping the same armour between the two, simply because I don't trust myself to be gentle enough with those delicate, snug-fitting armour pockets and might end up tearing them by applying too much force accidentally (has happened in the past)

Quote:
3. I also have the same ARAI RX 7V model albeit a bit by coincidence since I bought the only thing I could get my hands on - a well used piece for an upcoming track day at that time. Having said that, when its time to exchange this (its already very well used) I’ll likely opt for something a step down and quieter like the Quantic most likely or possibly the Shoei NXR2 (/RF 1400).
Great to hear your long term feedback on the same. For the Ninja I used to use (2019-22) the Shoei RF1200 (predecessor of the RF1400 / Z8) which was definitely quieter at triple digit speeds, but ergonomics-wise the Arai RX7V feels more comfortable especially around the ears area over a long day of riding. I now use the Shoei on the CB500X 'Avatar' with Alpinestars gear on that bike.

Quote:
4. Alpinestar SMX6 V2 - again - purchased for track day but they’ve become my city and short sunday ride boots with my default adventure / touring boots being the Alpinestar Toucans.
I used to have the Dainese Torque D1 Out Goretex sport touring boots prior to the Alpinestars SMX6v2, and those were amazing boots as well. Sadly Dainese is currently not operating in Bangalore, and I haven't been able to import their boots so I went with the A* option.

Looks like a same pinch again, lol! I too use the Toucan boots for my CB500X gear. On that bike, my riding gear set is:
Bell MX9 MIPS Adventure helmet / Shoei RF1200
Alpinestars T-Jaws V3 / Alpinestars T-Stunt Air textile jackets
Alpinestars Ramjet touring pants
Alpinestars SP2v2 and SP8v3 gloves, SP8v3 due to replace the ageing SP2v2.
Alpinestars Toucan and Forma adv boots. Toucan is for touring and Forma I wear for short rides

Wouldn't be surprised if some more similarities come out, lol! These are doing absolutely fine and I am happy with this set's longevity and comfort despite constant use/abuse. Maybe in another 2-3 years I will be due to replace the CB500X set as well

Quote:
Nice to see some likeminded gear decisions there. Always reassuring to seeone’s gear related choices validated by fellow riders.
Likewise, always happy to learn from the experiences of stalwarts like yourself who have been using these models of riding gear for longer durations and in varied circumstances / weather conditions. Thanks for sharing!

Last edited by KarthikK : 14th February 2023 at 15:04.
KarthikK is online now   (7) Thanks
Old 21st February 2023, 00:11   #194
BANNED
 
Join Date: Feb 2023
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 26
Thanked: 13 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Thanks for the thread and great photos. Been a while since I've gone for long rides. After reading, this I'm getting thoughts

Last edited by Axe77 : 21st February 2023 at 05:55. Reason: Punctuation and formatting edits.
nyt2090 is offline   (1) Thanks
Old 25th February 2023, 10:45   #195
Senior - BHPian
 
KarthikK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,358
Thanked: 8,970 Times
Re: Living an evolved dream: My 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ownership review. Edit: 4 years up!

Quote:
Originally Posted by nyt2090 View Post
Thanks for the thread and great photos. Been a while since I've gone for long rides. After reading, this I'm getting thoughts
Thanks for the kind words, hope you get to do your long rides soon and update some nice pictures for us to enjoy viewing
KarthikK is online now  
Reply

Most Viewed
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks