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Dress to Survive

While like most riders we'd love to ride gear free and enjoy the wind in our hair and across our skin, the fact is gravel rash, broken bones and head injuries are things we'd rather not experience therefore we do live ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time). V-Twins such as our Victory and Harley require the black jacket and vest but these just don't feel right on a Kawasaki. As we want to be seen we have fixed driving lights to both bikes and both purchased Fluro Textile Jackets.

We have both been using Bull-It Motorcycle jeans for a number of years. We like the idea of being able to shed the jacket and look casually dressed BUT not motorcycle dressed. For those that don't know them, these jeans are denim outer with Kevlar lining to the inside. They also have space for armour, which we both found bulky and uncomfortable. Because of the two layers these jeans are bulky, hot and also restrictive to movement i.e. make it difficult to throw a short leg over a tall bike! not a problem for a Victory or Harley but a struggle on a Versys.

A search online for a better solution, non-textile or leather led us to Resurgence a Canadian manufacturer of bike gear with a wonder product - "single layer armoured jeans feature our latest breakthrough, a super advanced PekevĀ® and denim weave that have reached a record shattering CE level 2 abrasion rating at 11 seconds! ... This is now the highest abrasion rating pass ever, taking over from the 10.83 second pass achieved for our lined jeans (nobody else is even close)."


These sound like they are the go. A search of Auckland motorcycle shops found an obvious lack of stockists so we contacted Resurgence Gear NZ and a very accommodating chap by the name of Aaron came to our assistance. He invited us to his home in Hamilton on a Saturday so we could try the gear on. Then as he had to come to Auckland the plans were changed so he bought the gear with him and we caught up with him Sunday afternoon at his Motel.

A more helpful and accommodating chap would be hard to find. So our new gear for the ride now includes:

New Wave Jeans in black to go with the jackets when we're on the V-Twins of course. So much lighter and more comfortable. Anyone want to buy some second hand, 1 careful owner, Bull-It Jeans? We have two pair for sale!


Plaid Shirts

We also had a look at the hoodie and jacket that they have - unfortunately no stock in our sizes at present but nice items.

Okay so there are cheaper items out there BUT they aren't as safe. If you want the best currently available then take a serious look at this gear

Resurgence Gear Australasia
Creative Evolution Ltd
Office: Hamilton, New Zealand


Tell Aaron we recommended Resurgence!

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Route Planning "Starts"

So the revised initial route had us dropping out the Eastern European countries and heading from Hamburg direct to Murmansk which for some reason was on both Steve and David's bucket list then down to Saint Petersburg and on to Vladivostok. Around 15,000kms in 42 days or an average of 357 kms per day. Umm still maybe a bit difficult particularly later in the trip when roads were likely to be poorer. David and Steve have done 4,200kms around the South Island of New Zealand over 9 days of riding, an average of 467kms per day, but road conditions are likely to be nowhere near as good in "outback" Russia PLUS some days for sightseeing will be a must.


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The party grows

Steve had the thought that his brother David, might be interested in joining the tour and so then there were 3 and 181 was born (181 being the sum of our ages). David confirms that google is his friend and delves into the web for others experiences.

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Sunday Ride Anyone?

The plan is hatched

So two long term business partners and friends, John and Steve, started getting serious about the idea of riding across Russia mid 2019. Initial thoughts had them landing in Hamburg, exploring some of the eastern European countries, travelling to Helsinki, then North to Murmansk in Northern Russia, back down to Saint Petersburg and heading to Vladivostok on the Eastern side of Russia by effectively following the Trans-Siberian Highway albeit with a side excursion to detour through Mongolia for part of the journey.

All up google was saying around 19,200kms and 244 hours although averaging around 78 kms/hr was unlikely to be achievable.

The maximum time that John could be away was 6 weeks so it came down to having to average 457 kms per day. Not impossible but not allowing much time to stop and enjoy the scenery and what have you. Umm clearly a rethink was in order.

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