By Bill Harr
After not riding with me for over twenty years, Veronica decided to come along on my Swiss Alps trip. My first thought was that I need to rent a different motorcycle, then realized we would need new riding gear for her.
The only gear she had left was a 20+ year old Shoei helmet. We took it out of the helmet bag and it almost looked new, but, it was too old to trust with the most important person in my life, so into the trash it went.
I have all Aerostich gear and a Shoei RF1100, pretty much top of the line. I questioned if I need to spend close to $2,000 to outfit the wife for a week long ride? What to do? I explained to her that she will need new gear, helmet, boots, gloves, jacket and pants. Yes, they all need to be waterproof for the Swiss Alps. She said, “Great! Lets go shopping!” Of course, this is something she loves too do and is very good at.
Our first stop was Cycle Gear in Modesto to see what fit. Veronica has always been a petite size at 5 foot 2, and I was just a little worried we may not find her size. The salesman showed us what would work for her, and they had her size! It was starting to look like this was going to be quick but expensive, as they only had her size in Dainese.
She tried on a jacket and pants just over $800, which looked good to me, but what do I know. She told the salesman she wanted to look at other colors, and he informed her they only had black in her size. She said she needed to shop some more.
Did I mention I hate shopping? I love my wife, though, so we kept on looking.
She sees a clearance rack and heads over to take a look. She pulls out a purple Bilt jacket that fits, and she likes it. She also finds a pair of Sedici pants she likes, but they do not fit. The salesman checks stock elsewhere, and tells us the Sacramento store has a better selection of women’s gear. Off to Sacramento we go with one purple jacket.
The saleswomen at the Sacramento store shows my wife the Sedici pants in her size, and she likes them. Off to helmets; my wife needs an extra small. She tries on severa,l and likes the Bilt modular, which happened to be on sale and has bluetooth built in. This is going better than I thought, and maybe we’d home in time for dinner.
Gloves are next and in less than 30 minutes she finds a pair she is happy with. Boots are all that’s left, and then we are done. This does not go as well, as no boots look good to her. We head home with the jacket, pants, helmet, and gloves.
At home she starts shopping online and finds some Teva Gore-tex boots that she likes and orders. Overall, this has been a good day, she has all the gear she needs for our trip. We are ready for the Swiss Alps.