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I need a fresh pot of coffee.....

Darn it, the pooch wants out....

Can I just let him out and hope that he doesn't run away or get run over ..........

Hate this snow and cold.......

Wait a minute, the dude wants "Any thoughts" on his riding suit........
 

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I need a fresh pot of coffee.....

Darn it, the pooch wants out....

Can I just let him out and hope that he doesn't run away or get run over ..........

Hate this snow and cold.......

Wait a minute, the dude wants "Any thoughts" on his riding suit........

Cheers mate.
 

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My thoughts are that those riding suits are way over priced.

I mean, everything related to motorcycles is way over priced, but those suits are even more so.

They are way out of my price range so I never bothered to look into them. As such I couldn't tell you which is better.

All I can say is, are either of them any better than the combo of a standard mesh jacket and riding pants?
 

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The best thing about mesh bike clothing is that in the middle of summer when it really does suck you can fill the pockets with ice and poor water over your head.


Air-con.


Win.
 

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My thoughts are that those riding suits are way over priced.

I mean, everything related to motorcycles is way over priced, but those suits are even more so.

They are way out of my price range so I never bothered to look into them. As such I couldn't tell you which is better.

All I can say is, are either of them any better than the combo of a standard mesh jacket and riding pants?
Yeah, been thinking about that. By all accounts these suits last a long time - ie guys still wearing them 20 years later kind of thing. You might go through a number of cheaper pants/jackets in that time. What seems expensive might actually be cheaper in the long run.
 

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Yeah, been thinking about that. By all accounts these suits last a long time - ie guys still wearing them 20 years later kind of thing. You might go through a number of cheaper pants/jackets in that time. What seems expensive might actually be cheaper in the long run.
I have a mesh jacket that I paid $100 for on sale at a Kawasaki dealership. It's been 5 years of year round riding, dozens of falls (all off road) and me not taking particularly good care of it, and it shows absolutely no signs of wear. I imagine it will last me the rest of my life unless i get too fat to fit in it or tear it up in a bad wreck.

It's this jacket actually. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/firstgear-mesh-tex-jacket

In the AZ summer this jacket keeps me cooler than if I wasn't wearing a jacket at all in temps up to 118F. On the days it got to 121F+ I nearly roasted, but that's not the jackets fault.

I don't have riding pants. I've been wanting to get some but so far I can't find any that are in my price range and don't fit like skinny jeans/girl pants. Also, I'm not a huge fan of wearing clothes over my clothes that I have to spend time getting in and out of and worrying about a place to put them when I go places. That's just a PITA. So I'd also need the pants to be something I could wear all day at work. And my job requires black BDU pants. I haven't seen that type of riding pants.

I gave some thought to buying leather chaps for protection. They seem easy enough to get on and off and can easily roll up and store in a saddle bag, but I couldn't find any that weren't a$$less. Nevermind the stigma about a$$less chaps, but if I were to go down on the street, isn't it highly likely that I'd be sliding on my butt? What's the point of lower body protection that doesn't protect the most likely place to make contact with the ground?

So another reason I'm not into the fully body suit thing is, where would I put it once I got to where I was going? I know my mesh jacket won't fit in my saddle bags, nevermind a full body suit. Even on days where I am just riding with no real destination, I still make stops for food and whatnot. It would be far too hot to have a full body riding suit on unless I'm actually on the bike and moving.

I think the only time I could see a full body suit being useful to me is if I'm doing multiple day rides, like across the country or something where I'll be riding for 12 or more hours a day and I won't have a reason to be changing in and out of the suit multiple times a day.

I don't mean to hijack your thread. I'm just throwing my 2 cents in.
 

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I have a mesh jacket that I paid $100 for on sale at a Kawasaki dealership. It's been 5 years of year round riding, dozens of falls (all off road)...
That's the thing. I'm interested in gear that I can slide on asphalt at 100kmh and still keep my skin. From what I can see there's a pretty good chance that a Motoport one-piece will achieve that and a pretty good chance that your average off-the-shelf cheapie won't. I won't skimp on safety gear. Makes no sense to me to spend big bucks on a bike which, at the end of the day is a piece of tin and can be replaced, and bugger all on yourself which can't. Each to their own.
 

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That's the thing. I'm interested in gear that I can slide on asphalt at 100kmh and still keep my skin. From what I can see there's a pretty good chance that a Motoport one-piece will achieve that and a pretty good chance that your average off-the-shelf cheapie won't. I won't skimp on safety gear. Makes no sense to me to spend big bucks on a bike which, at the end of the day is a piece of tin and can be replaced, and bugger all on yourself which can't. Each to their own.
I never said the jacket won't protect me if I slide on asphalt. As a matter of fact, I know it will. That's what it is designed to do. I just haven't had the chance to use that particular function of the jacket.

Just because it was inexpensive doesn't mean it is cheap. It is very well made of very durable material. It has CE armor on all the bits likely to make contact with the ground, though I did have to buy a back protector for $40.

When I said I have fallen off road, I wasn't saying that's all the jacket can handle. I was just saying it has been through some abuse and come out completely unscathed.

And keep in mind, this is Arizona desert offroad. I wasn't landing on fields of lush grass and soft rich soil. I was landing on hard pack dirt that had more sharp rocks than dirt in it, exposed bedrock with the texture of sandpaper, and rock beds that look like a field of broken jagged bowling balls. Falling at 40mph but only sliding 5 or 10ft because the friction is so high, or because I roll into a boulder or cactus. I've done all of that in this jacket that isn't even designed to go offroad.

As it turns out I'm not particularly good at offroad riding. So I don't do it anymore.

And the jacket is fine. It's a bit dirty, but I can just scrub it with some soap and a brush and spray it off with a hose and it looks like new again.

I am 100% confident it would keep me road rash free if I were to go down at 70mph on the freeway.

It even has reflective strips on it. Can't get any safer than that.
 
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