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post #1 of 4 Old Jan 30th, 2016, 7:26 am Thread Starter
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Are You Experienced?

Well, I am... (All credit due to Jimi):-))

Are you an experienced rider that has had the unfortunate honor to try out the performance of your riding apparel?

It has been awhile since I last posted and a long time since my LT life. Glorious days on that beautiful machine! Is there another BMW in my future? One can only hope.

Long story short, I started with HD and am now riding my buddy's Road King. I was there 16 years ago when the RK was first purchased by him since he needed a ride to the dealership. It is mine to ride now with only7k miles. Winter riding has been great!

But, hot weather looms. Having used mesh jackets before, I liked them but I never went down wearing one. Have you? Obviously I prefer leather but 90-100 temps are not fun.

I have found a couple that may work for me with the appropriate armor but I would like to hear real life experiences with mesh jackets.

Also, the pants!!! I prefer denim. But I no longer wear chaps and would consider armor under the denim. Again, any experiences you guys would like to share?

By the way, I still love my BMW boots! Wearing them everyday and have been spoiled by comfort and cozy ski boot feel.
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post #2 of 4 Old Jan 30th, 2016, 4:32 pm
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I just gave away a Tourmaster Air 3 jacket and matching pants, as well as an evaporative cooling vest, to a friend's son that just started riding and only had a helmet. They served me well for a couple of years on trips from SoCal to Yellowstone, Oregon, and across country to NC and back.

With the LT's superior weather protection, I never used the rain and thermal layers, but you may need them on a HD or other bike with lessor fairing coverage. Around town, I normally did not wear the pants or cooling vest, only the jacket and jeans. On longer trips, in low humidity heat, the cooling vest under the jacket worked well for about 30-45 minutes, before the water evaporated and then rehydrated with my sweat. I also found that I needed to stop and wash the jacket and pants at least once a week on trips, as they began to smell gamey. The textile jacket/evaporative cooling vest combination did not work well in low humidity, high heat (105+) degree areas and evaporative vests don't really work in more humid areas.

Textile equipment are reasonably priced, but from what I understand, get pretty much trashed if you drop a bike at speed, and may not be salvageable.

I have since graduated to an Aerostich Roadcrafter R3 suit which has proven to be much better than the Tourmaster combination and is comfortable up until temps reach the mid-80s and higher. On longer trips, I use a Veskimo cooling system, which has kept me comfortable riding in 112 degrees. The suit also provides much better protection than the textile combination I had previously worn, even in hard rain or 32 degree weather.

Hope this helps in your decision making.

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I went down doing about 40 wearing a mesh jacket and jeans. The jeans did nothing, I may as well been wearing shorts. The jacket was toast after but gave it's life to save my skin. My legs were hamburger but above the waist I had one spot about the size of a nickel.

Since then, I still ride in jeans, but I've changed from regular jeans to iron worker jeans that have Kevlar lining and are a heavier material. I know they aren't the best leg protection, but they're better than nothing I guess, and they're the only thing I've found that I'm comfortable wearing.

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Also, the pants!!! I prefer denim. But I no longer wear chaps and would consider armor under the denim. Again, any experiences you guys would like to share?
Aerostich makes a nice pair of reinforced jeans that have pockets for knee armor. They are comfortable and are said to be abrasion resistant.

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