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Roadcrafter question

A question for K1200LT owners who use a Roadcrafter or similar one piece suit - when you take it off does it fit in the panniers or top box? What about with liners or heated vest etc.? If not what do you do with it? Thanks.
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Re: Roadcrafter question

I have Motoport Kevlar gear and a Darien jacket with similar issues. With all the armor they have, they are very bulky. The jacket and pant liners will usually compress well enough to pack. The Motoport pants are not an issue for me because I usually just wear them as my riding pants over LDComfort shorts or tights. The jackets are the main problem for me if I am not pulling my cargo trailer.

If I have next to nothing in my top case one jacket will just fit into it. If there isn't room then I carry a light weight cable lock with me. I string it through an arm and lock the jacket to the luggage rack. I have a chrome luggage rack on my top case that I can lock and strap down my jacket or over pants if I am wearing them. The handle of one of the side cases could also be used as an anchor.


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Re: Roadcrafter question

I don't have exactly the setup you describe, but my Aerostich Darien (separate jacket and pants) will fit in the LT's top case if folded carefully. The key is to "nest" the armor into each other - elbow into elbow, knee into knee, if you know what I mean. That way the armor takes up the minimum amount of space possible.

The Darien two-piece gear should have more bulk to it than a one-piece Roadcrafter because the jacket is so long, so a one-piece Roadcrafter should fit nicely.

Regarding the side cases: the jacket or the pants - not both - will fit into a side case. If both side cases are empty, one garment in each side case works.

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Re: Roadcrafter question

Thanks Jim & Howard. I know how separate jackets & pants work, having had a variety of combinations myself (currently Streetguard 3). I'm wondering how people with 1 piece suits manage. Something like a Roadcrafter or the new BMW one-piece would suit me better for work (could do a James Bond and transform from a biker to a suited busnessmen in seconds). But I'm wondering about storing such kit on arrival.

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Re: Roadcrafter question

My two cents...

+1 on the integrity of the Roadcrafter!! My two-piece saved by bacon two weeks ago. Not a scratch after sliding down the highway for 25 feet. But....it is a little difficult to pack. If you use the optional back protector in the jacket, it makes it even harder to pack, as it's too long to fit in the cases. Without the protector, you could do as Howard suggested and neatly fold each piece stacking the armor. You might get a two-piece suit or one-piece in the topcase, or definitely jacket in one sidecase, pants in the other.

Another option is to strap a duffle to your passenger seat or top rack.

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Re: Roadcrafter question

My Olympia Stealth will roll up and fit in the side case(on my GS I haven't tried yet on the LT), but I usually just wear it into the building and hang it in my coat rack.
I find that starting the 98 degree ride home in a 70 degree suit and helmet is far nicer than starting in a hot suit.

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Re: Roadcrafter question

Thanks for the replies guys. All interesting and helpful but not quite on point. Almost there with John's Olympia Stealth but I suspect its a lighter and more compact suit overall than a Roadcrafter, and not waterproof. Am I right?

So again, Can anyone out there with an LT and a Roadcrafter tell me if the suit fits in a pannier or the topbox?

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Re: Roadcrafter question

I have not tried stuffing my Roadcrafter in the trunk. But I do lock it to the bike using the underseat cable whenever I get off the bike. My heated vests or cooling vest go in the trunk or side paniers. If I'm expecting to be away from the bike for an extended period, I normally put my bike cover over top of the bike and Roadcrafter.

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I think that you would have a tough time getting a one-piece into a side case or the top for that matter. Maybe if you were about 5'-5" tall. I am 6'-10" so there is no way my suit would fit...too much material. If you get a two piece Road Crafter it would fit if you zipped it apart. (one piece on each side) easy to do......

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So again, Can anyone out there with an LT and a Roadcrafter tell me if the suit fits in a pannier or the topbox?
Yes, the one-piece Roadcrafter will fit in the LT top case. Fold it in half lengthwise, then roll it up like a sleeping bag. If you roll it tight enough, and place it on edge (so you can see the rolls) you can actually fit the suit on one side and your helmet on the other.

I do this all the time! btw - I'm 6'0", and about 230, so if you are taller/bigger perhaps you won't be able to fit your helmet, but the suit will fit by itself no problem.

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Yes, the one-piece Roadcrafter will fit in the LT top case. Fold it in half lengthwise, then roll it up like a sleeping bag. If you roll it tight enough, and place it on edge (so you can see the rolls) you can actually fit the suit on one side and your helmet on the other.

I do this all the time! btw - I'm 6'0", and about 230, so if you are taller/bigger perhaps you won't be able to fit your helmet, but the suit will fit by itself no problem.
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Wow. Thanks Ted. I was not expecting a reply like that! What armor is in your Roadcrafter? From your folding description I'm assuming that there can't be any back protection. What is there?

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Hi Kev - you are correct - I only use the standard shoulder, elbow, and knee pads.

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