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Now that we have our K1200LT, my wife and I are starting to make plans for a long ride either spring of 2012 to the smokey mountain area in Georgia (from Wisconsin) or in the fall to the San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado.

We're looking for recommendations for jackets/pants that are waterproof, versatile, not too bulky, and that could accommodate a heated jacket underneath (could use suggestions on heated clothing those too). Reasonably priced is great, but overall value will be our priority. I'm 6'2" and generally wear an XLtall or XXL. My wife is 5'3 and wears an XL.

Also, if any of you have suggested touristy ideas along either of these routes I'd appreciate any info. We're looking at taking about 10 to 14 days.

Thanks!!!
 

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Besides the considerations you mentioned, another important consideration is the protective capabilities of the gear. IMHO Aerostich and BMW are the top two suits for crash protection, protection from the elements and overall function. They are worth the high dollar these suits command, but will also outlast most suits on the market. If the budget is not there for these suits, or if you will not be riding much, Revit, First Gear & Olympia Motorsports represent good value in riding suits. I have a Aerostich Roadcrafter 1-piece and it is the best suit I have owned and this being my second. Aerostich also makes a 2- piece Roadcrafter and a Darien which is also a fine suit and has many fans. For the fashion conscious, Aerostich is dated in it's design. BMW suits are not only excellent in function etc., but are really sharp looking. So for example fashion style is not my main concern and I love my Aerostich despite it's dated looks, but my wife say's it is ugly and selected a BMW Comfort Shell for herself.
 

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Gerbings for heated gear. First gear for summer. Aerostitch for winter.
 

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sheldan2 said:
Gerbings for heated gear. First gear for summer. Aerostitch for winter.
Scala g4 for intercom and music
 

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Motoport. I've ridden with it for the past 3 years. Mesh Kevlar and all the armor you want.
 

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+1 on Aerostitch. I have a two-piece, Darien-Light suit. I travelled to Duluth to insure proper fit. I also purchased their fleece wind stopper jacket for under the jacket.

I bought the suit for my first cross-country ride last year to the Redmond rally. Living in Florida everything is hot when you stop moving. Underway the suit ventilates well under the arms and across the back.

This summer at the Bloomsburg rally, no body no matter what suit, was hot when not moving.

The suit is really nice when riding into scattered showers, you don't have to stop to put on raingear, just zip up a little higher and ride on.

My wife and I have Gerbing heated gloves and Jackets, I spent a little extra and bought the variable temp controller rather than the on-off type. Both work fine once you firgure out the wire jungle.

Say cool, or hot as the case may be.
 

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I am an Olympia gear Guy. They are mesh with liners that are waterproof and warm for winter riding. If you get caught in a frog strangler you will need a little more help in the waterproofing dept. I am good temp wise into the mid 30's. Any lower I add a fleece underneath.

Living in the Pacific Northwet we get our share of rain. I modified a pair of handlebar muffs made for quads. They are totally waterproof and windproof so I am very comfortable in the winter rain or shine. My hands do not EVER get even slightly cold. The mod was to the left muff to allow me to reach the tune controls.

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BMW Streetguard 3. Expensive but worth it. All weather, all temperature. I ride in the DC areaal year round except when the roads are icy. I wear Gerbings heated jacket, gloves and soles.

With this combination I've ridden at 10 deg F and at 105 deg F.
 

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sheldan2 said:
Scala g4 for intercom and music

+1 for the Scala.

I would say that do not be fooled as you can not listen to music and intercom at the same time.

You can connecto to your phone or your GPS or your phone thru the GPS but not at the same time.
 

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Motoport. I've ridden with it for the past 3 years. Mesh Kevlar and all the armor you want.

+100 on the Motoport. Wayne and the crew in San Diego are great.

I have been there twice from FL and they are always helpful and nice.

I would also say that the motoport gear is bulky. But anything with armor is going to be. that is a nature of the beast.

foorball players wear bulky gear because it works.

Safety or style is a choice that should not be made lightly.

And besides, the motoport gear is built like a armoured suit. It should last for ever.

I have 30K miles on my gear over the last 16 months and not a single problem.

I even went back and had them add the suspenders and a zipper from the jacket to pants and they id it in 45 min while I waited.

\end motoport commerical :)

Oh did I mention that their stuff is bulky, but does fold down and fit in the side cases if you smush them in!
 

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You can get more info in the Rider's Gear forum:
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=65

I rode from MA to AZ one summer in an Aerostich 2 piece--never worried about getting whet when it rained.

I've spent the summer here in Maine relying upon another Aerostich 2 piece suite--never worried about getting when in the rain.

I just picked up a heated jacket liner and temp controller for my ride back to AZ.

Best
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BMW Comfort Shell with Gerbings electric liner and gloves. Totally waterproof and you don't have to zip in a liner. My SO and I have ridden in all day downpours and did not get even a little damp. Unfortunately, ridiculously expensive but I've had mine for about 5 years of riding (8-10,000 miles/year) and it's just now starting to break in. Very well made.
 

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Aerostitch and Gerbing, I would not recommend a one piece suit as the LT has too much wind protection and the suit would be uncomfortable in warm weather.

I wear langlitz leather jacket and darian pants most of the time but have a couple firat gear jackets. I need tall sizes


pretty good website for deals - http://www.motorcyclegear.com/
 

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I've had a Darien jacket and pants for 7 years and over 100,000 miles. I also have several other jackets and pants that I wear from time to time, but I always come back to the Darien for any serious riding. Can't beat the ventilation options and overall flexibility, and great service and repairs. A trip to Aerostich RiderWearHouse in Duluth can get a custom measurements for you and your wife. One downside is Aerostich doesn't make a "women's" cut, although you can customise around that to a degree.

Road Gear ( http://roadgear.com//technical-wear-c-22.html ) has been a good supporter of CCR over the years and has a good selection of apparel. For rock bottom prices check out Cycle Gear ( http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/categories/street-gear/mens-street-apparel/textiles ) Their Bilt brand Typhoon Waterproof Motorcycle jackets and pants are on sale for $99 and $79. Both have men's and women's cuts.
 

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You get what you pay for, and don't forget how expensive skin grafts are: ;)

It's all about tear strength, and you can clearly see that anything below competition grade leather (which no one uses in consumer grade garments) doesn't cut the mustard.

Undoubtedly I will now get comments about how leather must be good enough for road racers, etc. Goat skin and kangaroo is good enough - and insanely expensive - and road racers wear whatever their sponsors tell them to wear - and it is all armored, kevlar stitched, reinforced and lined to boot.

I personally wear armored air mesh kevlar all year, and put 1000 denier cordura overpants on when it gets cold to block the wind and rain - and yes - I ride in 25F weather all winter.
 

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You get what you pay for, and don't forget how expensive skin grafts are: ;)

It's all about tear strength, and you can clearly see that anything below competition grade leather (which no one uses in consumer grade garments) doesn't cut the mustard.
Ron,

Is the Kevlar the stuff from Motoport?
 

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Aerostitch and Gerbing, I would not recommend a one piece suit as the LT has too much wind protection and the suit would be uncomfortable in warm weather.

I wear langlitz leather jacket and darian pants most of the time but have a couple firat gear jackets. I need tall sizes


pretty good website for deals - http://www.motorcyclegear.com/
I do not find that to be the case, I have not felt any warmer with my 1-piece Stich" on the LT vs other bikes I have owned.
 
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