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Old 06-17-2005, 04:50 AM   #1
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Thumb BMW Venting Machine - First Impressions

It's been hot, humid and still here in Riderland for the past couple of weeks I've been coming home from rides and events soaking wet despite the gear worn that to the rescue.......

As an early Fathers Day gift.....I got the new BMW Venting Machine suit ($$$)

I have to admit, they did it right....the outer shell is high strength polymide with reflective thread for night riding. It comes in black/silver and zips together. CE armor knees, elbows, shoulders, back and pockets for optional hip & thigh armor (this is BMW after all) The suit is very light weight but gives a feeling that it will hold up well under any circumstances. Oh, and it kept this old body cool on a 500 miler in 80%-90% humidity and various stop n go through small towns, etc..

I've had most of the the other mesh suits and just didn't feel as comfortable that they would protect and hold together during a bad get off (maybe just me).....anyway, I'm very pleased and would suggest you give them a look/see if you are in the market for this type apparel. The only criticism(?) is it only comes in the black/silver and I thought it might be a few degrees cooler in silver/black, but that's just speculation, felt cool sitting or riding
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Old 06-17-2005, 05:02 AM   #2
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I bought one a few weeks ago and I have to agree, very good construction, comfy and good range of sizes. Its 34ºc here today so its going to get used.

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Old 06-17-2005, 06:24 AM   #3
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Sounds interesting. How 'bout some pics?
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Old 06-25-2005, 10:04 AM   #4
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Also got Venting Machine

I just got a BMW Venting Machine too, same reasons as above, and love it. I've got over 500 miles on it and it works swell for keeping the air flowing. But carry lots of water - I was dry and cool but still sweated (it was in the 90's) but I never noticed as the air flow carried it away so fast. I downed two quarts of water on a stop. If you hold the suit up to a light, you can see through it. Stopped in a traffic jam at noon, it did get hot, but I don't know of any other suit that won't. Fit on the jacket is excellent, the pants are a little long, they don't have inseam sizes yet (I have a short inseam for my torso length, with no belly I have a 34" waist but a 29" inseam). Armor is good, and the fit keeps everything in place. I added the hip armor, it stretched the pants a little across the front. The knee pads were noticeable at first on a long ride, but got more comfortable. I'd read a review that said the fabric seemed rough, but it felt fine to me. I can work all the fasteners with gloves on. I got the BMW AirFlow gloves to go with it - they tuck under the sleeves very well (look designed to do that) and carry the suit style pattern. Tucked under the sleeves, I can get airflow up the right sleeve when I flex it, in addition to through it. On the left arm my watch blocks flow up the sleeve. Snapped tight, not as much airflow goes up, but some. Bugs don't get through the mesh - I hit clouds of them at night. The armor looks and feels excellent - the back protector is CE approved which isn't that common on jackets (most have just the elbow and shoulder CE rated). The jacket fits in a very small packet - can't really fold it up tight because of the back armor but it folds very thin, and the pants do too. I wear microfiber wicking shirts, underpants and socks (mixes of UnderArmor, Coolmax and Reebok) under the suit and the combination is very comfortable.

I'm very happy with this - glad I got it, recommend it to you if you can afford it, but the sticker shock is very real. The second choice was a Rev'it suit.
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Old 06-27-2005, 07:24 AM   #5
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Venting Machine Jacket..

I wore mine for the first time this weekend, low 90's in Houston, and it was incredible. Huge improvement over my perforated Vanson jacket. I understand it works incredibly well with the Marsee Cool Vest underneath, so I'm going to buy one of those too.

It's pricey, but nicely made and worth it if you live in a climate like mine.
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Old 06-29-2005, 04:07 PM   #6
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Four posts from owners of the "made for the Gods" outfit and I can't even get a picture. I got money burnin' a hole in my pocket and you guys won't let me try to spend it. Jeez!
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Old 05-26-2006, 02:31 PM   #7
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Why does BMW's pics of their Venting Machine Suit suck ass so much?!

Jeez louise, it's like they don't actually want you to see it!

Did a search and found this thread. Figured I'd give it a bump for others who're checkin' it out.

methinks I've another suit to save up for!
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Old 05-26-2006, 03:51 PM   #8
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I just wish that hot weather gear came in colors other than black.

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Old 05-28-2006, 11:35 AM   #9
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Has anyone found a place to buy the VM suit for less than retail? Does it come in tall sizes?
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Old 05-28-2006, 12:15 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by native
Has anyone found a place to buy the VM suit for less than retail? Does it come in tall sizes?

$ 700!!!
That thing better have Auto-suck included.
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Old 05-30-2006, 03:55 PM   #11
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Another choice from BMW?

Hey, Frazz,

I'm being steered to the Santiago pants and the Venting Machine jacket ... Did you look at the Santiago?

And if it is an alternative to the Venting Machine, Wxwaxy, it comes in colors. Sand/marine, graphite/stone grey. Pants: sand, black.
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:20 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by RedRocket
$ 700!!!
That thing better have Auto-suck included.

I feel certain it does, sort of. As soon as you hand over the money for it, you may have to urge to lay back and light up a ciggy.
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Old 07-10-2006, 08:43 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by RedRocket
$ 700!!!
That thing better have Auto-suck included.
I hate the BMW prices too but it is good stuff. I was in a hiking store and Seattle and saw wind breakers for $475.
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Old 04-01-2007, 11:57 AM   #14
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So how are things a year later?

I have enjoyed reading the various good reports on the BMW VM. It is refreshing to hear such good reports.

I want a protective suit that will provide excellent coverage from Road Rash, but I also need cooling for the hot days of summer.

I had been directed towards the stiff Air Mesh products from Motoport. If I cannot get my leg over the seat, that's a problem.

It seems the BMW product is the cat's meow. I wonder how the owners feel about your purchase, here a year later?

Also, can anyone provide helpful information about the optional hip armor? I cannot find any information on their website.

By the way, the only way I could bring up the VM product on the BMW dealer apparel website was to do a search. I could not find it under the normal BMW product listing for jackets.

Thank you for your help, recommendations and comparisons to the Air Mesh products from Motoport.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:15 PM   #15
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cooool suit

I'm buying the same thing soon. It looks so darn well made! & protective!!!

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