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Old 07-17-2006, 01:49 PM   #181
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Is that for the Mid-Ohio Vintage Days next weekend? I'm in Atlanta and looking for someone to ride up with. If you're passing through I could jump in with you or if you plan to make a stop here I could put you up and we could leave in the AM. I plan to leave Thursday 7/27 staying Th, Fr, Sa, returning Sunday.
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Old 07-17-2006, 06:25 PM   #182
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I would compare the air flow as being about as much as a perf. leather jacket, I was hoping for a little better.

Really? I found quite the opposite.
My perfed leather jacket is like night and day compared to the motoport. And even my Triumph Raptor synthetic mesh jacket seemed to flow less air. Especially in the arms... the motoport is constant breeze running through.

Now that said, it was in the 90's here in Houston this weekend and we were on our way back from Galveston on the freeway doing 75mph. I don't care how much air was flowing through.... 100+ degree air is 100+ degree air. It's going to be hot no matter what you are wearing, even if you aren't wearing anything. You stay dry while you are moving but it's still hotter than a mofo. And as soon as you stop, the sweat starts pouring.
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Old 07-17-2006, 07:26 PM   #183
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Really? I found quite the opposite.
My perfed leather jacket is like night and day compared to the motoport. And even my Triumph Raptor synthetic mesh jacket seemed to flow less air. Especially in the arms... the motoport is constant breeze running through.

Now that said, it was in the 90's here in Houston this weekend and we were on our way back from Galveston on the freeway doing 75mph. I don't care how much air was flowing through.... 100+ degree air is 100+ degree air. It's going to be hot no matter what you are wearing, even if you aren't wearing anything. You stay dry while you are moving but it's still hotter than a mofo. And as soon as you stop, the sweat starts pouring.
Well I wont argue, your right it does move air well and maybe a little better than MY perf. jacket but not as much as hoped.

Dont get me wrong its a great jacket in many ways and I really like the extra top pockets.
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Old 07-18-2006, 03:01 PM   #184
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Just got my motoport stuff. Ordered waaaaay back in late March so there is certainly a wait. I got the kevlar mesh 3/4 jacket and mesh pants, as well as all the lines, one set for me and one for my wife.

Wayne was great on the phone, and I sent him my measurements and he asked a few questions. I redid the measurements he suggested but they came out the same, and the gear seems to fit perfectly, alhtough I've only sat on the bike and not yet taken it out for a spin.

PROS:
- As many have mentioned, this stuff seems to be built like a tank. Big YKK zippers, big quality snaps and buttons all around, and good quality fittings for the most part. Everything seems about as breathable as my Alpinstars mesh jacket.
- Tons of BIG pockets (although not waterproof)
- Someone mentioned that the reflective piping on the jacket restricted their arm movement. In my jacket, there is a stretch kevlar panel at the back of the arms, and the reflective piping is broken into 3 pieces (1 per arm and on across the shoulders). The stretch kevlar gives the jacket a nice amount of articulartion in the armpit area.
- The lines are thick, and while not stylish, the waterproof liner has a nylon cover on the outside. This would make a pretty functional insulated and waterproof jacket for wearing outside the armored jacket around camp. You won't look fashionable, but it doesn't too too goofy.
- My wife and I have funny bodies, and my gear fits great. Will report back when the wife tries hers on.
- The mesh, as mentioned is a bit stiff when new. There is also lots of armor, and it seems like it needs some time to conform to my body.
- Pants fit high but give room for "the boys." Nicley designed.

CONS;
- Long wait, but you knew that already.
- I asked for hip pads in the pants in an email that Wayne acknowledged. Also asked for no logos. Got no hip pads and logos on everything except one set of pants (go figure). I was not charged for the hip pads and need to decide if I want to press the issue and send the pants back and forth to have hip pads added.
- Stuff is a bit heavy. 30lbs for both suits and liners (according to what was on the FedEx box).
- The system for securing the pants around a boot involves several velcro strips. Basically you pull the pants tight and mate two velcro sections. Problem is this gives a fixed number of adjustments and seems a bit finicky. I would have preferred a regular strap and loop arrangement rather than the velcro strips, although we'll see how it works once I get used to it.
- The waist strap seems a touch cheap. It's really not, just in comparison to the rest of the suit it is a little less "beefy."

Overal strong positive impressions just out of the box. If I succomb to the pestering of my friends and get premission from the wife, I'm makeing a 200 mile RT to the casino tonight and will report back on the initial ride.
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Old 07-28-2006, 07:49 AM   #185
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increased airflow modification

I've owned my Ultra II mesh kevlar gear since 2/05 and have been very pleased with it. However, while riding for extended periods this summer I noticed the air flow, particularly in the foreams, seemed to be obstructed.

It turns out that not all of the pads are perforated. The ones that are basically flat are but the curved ones, such as in the foreams, are not.

I spoke with Wayne about this and per his suggestion I drilled some 1/8 inch holes in the pads spaced about an inch apart, leaving about an inch from the edges and avoiding areas where relatively sharp curves are. The improvement in airflow is noticeable, at least to me.

If considering this modification, it may be best to do so after the gear has been used for a while and the pad contours have settled in.
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Old 07-31-2006, 08:13 AM   #186
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Gringo (and all who own and replied)
THNAK YOU! for starting this thread.
Good read for all 13 pages (so far)
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Old 08-05-2006, 12:05 PM   #187
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how do you guys feel about the knee pad placement in the pants? while standing my knee pads are around my shin, and while in a riding position the very top tip of the knee pad will just barely cover my knee cap. i guess the knee and hip pads are close enough to each other to provide adequate coverage, but i'm kind of disappointed in the overall coverage around the knee cap.
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Old 08-05-2006, 12:22 PM   #188
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how do you guys feel about the knee pad placement in the pants? while standing my knee pads are around my shin, and while in a riding position the very top tip of the knee pad will just barely cover my knee cap. i guess the knee and hip pads are close enough to each other to provide adequate coverage, but i'm kind of disappointed in the overall coverage around the knee cap.
did you adjust the velcro tab at your ankle? This will help keep the knee armor in place. At least it did for me.
Sit on the bike in riding position, and tighten the velcro. You shouldn't need to again.

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Old 08-05-2006, 05:02 PM   #189
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Motoport Kevlar experience

Last weekend while passing a cage, it turned in front of me. The right BMW jug on my 06GS probably saved me, but my MotoPort gear did as well. I have some contusions (expected) but no cuts in the fabric after having been dragged 30 feet. I have one melted spot (not melted through....just a congealed spot)on my pants (inside leg....I have no idea how) but the padding even protected me from a burn there. I was knocked out, and they were able to remove my gear while out, without ruining it. Thank goodness for all of the zippers. The emergency room doctors and technicians were amazed at not having to deal with road rash on me.My new jacket (now I have two) arrived today (after 12 weeks) and I won't be switching brands soon.
Given, I was lucky.....other riders have died from an accident such as I had, but the bike and gear really helped me. I walked away from a 50 mph impact, drag. It is great to be alive.
From my experience.....20,000 miles of use of the same MotoPort Kevlar gear, and a go-down, it does work. (and the pants make my butt look sexy) I will be talking to Wayne.
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Old 08-05-2006, 05:16 PM   #190
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hey i read about your crash in the face plant forum, and considering the circumstance you came out great! got pics of the burn spot on your motoport? i'm curious how it looks.
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Old 08-06-2006, 07:27 AM   #191
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hey i read about your crash in the face plant forum, and considering the circumstance you came out great! got pics of the burn spot on your motoport? i'm curious how it looks.
I will take a pic and post.
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Old 08-06-2006, 08:19 AM   #192
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Is there a link for the Motorsport web site?
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Old 08-06-2006, 12:07 PM   #193
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Why not- as long as it fits. Same stuff, just without the custom cut. If you're "normal" sized- go for it. Stuff is freaking bombproof- and should last many many years of hard use.
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Old 08-06-2006, 12:18 PM   #194
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and they had my size in stock and ordered jacket/ pants and liners and was told they will ship[ out on monday for my hot ride to the BEARTOOTH RALLY.After i read on all the good review i was hooked. And does this stuff look better than the web site pictures?Ultra11 air mesh&ultra mesh pants in black and gray(my size in stock) Is this stuff as good as RUKKA?And would you buy it again if given the chance?
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Old 08-06-2006, 02:15 PM   #195
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Pics of my 20,000 mile Motoport Pants after go-down

My worst contusion occured on my right inside knee. I have no idea how I hit. These pictures correspond to the location of the contusion. Note the "melted" area....but NO road rash or burn to my knee.





If you want to see what my knee looked like under this, I will post...one hadsome knee....even uglier than my face.
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