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Old 04-29-2007, 06:32 AM   #76
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Besides looking like captain EO, I wouldn't want anyone I care about to bite the dust in a Joe Rocket Phoenix. That was my first mesh suit...and the last time I go for JR. Polyamide nylon is the big difference for me, as opposed to a relativley less abrasion resistant polyester.
I'm in... would be very interested in real data on this. Has any comparison been published that would compare abrasion resistance of the various materials used in protective riding gear?
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:47 PM   #77
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Abrasion

You will be hard pressed to find better protection than the BMW gear!

Even the Santiago suit with the Dynatec is fantastic. Look it up on the Shouler-Dynatec site. Not sure on the spelling.

BMW has been using super high end material for most of their gear now.

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Old 06-17-2007, 07:21 PM   #78
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Great suit! I've retired my Rallye Pro to the closet until fall, the Venting Machine is superior in any temps above 65 degrees.

Question for you VM owners, does anyone have the part number for the hip pads that go into the pants? I can't seem to locate a place on line to buy them.

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Old 07-31-2007, 10:24 AM   #79
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I've had mine for 3 years now and no problems ever - though have not been down in it either. I ifnd the armor fairly wimpy, even though it is CE rated. I have worn it in the "winter" (SFBay) with multiple layers and its fine. Though, I tend to more often wear the Vanson in that weather.

The knee pads you ask about tore through fatigue and I recently replace all the armor with T-Pro - much better stuff. The VM back pad is a joke - go with the T-Pro.

I am curious, if anyone has tried/compared the Motoport Airmesh Jacket in Kevlar. I like protective gear and suspect that Kevlar is far superior to the polymide VM.
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Old 07-31-2007, 11:59 AM   #80
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:55 PM   #81
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Venting Machine armor?

Anyone know if the VM jacket armor fits any other BMW jackets? It would be very nice if I could swap armor from a VM jacket to say a Santiago jacket if for no other reason than making it possible to pack both jackets saving the packing space of a second set of armor ... I came back from Alaska a few weeks ago wearing my usual great white north gear and about melted in eastern OR. Would have been nice to have the VM.
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:46 PM   #82
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I just wish that hot weather gear came in colors other than black.
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Old 08-03-2007, 11:09 AM   #83
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Anyone know if the VM jacket armor fits any other BMW jackets? It would be very nice if I could swap armor from a VM jacket to say a Santiago jacket if for no other reason than making it possible to pack both jackets saving the packing space of a second set of armor ...
I'm answering my own question. Mr. O'Brien at Irv Seaver's BMW, tells me that the VM armor and the Santiago jacket armor are the same. That means if I buy the Santiago I'll be able to pack either without the armor and swap when needed. Cool, or that's the intent....
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Old 12-21-2007, 03:34 AM   #84
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Can you guys with the VM tell me where its made. I want one but I do not buy anything made in China. Can someone please check the tag on the jacket and report?

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Old 04-12-2008, 02:03 PM   #85
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The venting machine appears interesting but I like to try things on prior to ordering online. Unfortunately I don't think anyone near me carries them.

I have been using an silver colored Olympia 2 piece suit the last two years. It is incredibly vented, with a zip in/zip out rain liner. It's not hot at all because it is silver and has vents all over the place. There are more vented items out on the market...ie Joe Rocket, but as others have posted, there doesn't seem like much to them.

My Olympia suit gives me a lot of confidence in how it is made, but I am always looking for ways to spend more "accessory" money.
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Old 04-12-2008, 04:45 PM   #86
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Can you guys with the VM tell me where its made. I want one but I do not buy anything made in China. Can someone please check the tag on the jacket and report?
Nearly impossible to avoid. My Venting Machine was made in Hungary. It is a nice jacket since I lined the scratchy collar with Ultrasuede.
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:54 AM   #87
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Got a basic question ....

if a size is 40R, 40L or 40S, what do the letters represent? Seems to be a States thingy.

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Old 04-13-2008, 09:35 AM   #88
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Got a basic question ....

if a size is 40R, 40L or 40S, what do the letters represent? Seems to be a States thingy.

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R=regular
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S=short

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Old 04-13-2008, 01:30 PM   #89
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How does the Airflow 2 stack up against the venting machine?? Tried one on the other day and it feels like it would flow MUCH more air than the VM
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Old 04-20-2008, 04:25 PM   #90
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I love my Venting Machine. Very high quality. When it get's cooler I just add a BMW wind shirt underneath. I find most BMW motorcycle gear to be excellent.
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