BMW Dry suit

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  1. matthelimech

    matthelimech Been here awhile

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    Anyone have one, or seen one? Looks like new stuff this year, and was was wondering how it compares to the Rallye Pro. Its suppose to have a waterproof liner built in??? And it looks to be cheaper than the Rallye stuff.
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  2. winnrider

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    Max BMW sales told me not due until end of month in u.s. said they are getting lots of interest. Didn't know much about suit though.
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  3. matthelimech

    matthelimech Been here awhile

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    Ok, I saw them on the A&S Cycles site, so I was curious if they were out yet. Looks promising with the built in waterproofing and the zippered venting thru the liner.
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  4. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Long timer

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    With a name like that it better keep you dry. Also, I wonder why it's marketed towards beginners.

    "Likewise an all new development by BMW Motorrad is the GS Dry suit, which is intended above all for beginners."
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  5. TuonoBiker

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    The new 2013 riding gear catalog is available on BMW's website and has all the details. Finally!!!

    The Dry suit actually looks pretty nice - from what I was told a couple months ago by Bob's BMW, it will be around $1k for the suit...not cheap, but not the most expensive either.

    I think the matching gloves are the shizzle - can't wait to try on a pair. Gore tex plus a decent size guantlet...looks like a great touring glove, IMO. The current Rallye glove isn't enough "street" for me.

    I picked up a RP3 suit on clearance a few weeks ago - glad that didn't change except the colors and armor. Although, I love the new light grey/red/black color jacket. Oh well, I will do just fine with the black...(until its July and 100* + humidity)

    Sort of anxious to see the new NP2 armor that is in the Rallye jacket and GS Dry suit...


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  6. winnrider

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    anyone pull the trigger on this suit yet? Thinking about retiring my Santiago suit in the flea market.
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  7. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    Was at my dealer 2 weeks ago and their new stuff is on order so they are waiting...no dates as when it will arrive, was too early in the order process.

    I'd hang tight before buying anything else. My thoughts are it will be very competitive to whatever else you're looking for in that price range.
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  8. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    BMW makes dry suits? wow!

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  9. swimmer

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    Also interested in those gloves provided they are uninsulated.
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  10. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    According to the bmw site catalog, I don't think they have insulation. I just want goretex and a small enough gauntlet to wrap close enough to the wrist to fit under the rallye 3 cuff, but long enough to give some weather protection.
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  11. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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    $1k for a beginners' suit? Man, looks like Cycle Gear going at that demografic all wrong.
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  12. TuonoBiker

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    I think "beginner's suit" is just the result of bad translation....or lack of the proper English word to describe their intention.

    My thought is that its decent for someone who is doing amateur off-roading since they market the Rallye Pro as the, well, "Pro" off-roader gear.

    Honestly not sure what makes any of the gear geared towards "off-roading". I have the RP3 and do a mix of touring and light off-roading (fire roads, forestry roads, etc.) Not sure what makes my coat better off road than any other coat. Maybe the armor is beefier? Then again, the street gear from BMW has very beefy armor as well.

    I would have been happy with the lighter duty Dry Suit I believe, but I got the RP3 suit for the same (similar) price 2 months ago...seemed like a no brainer.
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  13. cliffy109

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    My local dealer has them in stock as of today. I was just at Morton's BMW and saw them hanging on the wall as I was leaving. Unfortunately, I was in a big hurry and didn't have a chance to look at them closely but I will tomorrow or at their open house this weekend.
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  14. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    What kind of devoted rider are you that you didnt have time and were "in a big hurry" to get out the door?

    :D

    We are all in great anticipation of somebody's opinion on this new gear!!!
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    LOL... Full disclosure, my wife works there and my father-in-law owns the place and I work only a mile down the road so I'm in there all the time. Today was just strange in that I had to swap some vehicles around so we could pick up kids later today. Long and complicated story, but I swear I'll be able to take a good look at lunch tomorrow. I considered putting off a gear purchase to get this stuff but my father-in-law and wife bought me a Rallye 3 jacket for Christmas that had come in as a trade-in (yes, they take used BMW gear as trade toward new BMW gear).
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  16. bimmer5891

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    We got ours in early last week. A very nice suit. It is not Gore Tex and does not breathe as well. Waterproof without the liner which is a really nice feature. Material is a lot softer than the Rallye which improves comfort. For the hardcore rider the rallye suit is still the choice in the BMW clothing lineup, but the GSDry is a great option as well. Also available in ladies sizing which BMW has lacked in a GS style suit.
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  17. keiji

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    Funny that, I was actually in CC cycle last weekend and I had a peek at the gs dry.

    The outer shell is very soft, and the wp membrane is a z-liner deal as they say. BUT, they have it arranged where the vents go directly through the z-liner to where your body is - if you have ever seen an olympia AST, it is kind of like that. It looks like BMW did a better job with the gussets/seam sealing, so it should perform a little better.

    What they didn't mention in the press release is that there are these two giant fold out reflective patches that are hidden in the two vertical chest pockets. They look pretty comical, but I guess it'll work.

    I'm not a big fan of the colorways though.
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  18. mike cummins

    mike cummins OUTBACK RIDER

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    i bought the rally because you can always take the liner out when its hot.
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  19. TuonoBiker

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    New one must be pretty soft - I think my RP3 is pretty soft to the touch...flexible and easy to wear. Since your the parts man, what makes the RP3 more hardcore? Just the features... beefy back protector, leather leg pieces? Maybe they market the RP3 to get coated in mud and roughed up more?

    Still anxious to get my paws inside the GS Dry gloves. They look perfect for what I want.
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  20. cliffy109

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    OK... I got my hands on it today. Nice stuff. It is considerably lighter weight than the Rallye. Like maybe 50% lighter. Part of that is the armor which is a lot more flexible but the material itself is clearly less dense.

    The fit was nice as well and the 54 fit my frame nicely. The arm adjustments weren't as good as the Rallye. There are only two snap positions as opposed to infinite variability offered by the velcro straps on the Rallye.

    There is no thermal liner. That means you will need something under it if the temps drop below 60. That also means the jacket needs to hang a bit loose so you can fit a fleece or something like that under it.

    The waterproofing is a very thin liner that is sewn into the shell. It is so thin that you can almost see through it. I'm not sure how it breaths.

    Venting isn't a priority with this suit. There are two vent zips in front, under the arms. I'm guessing BMW didn't want to risk leaks by having vented arms.

    The pants really did impress me. Since there is no liner, it would be a lot easier to use them as overpants. My Rallye pants catch my work pants and are very hard to use as overpants. Styling of the pants was good and they include pockets and hip armor.

    IN all, it was a nice suit. It looked and felt more like a touring suit than the Rallye suit. It is just not as rugged nor heavy but likely plenty for the use given by most GS riders.
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