BMW Venting Machine - First Impressions

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by frazz, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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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 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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  2. bigsnowdog

    bigsnowdog Sylvan Dweller

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  3. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    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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  4. JohnTz

    JohnTz HP2 Rider

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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?

    Thanks,
    John
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  5. Hooksta

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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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  6. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    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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  7. bikecat

    bikecat Long timer

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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.

    Cheers

    Cat
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  8. brooklyn slim

    brooklyn slim nasty, brutish and tall

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    R=regular
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    You may now smack your forehead.
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  9. Bonebag

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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:deal
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  10. Arthurwg

    Arthurwg Been here awhile

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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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  11. Tato

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    You are right. This is a chart I downloaded, hope it helps. It did help me a lot.

    http://store.bobsbmw.com/files/sizing-charts/size-matters.pdf

    Anyone has any photos wearing the Venting Machine? Real photos, not BMW catalog photos on professional models. There are little photos of it online and it's hard to picture how it looks by seeing a photo of it on a hanger or laying flat on the floor!!!
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  12. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    Interesting, the post you are replying to is 7 Years old! I have a venting machine, but no pics of me in it.
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  13. Tato

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    Whoa! Didn't notice that! Well, hope he guy did solve his sizing issue by then! And hopefully the chart helps someone else, hahaha.

    Here's an article with a picture.
    http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/bmwventsuit/

    I wear the Venting machine with jeans around town, and at traffic lights at 1pm, the sun feels burning through the leg, but not on the sleeves of the jacket. It's not air conditioned, but feels like being on the shade. That "Cold Black" fabric technology is something else! I had a mesh jacket before and I'd sweat under it, but not so on the BMW. It's amazing how cool it will keep you.

    How does the VM stand against the Airflow? My buddy has the Airflow and I've tried it, The VM is cooler. The back armor is wider and elbows are thicker on the Airflow. The sleeves on the VM are way better ventilated, IMHO. He's looking to buy an Airshell, which comes with no back armor (does have a pocket to insert it if you buy it separately).
    But it feels a bit better protected than the VM due to a somewhat better armor inserts. But I feel better on the VM since I really have and issue with heat down here, and the Airflow costs $200 more (which I used to buy Rallye 3 gloves and still had some gas money left!).
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