Love this Motoport Suit!

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by FakeName, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    First, let me be absolutely clear- I've known Wayne for almost 20 years when he hired me to photograph his first print catalog. I rode with a GP-2 suit on the street years ago, and when I began dual-sport riding, I knew I wanted one of his suits for that. I contacted him, we did some business, and I took delivery of my suit about a month ago. I like Wayne, his company, and his products but need to be clear I'm not a shill, not getting paid, etc, etc. Ok?



    After a lot of thought, I settled on the Marathon Jacket and a pair of modified police pants (I think). The goal was to create the ultimate ADV suit that would be comfortable on long mixed-terrain and mixed climate trips.

    And that's what I got.

    I made a lot of changes- Wayne was very helpful and very patient. He was happy to apply some of my ideas, and steered me away from others.

    Some of the big changes I were special pockets for a 100oz Camelbak bladder and another for my radio.

    I skipped the chest pockets- I wanted more airflow (I tend to, like my KTM, overheat) and simplified the remaining pockets. I opted for the quad armor because I fall down a lot.

    The first ride of any distance was the Circumnavigation of the Grand Canyon (ride report) and was 98% pleased.

    Yes, the quad armor is a bit bulky, and was a tad awkward at first. But as the ride progressed, the armor started to conform to my muscular and fit body (:rofl ) and became lots more comfortable.

    At one point on the ride, I had to do a fast change into the zip-in liner while rain and hail began to pelt down on us. It was much easier than I thought,and the liner was far more comfortable than I anticipated. We had temps from rain to 100 degrees, and I could have kept the liner in the entire time.

    Not to say, however, that the mesh was not cool and breezy- it absolutely was. Even in slow technical sections it was quite comfortable.

    If I were on a dirt-only ride, I might use something different, but for anything with street time, this is my first choice.

    Very happy with my choice!


    Here's some pics:


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    The only thing I'd change on this suit is the Camelbak pocket. I'd make the zipper a little wider and put some sort of gusset in it so when it's full it pulls a little less on my shoulders. Not a big deal, and the consequence of my own choices. Once the bladder was a little less than full, the shoulders fit just fine. If I were riding in less remote areas, I'd simply put less water in the bladder.

    The radio pocket worked perfectly, with it's stitched holes for the antenna and the PTT/helmet cords. Hardly knew my radio was even there.


    Love this suit.
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  2. T

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    Nice looking suit- maybe the perfect ADV suit with a few reflective patches sewn on for good measure...
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  3. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    would be better if it had waterproofing on the outside....i am so over liners to be honest!
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  4. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Yeah- but if it were waterproof, it wouldn't be mesh. I was surprised how comfortable it was in the rain- liner was well designed and breathed very well.

    And yes, Wayne suggested reflective patches- he has a lot from which to choose. But how would I practice my ninja skillz?
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  5. steve_k

    steve_k Long timer

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    Nice looking set-up!
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  6. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod I want to do right, but not right now

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    That's a nice setup. Good thinking with the Camelback pocket. I find it annoying at times to be putting the camelback backpack on over my jacket..
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  7. Peregrine40

    Peregrine40 Tiercel

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    Great suit. And really nice pics.

    Any reason you chose solid kevlar instead of kevlar mesh? If, as you say, you were looking for more ventilation seems the mesh would be the way to go. I'm facing the very same issue for an order.

    Thanks in advance.
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  8. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    It's all mesh!

    Except the back of the pants and some parts of the arms where it needs to be more flexible.
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  9. Trophy Mike

    Trophy Mike w/extreme prejudice

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    Interesting how the OP doesn't make mention of the price paid for this undoubtedly fine gear. Almost as if price wasn't the sole or primary motivator for his choice.
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  10. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Absolutely right. I wanted the best gear I could get, regardless of cost. While I thought my suit was expensive, it was the best (my opinion) I could afford.

    If I detect a note of sarcasm, I'd direct you to the first paragraph of the first post. I believe price is a personal matter, and I'll discuss my personal financial choices with my wife, thanks.
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  11. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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    I believe he's suggesting that considering your relationship with Wayne, you didn't pay full price or you bartered your photography services for your suit.
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  12. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

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    my suit cost me $1,800.00!!!! (marathon air-mesh plus a lot of options and im 6'9" so its fitted) I consider it a bargain. When the zombies attack it's what i will wear because its bite-proof!!!!:lol3
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  13. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    well. Sorta. What he's suggesting is that by posting my positive experiences with this product, I'm compromising my personal integrity and posting because of a business relationship.

    We are all welcome to our opinions, and I invite anyone to completely disregard this post. And you are welcome to question my integrity if you wish.

    My moral obligation is to disclose the relationship in advance to all readers.

    So- moving on. Happy to answer any questions anyone has about my personal experience with this product or service experience!
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  14. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    You seemed straight up to me, and I agree. This is the best stuff money can buy. I've spent the last 5 years buying and selling everything from Aerostich, BMW, Rukka, Klim, First Gear, REv'it and I'm sure a few more trying to find what works best for me. I'm done. Motoport it is.
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  15. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    I'll wait for the $3,000 Touratech suit.
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  16. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Hey Paul, you've become more muscular and fit since I last saw you! :lol3 :lol3

    What would you think of throwing rain gear over the suit when it rained? I know we don't get much rain around here so for 95% of my riding, the mesh would be fine. But every so often, like last Monday, I get caught out and show up at work with wet pants. (I ride with Motoport pants and a Klim Adventure jacket) For commuting, it would work fine to have a rain suit to pull over, but how about on a longer trip like yours?

    Fwiw, I also love the Motoport gear and Wayne's service. I've also always paid full price. Wayne is great with customizing gear and will make pretty much anything you want as long as it won't compromise the safety of the gear.
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  17. Peregrine40

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    Sure? I'm referring to the "Air Mesh Kevlar" material, similar to what is used for the MP Air Mesh Kevlar Pant. What I see in pics with your jacket looks a hella-of-alot like the tight(er) weave and slightly elasticy material; MP's "Stretch Kevlar,"
    This is different than the rougher and more open-weave Mesh Kevlar.

    Perhaps the picture is just not detailed enough. Perhaps i'm going senile.
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  18. Trophy Mike

    Trophy Mike w/extreme prejudice

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    Only supporting FakeName for considering quality first in choosing Motoport.
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  19. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Yes, I'm reasonably certain :D


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    Remember, the back of the pants are stretch kevlar as you described, as well as some parts of the arm of the jacket.
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  20. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    For the record, Scott, I resisted every temptation to shrink my waistline and expand my shoulders in post-production. Thought about it though, and have done similar adjustments for models.

    I HATE raingear. The idea of wearing raingear over the suit makes me clammy just thinking about it. The only thing I dislike more is actually riding in the rain. Or camping.

    I think the liner could be worn year-round without overheating. It does bulk up the suit more than I like, but I'm (if you've not already guessed) fussy.

    This is the long way of saying I haven't a clue....
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