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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by clarkebd, Apr 24, 2008.
What he said. Plus the Halvarssons stuff makes Cycleport look cheap.
If you can't afford good gear, just go through your closets, garage, basement or anywhere else in your humble abode and start selling junk! Either here for moto stuff, or ebay/craigslist for everything else.
Eventually, much faster than you think, you'll have the money saved for whatever good gear you decide works best for you. That gives you time to apply for and receive the paypal debit card, since lots of folks will want to pay you with paypal. then you can use the paypal card to buy whatever you want whereever you want worldwide that takes Mastercard!
Frankly, if you can afford Olympia, you can double it and get Motoport, if that's what you really want. Olympia seems to be decent bottom of the barrel gear, but, it's no comparison to the really good stuff, whether it be Motoport, Aerostich, Rukka BMW etc. I've got Ranger pants and they're very good at the price point, but, I fully expect to throw them away, after hopefully, walking away from the crash, vs. my Motoport, which I expect will be ready for me to crash again (god forbid). Just a thought..
+1 , +1, +1, +1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is what it is all about. THE ultimate in protection and versatility. The last thing a motorcyclist needs is to have to carry all kinds / lots of extra.... GARMENTS. The zip in liners and Gerbings.... you are ready for anything!
Today... its 90 outside, short pants and T, with the ports on top......... it feels like its in the upper 70's/ lower 80's. THAT GOOD OLD southland evaporative cooling....yea-baby!
I have used leather, Aerostich, and Motoport. The Motoport is the best all weather suit. You are cooler in the heat than wearing anything else, its like walking around with your own shade tree. The suit is warmer and dryer than my Aerostich. I have crash tested it, get this....while I was sliding/rolling on the pavement I was thinking "wow, this really IS like landing on pillows!" I get teased for my "geek gear" by all the Harley riders at work, but racing bicycles taught me all about road rash and I can't even imagine tripling those bicycle speeds and falling off. Motoport makes some pretty good looking gear other than the Ultra Mesh II stuff, like the jeans and 3/4 jacket. Even Harley rider's could wear that stuff and still look "cool".
Motoport is the way to go.
Which Motorport gear do you have? Sounds like the mesh stuff.
I've got a Darien, and Darien pants which have been my main gear for the last 5 years. Summers are killers around here, and I'm really looking for good mesh.
The Mesh Kevlar is the way to go. In my short 18 year riding career I've done Tour Master, Vanson, Fieldsheer, BMW, and now Cycleport. Crazy cool in the summer (anything below 50 degrees requires a liner) and warm in the winter (only had it to the high 20s but didn't even notice).
Good stuff...a little less mesh in arm area.
I have one of their "polytitanium mesh" jackets, the back, shoulders and forearms are covered in leather and they come with real hard shelled armor. I bought it and dumped my firstgear jacket after I saw a guy ride into the BMWBMW rally about 5 years ago, he lowsided on his way home the night before when bambi ran in front of him. He had on the Fieldsheer he crashed in, the leather was scuffed from the road but nothing was torn, worn through or otherwise messed up. I bought the mesh pants later and while I wish they had leather in the knees and such they have built in hip padding, ce armor in the knees and are reinforced in the critical areas, including the butt.
The gear feel much more substantial than my darien which seems pretty light duty to me.
Since I have dropped a bunch of weight I need to actually replace my riding gear, the only things that fit are my helmet, gloves and boots
I crashed in pair of motoport pants once, a low speed lowside and fell on my hip, I was really glad for that hip armor in there, the pants held up just fine. I had on an old leather without armor, that was bad. Bruises and aches on my shoulder and elbow for weeks.
Yeah, I can't wait to try this. Lately I'm often cold even with a lite windstopper fleece underneath a kevlar mesh jacket, the airflow at even 30mph is so extreme. It can be beastly hot here in the summer; I've no shortage of cold weather gear; but having bike clothes that work in the summer is critical.
Beastly hot? Come to South Louisiana in August....last summer it was 115 air temp over the road...it was diffiult to breath... and the relative humidity was 95 (ish) %. But Ya know what, the mesh came through. It was bearable.
In contrast...... I caught heat stroke 3 seperate times in the stitch over the yrs. I was so hot in it. Just tough'd it out, but did not realize what I was doing to myself. I Never get hot like that in the Motoport...NEVER! THANKS WAYNE for the port!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I catch heat stroke now it will not be due to the UltraII Kevlar Mesh...
Thanks guys.. I went out a got a Olympia Bushwacker Jacket and Airglide pant after starting to read this thread(used to wear the first gear mesh). I had it for a week, and decided to bite the bullet and go motoport. Luckily, Morton's BMW did a full refund on the Olympia Gear (thank you very much), and now I'm a Kevlar Wearing fool..
The motoport seems top notch. A little stiffer than my Darien jacket and pants. I really like the full length zip off for the pants. The motoport jacket doesn't flow as much air as my First Gear Mesh Tex jacket did, but I think that's due to the chest armor.
YOU LOOK THE "BIDNESS" NOW!
btw, they will get more supple in time. Did you know that the expected life ( of the KM) is in excess of 10 yrs? I wore out 2 aerostichs in less time than that!!!
I live in NC where summers temps are mid 90's w/ million % humidity - I wear the Motoport Kevlar Mesh pants and the Rukka Air Jacket everytime I ride (everyday to and from work). Works great and I feel safe. The kevlar is a bit stiff but its ok and breathes well. I like it enough that I am ordering the kevlar mesh jean cut pants this week. The Rukka Air breathes better than any other mesh jacket I've used and also is a substantial jacket that seems would be the ticket in a get off. Now, we all know how much the Rukka costs - its a really nice jacket but if I had to do it over again, I might just go with a Motoport high viz Kevlar mesh jacket and save about $1000.