Upcoming BMW Rallye 4 Suit

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Trancedancer, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    Wife and I were down at Bob's BMW in MD yesterday on my day off to buy some new kit for her. We ended up outfitting her with the RevIt Ventura gear. Awesome dealer, Peter took 2 hours to work with us and have her try on various jackets and pants, having her sit on the GSA in the gear, check armor placement. Extremely thorough...tried on BMW Tourshell, Olympia jacket and the Revit. She fell in love with the fit and comfort of RevIt...very versatile jacket I might add. Rain, thermal, lots of venting for summer.



    Anyway, sorry for the rabbit trail....he said the new BMW adventure jackets are coming in March. he also told me they are NOT dropping the Rallye Pro 3. The new jackets will be in addition to the RP3. Also, he said the new "light" ADV jacket will cost you around $1000 for jacket and pants combo. I was hoping the RP3 would go on sale if it was being dropped.
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  2. bastimentos

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    Thanks for the info, I'm waiting to see what they put out and comparing it to the new Klim adventure rally 2 suit due out by then. Is your understanding that the RP4 will be a top-end suit, targeted to sit above the RP3 (if they are selling side by side) or is the new gear positioned as a more entry level suit?
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  3. TuonoBiker

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    He told me he has two new models coming. I know he said one was going to be positioned as "entry level" and less off-road....lighter weight. But, 1/3 less money....jacket and pants for total of around 1000 bucks. Not bad, IMO. I can't remember what he said about the 2nd new model...if its above the RP3 or not, I don't know.

    The way he described the entry level one, it will certainly be a rugged, durable jacket, just not designed to be falling onto rocks like the RP3/Klim Badlands/etc. If you are a true off-roader and plan on wrecking from time to time as I'm sure off roaders do...you probably want the RP3/badlands/adventure rally 2/etc.

    The lighter weight is going to be attributed to the lastest technology armor which is supposed to be as good as what's in the RP3, but again lighter in weight. The RP3 back protector is like a flak jacket....HEAVY! Also, the water-proofing is to be a membrane and not removable like the RP3.

    It all depends on your needs. For me, fit and comfort is high on the list. Just as high as durable construction and crash protection. I off-road the GSA, but not like a lot of guys, I don't plan to be coating it in mud and grime and dirt-biking around. I like the RP3 because it fits me like a glove. no offense to the Olympia fans out there, but everything I've tried on has absolutely no good fit for me. It's built like a tank, but the fit is like wearing a big burlap sack. I'd rather pay 3 times as much for a coat that I'm going to be comfortable in for the 500 mile days. Well, maybe 3 times as much is pushing it......then again...300 for an olympia, 1000 for a klim/BMW/Dainese ? Yah, lots more. :eek1

    Edit: Why the freak am I soo wordy???? 4 paragraphs? sorry.
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  4. bastimentos

    bastimentos Been here awhile

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    Hey - I hear ya mate, fit is extremely important, looks, comfort, and safety (so armor doesn't move in a crash etc).

    Appreciate the insight you shared, but I think I'll pull the trigger on the AR2 as it seems like it ticks all the boxes for me at the moment.
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  5. TuonoBiker

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    Awesome! I'm sure you won't be disappointed. My riding season isn't for another 2 months, so I am going to hold off and at least check out the new BMW stuff........I was hoping the RP3 was gonna discontinue and I'd get it discounted. Looks like thats just a pipe dream.

    Have fun with the purchase and enjoy the gear!
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    Don't give up your hopes yet, I was at my dealer in Modesto, CA and they had the PR3 on closeout. IIRC Jackets were, $399 and pants were $299. Only had them in size 56 which is a bit big for me. Going back tomorrow to see if I can't fanagle a size 54 somehow.
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  7. TuonoBiker

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    Wow. Now that sounds cheap. The rallye pro 3 ?

    Cycle specialties ?
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    yobuddy Been here awhile

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    I will verify again today, but thats what I believe I was looking at. I wasn't extremely interested because of the size but I will check more thoroughly today. And, yes it is Cycle Specialties.
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    Wow, $700 for a brand new RP3 suit? If that's true I really should've waited to get one, since used prices are that and more right now for them...
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  10. TuonoBiker

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    Well, after finding the BMW brochures on the new gear, it looked very similar to the RP3, just different colors. I know there will be a couple new models, but I decided I wanted the RP3.

    I just picked it up today on sale...$1000 bucks for jacket and pants. From what I understand the new "Light weight" model is going to be around $1k for jacket & pants. I figured I preferred the current beefy RP3 for the same money. Plus, after much consideration, I do like the idea of removable waterproof liners....seems like it will be much cooler and breathe better in the warm weather.

    So, now I'm just anxious for a little warmer weather...+20*F is too cold for me to ride...not to mention the grit all over the roads.
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  11. Skuli

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    I just received the March 2013 BMW emailer and while it doesn't say Rallye 4, it does talk about the clothing and it has a picture of the grey/red and blue suits. The styling is the same as the R3.

    I think I'll stick with my black R3.


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  12. TuonoBiker

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    Look on BMW website - the full gear catalog is available. Looks like its the same as the RP3, but with the new armor. The GS Dry suit apparently has the next generation armor as well.

    Sort of glad it didn't change...I picked up the RP3 on clearance...I do like the new light grey/black/red though....would match my Red GSA a bit better. Oh well, dun't matter. Love the suit though...anxious to log the miles on it.

    I've been touring in my Spidi race leather jacket...RP3 is MUCH more comfortable!

    :freaky
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  14. thomasacto

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    Just wanted to give a quick review - I've tried just about everything to stay hot, cool, protected, equipped (pockets and gadgets) - and the new Rallye jacket seems to have solved all of my needs!

    Riding in 95F degree weather, the jackets vents and awesome breathing fabric kept the air flowing and the sweat was just enough to create a nice cooling sensation - and dropping about 50F degrees, I was amazed by the fact that I was kept warm enough (without the liner) to keep riding without having to fuss with the vents... I was able to reach all of them (our of curiosity) - but felt fine leaving them open.

    Gonna try to drop a few pounds before investing in the pants - but anybody on the fence, I would highly recommend the Rallye suit! Looks like they dropped the numbering system (it's not a "Rallye 4" on the tag - just a "Rallye Jacket").
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  15. XICAQUE

    XICAQUE Q' pedo?

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    Crap! I was just in San Francisco! I think black hides the dirt better...so more pricey?

    I hope they made some improvements from the feedback coming out oft the ver 3...

    I was ready to buy the 3 but might wait now that the 4 is coming out to match my 2014 GSA
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  16. XICAQUE

    XICAQUE Q' pedo?

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    If it's going this way... That is a stupid move from BMW. I think I am heading for Klim country
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