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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 2008, 4:07 pm Thread Starter
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I am trying to buy new riding pants this season. Just dont know if i should try textile air mesh pants as overpants or as pants only. My k100 rt with full fairing is a rather warm bike to ride! I dont like bulky pants normally. Any thoughts from riders out there. I ride spring,summer and fall in southern new england.
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 2008, 4:19 pm
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Air Mesh Kevlar

Try here: http://www.motoport.com/index.asp?Me...1-800-777-6499

I wear the air mesh kevlar pant in really hot weather and they are perfect.

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I'm on my 2 pair of Dainese Drake Air paint - first pair held up on a crash - BUT had to be CUT OFF - I asked the EMT to just unzip me - they said ya NO. About $175.
Not sure what clothes you got but - I try to stay with one or two comp. so they all zip together - the last thing you want is to S L I D E on the blacktop with bare skin.
Stay safe - but get good gear you'll thank me once you've gone there - down or hit.

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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 2008, 5:01 pm Thread Starter
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thanks guys, but are you wearing them over street pants / shorts, or, nothing except underware?
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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 2008, 6:50 pm
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I have a pair of Olympia Airglide 2 pants. I bought 'em the next larger size (42 instead of 40), so that they would fit over regular jeans. They have decent size mesh panels for airflow.

I don't use the removable waterproof liners. With jeans, I don't need them for the 40 degree winter mornings here in Southern California. I don't generally ride in the rain.

The Olympia pants are bulky. Obviously they are warmer than when I wore jeans without the protection, but I feel much safer. The tradeoff seems pretty good. I haven't tried them in the heat of the summer yet, however.

Suggestions and thoughts:

1. If you decide to buy, try them on in the store and sit on a demo bike that's similar to yours for a while (30 minutes or more). Make sure they fit and are very comfortable.

2. If you wear them as overpants, you will need a belt, suspenders, or a connection to your jacket. Otherwise, they will tend to slip off, possibly when you need them most.

3. Think about: (a) Whether you plan to remove them when you're off the bike. Do you want to remove them with your boots still on? Long side zippers help. ...AND (b) Where you will put them when you're off the bike?

4. Inevitably, the item you want (think: wallet) will be in your jeans pocket, not the overpants pocket. You will have to unbuckle the overpants enough to slip your hand between them to get into the pocket.

I hope this helps.
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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 2008, 8:53 pm
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Kevlar Air Mesh Pants

I commute to work daily on a '04 K1200GT and wear the Motoport Kevlar Air Mesh Pants with cotton shorts and long cotton socks underneath leaving very little flesh exposed. I am lucky in the fact that I can carry my work clothes in one side pannier and my laptop bag in the other one. This works really well for me because I can dress to ride and then dress to work. I would have had to get a larger size if I wanted to wear pants under my air mesh pants and most likely have that "wrinkled" look while at work. Anyway, it's all a matter of what "YOU" intend to do while riding. Are you going to ride to work, just weekends, trips, and such. I decided that the fit, and armor protection were the most important factors for me when I purchased my pants. I got my pants to fit me so that the armor inside stays where it should be. I didn't want to wear a larger size and possibley have the armor in the pants move around - just my 2 cents. Good luck in your search. ATGATT

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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2008, 9:04 am Thread Starter
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riding pants

I think i am jealous of you guys living out west with your year round riding weather!! Anyway, thanks for your advice on the riding pants. Spring is around the corner!!!
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post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2008, 10:45 am
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BMW Summer pants

I wear mine on my 85 K100RS solo, not over regular pants. I specifically got them because, as you've noticed, these can be hot bikes to ride in summer weather. They are 1000% more comfortable than jeans, and of course offer actual crash protection as well.

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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2008, 12:11 pm
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Aerostich www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/index.html suit when riding with clothes underneath. MotoPort air mesh when riding with underwear only. On long trips I use a thin one piece riding suit (like you would see track guys use) under the MotoPort to keep from chafing. It's hard to find one suit that does everything.

Aerostich for riding to work. (unzip and ready to work, even with a suit and tie underneath).

MotorPort for riding for fun. (after break-in not as bulky, yet have option to layer).

The new BMW riding gear looks like a great alternative for riding.

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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 2008, 6:12 pm
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I have the Olympia air glide pants that I wear for riding my 75RT. This bike is also very hot and I find that I can't wear them without wearing something under them (like jeans).

I'm going on a 2 to 3,000 mile trip in May and will experiment with wearing jeans or the waterproof liners. I am also going to take some leather chaps to try to cut down on the "hot leg syndrome".

Have you insulated your bike as per the K bike tech section on IBMWR?

Ron in Central Texas
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