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Getting ready for "the big trip" (Central Texas to WSB race in Utah) next month... This is my first big trip in years... Anybody have any recommendations for raingear? Not that it is going to rain on my big trip, but Id like to be ready if it does.

Thanks for your advice!
 

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badge502 said:
Getting ready for "the big trip" (Central Texas to WSB race in Utah) next month... This is my first big trip in years... Anybody have any recommendations for raingear? Not that it is going to rain on my big trip, but Id like to be ready if it does.

Thanks for your advice!

I too am riding to Miller for the races and will be using the best piece of rain gear I've ever owned--my Stich. I just hate having to stop to put rain gear on rain gear off and that was one of the reason I went with a Roadcrafter one piece. It is one of the best pieces of gear I've ever owned.

And you can count on rain. For the past 3 years on the way out of Austin I've left in thunderstorms. Last year we rode through sleet and snow later in the day in New Mexico.

I do have rain gear too, but have not used it in years. Tourmaster stuff....well made.

Oh, one last suggestion....Gloves
 

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May I add, "Does anyone have raingear arrangement suggestions?"

I have heard that some riders have problems with water running down from under their elbows to the inside of their gloves. Is it better to put the raingear elastic outside the glove gauntlet?
 

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badge502 said:
Getting ready for "the big trip" (Central Texas to WSB race in Utah) next month... This is my first big trip in years... Anybody have any recommendations for raingear? Not that it is going to rain on my big trip, but Id like to be ready if it does.

Thanks for your advice!
I bought a set of "Motoboss" raingear from Cycle Gear. While I live in a place where you don't normally need raingear, this set work very well for taking along on a trip and doubles as a windbreak over your mesh jacket. Also the price was right.
 

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I also recommend the BMW one-piece suit. I rode through two full days of hard rain about two weeks ago, and stayed bone dry. Except my gloves. I bought the three-fingered rain gloves from Aerostitch, and my gloves got damp. It may have been because I didn't have them arranged properly (cuffs under vs over) because the seams appeared will sealed.

The BMW suit, size XL, fit over my leathers. I made a little hole inside the zipper flap to bring my Gerbing power and earphone leads through. Temperature regulation is the trick, since I did get overheated when the temp went up and I was wearing too much gear under. Have fun...or pretend to, since, IMHO, touring in the rain really sucks.
 

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XMagnaRider said:
May I add, "Does anyone have raingear arrangement suggestions?"

I have heard that some riders have problems with water running down from under their elbows to the inside of their gloves. Is it better to put the raingear elastic outside the glove gauntlet?
Yep, otherwise everything that runs down the sleeves goes into the gloves.

I have been using a Firstgear 3/4 length Waterproof jacket for over a decade and it keeps the upper body dry. Lower body Firstgear riding pants. If I am wearing jeans I have a LL Beans goretex rain gear pants. They do double duty as ski pants in the winter. Unlike some, we have a riding season, right now it is the wet portion of the riding season. 4 dry days in the last 14-15.

Good waterproof gloves are very important, preferably with insulation between your hands and the goretex or other waterproofing. Cold water really pulls the heat from your hands, typically a wet 60 degree day makes you appreciate the heated grips. Soaked gloves even if you hands are dry inside just suck the heat away.
 

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I have a rain suit from the Harley dealer that works great. Several storms no problems. Jacket and pants each have built in pouch that they roll into. Small and compact and light enough to wear without overheating.


Frogg Troggs were also highly recomended, but cost a bit more.
 

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++1 for Frogg Troggs . Unlike most rain gear I've had over the past 29 years the froggs breath and don't make you sweat like a whore in church. Very lite and very packable , oh by the way they keep you dry. :clap:
 
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