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post #1 of 39 Old 05-07-2010, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question Riding in the rain

So got a dl650, been reading like crazy and driving whenever I can in whatever weather. Been raining pretty good the last two days. Ha borrowed my dads Olympia ast which has done very well even though seems very big. No leaks. Still a toss up for jacket(seems to be between olympia and teken, just need to find a teken). Pants are Olympia for sure.

Have noticed in The rain that the handle heaters are a neccessity, are the eBay version of these items good enough?

Boot covers(currently researching) seem To be a good idea, I just wear construction boots but they don't do well in rain and speed(soaked), any opnions on covers are appreciated.

Final question, chain soaks the hell out of my left foot. Anyone come across a fix for this(have searched)?

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If you are going to ride in all weather conditions the proper riding gear is mandatory. Wet and cold do not work. There are dozens of choices of very good textile jackets, jacket liners, heated jacket liners, balaclavas, waterproof boots, waterproof gloves, etc. Invest in the good stuff and you'll be glad you did.

For me: Joe Rocket Revolution gloves (warm, waterproof), First Gear Rainier jacket (warm, waterproof, with a hood), First Gear heated jacket liner (warm), Alpine Stars Web Goretex boots (warm, waterproof), Smartwool socks (warm), Joe Rocket overpants (warm, waterproof).

During the summer rain and wet still mean cold. A rain jacket over even a mesh jacket makes a world of difference.

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Frogg Toggs "Road Toad" suits are awesome...makes ANY gear rainproof, they stow light, are breathable, and are reasonably priced. Can be had in hi-viz, and they have reflective piping. In the rain, visibility stinks so think about that part of it too! ($60 street price)

I have some AXO Neoprene gloves I use in heavy downpours, they're like a wetsuit really warm too. My boots are Goretex & waterproof, but boot covers are a good option.

For heated grips, get the latest version of the Oxford Heaterz, they are a great solution and cheaper than most OEM-style grips. Love mine.

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For me: Joe Rocket Revolution gloves (warm, waterproof), First Gear Rainier jacket (warm, waterproof, with a hood), First Gear heated jacket liner (warm), Alpine Stars Web Goretex boots (warm, waterproof), Smartwool socks (warm), Joe Rocket overpants (warm, waterproof).
Almost my wardrobe.

+1 on the Alpine Stars. Mine get cleaned and waxed once or twice a year. I ride in everything, and they do NOT leak, period.

First Gear stuff is outstanding value. Get used to broken zipper pulls; I replace them with cable ties. Clean it properly (Nikwax TechWash). Other than that, the stuff lasts for years.
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Excellent info, any of you run into the spray on right foot from chain? Any extra protection like a shield for it?
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I use Aerostitch Roadcrafter pants (13 yrs old), a Darien jacket (2 yrs old), Sidi goretex boots (6 yrs old) and Stearns foam rubber riding gloves.

Returned home from Branson a couple of weeks ago (540 miles), rain and gusty winds almost all the way (from light to heavy), and I stayed completely dry.

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I ride year round in the PNW and rain is part of the ride many times. I don't like heated grips that much they don't do much up here with rain and cold, as I wear insulated gloves with over gloves. That keeps my hands warm but I can't feel the heat from grips, at least on my FJR OEM ones. As far as your feet get some tall real waterproof boots with a sole that will not like on the wet pavement watch for paint it is very slippery. I am the CFO of a motorcycle boot company and some things to look for more stitching is not good. It creates holes in the leather that lead to leaks. The reason that do it is thread is cheap. We use polypropylene on ours and the boots are sealed at the seams too. Every 10th set of boots is soaked in a tub of water for 2 hours looking for leaks to ensure each batch is sound. Some of the liners claim to use a breathable liner. While correct, they do nothing to move the moisture away from your foot. Look for one that will. Also look if it can be resoled. A good pair of boots is not cheap. However the cost can be offset by resoling and getting a longer life. As far as outerwear layers and i wear frog toggs over it all ( mostly my one piece riding suit) Rain riding can be comfortable and enjoyable or a miserable experience. It is the gear IMO.
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Excellent info, any of you run into the spray on right foot from chain? Any extra protection like a shield for it?
I'm having a hard time picturing this. Do you mean left foot or are you getting spray from the front wheel?
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Also look if it can be resoled. A good pair of boots is not cheap. However the cost can be offset by resoling and getting a longer life.
With the Alpine Stars, soles are half the problem; the other limiting factor for lifespan is all the velcro. It's not worth the labor to get that replaced and have them re-soled.

That said, I've got about 50k miles out of two pairs so far, which is pretty good, especially considering that I occasionally walk or hike in them for some distance.
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