Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 26

Thread: Looking for a new jacket at least...

  1. #1
    MasterChiefmas
    Guest

    Looking for a new jacket at least...

    So now that I plan to do a little more touring type riding, I'd like a jacket that's got more utility to it then just protecting my skin like my racing leather. I've been a sportbike rider for a number of years, but I don't know much of what to look for outside of racing leathers. Or even where to look. Normally I'd start at NewEnough, and they have some stuff, but I don't really have any idea what to look for. I have a rainsuit, but I wouldn't mind switching my jacket up to something more fitting.

    I've often heard Aerostitch is good gear for this, and that's about all. So, suggestions? What should I look for? I'm hoping for something I can make work Spring-Fall. I don't plan on doing much/any winter riding, we get too much snow mostly.
    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Tame Racing Driver Stig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    262
    What bike are you riding? A touring oriented jacket may not be as comfortable on an S1K as on an RT. There are a lot of choices out there, so I would decide on some basics and take it from there. Leather or textile? Lots of ventilation or not so much? If you have a rain suit, does it need to be waterproof? How much protection does it offer? Most importantly, how much do you want to spend? You're best bet is to try to find some local dealers and browse their selections in person. Also, check out webbikeworld.com and read their reviews.
    Craig
    New York's Hudson Valley Region
    2009 R1200RT
    MOA #146131 IBA #55715

  3. #3
    Rally Rat
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Lancaster County, PA
    Posts
    1,529
    For cooler weather I wear a First Gear Jaunt, not top of the line, but does most of what I want in a (sport)touring jacket. Waterproof, 3/4 length, warm, good pockets, removable liner, half decent ventilation. I dont wear it above 65 degrees, just not enough vents for me, but I get hot easy. I have a Joe Rocket (forget the model) with leather sleeves and textile body for 60-80 degrees, then go to mesh for hot weather. Haven't found one jacket for all seasons, though some are advertised as such. Happy shopping!

  4. #4
    GREGFUESS
    Guest

    Touring Gear

    You will get as many different answers to this as their are people replying. Some people have multiple outfits. My personal take is to get the best protection and wear it. I wear the Aerostich Roadcrafter, and a Hiene Gericke V-Pilot jacket and pants. This is because I have had the Gericke gear for decades and they hold sentimental value. The Roadcrafter is what I wear most.

    I do not distinguish between hot and cold weather gear, as I do not believe that when the temperature is in the 90s, that a lighter jacket will make that much difference. When it is hot out, I resign myself to being hot. When it is cold outside, I wear electrified clothes.

    Best of luck, and I hope the decision you make works out for you.

  5. #5
    MasterChiefmas
    Guest
    Well, I'm looking for something textile I think. I'd like something lighter weight, more versatile(more then 2 pockets), and easier to get into then my racing style leather jackets. Ventilation with removable liners would be good. Waterproof, not necessary I suppose, but would be nice. This will be mainly for riding on my R1200GS.

    What I have done in the past is covered this with 4 different jackets, 1 Joe Rocket mesh, a Joe Rocket perforated leather, JR regular leather, and a heavier leather jacket. The leather in my heavier jacket tore earlier this year, otherwise it's what I'd normally be wearing. But even then, that one wasn't armored(or made to allow the addition of armor either), and had only 2 pockets and no removable liner etc. It's a cruiser style jacket I've had since before I rode a motorcycle.

    I realize that I'll get a zillion differnet opinions. Even just "avoid X, bad stitching problems" could be useful to know up front.
    Thanks!

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eastern KY
    Posts
    3,233
    Partly a matter of IF you count your money, as in how deep are your pockets?Also matters how persistent and patient you can be. Go to ebay,Flea Mkt here, IBMWR, and ADVriders flea Mkt for the "deals" on new, new old models and used gear. Being Americans, we often eat ourselves in & out of our MC gear! I just bought a new jacket(old model)ebay & a new pr of pants(old model) on ebay for much/much less than new, this year stuff elsewhere.
    First step is to try on some stuff and see what works for you. Bookmark the size charts for various brands on your computer and accumulate size knowledge as the brands vary tremendously,esp. then euro brands like Revit.Like said, asking here will get you a huge variety of opinions. Summer is the hardest challenge for cool gear as much is hot by nature of design for protection.
    Large rally is a good bet as you can try on some stuff.If in rural area, like me,ask lots of questions...

  7. #7
    Benchwrenching PGlaves's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    "Big Bend" TX
    Posts
    8,654
    Well, I keep buying jackets but wearing my Aerostich Roadcrafter 2 piece. Since I wore out my second Roadcrafter jacket (pants still good but jacket zippers died at about 200K miles and the cuffs and collar were frayed) I bought a different jacket with more bells and whistles - and then dug my old Roadcrafter jacket out of the closet in the shop and am now wearing it.

    The broadest comfortable temperature range and utility is with Roadcrafter pants with the bib top attached, and the Darian Jacket. Simple, easy, convenient.

    I don't need 2 snaps, one zipper, plus velcro on every outside pocket. Sheesh!! The thunderstorm was over before I could get the camera out of the pocket.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
    "The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
    http://www.bigbend.net/users/glaves

  8. #8
    Cam Killer marchyman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    SF Bay Area
    Posts
    3,441
    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    The broadest comfortable temperature range and utility is with Roadcrafter pants with the bib top attached, and the Darian Jacket. Simple, easy, convenient.
    Interesting combo.

    The Darien is my second favorite jacket, but like all waterproof-all-the-time jackets I found it too hot in 100?? plus temps. I'm currently using a BMW Rallye II Pro which meets all my needs save one... the suit doesn't look like it will last even half the time my Aerostich gear has lasted.

    At 8 years my one piece Roadcrafter is ready for a velcro refresh and then will likely be good for another 8 years. The Darien I bought about a dozen years ago is still being worn by the friend who took it off my hands when I got the R2P. At the rate things are deteriorating I hope I get 5 years out of the R2P. Might not.

  9. #9
    MasterChiefmas
    Guest
    Well, I do count my money, but I'm willing to spend more to get something better/longer lasting usually. Looking at some of the prices off hand, I don't know if I'm quite ready to sink the kind of cash BMW Ralleye 2 costs, let alone 3s. So lets just say 700-800 is probably a bit high for now.

    For gear, my normal target is usually something mid-ranged. But I'd target say, a cap of around 500$ for the jacket.

  10. #10
    MasterChiefmas
    Guest
    What are some good places to browse online? The places I typically look are mostly sportbike or cruiser oriented.

  11. #11
    Cam Killer marchyman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    SF Bay Area
    Posts
    3,441
    Not a store, but a place to start looking at reviews of some gear is http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcyc...e-clothing.htm

  12. #12
    Benchwrenching PGlaves's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    "Big Bend" TX
    Posts
    8,654
    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    Interesting combo.

    The Darien is my second favorite jacket, but like all waterproof-all-the-time jackets I found it too hot in 100?? plus temps.
    We live in southwest Texas, in the desert. We do travel a lot - further north - in the hottest months here. But here it is October and it was almost 100 in the Rio Grand valley west of Big Bend National Park when we were there day before yesterday, and the day before that. So I do know a bit about heat.

    When it is that hot it is hot. If I am taking just a short ride - 53 miles to town or similar - I will wear my Firstgear mesh jacket. But for anything any longer dehydration is too big an issue for me even drinking a lot while I ride. So I use my Roadcrafter or Darien. Not quite as cool, but not life threatening like mesh either.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
    "The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
    http://www.bigbend.net/users/glaves

  13. #13
    Tame Racing Driver Stig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    262
    I just ordered a Rev'it Dragon jacket from Revzilla.com. Ordered it online yesterday at 2:00 PM and had UPS knocking on my door today at 2:30. This was my first time ordering from them, but I'll give them a plug on here for quick, free shipping, a huge selection and lots of videos demonstrating their products and explaining how to get the correct size. They also allow you one free exchange if what you get doesn't fit, which isn't the case with what I ordered, but is a nice option
    Craig
    New York's Hudson Valley Region
    2009 R1200RT
    MOA #146131 IBA #55715

  14. #14
    You stupid, fix it! r11rs94's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Tiverton, RI
    Posts
    5,149
    Try your local dealer and see what he is selling. You can also try the local BMW club and see what other riders in your area and riding you type of bike are using. Good luck..Many choices out there.
    The thing about traveling is, you never want it to end and you can't wait to get home.
    I answer to Roy, Chief, or Sarg.
    04 R-1150-RT current bike. 94 R-1100-RS74,383, Sold, 78 R-80/7, K.I.A by a D.U.I
    www.OceanStateBMWriders.com

  15. #15
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Michigan's Upper Peninsula
    Posts
    262

    jacket

    My 2 cents. I've been to the aerostich factory and the people there are great. I have both the regular Darien jacket and a Darien light plus the regular Darien pants. I ride between snow on the ground and 105 degree stuff. (I have ridden out West in South Dakota in July) I have the liner for the jacket but much prefer the electric liner one can get to the Darien liner(.either the Kantsu electric or the Gebring electric) In very hot weather, I wet down a hankerchief and put it around my neck or wet my shirt. I also wear under armor stuff and stay cool with this technique. put I always wear my jacket. Actually I wear the regular Darien more often than not. This is just my approach for riding in all weather, but I love my Aerostich stuff and when it is time, will replace with the same gear. I very hot weather the mesh jackets feel cooler but the moisture is evaporated away from the body. I keep it inside the jacket in hot and it actually kools the skin but still great protection. You can also take the pads out and use it for winter skiing. Good luck...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •