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    johnnywishbone
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    Aerostitch question (s) ?

    i bought a slightly used 2 piece roadcrafter. the zipper that connects the jacket to the pants, no good. i removed the slides, and ordered parts from aerostitch.

    my question is, do most ride with the top and bottom zipped together? seems like i would want them separate. but, in the rain, is zipping required if you want to stay dry?

    also, to be honest, i feel self conscious in this stuff. blue and silver. a long time ago, i had a silver space suit looking thing i wore to keep from freezing. didn't feel funny then. why now? on the street, i've been hurt 4 times. never seriously. the aerostitch has armor. i really hope i get comfortable with this gear.

    on harley, i never wear the biker uniform. all that darth vader stuff. i have enough leather to make a cow, but i prefer shorts and a beanie. take care, jp

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    I wear mine zipped together all the time. You can get a bib for the pants, then you would not have to have them together.
    Once you get used to it you will love it, I know I do. Nice thing is it comes off in seconds.
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    Should you go for a slide and your top wasn't zipped to the pants, you'd be in for some road rash. It also keeps bees from flying up your jacket I suppose.

    Think of full gear as cozy ;-)

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    I wear the jacket and pants zipped together. I lost weight and the bottoms will slide down if I don't. Could be embarrassing in an accident...

    I was self conscious about my looks in public too- Gray 2 piece Aerostich with black patches top and bottom plus a bright yellow Shoei helmet- but I realized that I got more smiles, recognition, and conversation with the gear on. When at the grocery store you will hear the 6 year old ask his mom if that is a REAL Power Ranger. Be sure to wave to him.

    My summer gear is the BMW AirFlow 2 suit. It is mostly blue on top with Black pants. It looks more "normal" and doesn't raise as much attention.

    Hey, let them know that you are a rider, it helps us all when we are seen in a positive light.

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    I am on my second roadcrafter pants and third jacket. In all cases I got the zip-on bib top for the pants and wear the pants as bibs, not zipped to the jacket. This is a great combination in my opinion.
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    I have an Aerostitch Darien jacket in high viz yellow. I get firefighter comments all the time. To tell you the truth, I prefer to wear my BMW airshell jacket. It's also high viz, but it has "better" styling. It's also not 3/4, not as bulky, but not as warm. I usually just wear it with jeans.

    Lately I've been having a personal crisis about the high viz yellow stuff. I want to be safe, but I also didn't exactly get into motorcycling to look like a big dork all of the time. I've decided that 95% of the problem is that I am 50 lbs overweight, so the high viz stuff looks very large -- the michelin man effect. My goal is to loose the weight, then if high viz still looks dorky I'll get some leather.

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    I have a two piece in bright yellow. Wear mine zipped, as its easier to get in and out of that way, and I only have to hang up 'one' thing.

    Yeah, I look like a dork, but I don't care. And I've been offered half off meals more times than I can count. "Wow, a FEMALE firefighter!! Cool!!" I decline the discount, and tell them thanks, but I'm not allowed to do that. I just don't tell them I'm not a FF, but I do tell FF and cops where to go. :-)
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    "Yeah, I look like a dork"

    i will force myself to honestly believe that dork is cool.
    "endeavor to persevere."
    was that from "little big man"? take care,

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    I wore the set zipped together and found many features I liked about the suit except, it just did not have enough summer vents, the croch leaked every rain storm and the two front jacket pockets need a gusset to expand just a little. So after 3 seasons I sold it.
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    I bough a two piece Roadcrafter two years ago. Stiff as rusty suit of armour, hot as a Dutch oven, can't get my hands into most of the pockets when I'm wearing it. Other than that, almost as good as the $250 riding suit I bought at the National 15 years ago. In my opinion Aerostich stuff is not all that it's cracked up to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felaw View Post
    I bough a two piece Roadcrafter two years ago. Stiff as rusty suit of armour, hot as a Dutch oven, can't get my hands into most of the pockets when I'm wearing it. Other than that, almost as good as the $250 riding suit I bought at the National 15 years ago. In my opinion Aerostich stuff is not all that it's cracked up to be.
    I thought it was just mine!

    Ever since I got my two piece stich, I've been waiting for it to limber up. Thank goodness I paid only $300 bucks for it. If I'd of paid the full price, I'd really be disappointed.

    Tom

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    "So after 3 seasons I sold it "
    "95% of the problem is that I am 50 lbs overweight"
    "lost weight and the bottoms will slide down "


    if sold after 3 seasons, replaced with what?

    bodyweight: i retired a year ago. i was pretty worried since in my trade, average time collecting a retirement check is 2 years. then you die. although 65, i didn't really feel near death.
    i got checked by the doctor. seems there was nothing wrong with me. been drinking and smoking since before i was old enough to drive. so, this was a pleasant surprise. so, in this odd order, i
    1. bought aerostitch suite and a bunch of bmw rt1200 stuff and clothing
    2. stopped smoking and drinking and chewing tobacco
    3. gained twenty pounds
    4. bought a loaded 2011 r1200rt

    just thought i'd share that with you. i'm really looking forward to the warmer weather. take care, jp

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    For a Stich to "soften up" it has to be exposed to lots of wind, sun and weather. It won't break in just due to age, but washing it can help (just remember to re- treat it).
    The suit was designed to be practical and comfortable for everyday commuitng and long distance riding. Live in it 500 miles a day for a month or so and you'll understand why it's made the way it is.
    As for style, well that's in the eye of the beholder. When I see somebody walk in wearing a dirty, grungy Stich all I can think about is how much fun they probably had getting it that dirty.
    Also, if the crotch of your stich leaks in the rain try waterproofing (seam sealer works) the zipper tape in the crotch.
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    I replaced my Aerostitch with an Olympia Moto X
    As for leaking in the rain I treated all the seams with Aerostitch seam sealer
    I stood up on the pegs hiked the pants up and pulled the jacket down
    I searched other soultions and stopped just short of buying a rain suit to wear over a 800 dollar waterproof riding suit that show a guy being soaked with a car wash wand in the catalog. Really I like the suit and was going to buy the police model but just could not get past the leak. I have other Aerostitch stuff and use it every day.
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    I like my Aerostitch Roadcrafter two piece suit . I wear it seperate ,with suspenders .I have the old HI-VIZ yellow .Drivers in cages are more inclined to notice me with my bright colored clothing .Customer service was good . It took a couple of times to get it right . I ended up getting the all weather pads .It does break in .It is a straight forward and simple design compared to some more expensive suits on the market .In my opinion the Aerostitch Roadcrafter is a good value for the money . It sounds like you are going to have some fun JohnnyWishbone ! I sleep a lot better at night knowing that we have a panel of authorities with a vast knowledge of everything monitoring the BMWMOA forums .
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