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    rainsuit suggestions

    Going to Ireland on 11 august for two weeks. Gonna rent a moto guzzi 1200. Take a ferry to france and see Normandy. Then back to Ireland, where in rains a lot in august.

    Need a suggestion for a decent rain suit/boots. I'm 5'10'' 200 lbs

    I'm thinking the fowl weather gear I use on my sailboat is probably good enough but dunno.

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    "When in Rome do what the Romans do!" means - I would by a good motorcycle rain suit in Ireland. Which would be handy back home for a long time.

    I bought mine in Germany 15 years ago. It is barely used here but whenever I have to use it I have a big smile...it is just a damned good rain suit (coverall).

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    I'm thinking the fowl weather gear I use on my sailboat is probably good enough but dunno.
    I tried that with my foulies. It worked, but not well; too much material flapping around overall, the tall collar that keeps be warm at sea was bunched up against my throat and my helmet rubbed it; the "bib" part of the pants kept my chest too warm for the most part

    I don't know what product to suggest, but I think I'd follow the Guenther's Roman Rule. Considering that your height is well within the "normal" range you shouldn't have any problems being fitted. Just remember to leave a little extra room in your gear bag when you leave home.
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    I recommend the BMW Rallye 3 Suit and the BMW all round boot. I have found them to be 100% waterproof when I drive in the driving rain. When not required for rain protection, remove the inner jacket liner and pant liner for maximum ventilation. Also, most importantly, if you come off the bike, you have excellent padding and protection against the road removing the flesh from your body.

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    Tourmaster two-piece works for me. My local BMW dealer had it in stock, but it was all-black, an epic fail. They ordered me the set with the bright yellow top part, much better for riding in very dark, stormy weather. It's bad enough that it's harder to see through a wet faceshield and wet glasses. At the least, I need to be easily seen by other motorists in a heavy rain.

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    I also have the Tourmaster two-piece. It has never let me down. I have stayed dry in all day (10 hour) rides in solid rain.
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    f14rio,

    if I guessed right and you ride in New York state you should have some kind of rain gear, not?

    From what I know about rain in Ireland and northern France in summer it comes more in quick buckets interlaced with sunshine. So your sailing gear - I used mine once in snow - might be a bit of an overkill. I know places like Wallie-Mart have some yellow 2-piece rain suits which are thin but rubberized on the inside. They don't cost much and if the hoody is in the way then just cut it off. This is not perfect but might do for your purpose.

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    Frogg Toggs, best rain suit I ever used, light breathable and waterproof!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    Frogg Toggs, best rain suit I ever used, light breathable and waterproof!
    +1 on the Frogg Toggs !!! There are very light, so they will pack easily, breathable and completely waterproof. You can buy them in many places, from bike shops to sporting goods stores, as well as on-line.

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    Check out MOTOPORT "Aero-Tex Rain Jacket & Pants" found here:

    http://www.motoport.com/index.php?op...d=19&Itemid=15

    Packs easy & will definitely keep you dry. Also, I use the jacket as a wind breaker as well. Breathable, waterproof & lifetime guarantee if I remember correctly.

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    Having been to Ireland I found "their rain" very similar to "KY rain"... Take MC gear that works for the same purpose- here as there! Make your two week trip about something other than shopping for rain gear!!! The Romans of the notion above are all dead & gone
    "If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.

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    + Yet another 1 on the Frogg Toggs! The breathability is my favourite thing about them.

    Putting your waterproofness on the outside is SO much handier than having to deal with liners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Veg View Post
    + Yet another 1 on the Frogg Toggs! The breathability is my favourite thing about them.

    Putting your waterproofness on the outside is SO much handier than having to deal with liners.
    Very true! I use the "rain liner" in my Rev'It jacket when I expect the temp to never go above 60. But when warm weather breathability is important but rain possible, much prefer an exterior rain jacket. Another disadvantage of the interior rain liner I learned the first week I wore it when I had a long day ride in steady rain - while I stayed dry, the suit gained at least 10 pounds in absorbed water and hadn't lost many of them by the next morning. (I gather there are products which help this situation that I haven't tried.)

    BTW, ever wondered why so many companies make BLACK rain jackets? The last color I want to be wearing when visibility is the worst for my fellow motorists and chances are good I may be riding a little slower than most traffic. Got my Frogg Togg in fluorescent lime green, though not sure they call it that. Even when it gets dirty should still help people see me.

    Lots of different solutions to staying dry and visible.
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    got the frogg toggs...thx, gents

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    Rain Suit

    The best rain suit that I've ever had that didn't have armor was the BMW Clima Control rain suit. It was pricey as
    many BMW things are, but it kept you dry and would breathe so that you didn't sweat and then become cold and clammy.
    Unfortunately they don't make these anymore, but if you see one on a BMW forum, E-Bay or Craig's List, I'd buy it because
    they are top notch. I still have mine, but have since moved on to the ultimate solution.....I got a Klim Jacket/Pants that are
    armored and gore-tex waterproof......very pricey, but the final solution that covers staying dry and staying safe in one product.
    It also eliminates the rushed stopping to put on a suit as it's starting to rain stop on my trips which is nice.

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