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post #1 of 16 Old 10-04-2010, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Jacket and pants

I'm looking to buy a new jacket and pants. One that might have multiple layers. What do you guys recommend? Brand, material....Since I'm new I need all the help I can get.
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-04-2010, 07:52 PM
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I think this jacket offers a lot of bang for the buck, and Tour Master products have stood up well for me.

http://www.newenough.com/street/jack...le_jacket.html

Paired with this pant:

http://www.newenough.com/browse/view...ct_images/1645

A riding buddy has this setup and seems to like it well enough. He wore this equipment from early last winter through the summer, and is heading into winter again with it. I know it kept him dry in some nasty downpours, and the ventilation was good in summer heat. We both use heated jacket liners and gloves, as we ride year round. The best money I ever spent on riding gear, bar none. Snow and ice may be an issue, but low temps are not. I have a photo image somewhere of KLR taken in front of the digital bank time and temp at Wardensville, WV. The temp read 6 degrees, and I was heading into the Highlands, bound for Sutton, WV and back. 460 miles round trip and the warmest I saw was 16 degrees. Gerbing's heat gear, for those times when common sense evades you.

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That Tourmaster Transition Jacket is a very good choice. With the removal liner and multiple vents it is a 3 out of 4 season jacket.
I especially like the brown/tan color.

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While far from cheap, Aerostich stuff lasts for years and years, and when you think it's worn out, send it back in to Aerostich for refurbishment for $60 and get back a jacket/pants that you can wear for more years..

My Darien Jacket and Pants are my favorite riding gear.

http://www.aerostich.com/
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vatrader. Tell me more about this heated jacket liner. How does it work?
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Any places in VA I might find a good selection of jackets to try some on?
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post #7 of 16 Old 10-04-2010, 08:45 PM
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Wearing heated clothing is like being in a warm shower, without getting wet.. Have a couple heated vests and between them, and heated grips, and comfort is just the flip of a switch away..
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I agree totally on the Tourmaster Transition 2. Bought one this year and really like it. I was on a trip last month and we ran into temperatures around 35F with rain and wind and I was toasty warm in the Tourmaster. I have no need for heated clothing. You could say I'm hot stuff.

I am also totally satisfied with Olympia gear. Not everyone likes their collars but it works fine for me. Collar open when it's hot and when closed keeps your neck nice and warm with no need for a neck gaiter. Also the liners that are removable will double as a jacket too. So after a day of riding, yank out the liner and wear it for the evening. Same goes for the pants. Saves packing extra stuff.

Lastly don't rule out the Teknic Freeway jacket. I nearly took one home but the price here stopped me. Tried one on at the dealers and it fit really nice.

Go for a high visibility color. Seems you see more and more of them these days and they do make a difference. I love my road cone Olympia jacket.

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vatrader. Tell me more about this heated jacket liner. How does it work?
I have a setup similar to this that supplies the power to the heated gear:



The pig tail that connects to the battery stays on my bikes, and I have an adapter that connects a cigarette lighter type power outlet to be powered off the pigtail, as well as a battery tender attachment point.

There are getting to be a number of suppliers of heated liners out there. All seem to be worthy of consideration. My only experience is with Gerbing's.

Most jacket liners are lightweight, similar to a sweatshirt, bulk wise, allowing them to fit comfortably under most riding coats and jackets. I wear little between the heated liner and myself. A light turtleneck, or button down shirt is about all. The objective is to keep the liner close to you and snug. I usually wear a fleece with wind blocker over it.





The gloves will plug into connectors at the ends of my jacket liner sleeves, or I have a harness that runs a line from the controller to each glove.

My jacket liner sucks up about 75 watts when cranked up full blast. The gloves eat up about 35 watts cranked up. I rarely run the jacket liner much over half throttle, and the gloves might get torqued up full blast for a short bit before my hands begin to melt. I am cold blooded. 70 is a nice round comfortable number when discussing cooler weather.

Your bike will more than handle 100 watt draw to power heated gear. I turn my heated gear thermostat down in town or when at lower RPM's to keep from drawing the battery down too far. Typically, I shut the thermostat off the last four or five miles from the house to allow the battery to build back up. I have never had the Odyssey 545 battery that I use fail to start the bike back up.

I might have around $400.00 stuck in heated gear and accessories. I'm going into my seventh or eighth season with this setup, and well over 100,000 miles.

If it all quit working right now, I got my monies worth. But on that note, Gerbing's will fix this stuff as long as I'm sucking air. I had a cool spot develop in the left jacket sleeve. I sent it to Gerbing's for a checkup. They did their magic and returned it to me at no charge.

Early's and Blue Ridge Powersports are Tour Master dealers. Blue Ridge also handles Gerbing's heated gear, as does most Harley dealers.

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I bought this jacket on "closeout" in May. I have put 8000 miles on it so far this season and am loving it. It has a removable liner and ample vents. I wear a thin down jacket underneath it when it is cold. Haven't actually used it with out the liner (kinda chilly up here). The jacket was $139 and bought Joe rocket pants for around $115. With the right gear, (and heated grips) I have no need for heated gear.

NOTE: Sadly I'm not allowed to post a link or photo (really silly) Had some photos of the gear from the Top of the World Hwy and a link from New enough.
Just go to the New enough website and check out the Joe rocket Ballistic 7.0 in the closeout section.
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