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Old 08-12-2005, 04:25 PM   #1
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Ouch! $725! Well, I guess it's a LITTLE better than shorts, sandals, and tank tops.
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Old 08-12-2005, 05:02 PM   #2
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Now if they only had my size...And I had $725 to spare. 2 strikes your out.
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Old 08-12-2005, 07:00 PM   #3
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We're approching a down payment on a bike here...



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Old 08-12-2005, 09:25 PM   #4
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Rather surprised that no fabric specifications were provided in the review. In fact, the BMW website provides little clarification itself. However, it would appear that we're looking at a variation on BMW's "Airflow Suit". It features what BMW calls "airtex" mesh fabric - a tear-resistant Dynafil PA (polyamide) weave that, in fact, would be more tear-resistant than a comparable Cordura 500/700 mesh product and perhaps about 25% more melt resistant. But in the final analysis, the cost/benefit ratio may not persuasively argue in favor of this suit. An alternate choice to consider for hot weather use would be the Keprotec fabric used by some and by Motoport here in the USA and marketed as their Air Mesh Ultra II suit - a blend of Kevlar and PA (polyamide) fibres, in which tear and melt performance is infinitely superior and ventilation comparable. Cost is slightly higher, but in this price range, it's really academic. As always, caveat emptor!
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Old 08-13-2005, 05:51 AM   #5
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Wow, $700+ for a summer suit or $700+ for a Works rear shock and Progressive fork springs for my K100rs. Let's see, comfort and protection at a BMW price or a suspension that works properly? Guess????????????
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Old 08-13-2005, 07:10 AM   #6
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I ride in my leathers even in mid-summer. For $725, I can afford to carry a number of water bottles - even if I have to buy bottled tap water, AKA drinking water - to pour inside the leather. In fact I've done that.



But if someone were to give me one of the BMW suits in my size, I'd surely take it.
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Old 08-13-2005, 08:36 AM   #7
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Well, I went with the Works rear shock. I can take a little sweltering, but I want my wheels planted at all times.
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Old 08-13-2005, 11:13 AM   #8
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Default The price may be a little steep compared to

Consider a Joe Rocket Alter Ego Jacket and matching Alter Ego pants cost arround $450:

The Alter Ego has some cool features:

Meta Sport System features panels that zip off to reveal a mesh jacket, Patent Pending

Rock Tex 660 breathable outer shell

Removable waterproof inner liner

Elastic sleeve adjusters

Perforated Dual density body armor and spine pad

High density padding on shoulders, elbows and spine

Adjustable waistband

8" zipper for pant attachment

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Old 08-13-2005, 12:41 PM   #9
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It's cetainly nice top-o-the-line gear for the well heeled. I'll just have to stick with my AGV mesh gear which is pretty adequate and about as comfortable as you can get at 106 degrees+.



Although "less uncomfortable" is probably a better description than "more comfortable". Someone needs to offer a Gatorade I.V. system for those trips thru Barstow and Mesquite. Or a handlebar mounted water tank/showerhead.



At least the Harley Brethren(tm) can snicker at others who drop large wads on designer gear for a change.
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Old 08-13-2005, 01:21 PM   #10
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Nice commentary Fred. As always, a real world evaluation by a rider that's not guessing about the facts of the matter.



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