Motorcycle Clothing Storage: Suit Rak powder coated racks for storing motorcycle leathers, clothing and boots | Hi-Per Hanger is a tough wide-body hangar for heavy motorcycle clothing | Baker Fullbody wide storage hanger for airing out sweaty leathers
German Motorcycle Clothing Retailers: The Harro Shop (Germany) has leather and textile clothing, gloves and, of course, the famous Harro “Elephant Boy” tank bags.
Motorcycle Jeans: Send your comfy jeans to Ruste Protection and they’ll add Kevlar and Coolmax
Suspenders: Holdup Suspender Company makes all types of suspenders, including 2″ wide “Jumbo” suspenders with a large clip claimed to be able to suspend a 25 lb. barbell weight! | that Padded and traditional fireman’s suspenders come in handy to hold up your riding pants; search for “suspenders” on the Gall’s website
From “M.S.” (March 2013): “I read your pages with interest and find them most helpful but like a lot of commuters and higher mileage bikers I’m totally disillusioned with textile membrane waterproofs.
I ride daily winter/summer from Manchester to Leeds (M62) with long rides holidays and weekends (12,000 miles. 25 years).
I’ve worn different textile membrane fabric waterproofs since their introduction including very expensive reputable brands, such garments have superb friction and impact protection but they’re either never waterproof or briefly waterproof.
The outer fabric fills with cold dirty water that leaks onto the office carpet (they’re now banned) and carried water freezes when I climb higher into the Pennines on winter nights reducing their insulation.
I’ve complained to loads of different waterproof sellers about the leaking crotch discovered with each garments introduction to heavy rain and I’ve never had a satisfactory outcome.
To stay dry over this protective leaking clothing I wear a 1980’s Baleno PVC salopette and Jacket, (charity Shop £30, 18 months ago).
This no-nonsense PVC or PU outer coated fabric (Flexoflane ,breathable) sheds 99% of water as one travels, the remaining damp film dry’s off as I enter the office.
Sometimes I wipe the suit with a paper towel to prevent other coats on the stand gaining blackish stains.
Anyway in use the outer of the jacket is instantly dry as soon as it stops raining and instantly breathable much more effective than waiting for miles for a load of Cordura to dry.
Why do people insist on breathable inner membrane fabrics and taped seams? I walk out the front door, ride to work, walk to office, work, walk to the car park and ride home. In this capacity of lowly exercise and riding the bike I don’t perspire, why would one perspire sat still in a freezing 70 mph wind?
On the odd occasion in freak warm weather or when I’ve walked round a market in non-breathable PVC gear with a full rucksack I found my clothes quickly become warm and clammy.
I was terribly sticky when I once trudged the last 2 miles home uphill through deep snow after abandoning the bike.
However I’ve had exactly the same experiences in Gore-Tex as vapour just can’t escape fast enough if you find yourself pushing a bike, clambering up a hill in heat or even riding in heat.
So there’s only any advantage in textile waterproofs if you crash, remember if the outer fabric is wet then the inner can’t breathe so the breathing part needs to outside!
I’ve come across several different designs of membranes, coatings and taped seams by taking the linings out of leaking waterproofs old and new.
It’s as flimsy affair like a condom rubber film, thin plastic bag or coating of rubber solution as shown on your site. It’s always torn, crumbling and detached even after brief use. Hence in no time the 200 yard walk to the office has totaled a crotch splitting mile or two.
1000’s of other commuting bikers experience the same problems, see any web forum. It’s almost unbelievable how much water leaks through the smallest hole.
I once pin holed the upper sleeve my current PVC jacket, shortly after 30 miles of moderate rain drenched the whole of my arm, an inch square of gaffer tape cured the problem.
If you want to be dry use old PVC bikers water proofs, or wear fishermen’s, farmers or workmen’s PVC welded seam clothes over your protective textiles or leathers.
These any colour modern PVC’s are supple (often 25% stretch), they don’t stiffen with cold or age, salopettes protect one from leaking jacket zips and drafts.
Several companies make PVC Flexofane type waterproofs that are actually breathable, machine washable and don’t needing special soaps.
An MCN forum guy wears these for a 131 mile commute across the M62, he’s dry!
I prefer the heavier non-breathable ones such as Vass or Helly Henson for prolonged use, I can change my insulation layers to suit each journey.
The drawback is at present no manufacturer has furnished any of these garments with a strong textile impact padded knees, elbows or hips so protection is worn inside which may mean slides are longer and faster.
Yet many police forces use Flexofane waterproofs (www.nitro999 £50) with padded leathers underneath, they ride all day in foul weathers.
It’s time to move on, manufacturers put the water proofing on the outside of biker clothes with the appropriate friction and impact protection. Please make something decent for us bikers that ride every day in all weather.”
From “D.G.” 12/09): “For those of us in the U.S., a similar product is available through surplus outlets. The official government extreme weather underwear is Polypropylene (a.k.a. Polypro) is readily available for much less but it does have its downsides.
Pros: they are feather light and quite inexpensive, generally available for under $20 each for tops and bottoms. The woven material has a fleece interior that keeps you quite toasty but won’t overheat.
Check online military surplus places but avoid what is termed ‘expedition weight’ which is quite thin and has no fleece. Even with the list of ‘cons’ below, they work well and are an excellent value.
Cons: You can have any color you want as long as it is black, tan or green with tan the most commonly available. Polypro is prone to serious pilling just from a normal wash cycle.
Hand washing reduces it and NEVER, EVER put them in a dryer, even at the lowest setting. Tumbling with no heat just makes the pills multiply exponentially.
This material is prone to melting with very little heat so hanging them up to dry is a must. When riding, be sure you have a windproof covering on since air easily flows through the material.
Avoid letting polypro poke out around your waist and cuffs or else cold air will creep in…it needs to be completely covered.
The price is right and polypro performs very well, given these few caveats.”