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Motorcycle pants

Postby Bugmerc » Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:48 am



Mods, if this should be under a different heading, feel free to move it.

I'm pretty new to the Goldwing and touring in general. My question is to you guys (and gals) that wear pants, well, motorcycle pants. I have a mesh jacket that I really like and am considering getting the matching pants. So, how often do you wear them? If you commute to work do you wear them everyday? Just on tours, only if the weather requires it? (rain etc.)

It's stinking hot around here, 106 F today and riding in my jeans isn't very comfortable and my butt sweats like crazy. Probably going to pick up a sheep skin also. Will the mesh pants keep me a little cooler and less sweaty?

Thanks!
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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby harvey01 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:52 pm

Chris, I have two primary outfits for riding, an Aerostitch suit that I really prefer for communing. Get dressed, bring a pair of shoes and slip on the suit and go. Take off suit at destination, replace the boots with shoes and I am ready.

I do have a pair of wonderful air mesh pants for summer riding. They allow for air flow, have a couple pockets, and padding for protection if needed. I usually wear a pair of shorts underneath them.

I have ridden many thousand of miles in blue jeans and they work well for me but offer no protection.

My suggestion would be get them and try them!
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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby Bugmerc » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:01 pm

Thanks Harvey! Also for pointing out what to wear under them, I forgot to ask that!

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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby MikeB » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:13 pm

For that sweaty butt, try a beaded seat cover. https://www.beadrider.com/

They are pretty darn comfortable and the air flow under your butt is quite noticeable.
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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby Bugmerc » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:19 pm

Hey Mike, those beads don't get crazy hot sitting in the AZ sun? I don't want to get branded when I sit down after stopping for lunch! :shock:

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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby MikeB » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:43 pm

I've never had that problem here in the northwest but every year when I go to SoCal, I had never even noticed it. When I was in Las Vegas Phoenix a few years ago I never noticed it either. I don't think wood soaks up the heat like plastic or metal does.
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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:55 am

I have two different pair. Both are Olympia, one is a mesh pair and one is a non-mesh pair. Both have additional windproof/waterproof liners that can be inserted into them. I wear one or the other every time I am on my bike.

As for heat, the mesh pants flow air quite well. I wear jeans underneath them - don't try to wear shorts, you will actually end up hotter than if you wore jeans, because the jeans protect against the hot air evaporating sweat before it actually cools you.

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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby Bugmerc » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:12 am

Hmmm, interesting point about the jeans. Picked up some mesh pants yesterday. They have a quilted and a separate waterproof liner. I will have to try some different combinations of things to wear under them and see what works best. Thanks!

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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby tylers883 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:54 am

one idea related to sweaty butt. sometimes a sweaty butt sort of grabs and sticks more often which leads to discomfort. I've had some success with a pair of lycra cycling shorts under my jeans. it doesn't solve the sweatiness but things don't stick and grab as much.

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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby deanbw » Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:59 am

I always wear Jeans and motorcycles don't need pants...........

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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby MikeB » Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:06 am

Bugmerc wrote:Hey Mike, those beads don't get crazy hot sitting in the AZ sun? I don't want to get branded when I sit down after stopping for lunch! :shock:

I was out riding today and stopped at a store. I was off the bike for about 20 minutes, it was 80 degrees outside, the bike was in the sun.

When I got back to the bike, I remembered this thread and felt the difference between the beads and the the stock vinyl seat. The seat was very hot to the touch and the beaded seat cover was not hot at all. That explains why I had never noticed the heat before, the wooden beaded seat cover doesn't compare to the heat that is absorbed by the stock seat cover.
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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby keithg64 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:45 am

In cooler weather, 60 degrees or less, I wear a pair of firstgear riding pants with a quilted liner. Nice pants. I don't have mess pants but have looked at them. Recently I have been wearing carhartt ripstop pants with double knees. They seem cooler than jeans but it may be me.
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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby keithg64 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:48 am

I also like the Alaskan leather sheepskin cover and beaded seat cover. Sometimes both together, but not always.
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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby Bugmerc » Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:13 pm

Thanks for thinking of this thread Mike, I think I may try one of those out. Do you know if there is any real difference between the brand you linked and a cheaper version (probably from China) found on ebay or Amazon?

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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby MikeB » Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:02 am

I don't know if there is any difference. The sizing may be different. Seems to me I had one at one time about 10 years ago and didn't like it but I don't remember why.

My current beaded seat covers came from Bead Rider and I have been using them for about three years. I just got back from a 500 mile day ride on my 1500 and my butt never got sore or overheated. It was not too hot today, only about 84 degrees in places. It was a great day of riding.
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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby Bugmerc » Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:25 pm

Hey Mike, installed my beaded seat yesterday. Ride home is about 14 miles on I-10, temp was about 100. Felt pretty good, but the new mesh pants helped a lot also before I got the beads. So maybe the two together will be even better. Time will tell.

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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby MikeB » Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:06 pm

The combination of the two will undoubtedly be better than just jeans on that hot, not-breathing vinyl seat.

All I ever wear is just my jeans but I seldom ride in temps above 100 degrees.
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Re: Motorcycle pants

Postby Monsignore » Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:23 pm

I ride ATGATT.
Summer commuting in NYC can suck big donkey d___.
I have one pair of moto pants, and they are from Motoport (aka, Cycleport). The ones I have are the stretch Kevlar police pants. They're pricey, but they're custom fit. I find the stretch kevlar pants work great with a pair of shorts on underneath and some good wicking socks. For cooler weather, I wear jeans and I'm good down to about 45 (this is 10 miles of commute in city traffic). Below that, I put in the rain liner and I've commuted in single digit temps.

Up top is a different story. I have a Motoprt 3/4 length stretch kevlar jacket that will take me from 9* to about 75*. Once the temp stays about 80* or so, the airflow through the six tiny vents just doesn't flow. I bought a Pilot mesh jacket 2 summers ago, and Wow, what a difference!
Motoport makes and Air Mesh Kevlar that probably flows more air than my stretch kevlar.
Again, they're pricey, but custom fit. And would you rather pay $800 for a pair of pants today, or $8,000+ for a broken leg cuz you wore jeans?

http://www.motoport.com/




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