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Hi all. I'm looking for solutions for wet weather riding. I'm setting up my Burgman 650 for long-distance rides around Australia. This will mean attaching panniers, a topbox and a tunnel tank bag.

Generally the weather here is good - warm and dry. I want some wet weather gear for those rare bad times. I don't have major call for wet weather gear, so I don't want to go the whole hog and buy something super expensive.

Any recommendations? What have you chosen for rain riding and why? What should I look for?
 

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Hi all. I'm looking for solutions for wet weather riding. I'm setting up my Burgman 650 for long-distance rides around Australia. This will mean attaching panniers, a topbox and a tunnel tank bag.

Generally the weather here is good - warm and dry. I want some wet weather gear for those rare bad times. I don't have major call for wet weather gear, so I don't want to go the whole hog and buy something super expensive.

Any recommendations? What have you chosen for rain riding and why? What should I look for?
Me? Just a body-armor riding jacket from SpeedStrength (removable liners) and nylon riding pants. Gloves and heated grips and a full-face helmet; and I stay dry in the hardest downpours. I have a GIVI windshield, with wings to protect the handgrips; so my hands stay relatively dry and the heated grips take off any chills.
 

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Thanks. What about riding boots? I don't use proper riding boots at present.
 

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Some of the better-quality golf or hiking rainsuits work well and are very "packable" and have good features like zippered pockets and mesh inner-liners. Obviously they won't offer any "scuff" protection, though. Depends on what your needs are.
 

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I'm with Chip on the Frogg Toggs. Some people don't think they aren't heavy duty enough. But here in Florida I like that they breath leaving the heat out and keeping the rain out too. They roll up to about a 5"X11" roll that will even get smaller if they are on the bottom with stuff packed on top of them.
 

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I have Frog togs also,They work fine how ever, Frog Togs Road Toads is the suit made for motorcycling. I have been looking in stores for them to see what they look like be for I buy or if I will buy them.
 

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I ride year around and found that the Frogg Toggs are light weight, water proof, and easy to store/pack. They also help keep me warm when the temperatures drop below 40. A pair of water proof gloves and I'm set. For longer trips I have used different pairs of boots. Better protection and easy to water proof with some boot oil or spray on. I've ridden in temperatures below freezing and in heavy rain for extended periods and never been wet or uncomfortably cold.
 

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I ha. Kept me completely dry and warm.ve a Tucano Urbano one piece light weight waterproof. Just tested in a 3 hour downpour coming through switzerland and Austria
 

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The Klim stuff looks good but is indeed pricey. What happens to leather riding gear that gets drenched? Is this harmful to the leather?
 

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FrogTogs, the pants and jacket fold up smaller than your helmet in size. Very lightweight and wonderfully waterproof.
 

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The Klim stuff looks good but is indeed pricey. What happens to leather riding gear that gets drenched? Is this harmful to the leather?
The leather dries out, as it dries out - natural oils are washed out, and need to be replenished with boot oil or similar. Messy

Leather is a loser. It's heavy and gets more so when wet; it doesn't repel water naturally. It's MODERATELY good protection when you're sliding on it; but synthetic body armor is much, much better.
 

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I have found most rain suits to be awkward when riding. Bulky and flapping in the wind. I prefer to have on good water proof gear to begin with that wont flap around and be an awkward distraction.
I do keep some froggtoggs for when I am off the bike when camping or hiking though.
 

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Our rainsuits are from RHYNO. Tey are excellent and I'm sure compare well with Frogg Toggs. They may be less expensive where you are.

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The leather dries out, as it dries out - natural oils are washed out, and need to be replenished with boot oil or similar. Messy

Leather is a loser. It's heavy and gets more so when wet; it doesn't repel water naturally. It's MODERATELY good protection when you're sliding on it; but synthetic body armor is much, much better.
What is synthetic body armor? Do you mean these types of apparel:

http://stores.sportbiketrackgear.com/Detail.bok?no=2820

They look handy because you could put whatever type of shirt or jacket you like over the top of them to suit riding conditions on a changing daily basis.
 

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I have heard very good things about Frog Togs. I ride wearing Areostich Darin pants & jacket. http://www.aerostich.com/jackets-pants/darien I have been wearing them for about 7 years fall through spring everyday. On one ride from Crescent City Ca. to Santa Cruz (526 Mi.) that ranged from 38 f to 102 & back down to 36 crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. The next day I rode from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbra (257 Mi.) in rain & stayed completely dry. It's pricey but well worth the money.
 

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/hijack.... Mike, what's the tank on the back? Extra fuel, water, or other?
 
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