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Old 09-21-2008, 01:29 PM   #256
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Hi TOMSAWYERDIGITALMAN.....thank you for your nice comments regarding my travels.

I reluctantly shelled out big bucks for the BMW designed Rallye Pro 2, because it was recommended by others and got a good buy in Ohio when I visited my son there. I was worried about the bulkiness and overinsulated/underinsulated material..but this was not to be. I got very good garment instructions from the guy at Ohio BMW who was very well versed in this garment and how to wear it right!. There are three layers within the Jacket. The last layer houses the total mesh "jacket" that you can wear without the other two, but the mesh still contains the armoured pads(shoulders; back and elbows), then comes the liner which is primarily a rain/insulation liner( can be worn by itself as a daily jacket)..then finally the outer jacket that has the vents, pockets..etc. According to the garment fitter...the jacket should be worn reasonably snug for the armoureds to stay in place and retaining body heat insulation. Unfortunately I diverted from this area by buying myself a bit of a larger size with the intention to give myself more room for wearing more layers of other clothings. It did defeat the purpose of the original intention of the jacket by making the jacket looser thus the movement of the armoureds. However the armoureds are reasonably sized to cover you in a fall. My shoulder was impacted as well as my elbow...narry a scratch. I have since brought a Gerbings heated liner which due to its slight bulkiness makes the BMW jacket fit pretty snug preventing movement of the armoureds. To answer your questions in regard to bulkiness..NO..the BMW jacket is not bulky, it's soft and gets softer..it's heavy, YES.. due to the armoureds..but comforting!

The BMW jacket was pretty warm riding Labrador and very ventilated when I rode back to the southern heat. As long as you are moving the vents on the BMW jacket serve its purpose extremely well...make sure that the arm vents are open; chest vents...as well as the must open rear back vents. This causes a venturi effect cooling your tremendously. Do not ever wear cotton t-shirts in hot weather riding but wear those synthetic wicking shirts underneath...you'd be surprised of how cool one gets. I wear my BMW jacket even in the most heated days. They're my seat belt which I will not do without. My BMW riding pants also have armoured knee pads as well as hip pads..they serve equally well. Now there are many others out there that might be equivalent in their design and protection, but I can't vouch for them as I have not ridden in them and are a heap cheaper.

You have your roof in your car which relatively speaking is yor helmet..your cars body relatively speaking is your ATGATT gear. I am from the old school of thought..I believe in ATGATT.

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Old 09-21-2008, 02:33 PM   #257
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Interesting comments about the Rallye II jacket. A friend of mine has one, and it looks like a good jacket, except it is NOT waterproof. The middle liner is, but the jacket is not. When we ride through rain, it gets heavy and uncomfortable and WET, despite the liner. I think that is the only reason I don't buy one as otherwise they look like great jackets. I am surprised that it is not waterproof, given the price and reputation
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:51 PM   #258
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SCOOP..... you're right that they are not waterproof...in the sense that there's no such thing as a waterproof riding jacket, ...water-resistant , Yes,... maybe!...when the jacket was new, it was pretty water resistant until after a couple thousand miles of wear and tear the material lost its repelency. One has to re-treat its replency. The inner liner on most jackets serve a a shield/insulation in the event other parts of the clothing leak or one forgets to close the vents or zippers. All vents must be closed in the event of a downpour. Totally waterproof jackets do not breathe and condensation will engulf your entire body, not good!. My primary concern was the crash protection, temperature insulation/venting the jacket provided. Waterproofness or water resistance was augmented with a full length one piece heavy duty BMW rain suit for serious inclement weather and a light two piece rainsuit for light wet weather. Both of these were well worn over the riding jacket.

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Old 09-21-2008, 10:27 PM   #259
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Thanks for the report and pictures. It was great hearing of the northern country through your eyes. I have one more road to put on my list of "Must Ride".

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Old 09-22-2008, 02:16 PM   #260
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It is hard to find a jacket/suit that will do it all. In 2006, I was at a Canadian Superbike race in Mosport and there was a BMW tent and display. They were selling out lots of that summer's stock at low prices. I bought a summer jacket, for $150. It is a bit light for trips where you expect cooler weather, but comes with a liner. It is completely breathable and stands up to the heaviest of downpours, as experienced in Joplin MO this summer
Compared to my friends Rallye jacket, bought new a few months AFTER mine, it is amazing. So far, it has proven to be waterproof without being a sweat box. Of course, time may change that, but it would be nice if the Rallye jacket could do that. It is such a nice suit.
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:35 AM   #261
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This was a great read and has really put a fire under me to get up there this August - thanks!

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Old 04-21-2009, 01:15 PM   #262
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Transformation....

If the Alaska trip does not materialize this summer I might go back and explore Newfoundland a bit better and do the TLH loop again..might include the Baie St. James + Trans Taiga. Also want to see the areas that I missed then due to inclement weather..really miss the ferry rides as well, he..! BUT most of all my Frau will come along this time!



Before:



See what I have done to Brunhilde that carried me thru the TLH sans wife. Now Brunhilde is lugging Ingrid the sidecar and of course wife will accompany me....

AFTER....



I am sure you'll recognize me on the road...

Cheers...Your Man returning on the road

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Old 04-21-2009, 01:42 PM   #263
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:16 PM   #264
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:36 AM   #265
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Awsome! Thank you for sharing your adventure with us.


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Old 04-16-2010, 02:54 PM   #266
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This has been one of the best if not THE BEST ride report that I have read. I do have a question. Did someone get the patch? I love the ride report because of the way it was written and the great pictures that goes along with it.
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:38 PM   #267
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Really nice report - Many many thanks for sharing!

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Old 04-26-2010, 11:21 PM   #268
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Thanks so much for the wonderfully detailed ride report. It will help me immensely. My wife and I are hoping to hit it counter clockwise this July.
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:15 PM   #269
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Wonderful ride report, enjoyed reading it. Amused by your java addiction!

Look forward to more reports soon.

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Old 05-01-2010, 08:17 AM   #270
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I like the color combination....

Waiting for your next ride report....
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