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Old 01-30-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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knee/shin armor for touring

Hello all. This is my first post in the forum.

I'm interested in upgrading my gear, and could use some input.
I'm a road rider only, and ride a large touring bike--you know, the kind you hate.
(Harley Road Glide Ultra)

I wear kevlar jeans, and plan to stay with them, but would like to add knee/shin armor
under them, if there is a product that would not be prohibitively uncomfortable.

Would like to hear from those currently using leg armor, as well as those who have tried it
and found it unworkable.

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Old 01-30-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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Look on revzilla.com and check out knee armor choices. Dainese makes CE rated knee armor for about $100 that will fit under jeans and such.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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I sometimes wear kevlar jeans and have tried a bunch of knee/shin guards including Forcefield, Icon and Dainese. The best ones for me are the Dainese Knee V. They're comfortable, stay in place and seem to offer solid protection.

I prefer the Dainese Knee V over the newer Knee Six. Here's a link:

http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/product...rds/web1009536

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:05 PM   #4
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if you can find a pair of these, they fit nicely under pants.... unfortunately they have been replaced by an updated model that is more bulky

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/motorcycle-shin-guards/

stick around for awhile, you'll be surprised by how many harley riders there are on adv....
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:06 PM   #5
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I live in shorts most of the year, so I strap on my Fox Titan Race knee pads and then step into a pair of zip to the hip over pants. All goes on in less than 60 seconds.

I find the separate knee/shin armor to be warmer but more comfortable than the armor that comes in the typical MC pants.

I think they cost me around $30.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:38 PM   #6
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I keep an old xs650 at the shop for running to lunch etc, I also use the dirt bike oriented knee pads and they only take a minute to put them under my carhardts. I have several pairs made by thor , fox etc. and they are comfortable enough that now and then I forget to remove them and wear them home.

For days at the track I use a set from MSR, they offer even better protection but aren't nearly as comfortable for walking around. I keep a couple of pairs of Alpinestar and Sidi zip up boots there as well which takes care of the feet/ankles.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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I wear Forcefield Limb Tubes, they're soft CE rated armor and are actually pretty comfortable to walk in. They also aren't overly bulky under jeans. The trick to keep them in place is to fold over the top and bottom of the tubes on top of the armor.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/f...eld-limb-tubes
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:56 PM   #8
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I recommend Forcefield body armor.

I really like their products that I have their strap-on leg protector, arm protector, back protector and insert back protector, for myself and my wife.

Their leg protectors (and the back protector) are comfortable to be worn for a long period of time. I wore those two for more than 6 hours with no discomfort.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:46 AM   #9
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I use Knox Cross knee armor (the longer one with 3 straps) and they're comfortable for me to wear all day and they fit under moto jeans.
http://www.solomotoparts.com/Knox-Cr...FcZfpgodGG0Acg

I've tried the Forcefield knee armor in different sizes and configurations and it was all painful. It seemed like it's designed for people without kneecaps. Some people like it. YMMV.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:11 AM   #10
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I recommend the cheaper MX style knee/leg protectors with articulated knees. The Knox ones mentioned earlier are simillar to the ones I wear. (O'neil ???).

Even the not-very-expensive ones work just fine - work well as far as taking impact go, and make an amazing difference in really cold conditions.

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Old 01-31-2013, 02:05 AM   #11
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FYI, I have purchased a set of this knee armour and found them to be excellent:
http://www.motorcycleracegear.com.au/RS-Taichi-Stealth-Motorcycle-Knee-Guards-Hard-Shell-TRV045.html
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:36 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Esker01420 View Post
Look on revzilla.com and check out knee armor choices. Dainese makes CE rated knee armor for about $100 that will fit under jeans and such.
Thanks for the reply, and yes, I'm finding other HD riders. Currently reading through Fast Ferris's thread, who apparently lives not too far from me.

I'm not hardcore Harley, though. The RG is my first one.
Have never had a dual-sport, and am beginning to think a Vstrom 650 might be a good idea.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:39 AM   #13
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I recommend Forcefield body armor.

I really like their products that I have their strap-on leg protector, arm protector, back protector and insert back protector, for myself and my wife.

Their leg protectors (and the back protector) are comfortable to be worn for a long period of time. I wore those two for more than 6 hours with no discomfort.
Thanks, Bob.
How would you feel about wearing them 10-12 hours a day, for days on end, in hot weather?
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:56 AM   #14
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Thanks to ALL for the input.

I'm thinking that hard, strap-on style armor would be cooler in hot weather, but that soft "tube"-style armor would be more comfortable, generally.

Would that be a reasonable assumption?
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:57 AM   #15
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These work well for me.

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