From Undergarments to Outer layer


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Have been riding for many years, and generally spend my time in full leathers, boots, full face helmet, and well protected gauntlet gloves. As you can appreciate, living in TN and riding with this equipment does not keep me cool over long distance. Have a mesh jacket but still wear leather pants. I feel I need an overhaul, as I have enjoyed the long distance riding that I have been doing lately, but need help choosing my LD outfit. So here is what I would like, and some ideas I have. Please speak up and not be afraid to be critical.

I have a FJR1300 2016, with an AirHawk and an Alaska sheepskin over the AirHawk. I have also noticed soreness behind the back of the thighs where I think the seams of my underwear pass down the back of my butt and around and into my inner thigh. I also wear a shirt which incorporates a chest, back, elbow, and shoulder protectors. I would also some form of hip protector, along with knee protection. A lot of this protection I know will be taken care of in the outer garments.

Base Layer:
  1. LD Comfort Riding Shorts
  2. LD Power Temp Cool Sleeve
  3. LD Helmet Liner w/Ties & Tails or should I go with the Helmet Liner Cap style?
Outer Layer:
  1. Aerostich Darien Jacket
  2. AD1 Pants
  3. Gloves, suggestions?
Most of my riding will be in the south, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, so cooling is very important, but also protection.

I have come with this list, but would love to hear from those of you with any experience riding in these extreme conditions, as well as those who have ridden in a rally or 50CC where you go from one extreme to the other. I would like to try and do the as close to correct the first time. Thanks for any suggestions
Hello Lanval,

I own LD Comfort Riding Shorts and Riding Pants. Have done 3 SS1Ks in the riding pants without any chaffing. Two of the rides were twelve hours apart. Have not done any rides longer than four hours in the shorts.



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Base Layer: LD Comfort shorts, shirt, helmet liner w/tails. For the shirt, I have both long sleeve and short sleeve. I do have the cool sleeves as well, but only had those as a backup. The LD Comfort gear does exactly what it's designed to do. For me, it did it well over a week of riding last year during my 48 State ride.

Outer Layer: First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket, and a pair of fat-boy riding pants that I bought a couple years ago from Cycle Gear. I need to upgrade the pants, specifically - but better than wearing jeans only.


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Have just ordered LD shorts, helmet liner w/tails, and cool sleeves. Still interested in other suggestions if people have them.

My soreness from approximately 1800 miles in three days was I think from the seems on either leg running down my butt to the inner thigh of my underwear.

Had a post on the IBA FB page about helmet liners with some great replies, which led me to the LD helmet liner.

Brian Thorn

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LDC full tights, long sleeve shirt, helmet liner.

Aerostich Roadcrafter pants and jacket.

Oxtar (now known as TCX) gore-tex Matrix boots.

Thick socks but no brand preference.

Gerbing heated jacket.

Lee Parks DeerTours outseam gloves.

Held "Steve" gloves if I need a change.

oude geit

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Top Side
1. Mesh bohn armor, (elbows, shoulder)
2. wicking shirt
3. JoeRocket VFR mesh Jacket
4. Olympia raingear top and bottom when needed. Aerostich 3 finger waterproof mitts.
5. Modular helmet, Sena 10s bluetooth
6. Alpinestars gloves, touchscreen (probably going full time waterproof soon)

Bottom side
1. Wicking shorts, too many good brands, LD, Buck Naked, Motoskiveeez ( I still cant decide if compression shorts make much difference, love the socks though, I think Bucks are the coolest....)
2.Compression socks
3. Mesh Bohn Armor (knee, hip, thigh armor)
4. Sedici, Joe Rocket Mesh pants
5. Boots, Sidi All Roads (hot, but very comfy and rainproof to 12 hours of soaking)
I don't understat why people say's undergarments and underwear are different but I think they both are same thing because I recently bought boxer brief which called undergarments category I had bought at ustradeent clothing store
LDC full tights, long sleeve shirt, helmet liner.

Aerostich Roadcrafter pants and jacket.

Oxtar (now known as TCX) gore-tex Matrix boots.
I have this exact setup.

I wear Tilley socks, and Klim deerskin gloves though. (I also keep a couple of pairs of spare gloves on-board).

I don't go very far without my Bose noise canceling earbuds inside my Neotec.
Does the earbuds cancel all noise, can you still hear someone speak?

I use them plugged in to my Sena 10s. They are magic. They give a roughly 40db reduction in the sub-10kz range. This drowns out most of the motor and wind noise. Enough that stuff ratling in the side cases is easy to hear. On an airplane, you can hear people speaking four rows away. In a helmet, it takes a bit of effort to hear speech, bu it is possible. Car horns are still easy. If you aren't ready to fork over the cash, don't try them out, they are that good.

One caveat, however, is that their proper functioning is very bike/rider/windshield/helmet specific. Certain setups cause an annoying "pop", one that I've experienced while riding a friend's Africa Twin. Try before you buy...
EDIT: I have the NeoTec 2 with the Sena SRL. Will have to see if the Bose will work. Thanks for the replies. EDIT: The QC20's will not work with a SRL as it does not have an audio jack.
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For gloves, I bought the Held desert II for summer riding.
They have great ventilation and decent armor for mesh type gloves.
For cooler temps or rain I use the BMW 2in1 Gloves
When it's really cold I have the First Gear carbon heated gloves
I've been wearing the Tourmaster Flex jacket & pants for years in temps from 30s to 90s. (With a Tourmaster Synergy 2 heated vest & pants when needed)
For rain, I have a Frogg Togg rain suit
I'm thinking into upgrading to a Klim Latitude jacket & Pants
My favorite sox for riding are the Injinji Original weight crew. They have individual toes which is great for keeping the toes from rubbing against each other.
I just bought a set of LD comfort long sleeve shirt and tights but I didn't get to try them yet.



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