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I've been searching (2 months) for the ultimate rain riding gear that is both comfortable, warm and dry, as well as other gear such as rain wipers, foggy mask that keeps your visor clear, and lastly music for those long rainy carefree rides.

Time to get ready: 30 minutes :laughing

Minimal Gear
1. Waterproof Shell (RMS) $70, includes pullover top, pants, booties and mitts. Great to keep the wind chill off during cold season
2. Thermal long johns, long sleeve top, walmart, Bay about $15-$20
3. Glove liners. Mountain Equipment Co-op on Broadway. Depending on the thickness, you can get one for $5 or $20 for silk thin. If your rain gear doesn't have mitts, the almost waterproof mitts are $29 here; but you will need to silicon the seams.
4. foggy mask, needed especially when the air chill around you is cold. Most shops should carry this around $40
http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/Respro_Foggy_Mask--502324.html
5. wiper. my original wiper came from London Drugs for wiping down bathroom tiles after a shower. It is about 6" wide and has a hole on the handle so you can either hang it off your neck on a strap or tuck the handle into an unused crevice on your bike. $4. Needed for fog riding as the fog clings to your visor like small diamonds causing a nice fractal effect.
6. Small spray bottle & micro fibre cloth. You will need this to wipe the road grime from your visor. After riding down 91, you won't be able to see through your visor with all the misty grime that is tossed up by the cars. My original spray bottle came from Superstore (fairly small) $3 and the micro fibre cloth came from Canadian Tire ($7 for 3 cloths). Fill the bottle with half water and Turtle Wax wash. The soap & wax will also prevent other types of fogging on your visor (such as heat emanating from your head). For smaller spray bottle, get the new car smell air freshener spray bottle from Canadian Tire (size of a perfume bottle) and empty out the contents.
7. Generally most of the items will fit somewhere within pockets or hanging from straps. A small waterproof tank bag with a shell cover will run you about $80. I keep the spray bottle & cloth on a semi open side pocket so that I can do a quick wipe at stop lights.
8. Wool socks.
9. belaclava. Really needed to keep you head and face warm. Again Mountain Equipment Corp. ($11.50) or RMS ($14). Make sure you get the thin one. Optionally, you can get a head cap (just covers your head & ears) and a neck tube.

Comforts:
The cheapest heated grips will run you about $45 not including installation. The hardest part to installing the grips will be getting the bike rubber grips on and off your bike to install the heating elements underneath.

Other Comforst:
Heated Vest, Heat gloves and heated socks are all available, but with the rain jacket most of the wind chill is reduced. Even at zero degree riding with wind factor of 40kph, it is satisfactory without the heating elements.

Music:
I got the video Ipod tucked safely into my upper jacket pocket with an almost waterproofing casing. For remote start/stop I use the Airclick which is currently on clearance for $29 at London Drugs. I took apart the remote and sealed the buttons with silicon and coated the circuit board with rubber cement and mounted the clip on remote on the bike handlebars.

The Sennheiser PX100 from Best buy $80 was takened apart leaving only two disc that were almost wafer thin. I positioned them into the helmet behind the padding and traced the outline with a knife, cutting into the foam. Using the knife and fingers, I simply dug a small circular pocket to insert the speakers.

Reducing the gear:
Went on a shopping spree and bought the following
1. $90. Nitrogen Gloves by Joe Rocket. Waterproof and has a built in wiper on the thumb. This cuts out the 3 layers of gloves down to 2 layers; liner and gloves. This also cuts out the shower wiper that hanged around my neck.
2. $550. Alter Ego pants & Jacket with waterproof liner. The outer layer still gets wet (just damp as the water sheds) but your body stays dry and warm.
3. $85. Mec Expedition Stretch longs johns. Powder dry fabric that provides warmth, breathability and mobility.

New Time to get ready: 15 minutes
 

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0.o

i put some jeans on a leather jacket a sweater .... my riding boots, gloves and lid... then im set and i take off lol
i dont ride for more than a couple hours at a time though lol
 

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helmet with Fog City Fog shield, rain suit(jacket over my textile) and my Joe Rocket's and Gortex gloves. good for a few hrs.
 

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I use to ride in this shit with jeans, tex jacket and that's it... just go. ;)

FYI, Raphael, you should really look into a different type of bike. If you want to ride all year round and in all conditions you should look into a touring bike. I bet you'd love it.
 

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'Stich Roadcrafter.
BMW boots. (goretex touring)
Held gloves (waterproof, wiper included)
Same amount of time to prepare, wet or dry.
Cold?
I slip into my Gerbing liner...total ET? an additional 30 seconds.
 

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FYI, Raphael, you should really look into a different type of bike. If you want to ride all year round and in all conditions you should look into a touring bike. I bet you'd love it.
too late Scott; I just bought my racing leathers and I doubt they would match a touring bike.
 

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I got some Garnae waterproof boots then it's usually the leather pants with textile top and rain gear over top. If it's a long day (+4 hours straight) I use the electrics. IMO the electrics aren't comforts, they're safety.

And I have those same gloves. After about 5 hours they leak but then again I'm sure most would. And the wipers destroyed one of my visors on the way down to Oregon but I'm sure that was cuz I kept wiping the whole way down. Nothing like 9 hours of rain to make a great trip.
 

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I use Rain-X on my visor to help the beading of the rain so it falls off. Doesn't work when the rain is misty. Sure works when it really raining though. You can get it at Canadian Tire.

Still use the fingy lots.
 

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I use Rain-X on my visor to help the beading of the rain so it falls off. Doesn't work when the rain is misty. Sure works when it really raining though. You can get it at Canadian Tire.

Still use the fingy lots.
I tried rain-x too as well as that hockey anti-fog mist spray for goggles. If anyone wants it, I can give you mine. The rain-x works only on semi heavy rain, but it fails on mist, fog and grit from the car sprays. The anti-fog almost works... but .... when it was foggy, I couldn't tell whether the mist was on the outside or the inside.

I made the mistake of rubbing my visor with my mitts when the road grits were on it and they are all scratched up.

So, long story short.... turtle wax wash 50/50 with water works 100% for inside and outside the visor. Plus it is great for spraying it on and wiping it dry with the micro fibre cloth. The wax acts in the same way as rain-x for rain, and the soap acts as the anti-fog spray for the inside. Its a win-win situation.
 

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Anyone use a cruiser suit? Step in and go.

Looks ideal for the weather we've been having.

http://www.mustangsurvival.com/products/product.php?id=547
I was looking for something like that specifically tailored for mortocycling; something you simply slip on and go.

The Alter Ego Joe Rocket is as close as I can get to a rainproof gear. Outside is wet but the liner keeps you warm and dry. New update: The number of layers with the large number of zippers makes this gear confusing. I found myself zipping the outside layer with the inside layer with the zipper not quite meshing. I am constantly unzipping my layers instead of unzipping the center zipper to open my jacket.

Figuring the jacket zippers adds 2 minutes to my overall time. :laughing
 

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Kilimanjaro jacket, no problems even in the heaviest rain, First Gear HT overpants with waterprove liners. These work OK on short trips, but the zippers will leak in heavy rain or longer trips. Boots are some sort of touring goretex thing and work fine. Takes me less than 5 minutes go get ready, and that includes my armored vest.
 

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AeroStitch Darien Jacket and Pants ( year round gear and waterproof)
Electric Liner
Aerostitch Windblocker Fleece Pants
Aerostitch Neck Band
BMW Waterproof boots- bought is USA much less expensive than in Canada

LD Comfort long underwear and LS top

Hands
Lee Parks summer gloves, Electric Grips and Aerostitch waterproof overmitts - though ususally I just carry a second pair

or wear my BMW waterproof gloves - bought is USA much less expensive than in Canada

Arai Quantum/f
 

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Oldgixxergal and I were motorcycling for over 3 hours today. The first leg of our trip involved heavy rain.

I was pretty well soaked in the first 1.5 hours. Crotch was first. No more nylon raingear for me. I had just sprayed my $80 jacket down with waterproofing spray and I still got very wet. Rain pants were useless.

Wife stayed fairly dry. She has a brand new RainPro stretchy neoprene type jacket and it never let any water through. She had Columbia rainpants over her Joe Rocket pants and that worked good.
 

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bill:

Do you get any leaks in your Darien pants? I may be getting a better pair of overpants for the winter. My HT overpants work great in the summer, good in light rain with liners, but do leak in heavy rain.
 

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Anyone have any experience with these gloves?
No, I've got a pair of these:
http://www.heldusa.com/raindrop.htm

They are definitely a cold weather glove, 100% dry, and I have every confidence they stay dry, 'cause I had to test 'em for an 18 hour ride in rain, snow and cold. (without heated grips and Gerbins, I'd have frozen)

I like them, but I do have one pick with them.....the liner is a little finicky. When donning the gloves, the liner wrinkles a little bit at the tip of 3 of the fingers. Nothing dramatic, I just need a couple of moments to fiddle them flat, and then they're good to go.

Another thing that may be an issue, is putting them on with wet hands. The liner, which is delightfully smooth, soft and comfortable, is now your enemy.

I like 'em, and recommend them.
Pricey though, but worth it.
My favourite glove so far, are the Held Steve's. I can't seem to wear them out.
 

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bill:

Do you get any leaks in your Darien pants? I may be getting a better pair of overpants for the winter. My HT overpants work great in the summer, good in light rain with liners, but do leak in heavy rain.
I have never had a leak in my Darien Pants. In 2005 Michael and I rode for 3 days in the spinoff storms from Hurrican Katrina that hit the NE US and Maritimes...not a drop of rain got through

I have sadly been in many long hellish days in my Darien outfit and always stay dry
 
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