Sunday, May 21, 2017

Finally, 1st Ride this Season

Saturday, 20 May, I went for a short ride - the first of the season, the latest first ride since 2000!

The Day

was a cool 10.5 C, clear blue sky, bright sunlight. The route was up to the GO Transit station for some slow speed turns and basic re-familiarity with the bike, followed by a west then east pass along Sideroad 15. I have previously posted video of that route. It has great twisties, which I rode in a conservative fashion, mindful of quite a long time since my last ride.

The Suit

My basic clothing was a long sleeved Dri-Fit T shirt and standard walking shorts. 

The Motorport jean pants are not designed to be overpants the way my Aerostich pants are. The liner was secured at the ankles by sturdy loops and straps and snaps. The liner also has elastic at the ankle while the pant legs have long zippers to make it easier to put on boots, which have a high back. I say easier because it's all a tight fit and a bit tricky. Practice should make this a bit easier. Probably a bit more difficult than the Stich, but still OK. The liner zips to the jacket at the waist. 

The jacket liner was similarly installed. Putting it on, I felt it was a bit bulky, similar to the Stitch. It was to become better fitting during the ride as the armor shaped itself to my body, as claimed, and I did find the fit at the shoulders was considerably more comfortable than the Stich ever was. I did not fit my electric liner as I just did not want the extra complication on the first ride.

Suit Impressions

The temperature was lower than I would normally ride it and I expected the mesh suit to be fairly cold. With the liners, it was indeed cool but not cold and shiver inducing. Quite comfortable. 

The mesh pants are well protected by the RT's lower fairing and the liners are indeed windproof. 

The mesh jacket (it does not look like mesh at all, but may be better described as micro perforated. You would not look at it and say it was a mesh jacket, for instance). 

While riding at about 80 kmph, I could tell air was passing through the jacket and not the liner. But, the air exiting out the rear of the jacket did cool the liner and I could feel that on my lower back. Not intrusive and it would have been fine on a longer ride even in the cool temperature. The liners are said to be quite breathable and I did not feel I was perspiring as I would with a "plastic" liner. 

The arm length was perfect, as it should have been given the multiple measurements Motoport requires on ordering. Same with jacket length at the back, also a custom fit.

Overall, I am very pleased. It was a short ride, solo and slow, but all in all a nice ride. Alas, family duties next week are going to make it unlikely to do much riding in the next five days. Miserable cold rain today might yield to to better weather in a few days and I may be able to sneak in more riding. Maybe. 

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