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    Suggestions for rain riding gear please.

    The title says it all. I'm an 18 month rider with a 2012 TW-200 that is bone stock other than an added kick starter. I would like recommendations on brand and line of weather gear for rain riding. Thanks in advance.
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    I bought mine at West Marine sometimes it nice to walk into a store and try something on.
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    Are you looking for strictly rain gear to only wear when it rains or for something more versatile that could also be worn all the time for protection(my suggestion since i believe in safety gear)?
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    Frog Toggs work well and pack nicely if you're just looking for an outer shell.
    For everyday use the Scorpion XDR jacket paired up with a set of Cortech overpants has kept me mostly dry.

    Bear in mind that the 'waterproof-ness' usually only lasts so long without treating with ScotchGuard or equivalent spray.
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    I'll second the Frogg Toggs.
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    Frogg Toggs work well, but you will still likely end up with a wet crotch. It's almost impossible to avoid, even with more expensive rain gear. It's just not meant for submersion, which tends to happen on a motorcycle seat. Now, the TW's being the shape that it is, will probably be better than others (e.g. my V-Strom), but still, expect it, and bring a spare pair of underwear just in case.

    Also keep in mind that most gear advertised as "waterproof" is, but only to a point. In a huge downpour for an extended time, you may end up damp. That's why real rain gear is the best choice if you're going to do long-distance touring. It's just annoying to have to stop and put it on, then stop and remove it afterward.
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    We bought Frogg Toggs too, but wife only used for wind so far. Do you have to treat these with waterproof stuff?
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    Right on with the stuff needing to be breathable. Otherwise you just sit in there and stew in your own sweat. Without the "breath-ability" you might as well not have any 'rain gear' on at all - at least you won't stink.

    Ok, so we have gear and boots...Gloves, anyone?
    I gave up on finding a good set that fit and just carry a spare pair
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    *intently reading posts* I'm wanting rain gear too, and was looking at Frogg Toggs, everyone I know swears by 'em. My cold weather jacket and gloves are waterproof, but that doesn't help me in the summer. I want to ride to work even if there's a chance of showers in the afternoon and have something in my saddle bags in case it does rain. Or if I am going out for a long ride on an "iffy" weather day, etc.
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    Speaking of boots... my "road" boots are an pair of Sedici ones I got from CycleGear on Black Friday a couple years ago. They're a CycleGear brand, and normally list for I think $179, but I think I got these for $79. They have a LIFETIME warranty (which is very unusual; even Sidi only has a one year warranty), and they've already replaced them once because they stopped being waterproof after the first season. But since then, they've been great.

    My touring boots are Sidi Adventures (the Gore Tex version) and they're fantastic. Super comfy, definitely waterproof, but $$$. I got mine from a shop in Germany and was able to get them for a lot less than list; but I think Sidi found out about that and they can no longer ship them to the US.

    For gloves, I have a nice pair of mid-weights from First Gear, and my heavy weights are also First Gear, but they're heated.. they go with my heated jacket liner. Wonderful if you do a lot of riding in the cooler months. None of my summer gloves are waterproof, though. I'm not sure if the TW's electrical system is strong enough for heated gear, so those will only get used on my DR and V-Strom.
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