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What Motoport to buy?
« on: December 28, 2015, 04:36:28 am »
I've exhausted my Lil brain looking at the Motoport website.  I looking to purchase at least a set of pants, and possibly a jacket.
The Ultra 2 mesh series pants seems to be attracting me.  Living in Florida  this is most likely the wise choice for the warm temperature. However, I have been known to travel a bit on this bike, so rain protection is definitely a concern in my gear purchase.
I'm not really in favor of having to stop when it rains to don rain gear or the liners.  I think it's really unsafe stopping on the side of the road and I also hate stopping period.
So this makes me wonder, do I want the Motoport stretch instead?  But then the lack of vents in the jacket and pants will render this gear useless in Florida for 7 months of the year.
I'm definitely confused on what to buy.

I love the crash reports I read about motoport gear and feel this is the top of the line clothing. But can it also meet my other needs?
Should I look at other brands and sacrifice durability?

Go figure, a woman can't make up her mind. Oh my!

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2015, 10:44:29 am »
Hi,
       Have you called and talked to Wayne (owner) yet? ;D

He is the man to really answer your questions! :o

I have the Ultra II Pants and Jacket and love it! :great:




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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2015, 11:42:54 am »
Greg, no I haven't contacted Motoport yet.  I really want to have as much knowledge as possible when I talk to them. 
I value the opinions from people that are actual owners, instead if hearing only a biased opinion from a salesman.
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2015, 01:16:57 pm »
I spoke with Gregg and then Wayne before ordering. Wayne won't force a sale on you - he will gladly explain the differences as only he can. This stuff has to be made and therefore is impossible to go try it on - and few people have Motoport - so you hafta trust Wayne's descriptions and our satisfaction with this product. Honestly, next to Motoprort, everything else is FAR INFERIOR period. 100% Kevlar - find some crash reports on ADV Rider - unreal.

I wear Klim gortex pants bc I don't want to stop to add rain liners or warm layers under my pants when the weather turns - but I'm not safe in these pants. At least not as safe as Kevlar pants like my jacket would be... So, I made a compromise and will get Motoport mesh pants when I can afford that luxury for summer use. The Klim pants are great against weather but are barely padded ....

If the Kevlar doesn't convince you - I'll tell you the padding in Motoprort gear covers a LOT more than just elbows and the middle of the back - there's hardly a part of the jacket that even touches me because the padding is so thick between the Kevlar and my skin. Thick, perforated - cool as a breeze in hot weather. Feels like my torso is in the shade not in a jacket - really.

75 days and 12,800 mi trip this summer and it never even showed dirt or got musty. Think Kevlar chain mail - not fabric. Love it.
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2015, 01:28:52 pm »

* I too, am looking at input. Have been over the website for about 3 riding seasons and plan to fly out,visit Wayne,  and get measured while visiting my Bro in San Diego.  After frequently visiting the website and reading threads on about 6 different forums I am convinced...helped to see a few riders locally that have the gear.

If you have time and want  a ton of input the mother of all threads is here
http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/motoport-kevlar-first-impressions-long-many-pics.80138/

There are other threads to search there including a "hot and Humid" Motoport thread.

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2015, 01:36:40 pm »
Worth adding: when i spoke with Wayne I was still not sure what I wanted. But, I put down a deposit so i would have my manufacture date set. At that time I still had 2 months to decide what I wanted - they called for the final payment and order just before making my jacket.

I'm sharing as much as possible here bc I want those I care about to have the best and word of mouth is still the Motoport way. Wayne is a good man for making this product work as a made in USA business. You sure aren't paying for any marketing....


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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2015, 03:21:06 pm »
Hi,
        Excellent post, Fais! :great:

And yes the armour is fantastic and molds to your body after a bit!

When I ordered my gear and it arrived, the jacket was to short in the torso?

My fault maybe, but maybe not?

Called Wayne,we decided to call it even, I sent the jacket back (my dime) and in a week he sent me a perfect jacket back! (his dime)

I will go so far to state that after wearing this Motoport Gear I see EVERYTHING  (yea even the one that starts with an "A"!) else as a rip off in money and protection! :(

I think Codora is $20 a yard and Kevlar is $50?

You do the math! ;D
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2015, 03:52:45 pm »
When I have enough coins saved up I too plan on getting Motoport.  When I took my Ride Safe course in Durham NC, yrs ago,the subject of riding gear came up. They (police) could really endorse any gear, but general safety.  They all wore Motoport and spoke very highly of the company and the product.
I know I haven't answered your question sailor_chic, but I at least think your on the correct track as far as company. Keep us posted on your decision.



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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2015, 04:07:09 pm »
You know in hindsight we can't help you Nicole... Because we only have tried and worn one Motoport thing. I can't help you decide WHICH one to get ???

My decision for the Marathon Mesh was made easy after telling Wayne that riding hot was the most aggravating thing to me. He's probly the only person that can answer your questions ....
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2015, 04:08:33 pm »
I have the Ultra II Air Mesh pants, and I wear them year-round in Arizona.  As others have suggested, I called Wayne before ordering, and told him what I wanted from the gear.  Don't sweat the sales pitch - I actually got the feeling that in addition to answering all of my questions and making good recommendations, Wayne was kind of evaluating me to see if I was good enough to buy his stuff!  OK that's probably going too far, but I never felt pressured in the least.  I bought the Marathon Mesh jacket first.  A couple of months later I bought the pants, and then some gloves.  I talked to him on the phone every time before ordering.
I've worn the pants in 117 degrees in the summer, and didn't feel too different from just wearing jeans.  Right now I have the rain liner zipped in and I've ridden like that in 20 degrees.  This morning it was 32 when I left home.  The Connie has pretty good lower wind protection, so down to about 30, I don't even feel the chill.

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2015, 04:10:56 pm »
Hi,
       Nicole, something to remember or know is,  you are paying for  TOTAL custom  gear. ;D

Remember you can have it any way you want it, not just how they show on the site!

On the site I think they show the Ultra II pants and jacket with the outside cargo pockets.

I nixxed that and had the less bulky zippered closures on the jacket (4 pockets, 2 up, 2 down) and no pockets what so ever on the pants (don't need it and more comfy IMO)

There is enough room in the jacket for wallet, cell, keys, ect!

Just sayin,  look HARD before you order in exactly what YOU want ! :great:

Oh yea, just do another of those Marathon (Iron Butt) rides an get it from the Motoport Shop in person! :-[
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2015, 04:46:51 pm »
Reading another thread , a comment said the mesh Kevlar jacket with the armor wouldnt fit in the  side cases, is this true ? I plan on riding to work often and want to stash the gear in the side cases.

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2015, 05:24:02 pm »
When I take mine off and toss it it appears as if a torso is still inside the thing. It will practically stand on its own -

If I could fold it up to get it in my side case it would bend the pads out of the 'molded to me' shape they are in. Still, not sure it would fit.

Kevlar = think almost bullet proof vest with full sleeves - this is not like any other fabric and isn't fabric. I have a cable lock for the jacket (draped over windscreen) and helmet (sitting over/shading the dash) when parked.

This is the Marathon Mesh, deleted pockets, fat stripe on the back ppl say is brighter than my Admore LEDs when headlights are on it. It was 127* in Death Valley the week after Cortez and I was able to keep on trucking. Saw 120+ about 4 times that trip.

These are the only pics I have, hope it helps. I ride alone and usually point the camera away from me - but atop Beartooth I had to get one of me . . . ;D





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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2015, 07:39:35 pm »
Hi,
        Yep,  you need the color coordinated, Motoport matching pants, Bro! ;D >:D >:D >:D
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2015, 08:03:54 pm »
Hi,
        Yep,  you need the color coordinated, Motoport matching pants, Bro! ;D >:D >:D >:D

I'll tell Wayne you sent me  :))
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2015, 08:07:43 pm »
Reading another thread , a comment said the mesh Kevlar jacket with the armor wouldnt fit in the  side cases, is this true ? I plan on riding to work often and want to stash the gear in the side cases.

I think I m going to wrestle with that as well. Kind of resigned myself to getting a cable lock and using it. I m fine with that...



Question for those who already own....How long does it take the kevlar to dry if I leave it on the bike in a rain? Won't feel quite so bad about leaving it on the bike if it drys quick.

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2015, 08:58:37 pm »
Hi,
        Yep,  you need the color coordinated, Motoport matching pants, Bro! ;D >:D >:D >:D

I'll tell Wayne you sent me  :))

Hi,
        Fais...uh....well..probably is not going to help! :-X

Freebird, to me the stuff is so comfy, I would just wear it in and then change!

I'm also not convinced that the jacket could not go in one bag and the pants in another.

Admittedly may not be much room for anything else though? ;D
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2015, 10:32:29 pm »
Reading another thread , a comment said the mesh Kevlar jacket with the armor wouldnt fit in the  side cases, is this true ? I plan on riding to work often and want to stash the gear in the side cases.

I think I m going to wrestle with that as well. Kind of resigned myself to getting a cable lock and using it. I m fine with that...


Question for those who already own....How long does it take the kevlar to dry if I leave it on the bike in a rain? Won't feel quite so bad about leaving it on the bike if it drys quick.

If any part of this jacket holds any moisture at all it's the tag. Can't stress enough how this isn't even a fabric. Feels like a million Kevlar rings chained together.
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2015, 11:12:19 pm »
Reading another thread , a comment said the mesh Kevlar jacket with the armor wouldnt fit in the  side cases, is this true ? I plan on riding to work often and want to stash the gear in the side cases.

I think I m going to wrestle with that as well. Kind of resigned myself to getting a cable lock and using it. I m fine with that...

I think i will have to see one before I buy,the work I do I have no office so if I cant put it inside I ma have to find a different route.
Question for those who already own....How long does it take the kevlar to dry if I leave it on the bike in a rain? Won't feel quite so bad about leaving it on the bike if it drys quick.

If any part of this jacket holds any moisture at all it's the tag. Can't stress enough how this isn't even a fabric. Feels like a million Kevlar rings chained together.

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2015, 01:27:04 am »

Question for those who already own....How long does it take the kevlar to dry if I leave it on the bike in a rain? Won't feel quite so bad about leaving it on the bike if it drys quick.

Imagine a jacket made out of chicken wire.  It dries like that would.  Stick your arm out into a 50 mph wind and your arm is dry.  Dunk it in a bathtub, grab it by the shoulders and give the whole thing one big shake, and 90 percent of the water drops out of it.

A lot more comfortable than chicken wire, though.

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2015, 04:16:10 pm »
Hi,
        I didn't buy the liners because I'm mostly a day rider or overnite at the most! (no real time for much else)

If I was a cross country samurai like Fais or Nicole, I'd of probably got them!

In Florida for 50/100 degree weather I just wear under wear and a t-shirt under the gear.

If I go through a Florida rain shower I just keep running and pretty soon I'm dry again, no big deal! ;D

 If it's cold (no chance of rain) I put on long handles and I'm good!

With the mesh it's easy to dress under it,  as you need! :great:

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2015, 01:35:34 am »
Where you at with your decision Nicole? I`ve got Motoport stretch kevlar top and bottom and have input if it's still of use.

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2015, 11:45:24 am »
Reading threads I wondered about the stretch in the pants vs straight mesh. On the Connie, I kind of decided I would want stretch on the back of the pants to avoid scratching the paint under the seat and tank sides.  Any input?

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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2015, 12:13:37 pm »
Where you at with your decision Nicole? I`ve got Motoport stretch kevlar top and bottom and have input if it's still of use.
I'd be interested in your opinion...looking at a new pair of pants and I'm strongly considering Motoport.
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Re: What Motoport to buy?
« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2015, 04:29:22 pm »
Reading threads I wondered about the stretch in the pants vs straight mesh. On the Connie, I kind of decided I would want stretch on the back of the pants to avoid scratching the paint under the seat and tank sides.  Any input?

Hi FB,
              I have the straight mesh in the Ultra II pants (with armour as pictured) without the pockets.

I have never noticed any problem with the paint on my BLACK 2012 C14!

I do have the Tech Spec, tank protectors though.

The only downside I can point out to me,  is that the Kevlar Mesh,  is a little slick and something to get used to, as compared to jeans!
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