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PostSubject: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 14:53

Apart from the fact I have a 'Leather' fetish I've been contemplating buying a pair of leather chaps to wear when riding my Silverwing.

They aren't exactly all the rage in the UK and no doubt if I do buy a pair and am seen in public wearing them I shall have to endure a fair amount of ribbing.

However, if I get enough supportive and informative replies from here I shall bite the bullet and get some.

All contributions - type, practicality (or not), etc. - gratefully received.

Edited for spelling.


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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 15:31

I rode in this morning and my thighs do get very cold. I have nice warm gloves and a really warm jacket and everything seems to stay fine except my thighs. I could wear long underwear underneath but I don't want to wear them all day and I don't want to have to strip when I get to work.

So I've considered either chaps or those clear plastic wind blockers that I've seen in some pictures.

I would never give you any crap for wearing chaps, I know the perils of riding a Silver Wing in the cold!
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 15:53

I wish you were closer I give you mine, have not use in years. They block the wind and help with the cold. They will not cover your butt in a get off.


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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 15:55

Leather pants better---they don't leave butt in open in fall/crash.

I use/have a pr of Stone Lake leather bibs---warm and offer protection in spill---they are wamer than my Aerostich Darien light over pants-----but leather is not waterproof for serious riding...I do carry rain over pants when wearing the leather. Chaps are for the Cruiser crowd who don't ride in bad weather and wear tennis shoes.
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 16:29

Thank you all - very helpful comments.

You've made me think more why I 'want' them: I fully understand they don't protect the bum in an 'off'. They appeal because I can wear them over a decent pair of ordinary trousers for local trips andf also over my Kevlar jeans for added protection as has been suggested.

I hope I don't seem to be moving the goalposts: your very helpful remarks are making me think even more!
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 16:32

MikeO wrote:
I have a 'Leather' fetish

Mike, that is FAR too much information!!! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 16:37

LOL!  Razz 
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 18:20

Kevlar jeans tell me about the jeans have been think about some.
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 19:38

Dont do it! Have a little self respect. If you do decide to get em dont forget the goatee and a harley. Lol
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Tue 11 Mar 2014, 19:58

"They aren't exactly all the rage in the UK and no doubt if I do buy a pair and am seen in public wearing them I shall have to endure a fair amount of ribbing."

Only if you forget to wear something underneath the chaps!
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 02:08

Thanks everyone.  Smile 

Kevlar jeans:

I have Draggin' and Hood Jeans and another much cheaper pair.

All three makes have Kevlar lining in the important areas - knees, hips and so on.
The Draggin' Jeans are the most comfortable with the softest material.
The Hood Jeans can be purchased with the legs cut to length, useful for me as I always need 'standard' trousers turned up an inch or so. The material is a little stiffer.
The cheap ones (half the price) are satisfactory and I hope a temporary measure bought to accommodate my increased girth from having given up smoking. I'm working on losing the extra weight gained.

I don't regret buying any of them but place the Draggin' Jeans in first place.

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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 04:27

Chilliwing wrote:
"They aren't exactly all the rage in the UK and no doubt if I do buy a pair and am seen in public wearing them I shall have to endure a fair amount of ribbing."

Only if you forget to wear something underneath the chaps!

I've seen that before, I was in Hamburg one summer when the annual Christopher Street Day Parade was on. There were literally hundreds of bare assed leather chaps wearing gay men taking part in the procession. They weren't showing their tackle at the front so were wearing some type of man thong.
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 08:40

I think "they" are the only ones keeping the chaps world alive.
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 08:52

I have a pair I purchased at leatherup.com. Heavy leather and they really work at keeping the wind off and helping keep you warm. I used them last year on a multi-day trip with temps down to 30 degrees F. I also have a pair of insulated pants (nylon with holofill etc) that help keep one warm but I feel like they would disintegrate quickly in a get-off.

Chaps are not uncommon over here "across the pond" and not just Harley riders use them, I guess only you can make a decision if you can deal with the "ribbing".

Personally I like the part that I can wear the chaps in the cold mornings and when it starts to warm up simply remove them and stow them under the seat... Good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 10:00

hotwings wrote:
I think "they" are the only ones keeping the chaps world alive.

Would "they" then be Gay Chaps? And do they ride side saddle?

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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 10:18

Yep
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 10:44

Glenn, your last paragraph sums up why I think they'll be good for me.
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 15:51

a thread titled "riding chaps" was not censored?

You cant put these letters next to each other though W T F

oh well, enjoy the ride! Laughing 
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 15:57

No - it was obvious from my first post what the thread was about.

That others chose to add what may be construed as a little humour - for that was all it was - is the sort of thing that makes the world go round.

No posts were reported so it seems that no-one was unduly offended if indeed anyone was.

You can make of it what you will. Wink 
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Wed 12 Mar 2014, 20:16

So maybe change the title to "leather" chaps to satisfy some?  clown 
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Thu 13 Mar 2014, 01:44

I was going to use the title 'Chaps' but the system requires a longer title.

'Riding' contains 6 letters, 'leather' 7 so is quicker to type.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Thu 13 Mar 2014, 03:23

I tried chaps and leather pants.  I still have them... some place. Quite a few people swear by them, but they didn't seem to provide much comfort or versatility in tour clothing to me. I found other options that I like much better.

I like my insulated motorcycle pants and my mesh pants in the summer.  My mesh pants and shorts under, provide excellent comfort, even more so that just shorts, as it will shade my legs from the burning sun.  

In fact, when touring and considering limited space, I will only bring the mesh pants and wear my electric pant liner under them.  This gives me the warmth of full pants and the protection from going down.  When it warms up, I will remove the electric pant liners and wear just shorts under.  Doing this removes a pair of armored pants which never compresses very well when attempting to stow them away.  (Same thing on the use of a mesh coat as well.)

For those that don't know, mess is armored but not hot as the wind blows right through the mesh.
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PostSubject: Re: Riding Chaps   Fri 14 Mar 2014, 10:44

My wife and I have used chaps when entering cold climate, easy on, easy off for about the last 10 years; would not be caught riding in possible cold days without them.
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