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Wet weather riding gear

Postby iain_c » Fri, 09 Jul 2010 9:16 pm

Does anyone know where or if I can get my preferred wet weather gear in Singapore?

I'm a loyal Rukka fan; I was a London DR for 10 years and will take a lot of persuading that anything else comes close.

Can you get Rukka gear here? If not, what would you wear on a run to Terrengganu or Thailand?

(From a new ST1100 owner)

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Re: Wet weather riding gear

Postby curiousgeorge » Mon, 12 Jul 2010 7:02 pm

iain_c wrote:Does anyone know where or if I can get my preferred wet weather gear in Singapore?

I'm a loyal Rukka fan; I was a London DR for 10 years and will take a lot of persuading that anything else comes close.

Can you get Rukka gear here? If not, what would you wear on a run to Terrengganu or Thailand?

(From a new ST1100 owner)



Hahaha. Love the idea. Your nearest Rukka dealer will be Australia http://www.innotesco.com.au

Two things about riding in the tropics:
1) It will ALWAYS be hot when you are riding (even when its raining)
2) It will SOMETIMES rain when you are riding

Tropical showers are way, way beyond the rain that you get in the UK. No such thing as 'drizzle' here ;) The rain is nothing less than biblical proportions every time.

Fortunately, tropical showers are usually pretty brief - hence the little umbrella road-signs unique to the region, indicating shelter for motorcyclists (usually under expressway bridges).

Personally, I wear gear appropriate to the majority of the weather - that is amoured mesh jacket and pants - even this is a lot more than most locals will wear. If it rains, mostly I stop and wait it out.

But I do carry wet-weather gear for commuting when I can't wait, or when I am miles from anywhere to shelter. I use a regular boil-in-the-bag one piece rain suit. Arai/Alpinestar/whatever, the one-pieces are all the same. You end up wet anyway because it's so hot you boil-in-the-bag in your own sweat. Goretex doesn't work in the tropics, as it relies on cooler surrounding air to wick moisture away, and mostly the surrounding air is as warm/warmer than your own body temp.

SO yeah, I would ditch the Rukka idea...they are great for waterproof gear in temperate climates, but doesn't make sense in the tropics.

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Re: Wet weather riding gear

Postby x9200 » Mon, 12 Jul 2010 8:39 pm

curiousgeorge wrote:You end up wet anyway because it's so hot you boil-in-the-bag in your own sweat.

I use (if I really have to) the cheappo 2 part raincoat they sell in every lowend workshop over the island and never got sweat. Actually when you ride wet your external temperature drops pretty much and the cheappo suits are kind of baggy not adhering too much to your body.


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