R1200GS Forum banner

21 - 26 of 26 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,923 Posts
This leaking you speak of happens on unfaired bikes in heavy rain especially if puddling occurs..
It's not so much the fairing or lack thereof as it is your seating position on the bike.

Put your one piece suit on and sit on the bike. Look down. How does the material around your crotch fold? If the folds create a pocket with the zipper at the bottom of the pocket the suit will leak. So called waterproof zippers only delay the amount of time before that happens. You can often re-arrange the folds such that the zipper is not on the bottom of a pocket. If you do that you are much more likely to get to your destination dry.

However, beware moving around on the bike. The folds can rearrange, leading back to zipper on the bottom.

When I owned an RT the seating position naturally led to no leaking. On my GS I have to consciously move the folds around and remember to check once in a while when moving around in the saddle. Or wear my Darien/AD1 combo. If it starts leaking it's time for repair or replacement. My last Darien lasted about a dozen years before that happened.
 

·
Livin' the Dream
Joined
·
6 Posts
Frosty



I think you will find these 1 piece suits are designed for touring bikes. K1200 K1600



It’s a common problem on Aerostich 1 piece as well.



This leaking you speak of happens on unfaired bikes in heavy rain especially if puddling occurs.



I also own the Hardanger but use it on the K1600 and in heavy rain no leaks.


I know that the Aerostitch leaks under heavy rain at the crotch. We all know it does. That’s he one complaint across the board amongst the many users. My beef is with Klim’s claim that it’s “waterproof”. It’s not. But they say it is. But it’s not. So I sent it back to them for inspection and testing. The one positive that Klim has over Aerostitch is that it’s less expensive than the Aerostitch.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
373 Posts
As an owner of the one piece Aerostich, and 2 piece Aerostich durian, I have had my 1 piece leak only at the crotch under heavy rain when the water pools there in the saddle.

Regarding the 2 piece. Never. I swear I could jump in the ocean and come up dry. I have been in absolute downpours in the 2 Piece, I mean biblical rain(!) and not a drop.

Kam
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,264 Posts
Need a road suit Reply to Thread

I know that the Aerostitch leaks under heavy rain at the crotch. We all know it does. That’s he one complaint across the board amongst the many users. My beef is with Klim’s claim that it’s “waterproof”. It’s not. But they say it is. But it’s not. So I sent it back to them for inspection and testing. The one positive that Klim has over Aerostitch is that it’s less expensive than the Aerostitch.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
I heard about the Aeorstitch leaking in the crotch when I bought my first suit back in '96 but I didn't have that issue. My newest Darien jacket with Aerostitch's AD-1 pants haven't leaked yet either. I had a Klim Latitude and it leaked after about a year. I did the Tech Wash thing and it didn't help so sent my Latitude back, too. It passed their inspection and, after paying $150 in shipping charges, I sold it.

Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
151 Posts
It's not so much the fairing or lack thereof as it is your seating position on the bike.

Put your one piece suit on and sit on the bike. Look down. How does the material around your crotch fold? If the folds create a pocket with the zipper at the bottom of the pocket the suit will leak. So called waterproof zippers only delay the amount of time before that happens. You can often re-arrange the folds such that the zipper is not on the bottom of a pocket. If you do that you are much more likely to get to your destination dry.

However, beware moving around on the bike. The folds can rearrange, leading back to zipper on the bottom.

When I owned an RT the seating position naturally led to no leaking. On my GS I have to consciously move the folds around and remember to check once in a while when moving around in the saddle. Or wear my Darien/AD1 combo. If it starts leaking it's time for repair or replacement. My last Darien lasted about a dozen years before that happened.
Marc, as usual, you have it exactly right again. If you allow rain to pool in your crotchety, any suit short of a diving dry suit will leak. When I ride in the rain, , I make sure every so often depending on how heavy it’s coming down, to empty the pool. No leaks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
151 Posts
I know that the Aerostitch leaks under heavy rain at the crotch. We all know it does. That’s he one complaint across the board amongst the many users. My beef is with Klim’s claim that it’s “waterproof”. It’s not. But they say it is. But it’s not. So I sent it back to them for inspection and testing. The one positive that Klim has over Aerostitch is that it’s less expensive than the Aerostitch.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
The Hardanger is priced about the same as the Aero on sale. The Aero is custom made to fit the way you want it. Klim comes in S,M,L, XL, XXL. Try figuring out which one you are! Not everyone fits these sizes and they are different than most other clothing manufacturers’ sizes by similar designations. Aero has several versions. With or without lining, lighter fabric, several colors- you choose. I have a classic Roadcrafter for the colder months and an R3 light for the warmer months. Black in winter, light grey in summer. The R3 was cut to fit less loosely than the Roadcrafter as I don’t need to wear the same layers under it as I do in cold climate.
 
21 - 26 of 26 Posts
Top