In October’s Riding Skills story, we learn how to avoid some of the pitfalls inherent to riding in the rain. For me, however, the biggest problem with wet-weather riding is dealing with ill-fitting, baggy, bargain-basement rain gear that not only doesn’t keep the wet out, but also fills with air, ballooning to circus tent proportions. Wearing good rain gear makes me feel like I’ve outsmarted Mother Nature. I get a good laugh at her attempts to dampen my day when I’m warm and dry and not looking like Mr. Bib on a bike.
The FXRG line of riding gear from Harley-Davidson MotorClothes encompasses everything from helmets to boots. This FXRG rain suit sets an example in quality that many other gear manufacturers could learn from. Both the men’s FXRG rain jacket and pants are made with 100-percent nylon, seam-sealed, waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex Paclite. Although black is not my idea of a highly visible color on dreary days, H-D makes up for it with the addition of 3M Scotchlite reflective piping on the sleeves, legs, and front and back jacket panels.
The jacket’s zippered front has a Velcro storm flap and the adjustable bungee cord hem helps keep the FXRG formfitting. There’s also a removable, helmet-friendly hood with bungee cord and toggle. Two zippered hand-warmer pockets and one zipper chest pocket provide plenty of storage.
The FXRG pants have generous helpings of heat-resistant shielding on the inner legs. They never droop, thanks to the elastic waist with adjustable suspenders. And the sewn-in elastic stirrups keep my pant cuffs covered. Entry and exit with boots on is easy due to the full-leg, two-way zipper with Velcro storm flap. The zippered pocket on the left thigh is the perfect size for keeping my wallet handy and dry. Both the jacket and pants come with storage bags, and they roll up nicely into compact packages. Although a bit pricey, the FXRG rain gear is more of an investment than an expense. Bring it on, Mother Nature.
By Steve Lita
Hard Data: Harley-Davidson MotorClothes, FXRG Rain Jacket and Pants, Jacket $295-315, Pants $255-275, www.Harley-Davidson.com