The Frogg Toggs website says their rainsuits are breathable, yet 100% waterproof. According to their literature this is because the waterproof fabric they are made of has pores 20,000 times smaller than a drop of water. The pores let moist body vapors escape while keeping the raindrops out. I decided to test their claims to see if this was true. I got their most popular rainsuit, the Pro Action (PA 102) to test. My test showed their claims to be true and the product to be a very good value. The first thing that I noticed about the Frogg Toggs when I opened the box were how thin and light they were. They weigh less and fold up smaller than my polyurethane and nylon rainsuit. In the interest of visibility and in the interest of following my own advice about riding in the rain, I got the orange set. Because they are a mottled orange and white pattern, they look a little more pastel than I had expected. My wife assures me that I do not look like a giant peach, but I think if I would have known how pastel they are, I would have ordered a different color. While I may not like the color that much, the comfort and the small amount of space they will take up in my saddle bags more than makes up for it. I ordered the 2X size and there is plenty of room inside to slip these on over other riding gear. They also have a zippered leg which will allow one to get them on over one’s boots. I have to admit, testing this pair of Frogg Toggs during a drought presented some challenges. I waited and waited for some rain, but it just never happened. Not to be deterred by a lack of inclement weather, I put them on over my clothes, turned on the shower full blast and hopped in. I stayed in there for about five minutes and for a good portion of that time had the shower hitting me full blast in the chest. I’m pretty sure that a person would have to be standing in a hurricane to get anywhere near that much water on them, but that makes the test that much better. When I took off the rainsuit, was I completely dry? No, not completely, but I think that was my fault rather than the rainsuit’s. As it turns out, the material around the zipper is not made out of the same waterproof material as the rainsuit itself, and if exposed to a direct stream of water it will absorb some of it and pass it through to the other side. However, I neglected to close the velcro backed flap that covers the zipper and provides a barrier that protects the zipper from water. As a result, the zipper got soaked. Even so, it left a "damp" strip down my shirt, not a soaked strip. On top of that, I don’t think that anyone would encounter that much water aimed directly at one’s chest during the coarse of a normal rain shower, or even if one were travelling at highway speeds in a severe thunderstorm. So is the material 100% waterproof? Yes, it is. Another thing that I quickly noticed was how cool they are, compared to my other rainsuit. I imagine that’s due to the material that the Frogg Toggs are made from. It truly seems that the breathability of the fabric actually works to keep you comfortable and dry not only from the outside in, but from the inside out as well. It feels more like you are wearing a shirt and pants than like you are wearing a rainsuit, and I like that a lot. The only complaint I have, from a motorcyclists point of view, is that because they have a hood that’s rolled up inside the collar, the neck cannot be cinched up tightly around the neck. I would imagine that some rain could find its way inside as the water comes pouring off of one’s head or helmet. I don’t think this would be as much of a problem with a full face, or even half helmet, but for those wearing a shorty, this may allow some water inside the rainsuit. With the minor issue of the loose-fitting collar, I think this rainsuit is going to perform very well and the price is right. If you want a very light-weight rainsuit, I think you’ll be very happy with these. Meanwhile, if you are riding in the rain through Georgia and you pass a guy that looks like a giant peach, that will probably be me. Uzi Rider
Jafrum Sissy Bar Bag
I bought a Big Sissy Bar Bagrecently. I’ve got to tell you that I was skeptical that I would get a decent bag for less than $100. However, I figured I wasn’t risking a lot of money and if it lasted for more than one season I would have gotten my money’s worth out of it. Well let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by what I received. The bags are made of very thick and apparently durable leather and the stitching looks very sturdy. It looks like these bags should last for years. They have plenty of capacity for several days clothes and incidentals and will tie securely to any sissy bar. They also come with a plastic rain cover that will cover the bags completely in the event of inclement weather. I think these bags were really a bargain, and I’m a very hard man to please.
Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge
Our featured motorcycle campground is the Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah, North Carolina. This fantastic motororcycle lodge and campground is nestled along Stecoah Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is just a short ride to the legendary Tail of the Dragon which is more properly called Deals Gap along a stretch of Highway 129. This excillerating and challenging stretch of highway features 318 curves in just 11 miles. Other great motorcyling roads nearby are the Cherohala Skyway, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The lodge has a nice fireplace and delicious home cooked meals are served daily. You can choose to sleep in a private room with private bath, private room with semi-private bath, the bunkhouse, or camp out under the stars in a tent near the creek. A clean bathouse is available to all campers.
[editor: A collection of Motorcycle Wisdom] Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul. Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the saddle. Life may begin at 30, but it doesn’t get real interesting until about 60 mph! You start the game of life with a full pot o’ luck and an empty pot o’ experience. The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck. If you wait, all that happens is that you get older. Midnight bugs taste just as bad as noon time bugs. Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they can hold everything you need. It takes more love to share the saddle than it does to share the bed. The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rearview mirror. Never be afraid to slow down. Don’t ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise. Sometimes it takes a whole tank full of fuel before you can think straight. Riding faster than everyone else only guarantees you’ll ride alone. Never hesitate to ride past the last street light at the edge of town. Never do less than forty miles before breakfast. If you don’t ride in the rain, you don’t ride. One bike on the road is worth two in the shed. Respect the person who has seen the dark side of motorcycling and lived. Young riders pick a destination and go. Old riders pick a direction and go. A good mechanic will let you watch without charging you for it. Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to stop for the night. Always back your bike into the curb, and sit where you can see it. Work to ride & ride to work. Whatever it is, it’s better in the wind. Two-lane blacktop isn’t a highway – it’s an attitude. When you look down the road, it seems to never end – but you better believe, It does! Winter is Nature’s way of telling you to polish. Keep your bike in good repair. Motorcycle boots are NOT comfortable for walking. People are like Motorcycles: each is customized a bit differently. Sometimes, the best communication happens when you’re on separate bikes. Good coffee should be indistinguishable from 50 weight motor oil. The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome. The twisties – not the super slabs – separate the riders from the squids. When you’re riding lead, don’t spit. A friend is someone who’ll get out of bed at 2 am to drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere to get you when you’re broken down. Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt @ 70 mph can double your vocabulary. If you want to get somewhere before sundown, you can’t stop at every tavern. There’s something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer. Don’t lead the pack if you don’t know where you’re going. Practice wrenching on your own bike, first. Everyone crashes. Some get back on. Some don’t. Some can’t. Don’t argue with an 18-wheeler. Never be ashamed to unlearn a bad habit. A good long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith, and use up a lot of fuel. If you can’t get it going with bungee cords and electrician’s tape, it’s serious. If you ride like there’s no tomorrow, there won’t be. Bikes parked out front mean good chicken-fried steak inside. There are old riders. And there are bold riders. There are NO old, bold riders. Thin leather looks good in the bar, but it won’t save your butt from road rash” if you go down. The best modifications cannot be seen from the outside. Always replace the cheapest parts first. You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze. Patience is the ability to keep your motor idling. Only a Biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window. There are two types of people in this world, people who ride motorcycles and people who wish they could ride motorcycles. Never try to race an old geezer, he may have one more gear than you. Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck