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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-08-2011, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Do You Zipper the Jacket to the Pants?

I have found on the Burgman with the stock butt rest the zipper hits right on the lower back and is uncomfortable. The position in which I sit does not cause a problem with the jacket riding up or the pants riding down as on other bikes. I have actually removed the Zippers from my jackets for comfort sake. Is this common or just my jackets?

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Re: Do You Zipper the Jacket to the Pants?

In answer to your title question, I don't zipper my jacket to my pants. I've never had any problem with the jacket riding up either. The other reason for zipping them together is so the jacket protects your lower back better in a crash. You give up a little bit of protection by not zipping them together. For me I'll accept that for the the ease of getting the jacket on and off.

As for the zipper causing comfort problems with the stock backrest I can't really address that. I removed the backrest soon after I purchased my first 650 to gain leg room and when I purchase my current 650 I put a Corbin seat on it. On my 400 I built a bracket to move the backrest higher up on my back and back so I have more leg room.

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Re: Do You Zipper the Jacket to the Pants?

I'm the same as Buffalo above, no issue here. I do zipper the jacket to my riding pants when I know I'll be on rides that involve highway speeds. It also helps in the winter to reduce any drafts going up my back.

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Re: Do You Zipper the Jacket to the Pants?

Didn't even think about the protection factor.
Making it more of a modular 1 piece suit a duh moment for me.

Hmmm......You guys made me suit up and re-evaluate the coverage of the lower back in a slide. I now feel confident with the amount of overlap on my jacket and pants and the snug fit should hold them relatively in place so I will accept the risk I never thought about before. This has been a successful day as I learned something new. Thanks!
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Re: Do You Zipper the Jacket to the Pants?

On my two piece Aerostich Roadcrafter, I always do...

on my other two piece gears, I seldom do, mainly because of the short zippers and the overall design of the garments.

In really cold weather, I sometimes zipper the two pieces together to keep cold air out.

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Re: Do You Zipper the Jacket to the Pants?

I haven't zipped my pants and jacket together, but it seems interesting. I hadn't thought of the protection factor either. I'll have to see if the jacket and pants can even be zipped, since they come from two different manufacturers. But if so, it is an interesting possibility.

If they are zipped together, what's the easiest way to put them on? Like coveralls?

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Put your jacket and pants on like normal, then reach back there and put the two zipper ends together.

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Re: Do You Zipper the Jacket to the Pants?

I would be about as coordinated doing that behind my back, as trying to tie the back of one of those drafty hospital gowns they give you to wear. Actually, I'd be better at the hospital gown.

Maybe I just need a full body suit so I don't have to be coordinated.

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Re: Do You Zipper the Jacket to the Pants?

After all these years, I still have to get another nurse to fasten isolation gowns for me. I can do a perfect double-windsor with my eyes closed but I just cannot tie a bow behind my back.
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Re: Do You Zipper the Jacket to the Pants?

When I do have them zipped together, I put them together first and then put them on. Like others, reaching behind the back and doing it would be a challenge.

In the last few months, I haven't been consistent with wearing the overpants and don't have them zipped together.

By zipping them together, you keep the jacket from riding up your back in the event of a spill. It could save you from some road rash. Oh, and it does help to keep the back protector in position.

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