If you ride a lot and ride long distances, you will inevitably encounter periods of rain. No one prefers riding in the rain, but some times there just isn’t a choice. A common problem that V-Twin riders experience is hot exhaust or engines melting PVC-based rain pants. I can’t count how many times I’ve had my rain pants just totally melt away when they bumped against the pipes.
This can get expensive, so I set upon my goal of finding rain pants that could survive. It was not an easy find, but after several months of searching, I think I found the solution. Obviously, part of my criteria had to be that of a material that did not melt. The really eliminated a lot of rain gear that we find on the market today. PVC and nylon was eliminated and almost every manufacturer in the motorcycle world went with them. Heat resistant would be a good start, but I went with fire proof to insure the pants would never be tempted to melt. It would have to last a long time as I was pretty sure it was not going to be inexpensive. I live on a budget. After months of searching, I found a solution.
Viking makes industrial gear of many grades. I found the Professional Journeyman FR Waterproof Flame Resistant bib pants for my solution. These were incredible. They easy to put on, but I recommend making your adjustments for everything as soon as you get them so you aren’t fumbling with it in the rain. They are the best rain pants I could have imagined. At this time, you can get them on Amazon for only $57! They recently released a newer model, causing this to be reduced in price. The new model will set you back an extra $30 to $50.
Once I got them, they had to be tested. It just so happened I was leaving for a 3,000 mile ride through ten states. It not only rained, but it was cold. Many days we got on the bikes in the low 40’s and it never saw the 50’s. While they were tested in dense fog and rainy days, the big test came on the last day. We entered Tennessee in a downpour with dense fog in the higher elevations. It poured for over two hours of riding. When I pulled into the garage, not only was I dry, but water ran off the pants better than PVC rain gear. They never showed any wear from heat or water. In fact, they helped resist wind and cold on the ride. This was my answer.
I really recommend these, but something like them would be great. The manufacturer’s web site has video of their flame testing, which provided a great learning experience for the different calibers of flame resistance. Yeah, if you have ever had your rainsuit pants melt on contact with your pipes… this is the smart ticket.