The Very Boring Rally

Aerostich / Riderwearhouse - Product and Catalog History.

Aero Design & Mfg. Co. Inc. was formed in 1983 to develop a completely new type of textile-based gear for motorcyclists. We wanted to invent a lightweight armored garment offering convenience, comfort, and high levels of protection in bad weather and crashes - all combined in a coverall-type suit made for everyday motorcycle use. That garment was (and still is...) named the Roadcrafter suit.

The new suit needed to be very quick and easy to get on and off, and light enough to wear over regular clothing in warmer weather. Several then-recent textile advances made this new type of garment possible. Two important ones were Gore-Tex breathable membranes and Cordura nylon fabrics. Combining these two (for the first time ever) created a new material that allowed Aerostich to invent the world's first lightweight, armored, abrasion and weather resistant textile motorcycle riders suit.

Sometimes riders did not understand the new Aerostich Roadcrafter's unconventional coverall-inspired design and its advantages. Leather gear was the standard then, so the new Cordura/Gore-tex material's strength, abrasion resistant capabilities and crash-protective qualities (compared to leathers) were unknown and widely suspect. To help 'explain' the garment better we sold them only by mail order, using detailed catalog descriptions. Each suit also came with a four page owner's manual describing how to wear and take care of a Roadcrafter suit.

Today we offer several varieties of advanced technology riders suits and provide extensive alteration and repair services. Textiles provide excellent protection, but they are more sacrificial in crashes than leathers so this is important. From the start, we learned how to provide a precise, accurate fit from telephoned sizing information.

In 1995 we began adding a few related resale items to Aerostich's mail order catalog. Today the catalog offers several thousand specialized products that help make riding better, safer, more comfortable and easier. Many of the 'Aerostich Riderwearhouse' catalog items are unique, or hard to find elsewhere. Please request a catalog.

Every Aerostich manufactured product is subject to a process of continuous incremental refinement. Each is intended to make motorcycling easier, more convenient, more comfortable, safer or better. Selling Aerostich gear factory-direct allows us to provide the best service and prices. Each customer receives expert answers to questions about a product's fit, function, care and use.

Very Boring Rally/Oldest Survivor

I didn't make the 2003 rally -- still had to work for da man. In August '08 I hope to be retired and have the time to ride over to Minn. I'll be wearing the oldest surviving Roadcrafter on my old surviving body, riding ... what else but an ol' surviving Boxer! Let's make '08 the year of the ol' survivors!


How do you know your suit is the oldest?

I don't even own a motorcycle

I've never ridden a motorcycle, but that isn't going to stop me from attending the Very Boring Rally. I'm gonna get a bike, learn to ride, and be there in August!

Advertising rally

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Do they have a contest for the oldest and in best shape bike?

Cool quote

I owe the public nothing.
-- J.P. Morgan


Living in a Roadcrafter

Done it. Oh, so many times, so many places.

I bought my Roadcrafter back in '89. Still using it. Slept on it hobo style just this past weekend. Slept well.

It's covered my dermis in NZ, OZ, around the US and Canada. Even took it to Antarcitca planning to ride back through Chile; love canceled that trip (and many more).

Crashed my R100RS in an exuberant moment of stupidity on US 276 on the NC/SC line. Slid into a guard rail at 70 mph. Whacked myself but good, but the suit saved my hide.

While in NZ, fellow riders gave me grief about the suit - then I returned 18 months later to find... they had their own.

I'll be replacing my Roadcrafter soon. Happily the Falstaff wax cotton is near new and looks great.

Aerostich gear and the love of riding

I'm planning on coming for the first time. I am 63 years old and have been riding for 4 years. I connected with Aerostich right after taking my AMF basic course and love their products and humor. I bought a pair of Roadcrafter pants just last summer for my first trip- a roundtrip solo from St. Paul out to Bearcreek, Montana. Three weeks on my 1976 cb 750 that ran like a charm. Love that kickstart. This year I am now riding an '87 Honda Interceptor, having a blast. Looking forward to the trip up to Duluth, one of my all-time favorite cities.

Sounds awesome, where is it

Sounds awesome, where is it available to purchase?

All the treasures of the

All the treasures of the earth would not bring back one lost moment.