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Washing My REV’IT Sand Textile Motorcycle Pants

Washing My REV’IT Sand Textile Motorcycle Pants

By the time Kenny and I got home from our New Years day loop around Manhattan, we were covered in a manky layer of road filth. With temperatures rising to the upper 40’s in the morning, there was a serious melt happening around New York City. Our gear was covered in funky gray water stains, salt and dirt that sprayed up from the roadways.

My Dirty REVIT Sand Pants

One Giant Leap for Mankind

Now, you might say that buying light colored textile motorcycle gear isn’t exactly the best choice for looking clean all the time. But, you know? I just don’t care. I love the color scheme of my REV’IT Sand gear.

When I first got my fancy get-up, someone said that I looked like an astronaut. I don’t know why but I kind of love that. Do they make a NASA-themed helmet?

Scrub-A-Dub-Dub

In an effort to not look like a greasy dirtbag all the time, I have washed my gear twice now since early summer. I was more than a little leery of throwing it directly in to the washing machine. The idea of destroying my super shiny reflector strips, ruining the seams and generally cocking up my jacket and pants didn’t really appeal to me. So, I opted for hand washing both times.

I filled up my bathtub with warm water and dropped a few scoops of Oxyclean in as it was filling. It created a bubbling roux for me to throw the gear in. I pulled out their liners and dropped my pants in, letting them soak for a few minutes.

With a little gentle rubbing with a soft sponge, the dirt disappeared. I tried to be mindful of avoiding the reflectors and any of the printed badging. I then left them soaking for about 10 minutes.

I let the water out of the tub, stretched the pants out and let the shower run to rinse them.  They were then hung up to drip dry.

So How Did They Come Out?

They look great! I’m super-happy with the results. There was no visible damage to the pants and they look nice and clean again. The Oxyclean even removed some small grease spots.

This was the first time I was excited about having done laundry. Ever.

Washing my REVIT Sand Pants

Your Mileage May Vary

I have no idea if Oxyclean is bad for your garments. Use this process at your own risk. I’m simply reporting what I did and the results.

Recipes for Disaster: Advice Sought for Cleaning a Motorcycle Helmet

Recipes for Disaster: Advice Sought for Cleaning a Motorcycle Helmet

Ingredients

  • 1 Wet Day on Dirt Bikes
  • 1 Helmet
  • 1 Pair Leather Gloves
  • 1 Helmet Carrying Bag
  • 1 Dark Hallway Closet

Directions

  1. We begin this recipe by taking an Introductory Class in Dirt Biking. Class must be conducted in a light rain for optimal conditions.
     
  2. Wear your regular street riding leather motorcycle gloves. Wear all day in the rain until maximum saturation sets in. Your hands may or may not turn completely black from bleeding dye during this portion of the recipe.
     
  3. At the completion of the awesome day in the dirt, jam your wet leather gloves into your helmet. For our dish, we used an Arai helmet but you may substitute this ingredient with the brand of your choosing.
     
  4. Distractedly place helmet into a carrying bag and zip closed.
     
  5. You do not want to skip this step, this is crucial to the success of the recipe. Completely forget that your gloves and helmet liner are wet.
     
  6. Simmer wet gloves in the helmet at 72 degrees on a dark closet shelf for 1 week.

Voila! After fermenting in the closet for one week, you will have 1 pair of moldy gloves and a biohazard in your helmet. Simmer to taste. More time should allow for additional color and furriness.

Thankfully, Kenny used his spare helmet for this exercise. Though there are no visible signs of mold in the padding of the helmet it must be cleaned anyway. I have heard for a long time now that you can wash your helmet in the dishwasher. Have you tried this?

The gloves on the other hand, I don’t know what to do about. They have actual mold fur on them. Can that be cleaned effectively? Chalk it up to experience and buy a new pair? Any advice would be appreciated!

Crudmops nasty mold covered leathere motorcycle gloves
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