Since most ADV gear is made from textile and waterproof material like Gore-Tex, these tips will focus on textile-based material and not leather.
Starting with your jacket and pants, remove any armor or removable inner liners. Regarding the latter, for those who do a tremendous amount of sweating, inner liners are easy to remove and wash; we recommend at least once a month or more – just think of an inner liner as an extension of your base layers, which we hope you wash often.
Next, make sure all pockets are empty, and zip them up. Have a spray bottle handy with a diluted detergent; vinegar diluted with water can also do the trick. Spray areas that have heavy dirt or bug buildup, and use a brush to clean the surface.
You can either hand wash the entire jacket or pant, or find a laundromat with a front-loading washer. This will be the safest option on the more delicate materials used throughout construction, especially those on the inside of your adventure motorcycle apparel. Use the gentlest cycle available, a small amount of detergent or apparel-forward detergent, and allow the gear to air dry.
For those with Gore-Tex, the fabric maker itself recommended to tumble dry the apparel in a dryer, which helps reactivate the DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment on the outer fabric. This is crucial for Gore-Tex to function correctly. We also do a quick tumble dry in the middle of the riding season to keep the riding dry. You can also iron it if a dryer is not available (explained in Gore-Tex link above).
Once all is dry, replace the armor and hang it in the closet; you’re now set for another season of riding without the stink.