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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Jacket Recommendations/Opinions???

I'm in the market for a new riding jacket for the street (aka H-D Electra Glide).

I currently have a 13 year old BASIC leather jacket that has a NON-removable quilted lining. I love the jacket, but holy shit does it become an oven when it's over 80-85 degrees. It's served me well, but it time to upgrade. H-D is out since I'm not paying $500 for a name on the damn thing.

Leather or Textile? :

I've been looking at the following Tour Master jackets, and I've narrowed it down to three.

1. Tour Master Magnum - Flat Black
  • pro - ultimate in abrasion resistance w/ leather
  • pro - regular length vs. 3/4 length for comfort.
  • con - even without liner, it's going to be hot.

2. Tour Master Pivot-3
  • can't decide between the silver or the black
  • pro - lighter weight
  • pro - cooler during hotter weather
  • con - not as protective during a crash as leather

3. Tour Master - Epic
  • same pro's/con's as the Pivot-3, plus
  • con - 3/4 length can become uncomfortable after a while, but the 2-way main zipper can relax the lower portion.

I'm open to other suggestions for manufacturers. My main preferred criteria is:
  1. protection
  2. comfort
  3. ventilation/cooling

Thanks

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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My other option is to just use my perforated ALR race suit for my commuting, but I just don't think the race leathers would look right on the Harley. Besides, my knee pucks are blue, and the bike is candy root beer. It would clash.

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I bought my Dad a Power Trip jacket about 5 years back for Xmas and he's really had good things to say about it.

They've got a few options, models here:

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...kets_and_vests

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I have this joe rocket textile jacket and I like it a lot. It is inexpensive too.
http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...le_jacket.html
Has the protective pads on the forarms, arms, and a big back protector. Vents are on the arms and front/back. It's hot while standing still but I have rode this in 85+ degree weather and it kept me very cool.

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I have the Cortech GX Sport (textile), and really like it. Had it 5 yrs atleast. I'm not a very aggressive rider, and ride street only.

With the liner in, and 2 long sleeve shirts, I comfortable down to 35-40 degrees.

Liner out, vents open tee shirt underneath up to about 85-90 degrees is good.

Seems anything over 85 degrees wearing a jacket isn't comfortable, period.

Another nice thing is it's machine washable.

Hope that helped.

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I have the TourMaster Pivot (previous gen) and I really like it, but I don't wear it in hot weather. The venting isn't much at all.

Do yourself a favor and don't bother with a 3/4 jacket for summer unless you really like that look. I have a 3/4 textile but that is for cool weather.

ANY jacket is going to be hot in warm weather, even mesh. If it's too hot to wear my jacket, it's too hot to ride.

Right now I wear a Joe Rocket Reactor as my main summer jacket. This one is mesh but has perf'd leather across the shoulders and on the elbows as well as the back. It has a rain proof liner but it doesn't breathe so if it's going to rain I'll wear one of my other jackets.

I was out for a good part of Sunday in the hot weather in the Reactor and it was really not bad at all - it just sucks when you stop, and that goes for anything you wear in mid 90s temps. You may not get as much air flow because you're also sitting behind the fairing of a HD EG.

Motorcyclegear.com has the TourMaster Flex 2 jacket on closeout - it can go from a textile to full mesh. I was considering it before, but it used to be like $269 at one point (TM had hiked their prices). Now it's $114.

Tourmaster Flex 2 at Motorcyclegear.com

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I've got RS Taichi stuff....I think it's the best stuff out there.

For leather...the GMX Motion jacket is awesome and well ventilated as well. Not the best jacket though if you have a big belly. I've got this jacket as well and it's the best fitting street jacket I've ever had.

I've also got the mesh RS Taichi RSJ249 jackets. I've got one of these and really like it alot. It' doesn't have the cheap armor Joe Rocket armour in it.

One thing about RS Taichi is its made really well...cost more but lasts a long time.

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