But what about the pants?

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OK … I’m not a big fan of wearing a motorcycle jacket, especially when the temperature is 90 degrees and the humidity has you feeling like you’re in a sauna.  I’m a big fan of T-shirts when it gets hot (I also like to show off my ink).  Remember, I’m a motorcycle “libertarian” … I think adults should evaluate a risk and make their own decision as to accepting that risk.  That said, there’s no arguing that a leather or Kevlar type jacket with armor in the right places can save you from some serious pain and disfigurement.  But, even though the first thing riders think of when considering these jackets is usually safety and/or looks, there is also a strong case to be made for comfort.

On a recent journey, I rode through rain and temperatures that ranged from the low 50’s in the Rockies to 105 in the Texas panhandle. For this trip, I selected a Tourmaster Intake Air Series 3 Jacket.  While there are a lot of brands to choose from out there, if you’re looking for comfort, you should ensure that whichever one you choose has similar features that will make your ride more comfortable.

This jacket has a mesh shell that is very well ventilated and that means it remains relatively cool on a hot day (when you’re moving).  When the temperature gets cool, you have a choice of two liners that can be inserted separately or in combination for maximum insulation.  The lightweight liner provides great wind resistance and is also rain resistant (not at the level of a quality rain suit, but it does keep you dry in light or moderate rain).  The lightweight padded liner provides insulation and when these two are used together, the jacket provides comfort at temperatures as low as 45 degrees (for me).  Stick a thermal T-shirt under it and your good to go down to about 40.  For hot desert weather in the 90’s or higher, you can wear the mesh outer jacket over a wet T-shirt to keep cool and hydrated.  This jacket provides the advantages of three different pieces of clothing resulting in less required storage room and lighter weight, both premium requirements for long road trips.  Both liners can be rolled up tightly and take up very little room.  During my trip, I actually wore the jacket in extremely high dessert heat and at 12,500 feet in the Rockies, where I went from the high 70’s in Ft. Collins, CO to the low 50’s at 12,500 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park and then back down, all in less than three hours. I was able to adjust my clothing for comfort in just a few minutes and then easily readjust as I descended.  Very convenient, very compact and far less expensive than multiple jackets.

For those of you who also value the protective aspect of outerwear more than me, this particular jacket offers construction of Armor Link, 600 Denier Carbolex and 1680 Denier ballistic polyester with CE approved armor at all the strategic locations.  Hell, I don’t have a clue what all that means, other than it offers you some great protection from impact and road rash.

Comfortable long trips on a motorcycle don’t take any luck at all … they take careful planning.  The correct choice of equipment is critical.  You must pack lightly, compactly and efficiently, meaning that everything you bring along should preferably have more than one use and leather doesn’t fit this description.  This premium jacket certainly fits the bill (all right … leather looks a little cooler, but even without the liner and with the vents open, it is still hot as hell on a warm day).

Pants are a whole other subject …

Motorcycle Jackets never looked so good!

Helmet City offers many of the great brands you know and love in the motorcycle jacket industry — Tour Master, First Gear, Cortech, Joe Rocket, Scorpion and many more! We have recently expanded our inventory to include OSI Jackets as well Joe Rocket’s Goldwing, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha brands. If you already love Joe Rockets line of motorcycle jackets or anything else they make; you’ll love these new brands of motorcycle jackets. If you’re not too familiar with Joe Rockets impressive inventory, you’ve come to the right place. So, welcome!

Presenting Joe Rocket’s ingenious collaboration with Honda: (and might we add one of the most successful duos we’ve seen here at Helmet City!)

Honda CBR Mesh/Textile Jacket, Red/Black

Honda CBR Mesh/Textile Jacket, Red/Black

Honda CBR Leather Jacket, GunMetal/Black/White

Honda CBR Leather Jacket, GunMetal/Black/White

Whether you’re looking for a leather, mesh or textile motorcycle jacket, Honda and Joe Rocket have it all! Honda has one of the most adventurous lines of leather jackets, including Blue, GunMetal, White, Black, and Red! If you love you’re leather but you’re looking for some more variety than your standard leather jacket has to offer, you can stop looking.

Honda has a great line of textile motorcycle jackets as well, including colorful lines of mesh, textile and mesh/textile jackets. Honda textile jackets offer several different styles — CBR, Endurance, Inteceptor, Red Rider, and their Performance line. Each line unique in it’s own way with many great features to adapt to each motorcycle rider. If you want the thin comfort of a windbreaker with great protection, check our the Honda Performance Mesh/Textile Jackets or the Honda Red Rider Textile Jacket. If you’re looking for a similar style to the Honda leather motorcycle jacket but you’re holding on to your love of textile jackets, try our the Honda CBR Mesh/Textile Jacket available in Blue, Red, and White!

Honda Leather Motorcycle Jackets features include:

  • 1.4mm cowhide
  • C.E. rated protectors in shoulders and elbows
  • Removable spine pad with pocket for optional C.E. spine protector
  • Variable Flow ventilation system
  • Sure Fit adjustable waistband
  • 360° plus 8″ zipper for pant attachment
  • Reflective stripe
  • Pocket for audio devise with port for wire

Honda Textile Motorcycle Jackets features include:

  • Free-air poly/mesh shell
  • Removable windproof liner
  • C.E. rated protectors in shoulders and elbows
  • Removable spine pad with pocket for optional C.E. spine protector
  • Elastic sleeve adjusters
  • Sure Fit adjustable waistband
  • 8″ rear zipper for pant attachment
  • Reflective stripe
  • Pocket for audio device with port for wire

Another Succesful Joe Rocket sponsored motorcycle jacket is their line of Suzuki Leather and Textile motorcycle jackets.

Suzuki Leather Superbike Replica Jacket, White/Blue/Black

Suzuki Leather Superbike Replica Jacket, White/Blue/Black

Suzuki Busa Textile Jacket, White/Black

Suzuki Busa Textile Jacket, White/Black

Suzuki motorcycle jackets show a different side to Joe Rocket’s line of motorcycle jackets. Suzuki jackets are available in a variety of colors in both leather and textile fabrics, with designs that display a sporty edge to your typical motorcycle jacket. If you like representing labels and brand names, Joe Rockets Suzuki line was made for you!

Suzuki Leather motorcycle jackets features include:

  • 1.2 to 1.4mm cowhide
  • C.E. rated protectors in shoulders and elbows
  • Removable spine pad with pocket for optional C.E. spine protector
  • Variable Flow ventilation system
  • Sure Fit adjustable waistband
  • 360° plus 8″ zipper for pant attachment
  • Reflective stripe
  • The Suzuki Superbike Replica Jacket is a licensed Suzuki product

Suzuki Textile motorcycle jackets features include:

  • Wind and Water Resistant Hitena Nylon Shell
  • C.E. rated protectors in shoulders and elbows
  • Removable spine pad with pocket for optional C.E. spine protector
  • Variable Flow ventilation system
  • Removable insulated vest liner
  • Adjustable Sleeves
  • Sure Fit adjustable waistband
  • Snap loops for attaching jacket to belt
  • Official licensed Suzuki product

There is still so much to learn about Joe Rockets line of motorcycle jackets. We hope that you’ll stop by and check out Joe Rocket Goldwing, Yamaha, and Kawasaki jackets as well as well as the Honda and Suzuki lines. Why let us tell you how great Joe Rockets expansive line of motorcycle jackets are, come see for yourself! Don’t forget… Helmet City also offers several other top brands of motorcycle jackets that are just waiting for you to explore.