Recently I had been looking for a motorcycle jacket that I could wear when my mesh jacket was too cool and I didn't want to wear my 3/4 length touring jacket. I discovered the Fieldshear Drifter jacket.
This jacket has the style and attitude of a leather motorcycle jacket combined with the functionality of a textile jacket. It has a full sleeved zip out quilted liner. Five pockets including a cellphone pocket and a map pocket. If it rains on your ride this jacket has a 100% rainproof liner making it a great choice for fall riding. Oh yeah it also has CE approved foam in the elbows, shoulders and back.
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I'm not going to tell you if you should wear a helmet or not (you should) and it's up to you if you choose a 1/2 helmet or full face. The graphic below shows the results of a German study of helmets taken off of riders involved in accidents. The numbers show the percentage of times that the indicated area took the initial impact in a crash.
Hmmm ,I keep my best looking features under the highest impacted areas.
A few days ago I was standing in the tire section of a large motorcycle retailer and over heard a couple of prospective tire buyers trying to make sense of the tire size code. They got some of it right, but didn't have a clue about some important parts. So I thought a quick recap may be in order.
This code is the series of numbers and letters molded into the side of every motorcycle tire made. The tire code tells you all you need to know about the tire size, tire type , load rating and max speed the tire is intended to be operated at.
The metric indication is the most common.
160/80 R 16 73 H
The first number is the tread width in millimeters. This tire is 160 milemeters wide
The second number is the aspect ratio. This tells you the height of the tire from the ground to the rim. It is a percent of the tire tread width. In this case 80% of 160 millimemters = 128.
The R indicates that this is a radial tire.
16 is the rim size
73 indicates the max load for the tire. This number doesn't do you much good unless you have a load chart that tells you that a 73 rated tire can support a load of 805 lbs. Many tires will omit the load rating in the code but put it in plain English at some other point on the sidewall.
The H is the speed rating.
S = 112 mph
T = 118 mph
U = 124 mph
H = 130 mph
V = 149 mph
Z or ZR = above 149
You should not put a tire on your bike with a speed rating lower than what the factory shipped it with.
Hope this helps next time your tire shopping .
Oh and for the two guys buying tires the other day S does not mean speedway.