Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
I had a very old heavy leather jacket that wore out after 25 years of near daily use. As a surprise, my wife bought me a cheap leather "motorcycle" jacket to replace it. The new jacket is warm (and I have a heated liner for longer rides when I need it), but the jacket is thin leather and has no armor. It won't protect me in a fall.
I have a BMW Venting Machine mesh jacket for "summer" riding, which for me translates into mornings as low as 55 F where I know it will be much warmer later in the day.
I need a new jacket that works for Southern California winters, which are fairly mild. It must be able to stand up to daily use for a commute. Typical commute temperatures are in the low 40s F in the early morning, and can get up as high as 85 F in the late afternoon ride home. A new jacket should be good for an hour in 35 F weather without requiring a heated liner.
I don't want a jacket with large logos on it. I want one where I can ride to an event and and wear it in the place of a sport coat without being totally out of place.
I looked at the following, so far:
BMW Rally Pro - Too heavy, too complex, expensive. One customer told me that he has one, and it isn't warm when temps are in the 30s and 40s. He also said that it isn't as waterproof as they would lead you to believe.
BMW Tourance 2 - Sleeves too tight. Didn't fit right.
BMW Atlantis 4 - Stiff, but I am hoping that it will loosen up. Seems to be the one for me.
Just for giggles, I stopped at the Harley-Davidson dealer. They have lots of leather jackets, but only one with armor, the FXRG. It was okay, but the armor seemed very thin.
I am looking for:
--> Your experience with the BMW Atlantis 4 jacket?
--> Your recommendation for a durable winter jacket?
Last edited by XMagnaRider; Feb 16th, 2009 at 11:18 am.