Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: SF Bay area
Year/Make/Model: Vulcan 900 Custom
Tour Master Air Intake 2.0
Hey all. I've had this jacket for about a year and a half, and just wanted to give my quick 2 cents on it.
Awesome hot-weather jacket. Riding in Phoenix when it is well over 100 degrees, this jacket protects you from the sun and allows air to circulate around you. It may feel like a convection oven, but you are not going to be miserable. Wear only the mesh shell and a white t-shirt while you ride, and you are set for easy riding.
This jacket handles rain really well too. Zip/snap in the rain liner and you're good to go. There is a velcro flap that overlaps the zipper as well, to help keep water from intruding through the front. Elastic band in the waist helps to keep a tight seal around you so no water sneaks in.
The quilted liner does a good job of insulating you and keeping your body heat inside the jacket. Combine all three and you have a pretty decent cool-cold weather jacket. The quilted liner insulates and the rain liner will trap the heat in.
This jacket handles speed really well too. There is a velcro cover for the zipper when it's closed. That way it's not flapping around all the time. There are snaps at the biceps and forearms to keep the sleeves locked down. The wrist closures are velcro (I would have preferred snaps, but oh well). The side is adjustable using velcro strips as well. Again, I'd like all those fittings to use snaps, as I am afraid that velcro will wear out over time. Even when I've been nearing 100mph, the jacket is nicely secured on me, with no flapping extra material.
I haven't crash tested this jacket, but I feel very well protected with the armor in the elbows and the shoulders. The back protector is nice, but still only foam. I'd like to get a hard shell insert for that, but that's my only gripe with the jacket.
Tour Master just came out with a 3.0 version, so if you can find the 2.0 on sale, I'd say jump on it. Even if you can't find a 2.0, from early reviews, the 3.0 looks pretty similar and that the only changes they've made have been improvements.
I hope seeing this helps someone make a decision on jackets. This was the first jacket I purchased, and it has worked out great for me. Hopefully it, or the 3.0, wil work as well for others.
2007 Vulcan 900 Custom
-Bubs Jug Huggers exhaust
-Power Commander III
-Kuryakyn grips and pegs
-Fire and Steel Light Bar
-Low and Mean fender and radiator shroud
-Memphis Shades Batwing (9"visor w/s, lowers)