:agree: bought mine on eBay for a great discount. After a year I would buy it all over again. (thought I do wear a mesh in the summer)I have a Tourmaster Transition 2 jacket and am very happy with it. It has a zip out liner and keeps me comfortable in temps ranging from 30s to 80 degrees. I think that they have replaced this model with the Transition 3 now, but it's essentially the same jacket. On-line prices tend to be better, but some good deals can be had at the MC dealers too, especially at the end of the season. When I was looking to buy mine, I went to a dealer and tried some on to make sure what the right size was for me. If you decide on what you want and find a decent price on-line, I would still give your local dealer the opportunity to match that price. The dealer I frequent most often is usually more than happy to price match, and even in doing so they still make some money while moving product out the door and keeping a customer.
+1 on Motoport - you invested in the best touring bike, get the best riding gear!Motoport is top of the line gear & the kevlar mesh or stretch kevlar would provide excellent protection in the event of a get off. I upgraded mine to Quad armor which is supposed to be half again as good as the regular armor. With the waterproof liner & a gerbings jacket liner I can wear mine year round unless there is snow on the road. They have you take a number of measurments & the suit is made to fit you, I was a bit hesitant doing this as I live in Michigan & they are in California but it fit great when I got it. Go to their website & read the testimonials as well as the ones on the ADV forum. Many stories of people crashing at 70+ & walking away with no road rash or broken bones. Learned a long time ago you pretty much get what you pay for in most things & Motoport isn't cheap but compared to medical bills after a long slide on asphalt will be a real bargain.
So, you've gotten a dozen decent answers in the 30-odd posts so far.<...>Never really looked for a bike jacket, seen some at different dealers but don't think that is where I want to buy one tho. What kinds are out there, who carries them, are the sizes correct or do they vary alot? Is a bike dealer the only place you would find one? Good ones, bad ones, any help to get me started would be appreciated. Thanks