Well it’s April 3rd, 2016 in Sunny Philadelphia. I woke up early today to take a long ride on my pride & joy 2004 Harley-Davidson Ultra Glide. I’ve been riding for decades in cold temperatures, dealt with it the best I could year after year. Hopefully soon we are in the 70’s but for now, we are looking at 36 degrees with winds making it feel more like 20 degrees. So, why am I telling you all about this? On March 6th, Iron Trader News posted a new product posting regarding the Harley-Davidson Heated One-Touch Programmable Gear. Knowing this may be a product that us “North-easterner’s” could use, we requested a full suit from Jen Hoyer at H-D, IT ARRIVED, and my mission today was to put it to the test.
So, it’s 7am on this sunny, blustery, cold Sunday morning. I decided to try the suit in this manner. I didn’t want to add any extra outer shells of clothing, no extra socks, and no gloves over the glove liners. I literally wore a bathing suit & t-shirt, then added the sock liners, pants, jacket, and glove liners. By doing this, I was exposing the garments to the temperatures and winds. Attaching the motorcycle battery connection harness was a breeze, anyone can do it. The suit, piece by piece, simply plugs into itself. The wireless temperature control wrist device determines how warm, or hot you want the suit. Very easy to use…
Off I go. I left Philadelphia at 7:30am for a 2.5 hour ride. From my chin up, I was frozen. I did that for a reason, it better helped me judge the warmth from my neck down. I put the temp on the highest setting, expecting to feel an almost “hot” uncomfortable feeling, yet I didn’t. The suit is so evenly created, the warmth is spread evenly over every square inch making you feel perfect, as if you are riding in very pleasant weather. As I mentioned, I’m only wearing the sock and glove liners (with sneakers). An hour into the ride, doing great. 2 hours in, absolutely the same. By the time I returned home, I was in perfect shape, meaning, nothing hurt, no aching, fingers & toes were as if I were riding in summer conditions. Could I ask for anything more than that? The answer is no. The suit was perfect and I plan on using it continuously during my thousands of riding miles each year. Now, back out on the bike only this time, I’m adding my full face H-D helmet to really make the experience as comfortable as possible, as I’m sure it will be.
Great job Harley-Davidson, I can’t rate this product high enough on my list. If you want to review the original post, CLICK HERE.
ENJOY OPTIMAL COMFORT AND CONTROL WITH NEW HEATED ONE-TOUCH PROGRAMMABLE GEAR FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON
MILWAUKEE (February 29, 2016) – In any season, in any environment, at any elevation – new Harley-Davidson Heated One-Touch Programmable gear offers the motorcycle rider fingertip control of customizable comfort. Neck-to-toe warmth is provided by pre-programed heat settings selected with a wireless control worn on the wrist. It’s the most convenient and sophisticated heated gear ever offered by Harley-Davidson. It is available in four liner options: jacket, pants, glove and socks, that can be worn together yet controlled independently.
A new Men’s Heated One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Jacket Liner (P/N 98346-15VM, $425.00 size XS to 3XL) is the foundation of the system. This packable liner is powered by the motorcycle charging system, and has seven large heating panels (two chest, two back, two sleeve, and one collar) with infrared technology that generates immediate heat to penetrate the body for deep warmth. A wireless controller included with the jacket is worn on the wrist over a jacket sleeve and used to control heat settings with just a finger tap. The wrist controller pairs with a receiver within the jacket and enables temperature adjustment to one of five customizable heat levels the rider can pre-program. This liner can be worn as a casual jacket and is trim enough to wear as a bulk-free mid-layer. Stretch expansion panels on the sides, sleeves, and back shoulders enhance range of motion and reduce bulk. The jacket comes with a charger cable for the wrist controller, the garment receiver inside the jacket, and a complete motorcycle battery connecting harness.
For additional comfort and coverage, the Jacket Liner can be combined with Men’s Heated One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Glove Liners (P/N 98347-15VM, $95.00 size S, L and 2XL), Men’s Heated One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Pant Liner (P/N 98384-15VM, $295.00 size XS to 3XL) and the Men’s Heated One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Sock Liner (P/N 98385-15VM, $125.00 size S to 2XL). Coaxial plugs on the jacket liner and pant liner cuffs power the glove and sock liners, but the heat level of each heat One-Touch Programmable garment can be adjusted independently with the wrist controller. For example, it’s possible to select more heat in the fingers and less in the torso. Each Heated Programmable One Touch garment is backed by a three-year warranty.
About Harley-Davidson Motor Company Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.
Skooba’s new hybrid Weekender V.3 bag was designed for tech savvy travelers who
need an overnight bag combined with a tech gear bag. And anymore, that includes
bike riders, too.
The main compartment for clothes and toiletries is surrounded on all four
sides with fast access padded gear organizers that hold a laptop, tablet, cables,
adapters and more. All compartments are fully lined and have double zippers for
convenience. The padded shoulder strap, double handles with grips, and D-rings
allow various tie-down options. The Weekender weighs in at just 42 ounces but
sports a rubberized bottom, micro-ballistic nylon fabric that’s water-repellant
treated, and reinforced stress points.
Some of the best gear we’ve used is repurposed from other realms and this bag just
might be another example. Learn more at here!
Story by Jeremy Bryan
Photos by Vincent Stemp
When looking for a riding jacket, you’re not just looking for a jacket. You’re looking for something functional and safe, but also something stylish that really embodies the spirit of the road. Harley-Davidson’s Roadway jacket offers both useable protection for today’s hectic streets and an unmistakably cool look. At first glance, the Roadway looks like an attractive accessory with stylishly distressed brown leather and a large Harley Davidson logo embroidered across the chest and back. Take a ride with this handsome hide though, and you’ll find a plethora of well placed, rider friendly additions that can improve most anyone’s ride.
My first experience with the Roadway had me not wanting to take it off. It’s just one of those pieces of clothing that just fits, owed largely to the suppleness of it’s thick but pre-worn-in leather. There is none of the typical strain in the behind-the-shoulder areas, even when reaching for taller handlebars, and the sleeve and waistlines are neither too long nor too short. I didn’t try it with shoulder and elbow padding, but there are pockets to accept both if you feel the need. The inside is lined only with mesh, freeing it from a lot of bulk and weight and keeping it useful at a moderate to warm temperature range, perfect for spring and early summer or fall for riders in luckier climbs. It certainly did well in North Carolina’s 40-60 degree March weather. Zippered vents on the front, back, shoulders, and even a double-zippered wrist vent mean this jacket can handle hotter temperatures too – if you’re avoiding red lights.
The three inner and two outer pockets on the jacket are easy to reach and don’t have you fumbling around, which is as useful in daily life as it is on two wheels. So is the zippered media pocket, located on the inside right. With an outlet for headphones, pens and the like, as well as an accompanying Velcro strap to secure your headphone wire, the media pocket is goes a long way towards shortening those long commutes.
A true balance between attractive and functional, the Harley Roadway makes use of modern features while looking timelessly cool. Most riding gear asks for a compromise in one direction or the other, so save yourself the trouble the next time you go looking for a good three season jacket for road and street wear.
Check it out along with other jackets H-D has to offer HERE!