Harley-Davidson Motorclothes Turns to 3M For Conspicuous Riding Gear

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

Motorcyclists should always be concerned with their conspicuity. Never is this more important than in the rain or after dark where vision is severely limited. The Motorclothes division of Harley-Davidson decided highlight its riding gear – literally.

First, 3M’s Scotchlite Reflective Material was chosen because of the extremely high percentage of light returned to its source when compared to other material. What that means to riders is that their riding gear will light up in car headlights to a claimed distance of “up to 500 feet.” When added to Motorclothes typically high-quality construction, the reflective gear will keep Harley riders on the road safely and with a style to match their motorcycles. Look for these products at your local Harley-Davidson dealer or online at www.h-d.com/store.

High Tail Colorblocked Hi-Vis Rain Suit (P/N 98337–15VM) is a sturdy jacket and pants set constructed of 100 percent nylon ripstop fabric. A polyester mesh lining adds comfort wile the jacket features a storable hood. To prevent the dreaded pipe melt, the pants include heat-resistant materials on the lower, inner legs. An elastic waist band and removable suspenders provide a proper fit for a variety of body shapes. In addition to the attention-getting orange color blocks on the upper chest and back, key placement of 3M Scotchlite enhances visibility. Available in sizes S–5XL, the suit retails for $195. A storage bag is included.

The Medallion Reflective Riding Jacket (P/N 98082–15VM) uses waterproof 600 denier polyester for its exterior shell and couples it with a breathable nylon shell. A pair of zippered vents in both front and rear of the jacket helps keep the rider cool in dry weather. The collar contains a rain hood that can be worn under the helmet to prevent the slow torture of the down-the-back-drip. Scotchlite is used throughout the jacket to help light up the piping, stripes, panels and graphics in headlights, drawing attention to more than the jacket’s good looks. Pockets are included for optional body armor. Available in sizes S–5XL, the Medallion Reflective Riding Jacket carries a $325 MSRP.

The Medallion Reflective Leather Jacket replaces the 600 denier polyester of the Medallion with waterproof, midweight cowhide leather. Otherwise, the Medallion Reflective Leather Jacket is the same versatile, reflective jacket. The sleeves are pre-curved for comfort while power-stretch panels on the back ensure a proper fit. Visit your local H-D dealership with $550 to buy this jacket in sizes S–5XL.

The women’s Skull Illumination Riding Jacket (P/N 98089–15VW) stylishly features 3M Scotchlite in the piping, sleeves, panels and graphics for excellent nighttime visibility. Cooling airflow is offered by two-way zippered wraparound vents. The jacket’s fit can be fine-tuned via buckle waist tabs and a bungee cord toggle waist. Optional armor is available for the elbows and shoulders. The Skull Illumination Riding Jacket is available in XS–3W sizes for a retail price of $295.

Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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