Kevlar Motorcycle Jeans
When Tom Pitton jammed on his brakes, he knew there were only two possibilities. He could either strike a fellow biker broadside with his motorcycle or lay the bike down and skid across the pavement.
Smashing into the other rider wasn’t an option, so Tom threw himself and his motorcycle down onto the roadway at 45 miles per hour. It was a terrifying moment for the 68-year-old, who was on a winter joy ride in Palm Springs, California.
As more motorcycle cruisers take to the open road, the focus of style over substance redirects from the later to the former. Traditionally, the Japanese have always had a better grasp of engineering than style when it comes to cruisers, though this gap has been narrowing annually. So, when taking on a Japanese cruiser that has an actual job to do—touring—things get a bit more interesting.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT displaces a staggering 125 cubic inches, and each 4-inch piston has a throw of nearly 5 inches!