Tour Master Motive Jacket | Review

Motorcycle Jacket

While styling on the all-weather Tour Master Motive Jacket may be understated, functionality is not. Designed to be comfortable in hot, mild, or wet weather, I am also snug on 40-degree nighttime motorcycle rides.

Credit goes to the liberal use of Velcro-style flaps over zippered vents and adjustments via snaps and straps along sleeves, at cuffs and waist that keep the jacket fitted to my body while motorcycling.

The waterproof textile motorcycle jacket is flatteringly cut with an elasticized waist in back and adjustable side straps. Princess seams in front, edged in gray (or pink), add a feminine touch. Black-on-black details include vertical ribbing punctuated by black metal studs on the back and upper arms, and black (or pink) tribal-style embroidery on the lower sleeves, giving this textile jacket a nicely finished look.

Pockets are plentiful on the Motive jacket, with front pockets for keys and quick-need items, and hand pockets tucked in behind them. Zippers secure all, with the front pockets having the added wind flap with hook-and-loop fortification. Inside, you will find the usual assortment of pockets for cell phone, wallet, folded map, and loose bills.

When the mercury climbs higher, the quilted lining can be zipped out, and vents on the chest, sleeves and back unzipped to allow air to flow through. Safety features include removable armor at the shoulders and elbows, a removable back pad, and reflective piping to increase visibility at night.

Tour Master’s Venture pants are similarly well designed. Expansion panels along the lower back and just above the top of the knees provide flexibility, while elastic panels at the waist-in combination with easily adjustable Velcro-style side belts-provide a tailored, customized fit.

The waterproof motorcycle pants are zippered from knee to ankle for easy suiting up over some larger motorcycle boots. The knee armor and hip pad are removable, as is the quilted lining. Venture pants can be zipped to the Motive jacket for added warmth and security.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).