Dainese Air Frazer Jacket TestWith the weather now in the upper-temperature ranges, it’s the perfect time to be rocking the Dainese Air Frazer Tex+Pelle jacket.
This is a leather and textile mesh amalgamation of style, safety and light weight, all put together with the typical good looks for which Dainese is known.The Dainese Air Frazer is assembled with leather covering the outer and under half of the arms, the sides of the torso and at selected accent points. There is a flash of red on the upper arm, and it’s combined with Cordura, Boomerang mesh fabric and cowhide to make it machine washable, comfortable and as cool as just about any jacket can be.While recently testing some new machinery in temps over 95 degrees (F), I donned the jacket, realizing that nothing beats mesh under these conditions. Even non-mesh jackets with the largest vents do not flow enough air on these hotter days. And when I get home, I also appreciate that the inner lining is sanitized, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.The fit and proportions of the Dainese Air Frazer are just right, whether you are riding or off the bike. I found the Air Frazer extremely relaxed and, at our regular joints, was asked repeatedly what model this was by interested riders who remarked about the jacket’s good looks and obvious ability to vent. Because of the great volume of air that passes through the mesh it is the perfect match for my evaporative cooling vest, which requires optimal air flow to achieve its goal.The Air Frazer features soft, heat-formed perforated shoulders and removable composite elbow armor, all certified to the EN 1621.1 standard. There are patented “Microelastic” inserts and waist adjusters to help the jacket fit you perfectly.Two zippered hand warmer pockets are on the outside and one zippered Napoleon-style pocket is within. There is a zipper to attach to some of Dainese’s pants and pockets in the front and back for optional chest and back protectors.The Air Frazer jacket might be the perfect addition to your gear closet. Matching pants with knee sliders are available, but we have yet to test them.The Dainese Air Frazer jacket is available in Black or Black/Anthracite, and available for $399.99 (MSRP). For additional information, visit Dainese.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!