Motorcycle companies have been targeting women for some time now, as we are a great source for new riders. While I don’t think the folks at The Motor Company was thinking about this when they launched Harley-Davidson MotorClothes in the mid-1980s, I can’t believe they haven’t lured quite a few new riders of the female persuasion into the club, based solely on their iconic, stylish designs.The Harley-Davidson Women’s Rallyrunner 3-in-1 Leather Jacket is a perfect example. Its vintage board-track racer design is timeless and overflows with authentic details that are well crafted, with a surfeit of racer cool. The faux vest over cream-colored sleeves looks sharp, and the distressed leather appliquéd logo across the chest announces your allegiance.
The back of the jacket sports a large H-D Bar & Shield logo appliqué and the company’s birth year – 1903 – all beautifully stitched on the black leather. A sleeve patch on the left bicep completes the picture with another “Genuine Motorcycles” Bar & Shield logo.In keeping with the Rallyrunner’s slim profile, pockets are minimal – two zippered hand warmer pockets in front and a roomy zippered Napoleon pocket for your valuables. The outer pockets have leather pulls, long enough to manipulate with gloved hands, as does the main jacket zipper. The Mandarin collar has a nicely detailed snap closure.Lightweight and perforated along the sides and down the underside of the sleeves, the Rallyrunner 3-in-1 jacket has a removable hoodie that makes it a great three-season – though not wet-weather – jacket. On an 1100-mile ride on a 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra in late August down the Oregon coast and California Central Valley, I hit temperatures ranging from 60 to 106 degrees.With a base layer under my t-shirt, and hoodie installed, I was snug as a bug in the cold. Of course, triple digits are a bit of a comfort stress in any leather jacket, but they were tolerable sans the hoodie and base layer, and with sleeve zippers open, allowing the freeway-speed air to rush up my sleeves.Speaking of the hoodie, this is a great little bonus. Worn alone, it is a total fly-under-the-radar lightweight piece, as the discreet black patch stitched below the left hand-warmer pocket is the only H-D badge on the hoodie. Motor Company aficionados will, of course, pick up on the weathered 1903 graphic screen printed on the left chest.Details on the fleece-lined polyester hoodie include thumbhole cuffs, ribbed trim along the pockets, hem, and hood, plus a lined, drawstring hood.While the Rallyrunner 3-in-1 is not a fully technical jacket off the rack, the lightweight cowhide jacket has pockets at the shoulders and elbows for removable CE-approved body armor. The fit is relaxed, and the action back allows easy movement across the shoulders, creating an extremely comfortable riding jacket.Giving Italian style king Ducati a run for their money, Harley-Davidson MotorClothes knows a thing or two about women and clothes; the Women’s Rallyrunner 3-in-1 Leather Jacket oozes cool motorcycle style, and makes you feel like all eyes are on you. Yes, the jacket is that cool.Photography by Don Williams
Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark + Chip Doherty with Neale Bayly
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This week, in the first segment Senior Editor Nic de Sena talks to us about the new Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark. This somewhat entry-level machine still comes with all the great Ducati hallmarks of excellent low down torque and impeccable handling. If you like to hear about fun motorcycles, then you’ll enjoy this one.
In the second segment, Editor-at-Large Neale Bayly brings us another of his interviews, this time it’s with Chip Doherty.
Chip’s amazing resume includes motorcycle racer, restorer and collector. Back in the early 2000s he used his engineering background to start motorcycle clothing manufacturer Motophoria.
After selling that company in 2007, Chip’s resume gained him entry to NASA where for 7 years he was responsible for launching the space shuttle! Since moving on from NASA, Chip expanded his collection of classic British bikes. Eventually Neale persuaded him to ride to Peru and help Neale’s Wellspring Foundation raise money for the orphanage there.
So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!