Harley-Davidson Rallyrunner 3-In-1 Jacket Test
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