Joe Rocket Ladies Classic ’92 Leather Jacket Review
One year shy of being a classic itself–the company was founded 24 years ago–the Joe Rocket Ladies Classic ’92 leather jacket is that perfect versatile piece that goes with a variety of retro bikes in your garage, from cruiser to café racer, from standard to sport. The vintage look, quality construction, and functional elements make it a winner.
The drum dyed cowhide has a soft, supple, worn in feel that is immediately welcoming when you slide your arms into the fully mesh-lined jacket. The fit of the Classic ’92 (sans armor and liner) is relaxed, as the design of the jacket, while feminine, is not form hugging. This is exactly the right style for the unhurried, self-assured riding this jacket will most likely see. Minor customization at the waist, cuffs and collar come courtesy of snap tabs.Basic in design, but with attention to detail, Joe Rocket focuses on style and the essential fundamentals. Inside the Ladies Classic ’92 there are two decent-sized patch pockets secured by Velcro, as well as a zippered Napoleon pocket. When this vertical chest pocket is zipped closed, the zipper’s slider body slips into a tiny pocket designed to protect you from the hard metal piece–nice touch.Outside, you’ll find the standard hand pockets, plus two upper chest pockets; the latter large enough for a Wojo wallet or an iPhone 5 (but not a 6). You’re unlikely to use the space for either, however, as storage at the top of the chest isn’t ideal for women; this would have been the perfect place for Joe Rocket to have a couple of zippered vents on an otherwise ventless jacket. There is also a small utility pocket on the right forearm where you can tuck a key. Zippers on all the outer pockets are quality YKK items, and have stylish and functional soft leather pulls.Temperature-versatile by way of a full zip-in quilted liner, I wore the Classic ’92 comfortably in 60-degree weather at freeway speeds wearing just a long sleeved tee. The interior patch pockets are repeated on the liner, so you don’t lose any carrying capacity with the extra layer installed. This might not seem worth mentioning, yet inexplicably, some liners have no pockets. A storm flap under the sturdy front zipper keeps the wind at bay.In its standard configuration, the Joe Rocket Ladies Classic ’92 is not a fully technical jacket, as doesn’t come with any protective armor. For those of us who demand protection with style, there are pockets in the shoulders, elbows and back should you wish to add CE-rated armor from Joe Rocket or another supplier. Some discrete reflective material would be welcome for when one is caught out after dark, but the white leather racing stripes will have to do.The vintage styling of the Ladies Classic ’92 is understated but unmistakable. From the top stitched quilted shoulders, to the Mandarin collar, to the racing stripes on the back and biceps, as well as subtle design details like rocket-etched snaps on the collar and waist snaps (cool!) and tasteful badging on the shoulders, this is a superb execution of a vintage-styled motorcycle jacket.You can easily wear the Joe Rocket Ladies Classic ’92 jacket under the radar in non-motorcycle environments, and its classic good looks will turn heads and elicit nods of approval. On the bike, the jacket (with added armor) is perfect for riding and looking great while doing it.
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Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.