The choices for touring jackets are staggering, with a wide variety of alluring, and sometimes perplexing, choices at hand. When selecting a jacket, it is always good to remind yourself of your own needs and desires, rather than those of an apparel designer.Tour Master’s Transition line, which arrive with a waterproof breathable Rainguard barrier, has been an impressive one. I have worn the Transition Series 3 jacket extensively, and am happy to report that the fourth edition feels particularly suited to me. I typically wear a Medium sized jacket— save for some Euro brands that deem me to be Large—and the Transition Series 4 feels custom-made. Medium jacket wearers, rejoice!Even among fellow Mediums, it is important to be able to tailor to each of us further. To that end, Tour Master has given the TS4 two adjust- able hook-and-loop side belts, a pair of three-position elastic snap-tabs on each arm, two stretchy snap-tabs on the shoulders, plus hook- and-loop closures for the neck and wrists. Take the time to make all the proper adjustments, and you will be set whether you’re riding with the long-sleeve quilted inner liner in or out.Instead, the TS4 uses traditional venting in the zippered shoulder/upper arm openings, plus four in the chest area (two double as cargo pockets), which work quite well, due in part to excellent exhaust venting in the back. I was comfortable well into the 70s with a long-sleeve shirt, the liner in, and the venting open. You can stow the liner in an external lower-back storage compartment when riding a bag-free mount.
If you ride in triple-digit temperatures, this isn’t the coolest jacket, but it is fine below that. At the other end of the spectrum, with a Fly Racing Heavyweight base layer, I was still warm down into the 40s.One of my most important desires is to keep my essential cargo safe and sound, and the TS4 jacket does that in a way that fully satisfies me. The roomy lower outer pockets each have dual closures—a waterproof zipper and hook-and- loop flap closure. This means I can stow my wallet and phone in those pockets and never feel the need to pat myself down to be sure they’re there. Peace of mind is priceless, and allows me to focus on the ride.There are plenty of nice details, including duplication of the two interior pockets in the liner, an integrated under-helmet hood for rainy rides (easily deployed and stowed), soft microfiber in the neck and wrists, and reflective piping for riding in low-light conditions. Safety is always crucial, and the Transition Series 4 is fairly standard in that department—you get the latest CE-approved elbow and shoulder armor. If you want CE back protection, you will have to add it yourself.Far from the most expensive or fully featured touring jacket you can buy, the simplicity, comfort, and effectiveness of the Tour Master Transition Series 4 makes it an attractive jacket for those rides where you only want what you need for the job.The Tour Master Transition Series 4 has an MSRP of $269.99; for additional information, visit Tour Master.
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.