Hello, my name is Joe Knezevic, and I am addicted to Harley-Davidson Functional Riding Gear. My habit began back in 1999 when I got an FXRG Series 1 leather jacket, and I have been strung out ever since. Through the years, the pushers on Juneau Avenue have expanded, improved, and updated the line, keeping me and other junkies on the hook.
These days my fix comes from two of the Motor Company’s most recent additions to this product line: the men’s FXRG Textile Jacket (#98366-09, MSRP $495-$515) and the men’s FXRG Perforated Leather Jacket (#98521-09, MSRP $625-$645). The beauty of having both of these jackets is that I can switch between them with relative ease. This has allowed me to continue my addiction with little or no side effects. At least, that’s what I’d like to believe.
Both jackets have many similar features including removable, CE-approved,
lightweight body armor at elbows, shoulders and back; a removable kidney belt; and precurved sleeves that combine with the zippered cuffs, action back, and snap waist tabs to make these jackets very comfortable when riding. Other shared features include two outside zippered hand-warmer pockets and an interior pocket system that includes a zippered pocket, a cargo pocket, an MP3 player pocket, and an eyewear pocket with lens wipe.
Flipping between jackets is great because I have all the same creature comforts when wearing either jacket, but the different exterior skins make it less obvious that I’m hooked on what these jackets offer their wearer.
The FXRG Textile Jacket is very versatile and the one I get my fix from most regularly. It’s made from a lightweight, windproof, and waterproof Airguard nylon, and it’s abrasion and tear resistant. Four large vertical vents and a fixed CoolMax lining makes this jacket comfortable to wear in warm weather, while the lightweight and breathable Primaloft warmth liner allows me to stay satiated into colder weather.
For a familiar, but different, high, I go with the perforated leather jacket whose skin is made up of a large diamond-plate pattern reinforced with a Cordura-mesh backing. The combination CoolMax fixed lining and heat-deflecting, leather definitely keeps things cool on hot days, while the removable Gore-Tex Windstopper liner does a great job of extending the comfort range of this jacket when things get chilly.
Between the two, I now have almost every riding scenario covered. These jackets are about first-rate function, then style, which luckily is not gaudy. I just love having both at my disposal any time I need an FXRG fix. I suggest you try one of these jackets, but don’t blame me if you end up in FXRG Anonymous. AIM
— Joe Knezevic as published in American Iron Magazine, the world’s best selling Harley magazine.
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