December 2018

Everyone has one. Sometimes it’s the leather jacket they started riding in, or maybe one they saved to buy to go with a particular bike. But more often than not — especially for year-round riders or those who do a lot of miles — the coat of choice turns out to be a textile.

There’s something gloriously functional about a textile jacket: rain or shine, it’s there to make life just a little bit easier. Decent pockets, warm in winter with its lining fitted, cool in summer with the vents open and, hopefully, dry all the time. Not to mention both softly comfortable but also suitably armoured and protective.

In this issue we test 15 textile touring jackets, priced either side of £250. Great garments for sensible money. Could one of them be your new favourite biking jacket? Quite possibly. But whatever you wear, enjoy your riding — and we hope you enjoy this issue.

Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

Touring with tradition =- does the Speedmaster fuse authenticity with practicality?

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£250 Textile Touring Jackets

A high-quality textile jacket is a staple of many biking wardrobes - but can you get high performance without a high price tag?

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Boxer tricks

The R1200GS is dead; long live the R1250GS
BMW’s phenomenon gets a bigger engine and variable valve timing

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