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So I've got $200 in Visa gift cards and was thinking of either purchasing a leather jacket or a motorcycle jack (J&S or Pitbull). Any thoughts on the matter?


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If your like the rest of us, It's starting to get cold in Chi town. If you're done riding for the year I wold get the jack. If not then get a jacket but $2c isn't enough the get one.
 

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near term I think the jacket is a better spend.
 

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Go To JC Penny and get some long underwear. Take rest of the money and buy the J&S Jack. You won't be sorry.
 

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Hopefully you will do more riding than wrenching,

Therefore, get the jacket.
 

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If you plan on doing your own wrenching, get the jack, there are a handful of things that make it almost a necessity.

If not, then get a good jacket with armor in the shoulders,elbows and at least a pad in the back. I really like the triex (I'm sure that's spelled wrong) jacket I got from leather up, it's not cool looking, but it kicks a$$ at keeping me warm. And for $200 you could get the jacket and pants.
 

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Hmmmmm, tough call, but if that avatar is your bike, I'd say go with the jack. Once you've cleaned those damned wheels, spokes and whitewalls with the bike on a jack, you'll never want to clean them with the bike on the ground again !
 

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I'm an extremist, if $200 is enough to get you in to a badass leather like a Schott then I say get the jacket. If not then get the jack. Protective riding gear doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg (no pun intended). My non HD leather was on sale for $150 after Christmas 10 years ago. I only wear it when it gets really cool outside. You already have the mesh jacket, much more useful than a leather most of the year if you ask me. The jack will be great anytime you need it for maintenance or cleaning.
 

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I'd get all the riding gear first and everything else second.
If you're just a weekend rider, get a subscription to American Iron, and save the money until you know what you want without question.
 

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I'm happy with my Sears red jack for $99 , it's great for cleaning , changing fluids , storing your bike and even wrenching on it. Now you got a $100 towards a jacket.
 

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Hmmmmm, tough call, but if that avatar is your bike, I'd say go with the jack. Once you've cleaned those damned wheels, spokes and whitewalls with the bike on a jack, you'll never want to clean them with the bike on the ground again !
This. So many times this. Trust me.....I know.

I realize that I am late to this party, but I feel bad that I missed it so I am giving my opinion anyway.

And that was awesome of Doug to send you a jacket. I love this place.


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You need both. I don't see how a mesh jacket will keep you warm enough in Chicago land. Maybe with enough layers underneath though. (liner, Tshirt, long underwear, sweat shirt)

The J&S seems to be the best built, least likely to spill the bike. That's the one I want. But you'll need about 650 for both
 
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