Speed and Strength and Memphis Shades

I'm always on the lookout for a good textile jacket. I think it was about this time last year I stumbled upon the Rust and Redemption Jacket by Speed and Strength.

At right around $100, it was at a price I just couldn't pass up. I'm glad I didn't.

I wasn't expecting the build quality of the jacket to be as nice as it is. I like the texture of the jacket, the zippers all seem to work without a lot of coaxing (something I've found to be important when riding down the highway), and it came with elbow, shoulder, and even back armor—which I really like. I also like the understated nature of the style. No bold logos, stripes, or colors so I don't look like a walking motorcycle gear billboard off the bike. Just a nice looking jacket.

It fit true to size for me. XL is what I normally wear at 6'1" and 215 lbs. The jacket is a shorter waist, so it doesn't bunch when sitting in the saddle, and with a light shell underneath was comfortable riding today with temperatures around 60 degrees. I've also worn this over my heated jacket liner and been very comfortable too. 

I have other jackets that cost two or three times as much (or more) that aren't any more comfortable and didn't come with as much body armor as this one did. For an inexpensive riding jacket, I'm very happy with it.

When we bought Sue's trike, it had a Memphis Fats windshield that I immediately fell in love with. I'd never been unhappy with the windshield on my bike until I rode her's home. 

For starters, it was a 17" shield that was a few inches shorter than my stock shield. At 6'1", I sit pretty tall in the saddle, but the top of my windshield seemed to cut right across my field of vision. I could slump a little to look right though the windshield or I could sit up a little taller and look over the top. I guess I'd gotten used to it, but when I sat on Sue's bike on the ride home, I liked the view over the top so much, I knew I needed to get one for myself.

Depending on your bike, you may or may not have to purchase the hardware to install the windshield. Sue's EVO had the same bolt pattern as her stock windshield so Paul didn't have to purchase any hardware to install it. My twin cam (a Road King Custom) didn't—so I needed to purchase the hardware.

At first I was a little bummed about it, but all around the hardware seems a lot better than what Harley supplies with their windshield. It also came with new seats for the bottom of the bracket (which I replaced) and a positive locking mechanism instead of the pressure fit and spring tension the stock windshield uses. To be fair, the slide lock on the Memphis Fats is probably overkill, but it definitely feels very secure on the bike.

The windshield itself is also made of a thicker plexiglass, which just feels like it's better made. All around the setup feels more rigid and the angle the windshield sits is adjustable, so I had some latitude as to exactly where it was positioned.

I like it when my gear works like it's supposed to. That includes the stuff like my Speed and Strength jacket that shouldn't perform as well as it does for a very inexpensive jacket and the premium stuff like my Memphis Shades windshield that costs a little more than a stock windshield, but is absolutely worth the price; at least in my opinion. I'd buy both again.