by Gus Breiland
I am sitting in front of my television, 3 days past my deadline, with the largest case of writer’s block that can befall upon a guy who doesn’t write for a living. I have 3 articles minimum that I owe Mr. Chief Editor and I have promised them to him by yesterday…
Part of the problem is I am not sure how to write about our product for this month. It started out as a “Hey, check this out!” with a slight hint of sarcasm which then turned into “The damn thing works!”
This attitude is in no way a reflection on Jack Halterman, creator of the Jack’ Flaps Vest or the vest itself. It was a primarily a response to something that is new and different. Kind of like late night TV and the Ginsu knife. It claims to be the best knife in your drawer, but is it.
Mr. Halterman found that he was not getting enough protection from the wind on his Wide Glide with windshield. With some ingenuity and what looks to be some true American entrepreneurship, he made a vest that helps redirect air swirling between you and the back of the windshield.
This low-pressure area pulls the air around the windshield and into your body causing turbulence around your head and buffeting around your helmet. With the Jack’s Flaps, the air that is flowing up your torso, lifts the flaps sown into the vest and kicks the wind up and around your head thus reducing the buffeting around your gourd and also limiting the cold morning air from hitting your neck.
The market for this vest is quite specific. It is recommended for motorcycles that have windshields but no fairing. It is stated in the literature that the flap does not work on Electra-Glides, bikes without windshield and bikes where the windshield is installed improperly. This is about the only flaw that I could find with the vest which is 100% leather with a nylon liner. The vest is adjustable with leather straps on the sides and also has 2 front pockets and 2 inside pockets for wallets and keys and any other stuff you may need.
I took the vest out on a 2003 Harley Sportster Sport with windshield, a 2001 BWM R1150 GS and a BMW 1200C cruiser with windshield. I found that in all three bikes, the buffeting around my helmet was reduced along with the air flowing around my neck.
Jack Flaps can be found at www.jacksflaps.com or at 1-866-377-9188. The sizes range from 36-54 and carry a price tag of only $89.95 plus shipping and handling. The web site is easy to use and has a location for you to ask any questions you may have. If you are in the market for a vest and have a motorcycle with a windshield but not a fairing, I would take a look at the Jack’s Flaps Vest.