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Garage Finds | JT Racing V-2000

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These days full-coverage chest protectors are making a comeback as most top racers have begun to race with the new-style, low-profile chest protectors beneath their jerseys. It’s a great trend to see, as dressing for the inevitable crash is something that we should all do. Motocross is, after all, a dangerous sport and protecting yourself as best you can is the best defense against injury.

This week, I dug an old JT Racing V-2000 from the garage cabinets. At the time – the mid-1980s – the V-2000 was revolutionary and offered a level of protection that had never been seen before. With its clamshell design that slipped over your head, the V-2000 enveloped your body in plastic that was designed to deflect roost and disperse impacts. The most defining design element of the V-2000, though, were its hinged and winged shoulders that were designed to absorb energy from a shoulder-smashing crash into the ground, 

Looking back now, the JT Racing V-2000 looked a lot like the costume that KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley used to wear on stage. Haha! No matter, I thought the V-2000 was super cool back in the day and I wore one religiously until my mullet grew so long that my hair would get stuck in the shoulder pivot bolts. Around that same time, I noticed that Ryan Hughes would drill the pivots out and wear the V-2000 sans the shoulder wings, so I – of course – did the same. 

These days, I wear the new Fox Racing Raceframe Soft Back beneath my jersey as it offers exceptional front and back protection while maintaining a low profile and an exceptional level of comfort. The back F3 Armor panel conforms to your back and offers CE-level impact protection. Check it out here.

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Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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