About a month ago I purchased a bright red The North Face jacket for 150€ as general purpose rain jacket, main purpose being to keep me dry on my daily way to work across town on the bicycle (31km round-trip) . At some point I found out that it actually fits right on top of my motorcycle jacket where it keeps me completely dry and surprisingly windproof.
FYI, I opted for the HyVent instead of the GoreTex membrane because I wanted to see for myself what the buzz is all about. We also bought a GoreTex jacket for my wife for roughly 200€ that same day in an attempt to figure out what could possible work best on a long, long, very very *very* long trip. The biggest advantage of my jacket is that it is not only a rain jacket for wearing on top of your motorcycle gear but can also be worn as everyday jacket, and still looks good. The biggest disadvantage of my wife's jacket is that it's only an everyday jacket and won't fit on top of her motorcycle gear (tight fit). 200 bucks well spent
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!"