A half-price helmet Sale is pretty much unheard of. And that’s because buying a helmet at half the recommended retail price means that you’re buying it at less than the retailer paid for it. In other words, the retailer is losing money. That’s why its uncommon. But we have probably a couple of hundred helmets here in the Guildford warehouse that, for one reason or another, we won’t be marketing in the future. We’d like to move them on and, in our experience, when something brand new is being sold for half its actual price, a lot of people want it. Now, all these helmets are brand new and in boxes, untouched and unworn. But, and here’s the catch, we’re going to be offering them as ‘used’ items without a warranty. If we’re going to lose money on a helmet, we cannot afford to get involved in issues that may or may not develop in the future. The helmets will need to be paid for by cash. There won’t be a record of the transaction on our mail-order system, and we’ll be keeping the boxes. There’s nothing suspicious or dodgy going on. It’s merely that these helmets are taking up space. We want them gone, and we’re prepared to take a hit to get rid of them. You have to decide whether you’re prepared to take this risk. A premium helmet from one of the major brands at a price you’ll never see again. In all probability, you’ll never have an issue, because there’s really not that much than can go wrong with a helmet. But if it does, the problem is yours; not ours. See you on Saturday 12th. Bring your own box!
New delivery of Helstons Nova jacket
We really love this jacket. For us, it offers the perfect blend of everyday versatility and on-the-road protection. In style terms, it’s pure Steve McQueen Harrington, albeit with a much tougher, abrasion-resistant, outer fabric. The jacket comes with a fitted waterproof membrane and a removable thermal jacket. As is nearly always the case with Helstons, the jacket comes fully supplied with armour in the shoulders, the elbows, and the back. Take the thermal out and you’ve got a terrific, lightweight, summer jacket. Leave it in, and you could wear it on all but the very coldest of days. But whenever and wherever you wear it, you’re not going to look like a biker; just a guy with a cool, classic, stylish jacket. Now, this is what we felt when Helstons first showed this jacket to us almost a year ago. But something went wrong with our order and, when our 2018 season delivery arrived at the beginning of the summer, we only received half a dozen pieces, all of which disappeared overnight. It’s taken us this long to get re-supplied. In truth, it’s not a winter jacket. It’s more a three-season article, but even in December and January it’d be great for around town and short trips. We like this jacket a lot. There’s a lot to like about it. And we now have it in stock in all sizes.
Belstaff's new Trialmaster Pro 48 now in stock
Just in the nick of time for Christmas, Belstaff has released its new Pro 48 Trialmaster that has been created to mark the seventieth anniversary of the legendary enduro jacket. The jacket is made from a heavy-duty, 12 ounce waxed cotton; and that makes it somewhat more robust than the standard Trialmaster with its 10 ounce fabric. It's therefore a heavier jacket, although this is balanced a little by the fact that it doesn't come with a thermal inner. It's already going to be a warm jacket but, if it's too cold, you'll simply have to layer up a little. The shape is boxier than the current jacket, and a tad shorter to reflect the dimensions of the original jacket that was worn by so many international trials riders in the fifties and sixties. The wax cotton is a bit waxier than other Belstaffs; that's good for keeping the rain out; less good for sitting on white leather seats. Of course, the real waterproofing in the 48 comes courtesy of a waterproof membrane so, in truth, the wax is more about the look than about function. D3O armour comes in the elbows and shoulders as standard, and there's a pocket for a back protector. All of the other refinements are pretty much as you'd expect: rubberised lower buttons, corduroy in collar, tartan lining, and so on. But what we do really like in the 48 is the new, one-way zip. The two-way Belstaff zips are notoriously unreliable. The new zip is shorter, simpler, and more robust. It's an improvement. The jacket costs £625, and it's limited to just 500 pieces worldwide. The 48 is now in stock in all sizes. Best to try before you buy, we reckon. And don't forget that we'll beat any UK discounted price on the 48 by a full 10%. And we'll match any European price.
2018 season review books and DVDs
The publishers of Motocourse and the producers of the official Moto GP and British Superbike DVD reviews have cut things particularly fine this year, and perhaps too fine in the case of the latter! Motocourse arrived with us today, so there will be no problem getting this out for Christmas. By contrast, the Moto GP and BSB DVD reviews are only due to arrive in the country this coming Friday, the 21st December. We will obviously do everything we can to get these out in time for Christmas, but if there is just the tiniest delay they could well miss the big day. Should that happen, they will turn up shortly afterwards, so will still help you pass the time before the New Year!
Christmas and New Year opening hours
If you’re at a loose end between Christmas and New Year, and really can’t stomach another viewing of The Guns of Navarone, you’re welcome to pop in and see us in Guildford for a cup of coffee or pot of tea. But we’re not keeping Arkwright hours, so we thought it might be helpful to let everybody know when we’re in residence. All our hours remain unchanged until Monday 24th December. On that day we’re closing both the phones and the shop at 1.00pm. Personally, I felt the Monday should have been a full working day, but I was over-ruled! We open again on Thursday 27th. On both the Thursday and the Friday we’re open from 9.30am to 5.50pm; again both in the shop and on the phones. On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th, the phone room is closed, but the shop will run normal weekend hours; that’s 9.00am to 5.00pm on the Saturday and 10.00am to 4.00pm on the Sunday. On New Year’s Eve, both the shop and the phones will be manned from 9.00am to 2.00pm. We take a break on New Year’s Day, and then its back to normal on the 2nd.