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Halvarssons Celtic jacket
Halvarssons Celtic pant

 

Halvarssons new Celtic two-piece leather suit

Here at Motolegends, when we’re talking about motorcycle gear you can wear all year round, we don’t normally gravitate towards leather as the best option. It’s not particularly breathable in hotter weather, it has no inherent thermal qualities and, in the rain, it acts like a sponge. But nobody can deny that leather has its strengths. The best leather is comfortable and, over time, it moulds to the rider’s shape. It is also, of course, highly abrasion resistant. And so, for people who will only ride in leather, Halvarssons has created the Celtic suit, which you genuinely could wear in all weather conditions. It’s made from cowhide but, to make it wearable in the rain, it has both a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) on the surface, and a fixed waterproof liner. In two or three hours of rain, you’ll be fine. Much more than that and, in truth, we’d suggest a waterproof outer jacket, because the leather will become heavy and the rider will get cold. For drier, cold conditions, the Celtic comes with an Outlast liner. Outlast is clever stuff. It’s not bulky, but it is effective. In extreme conditions, you would probably want to supplement the basic garment with a merino top, a fleece, or even a soft-shell. If one really was aiming to wear the Celtic right through the winter, we might suggest that electric is the way to go. And then, of course, there’s the summer. Well the Outlast will help because it will effectively cool you down when you’re overheating. But you also get loads of vents on the Celtic. And a TFL Cool treatment to the leather that, on the hottest of days, can reduce the temperature by up to 20°. It goes without saying, perhaps, that the Celtic will be a particularly protective suit all year round. Like almost all Halvarssons outfits, the outer material is backed in the key vulnerable zones with Hi-Art that increases the strength of the leather by 200%. The armour in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees is Level 2, and there’s a pocket for a back protector. All of which might explain why the suit meets the new CE regulations at the highest AAA Level. Right now, it doesn’t get better than this. If you like to ride in leather, but want to do so in all conditions, then the Celtic is about as good as it gets. It’s also incredibly comfortable, and easy to live with.

 

 

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Rokker ladies High Waist jeans now in stock

 

Rokkertech ladies 'High Waist' jeans now here!

There are lots of ladies' motorcycle jeans on the market, but nearly all are compromised in one way or another. In some cases, it seems that they are more designed for the street than the bike, and so many have an unflatteringly low rise on the hips, which means that, on the bike, they reveal more than you might want. Others, at times, look nice, but offer little by way of abrasion resistance. In fact some offer no abrasion resistance at all, making do instead with no more than impact protectors in the knees. Those that offer higher levels of protection often come with thick Kevlar®-style, aramid linings. Now these jeans work if you come off, but rarely do they look particularly flattering. What we’ve been looking for is a highly abrasion resistant, single-layer jean with no lining, with good, pliable armour, a high waist and, if at all possible, some stretch in the fabric. Well, the good news is that this is exactly what we have developed with Rokker. Called the Rokkertech High Waisted ladies jeans, they are made from an Armalith fabric that delivers a slide time of over six seconds; and that's better than leather. They have an old-fashioned high waist, although we understand that high-waisted jeans are now very much on trend! The jeans contain Elastane for stretch and take D30 armour in the hips and knees. They look fabulous on. They are hip-hugging yet immensely comfortable. They may not be cheap, but they are, in our humble opinion, the perfect ladies' motorcycle jean.

 

 

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Stadler Guard GTX glove
Stadler Guard GTX glove

 

Stadler Guard GTX glove now in stock

The Guard GTX sits somewhere between Stadler's GTX winter glove and the company’s Vent breathable, summer glove. It's what one might term a two/ three season glove. It is more a summer glove than a winter one, but it is, of course, Gore-Tex laminated, meaning that it will not 'wet out'. The glove is made from goatskin, with areas of stretch fabric on the back of the glove and in the fingers for extra comfort. The Stadler Guard GTX glove bears favourable comparison with any glove. Features include a hard-plastic frame to protect the wrist, highly abrasion-resistant Superfabric on the knuckles, fingers and palm, concertina panels for better articulation, extra layers of leather on the sides for abrasion resistance, two Velcro closures and a visor wipe. For riding from March to November, there’s probably not a better glove out there. Our only disappointment is that the largest size it comes in is a 12. Do all Germans have little hands?

 

 

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Shoei GT-Air 2 helmet now in stock

 

Shoei GT-Air 2 helmet here at last!

The GT-Air 2 is the replacement for the GT Air. The helmet is identical in concept, but much changed in its construction. It is, in fact, a ground-up redesign that includes a totally new shell. It now shares many features with Shoei’s Neotec 2 flip-lid. It is, in essence, a Neotec for those who don’t like flip-lids. The re-design allows for a more comfortable fit. It has also allowed Shoei to re-position and improve the vents. There is now a ‘crack’ position that holds the visor marginally open to improve airflow, and the internal sun visor extends further than it did on its predecessor. The interior linings have been changed and, of course, the cheek pads and headlining can be changed to improve the fit. The chin strap has also been moved forward to prevent it rubbing against the Adam's apple. Finally, the GT-Air 2 now takes a Sena comms. unit similar to the one on the Neotec. It fully integrates into helmet, leaving no ugly and noisy box on the side. Here you can read a more comprehensive review of the GT-Air 2 if you want to know more.

 

 

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Halvarssons Dresden jacket
Halvarssons Trenton jacket

 

The Dresden and Trenton. Two new leather jackets from Halvarssons

For the 2019 season, Halvarssons has introduced two new leather jackets. They are called the Dresden and the Trenton, and they are both now in stock. In truth, Halvarssons is probably better known for its highly technical, textile products, but they also do a mean range of leather jackets. They actually have a couple of quite sophisticated, two-piece leather suits, complete with membranes, but most of their leather jackets are made from goatskin. Now goatskin makes for great motorcycle wear. It’s thinner than cowhide, but stronger, meaning that you get high levels of protection, but with great comfort. Halvarssons ‘tumbles’ or ‘washes’ its goatskin to give it a lovely, beat-up feel. Both the new jackets are what might be termed back-to-basics. No thermal liner, no waterproof membranes, no venting, no waterproof or anti-UV treatments. The are, first and foremost, lightweight summer jackets although, of course, you can always choose to layer up to make them warmer. Like all Halvarssons leather jackets the Dresden and Trenton are lined with Hi-Art in the most vulnerable areas for extra abrasion resistance, which increases the strength of the leather by 200%. You also get CE armour in the elbows and shoulders, and a pocket for a back protector. Both jackets will zip into any Halvarssons pant but, more importantly perhaps, when you use their clever Waist Zip, you can connect any Halvarssons leather jacket to a pair of jeans. Lastly, we think the prices are more than reasonable. Both these new jackets are less than £400.

 

 

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Rukka Suki Pro suit

 

The Rukka Suki Pro ladies laminated suit

The Rukka Suki Pro is Rukka's top ladies' touring and commuting suit. It is, in many ways, the female version of the company's superlative Nivala suit. Like the Nivala, the Suki Pro is made from a GORE-TEX®, 3-layer Pro Shell that is infused with stretch for an extra comfortable fit. Highly abrasion-resistant ARMACOR™ fabric covers the elbows and shoulders, and vulnerable areas of the pant, for extra strength. D30 armour comes as standard in the shoulders, elbows, back, hips and knees. For ventilation, you get full-length zips up the flanks, and on the thighs. Adjusters abound, as do pockets. In the collar, there's a concealed neck collar. To help you stay warm, the Suki Pro has a removable 60g. insulated, inner jacket and pant that incorporates temperature-regulating Outlast®. Obviously, the jacket comes with a full-length zip that allows it to be connected the pant. Laminated suits often don't tend to work for women because they can be stiff and and unyielding. The Rukka Suki Pro is the exception. With its stretch fabric, this is a supremely comfortable jacket. And, of course, with its laminated construction, it's as waterproof as a motorcycle jacket can get. This is almost certainly the best, most protective, ladies’ motorcycle jacket money can buy.

 

 

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Klim Adventure GTX gloves
Klim Adventure GTX gloves

 

Klim Adventure GTX gloves now on the shelves

The Klim short-wrist Adventure GTX glove is one of those gloves that is more than the sum of its parts. The spec. is impressive, but this is one of those gloves that just kind of works. The fit is gorgeous; it feels like a glove you could wear all day long. It’s made from goatskin, although you also get stretch panels for a snugger fit. It’s a waterproof glove, the membrane coming courtesy of Gore-Tex and, what’s more, the membrane is laminated to the leather outer. On the main knuckle there’s a carbon protector that sits on top of shock-absorbing Poron. You also get a Poron panel in the palm. The other knuckle joints are also protected with 3D pads. On the palm, there’s a printed finish for extra grip. The index finger and thumb are touchscreen sensitive, and you get a visor wipe to boot. There’s a very robust wrist strap that means that this is a glove that will always stay in place. The Adventure GTX is a rare commodity. It’s a waterproof, short, leather, summer glove. That’s not what everybody wants but, if this what you’re after, then you won’t find anything better.

 

 

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Stadler merino pullover now in stock

 

Perfect timing! Stadler merino pullover now here

Stadler's attractive and very wearable merino wool top can be worn next to the skin as a base layer, or over a technical, wicking base as a mid layer. Merino makes for terrific motorcycling underwear. It is extremely effective at trapping heat generated by the body, making it far warmer for its weight than any other natural material. But it is also extremely breathable, as it can hold a third of its weight in moisture without the wearer feeling wet. Thus merino can be worn comfortably in all conditions. Stadler's woven top is particularly comfortable next to the skin, but its attractive grid-pattern design means that it’s going to be equally at home on the street as it is on the bike.

 

 

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Stadler merino pullover now in stock

 

Our April catalogue is available now!

A new 64 page Motolegends catalogue hit the streets a week or so ago. If you’re a regular customer, there’s a good chance that we sent it to you in the mail. But if you didn’t receive a copy, don’t worry; we can still send you one. And it’s a catalogue you won’t want to miss out on. There’s a huge amount of new gear due in the coming weeks, and so we wanted to make sure that we told everybody about it. There’s lots of news, an article on the importance of a properly-fitted helmet, an interview with our buddy, Josie Millard and, of course, we've also included stacks of the latest jackets, jeans, boots, gloves and helmets. If you’re looking to equip yourself for the new season, you need to read this catalogue. As ever, it contains all the best gear from all the best brands in motorcycling. To order a copy, click here, or phone the Orderline on 01483 407500.

 

 

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