Segura is a longstanding, and quite upmarket, French maker of leather jackets. We saw their latest collection a month or so ago, and have decided to add the brand to our portfolio. Style-wise, Segura is on the button. They have a keen eye for what's being worn on the street; they often then take this as their cue for garments that can be worn on the bike. Some of their stuff is quite out there; some of it is quite simply lovely. I particularly like their Jayzer jacket that, apparently, is inspired by a jacket worn by Han Solo in Star Wars. I'm afraid that went right over my head when I saw it. I just thought it would go really well with the 'California Sage' green paintwork of my bike. Frankly, I’m embarrassed about being such a tart! But to see the full range, click below.
The Shoei GT Air is not a helmet that we know particularly well. A lot of our customers wear GT Airs, but it’s a helmet we’ve never sold. It’s basically an all-singing and all-dancing sports-touring helmet. We’re sure that there’s nothing wrong with it, but at the Intermot trade show in Germany a few weeks ago we saw the brand new 2019 version, and we liked it a lot. With its totally new interior, it’s probably one of the most comfortable, full-face helmets we’ve ever worn. And, of course, with changeable cheek pads and head liners, we reckon we can make the fit just about perfect for anybody. The helmet features a brand new, adjustable, drop-down sun visor, but one of the biggest upgrades is that it will take a Sena comms. system integrated into the helmet in the same way as it is in a Neotec 2. Frankly, the new GT Air 2 is a full-face Neotec. It should be with us very early in 2019, and so we thought you should know that if you bought one now you’d probably end up kicking yourself for not waiting. There’s no doubt about it; the new helmet is a significant upgrade. It’s going to be a heck of a lid.
We only discovered these waterproofs in the middle of last year. They’re made from a laminated Polyamide, so they’re very waterproof and very breathable, but what we particularly liked about them was how stretchy and tough they were and are. You wear both the jacket and pants really tight. They move with you and they don’t flap. They’re the best waterproofs we’ve ever offered, but then back in March Scott told us they had sold out, and that we couldn’t get any more until October. We were gutted, and we missed them greatly. Frankly, we couldn’t get very excited by any of the other waterproofs out there. But the good news is that now they’re back. We have tops and trousers. Black and yellow.
Shark’s new, drop-down visor, open-face helmet, complete with removable face mask, is very much aimed at the riders of classic, off-road style enduro and street scrambler bikes. It’s got a terrific, retro look. The peak is removable, and there are two, huge full-length vents that run from the back to the front of the shell. Shark is very proud of the fit on the X-Drak, which it claims to be better than other open-face helmets. We just think it looks cool.
Despite Brexit, French company Furygan has entered the wax cotton market with its first jackets in the ‘style anglais’. There’s a mid-length, four-pocket jacket with side adjusters rather like Belstaff’s Crosby jacket, and a blouson jacket. But our favourite is a bomber-style jacket in a terrific grey/blue wax cotton that is exclusive to Motolegends. All the jackets come armoured, and with both thermal and waterproof liners. The prices are more than reasonable on all three; all coming in at below £250.
Earlier this year, Roof launched its best ever Boxer called the Boxxer Carbon; it was lighter and better vented than any Roof modular that had gone before. But most importantly, it came with a much improved visor mechanism. In truth, the previous one never worked particularly well. It was a bit of a hit-and-miss affair. It was unreliable and fiddly. The system on the Boxxer Carbon, by contrast, is brilliant. It just works. The Roof is still not a helmet we would choose for long distance touring or commuting, but it is a masterpiece of design that looks funky, and gives the rider a helmet that can legally be worn open or closed. There are other colourways, but the red helmet shown here has just arrived with us.
We really love Helstons' beautiful leather jackets. They do vintage/retro in a far nicer, more credible way than anybody. But we also love their boots. The latest release from them is the Mountain. It's a slightly beat-up looking leather, ankle boot made from calfskin. You get all the stuff you'd expect; a gear change selector, ankle protectors, a stiffened sole and so on. But you also get both a waterproof membrane and a waterproof treatment to the leather. It's lightweight, cool looking, and comfortable enough to wear all day, every day.