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WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT?
It’s been a few weeks since the motorcycle industry came out of Lockdown, and slowly things are getting up and running again. Many of the European suppliers closed down for a couple of months. Everyone is now technically back in work again, but there have been backlogs and bottlenecks, and only now are deliveries from some brands starting to reach us. In fact, in this Pussycat there are very few totally new items. Most of the gear we’ve featured is stuff we’ve merely been out of stock of for a while. A couple of exceptions are the ladies Belstaff in black and the Rukka Infinity Pro 2 in grey. Plus the matching trousers in short and long legs. Anyway, take a look at what we’ve featured. There’s a mix of pieces from a number of brands. We should also point out that the shop is now pretty much open as normal. Okay, not quite as normal, but if you’re happy to wait outside for ten minutes whilst you sup your tea or coffee, then you won’t notice much of a change. Anyway, we hope to hear from you soon.
Furygan Brad X hoodie. For real this time.
Now, back in February, we announced the imminent arrival of Furygan’s AAA rated, single-layer, fully-armoured hoodie. And then we were told there was a problem with the hoodie; and they were all returned to France. In mid-March, we featured the Brad X in another Pussycat bulletin, declaring that it would be in stock in just a couple of days’ time. And then along came Lockdown; Furygan closed its doors and went into hibernation. This time we thought we’d wait until the hoodie was actually on the shelf. Well now it’s here. All we can say is that it’s a rather special bit of kit. It’s really comfortable to wear, yet still feels substantial. It comes with D30 in the shoulders and elbows, and has a pocket to take a back protector. The highest AAA rating is normally only achieved by leather garments and jeans, so that it should achieved by a hoodie is pretty impressive. Anyway, it’s now in stock. And by that we mean that it’s actually here on the shelves and in the shop. If you want to know more, you can watch the video above.
Loadsa Rukka Forsair gloves at last.
What great weather we had last week; it was hot enough to melt. Every other visitor to the shop wanted a mesh jacket or a pair of single-layer jeans. The other thing that everybody wanted was a pair of proper summer gloves. Now, there are two types of summer glove; the type with a membrane and the type without. Obviously, in the warmest of weather it’s the latter you want. We offer quite a few summer gloves, but one of our favourites is the Forsair glove from Rukka. What we would have to acknowledge is that it’s not the coolest glove out there. And by this we mean that it’s not the kind of glove you’ll see being worn by many of the hipster crowd down at the Bikeshed. But in terms of how it wears there are very few gloves that are as cool. There’s no membrane obviously, so the entire glove flows volumes of air. But with stretch woven into the palm and back, this is one of the most comfortable gloves you’ll ever wear. With a sturdy, hard knuckle protector, it’s also pretty protective. We’re featuring it in this Pussycat because we’ve been out of a number of sizes in recent weeks. Well, we’ve just had in a huge delivery, and all sizes are on the shelf. If you’re looking at the Forsair, by the way, you will often want to a size down on your normal size.
More Klim Marrakesh jackets have arrived. But they won’t be around for long!
The Marrakesh is a truly amazing riding jacket. It doesn’t do everything, but then again there’s nothing out there that does. But what it does do, it does brilliantly. Basically, it’s a mesh jacket on steroids. The problem with most mesh jackets is that they’re not particularly robust if you end up surfing down the tarmac. The Marrakesh, by contrast, is made from 1000 denier Cordura; and that’s a much heavier weight than you’ll find on even the best textile jackets. For comfort, the Cordura is infused with Lycra. But woven quite loosely, the Marrakesh will flow air through every single panel. There’s only one other jacket that flows more air, and that’s the Forsair from Rukka. But the Klim is stronger, more comfortable, looks better, comes with a back protector and costs less. You wear it reasonably tight so that it doesn’t flap about. It really is a lovely top to ride in, albeit it will be a touch chilly on a cool morning or evening. But pair it with a good base layer and a waterproof outer, and you’ve potentially got yourself a year-round solution. Since Lockdown eased, this seems to have become the jacket that everybody wants. We have been missing a number of the smaller sizes for a while, but we’ve recently bought up all the unallocated stock that Klim had in Europe. We still don’t have all the colours in all the sizes, but we’ve nonetheless got reasonable stocks. But when we sell out, and that won’t be too far down the road, that will be it for 2020. So if you’ve been eyeing up a Marrakesh now’s the time to go for it.
Richa Infinity 2 Pro suit. Grey jacket now in stock as are all pants in short, regular and long.
Now this is the suit that sent us into a mild panic when we first saw it in Belgium at the Richa offices last summer. We tried it on. We liked it. It was so comfortable that they surprised us when they told us it featured a laminated membrane. And then they told us the price. Just £500 for a laminated seemed an insanely low price. At that kind of price we’re making such a small amount of money we wondered whether we’d have a future in this business! Luckily, the Infinity Pro 2 jacket and the matching Colorado 2 Pro pant have proven massively popular, so we’ve survived. But until this week we didn’t have the short and long pants that are so vital if a suit is to work for everybody. Well, they’re here now, as is the grey version of the jacket. They were, I suppose, held up as part of the Lockdown. Now, this is a mighty impressive outfit. You can watch the above review about it or, in another review, how we came to include it in our ‘commuting suit for a grand’ review. In fact, when we upped the budget for our second video in that series, it was still a contender. There is simply nothing to touch it for the money. Anyway, it’s here now in all it’s configurations. If you’re looking for a does-everything suit, and want to save your pennies, this is a suit you’ve got to look at.
Another huge Belstaff delivery.
Belstaff is a great brand, although not everybody gets it. Of course, that might be because some people cannot see past the price. But the truth is that the recently-returned-to-British-hands motorcycle brand makes some fantastic gear. Yes, it is expensive, but even though there are dozens of companies out there who emulate Belstaff, none of them produce a product that looks as good, or feels as good, as a Belstaff. We have been the UK’s leading seller of Belstaff ever since they started fitting armour into their jackets. We know Belstaff, we know how it works and who it works for. And here in Guildford we carry more Belstaff product than any retailer in the world; and certainly it’s rare for us to be out of stock of one their garments. Frankly, if we don’t have something, the chances are that nobody has. Last week we had another huge delivery. In theis shipment, we received a bit of everything, but most importantly we got restocks of their lightweight, summer pieces like the Temple and Greenstreet. So whether you’re after wax cotton, leather, a lighter summer weight jacket, or perhaps something for the lady (!), now’ s a good time to be looking.
Restocks of Rukka's Bingham and Beckwith gloves.
Finnish brand Rukka sits at the top of the tree when it comes to technical wear, although we would suggest that it is no longer the only occupant in that rarified atmosphere. They make highly dependable gear. It is robustly put together using only the best materials and components, and all their clothing is covered by an amazing six-year warranty. But nobody would ever really suggest that Rukka is the king of cool. In fact, they’re a wee bit dull. But recognising a change in the composition of the motorcycle park, the company decided a couple of years ago that they needed to create gear with a bit more of a retro vibe. In came jackets like the Raymond and Melton. And gloves like the Beckwith and Bingham. Now Rukka is known for the quality of its gloves, and nobody is going to be disappointed with these new arrivals. They’re a notch or two above your average ‘cool’ glove. Well, we recently received resupplies of both gloves, so if you’re looking for something really cool for the summer, but don’t want to sacrifice on quality, then you should take a look at both the Beckwith and the Bingham.
More Rokker Rokkertech Light Tapered Slims.
We know Rokker pretty well. We sell a lot of their jeans, and we are in regular contact with them about developing the range. Some time ago we asked them to make a Rokkertech jean exclusively for Motolegends, and to a spec. that we set out. The good news is that they did exactly what we wanted, and the jean came into the warehouse a few weeks ago. It’s basically a lighter-weight Rokkertech. It has a slide time of 4.9 seconds, so it’s not as strong as the full-fat Rokkertech, but it’s still more than strong enough. You now get a zip fly, which many people asked for. You also get D3O Ghost armour and an amazingly clever but simple adjustable, armour pocket. The ‘Lights’ are even nicer to wear than the standard Rokkertechs. And they’re a bit cheaper too. The bad news is that supply is limited. Our first delivery disappeared overnight, but a new delivery came in a few days ago. This is a jean that will disappear, however, because we didn’t produce a huge number; and when they’re gone there won’t be any more for a good six months.
Helstons Ace Légende now in smaller sizes.
We’ve been the exclusive UK importer of Helstons for quite a few years now, although recently we came to an arrangement with a UK distributor that will see the the brand becoming more widely available. Ever since we became involved with the French maker, the best selling jacket has been the Ace Vintage. But a little over a year ago, we asked Helstons if they could produce a version of the jacket exclusively for us at Motolegends. And that’s what the Ace Légende is. Our version has a nicer, softer leather. It has fewer badges, breast pockets that are actually vents, a fixed Outlast liner, a shorter front and a longer back. We think that from a wearability and functionality perspective, it is pretty much the perfect café racer jacket. Of course, this particular jacket is only available from us, despite the fact that we’ve widened the brand’s availability. The reason we’ve featured the Ace Légende in this Pussycat is that during Lockdown we had no availability in the smaller sizes. Well that’s no longer the case. For now, at least, it’s available in every size from S to 4XL. With the emphasis on ‘for now’.
Rokker Rokkertech ladies 'High Waist' in black.
The problem is that, from us at least, you won’t ever really hear a bad word about Rokker’s Rokkertech jeans. Okay, it’s taken the boys longer than we would have wanted to get truly on board with the latest CE regulations seriously, but that’s about it. In terms of the product itself, they simply make the most amazing jeans. They look terrific, they’re 50% stronger than leather in terms of abrasion resistance, they’re wonderfully comfortable to wear both on and off the bike, and when you’re riding in hot weather they flow huge amounts of air. Now a few years ago we asked them to make a high-waisted, ladies jean with some stretch. This they did, and it’s been hugely popular. But more recently they’ve brought out a black version. It’s actually made from a lighter weight of Armalith, but with a slide time of 4.9 seconds this jean is still 20% stronger than leather. They come with the latest Ghost armour in the knees and hips, and feature adjustable armour pockets. They also cost a little less than the full-fat Rokkertechs. At one stage we thought these new jeans were less stretchy than the blue ones, but it turns out that our pre-production samples didn’t have Elastane in them. The fact is that these are every bit as forgiving as the standard Rokkertechs, and being lighter they might just be even more comfortable.
Stadler’s Vent glove back on the shelf.
With the Lockdown easing throughout Europe, we are starting to get re-supplies of products that often haven’t been available for months. The Vent glove from Stadler is a case in point. It is, we have to say, a beautiful glove. With its kangaroo palm it is exceedingly comfortable. Extensive areas of mesh mean that it also vents and flows air beautifully. But just because this a hot weather glove, it does not mean that it’s a lightweight when it comes to protection. With a ceramic knuckle protector and areas of SuperFabric for abrasion resistant this has got to be one of the most protective summer gloves out there. Truth be told, because these gloves are made for Stadler, and not by Stadler, the supply is always a little spasmodic, but as we go to press we have good stocks of all three gloves in the Stadler range. To watch the Vent review, click on the image above.
Belstaff ladies Trialmaster. Now in black.
The New ladies’ Belstaff Trialmaster really is a cracker. It looks the business on almost everyone. And even though it’s every bit a motorcycle jacket, it’s the kind of jacket that made Belstaff famous as a fashion brand. It’s made from what is known as Tech Wax, which is a blend of wax cotton and a much stronger fibre. This makes the new Trialmaster much stronger and more abrasion resistant than previous incarnations. And it’s this new fabric that allows the Trialmaster to now be officially, CE approved. Most of the other stuff is pretty much as you’d expect. You get a waterproof membrane, a detachable, thermal liner, D3O in the elbows and shoulders, and so on. Now what might surprise many people is that this version has never before been available in black. We’ve had a lovely red version, but not a black one. Well, that omission has now been put right. But, for some reason, not many have been produced for 2020. We’ve been waiting a long time for this jacket, and so we’ve bought into it in a biggish way. That doesn’t mean we’ve got a large quantity. Emphatically, that is not the case, but we have bought almost the entire allocation for the UK. Now, we loved, and still love, the red Trialmaster. But black is the colour. Who doesn’t look good in a black biking jacket. For many, this is going to be the one to have. You’ll find it on the website, obviously, but very soon Sara is going to do a video review about it. Watch this space!
Richa Goodwood jacket now in all sizes again.
Richa is a much under-rated and under-valued brand. Richa makes great value gear, but even though their stuff is very competitively priced, it always punches above its weight. They make amazing Gore-Tex gloves. Their Infinity Pro 2 laminated suit is quite simply a revelation. There just isn’t a better value, technical suit on the market. But Richa does great leather too. And one of the most popular Richa leather jackets is one called the Goodwood. It’s a cowhide jacket with a great patina. In looks the closest jacket to the Goodwood is probably the Helstons Ace Vintage. Like the Helstons, the Goodwood comes with a thermal inner. The Helstons comes fully armoured, including a back protector. So does the Richa, but the Goodwood comes with D3O. But the main difference is that the Richa is priced at just £299; the Helstons’ jacket is 30% more expensive at £420. We’ll the Goodwood’s been out of stock in quite a few sizes, but now it’s on the shelf again in pretty much every size. Welcome back!