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Klim Yukon pullover

 

The Klim Yukon pullover

 

I first came across this fleece at a Klim dealer conference in Austria earlier this year. All the Klim guys were wearing them. The fleece reminds me of the ones that Arcteryx used to make and that I used to almost live in. Unfortunately, they stopped making them. I got someone at the Klim meeting to give me one, and I’ve worn it a lot in recent months. I really do like it, and so I’ve decided to add it to our range. It’s made from a 325 gsm Polartech Thermal Pro material. Don’t know what that means, but it certainly makes for a warm fleece. Klim suggest you could wear it as a mid-layer, and I suppose you could, but it would need to be really cold, and personally I reckon it’s a bit thick for the bike. But, thinking about it, if you’ve got an unlined, Klim jacket it’d probably work fine. The Yukon, as it’s called, has stretch panels on the shoulders for comfort, and you get a chest pocket. Despite heavy usage, I’ve seen no pilling whatsoever. And Klim claims that it wicks brilliantly. No reason to disbelieve them. It’s a nice bit of kit that would be terrific to wear even if you never went near a bike.

 

 

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Richa Cold Protect GTX glove
Richa Cold Protect GTX glove

 

The Richa Cold Protect GTX glove

 

The Cold Protect GTX is the most popular winter glove in the Richa range. It is a very marginally downgraded version of the company's Arctic GTX glove. It still comes with a Gore-Tex waterproof and windproof membrane, and it still incorporates Thinsulate for thermal insulation, but the main knuckle protection is not by D30, there are fewer layers of leather on the palm, and only two of the fingers are re-inforced with leather protectors. You still get Superfabric on the palm and on the outside of the hand, but you don't get it on the wrist. Like the Arctic GTX, the Cold Protect has two Velcro closures at the wrist and concertina stretch panels for better articulation of the fingers. The bottom line is that the Cold Protect GTX has an amazing spec.. It is going to be every bit as warm as the Arctic GTX, but by deleting a couple of the bells and whistles, Richa has managed to make the price even more competitive.

 

 

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Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon now in stock

 

Schuberth C4 Pro Carbon helmet now in stock

 

We don’t really want to go over old history whenever we talk about a C4 derivative but, for those who don’t know, the original C4 was not quite up to scratch. So, earlier this year, Schuberth launched a revised, improved version called the C4 Pro. It righted all the wrongs, and resolved all the issues. It became the helmet it should always have been. And now Schuberth has launched a new version called the C4 Pro Carbon which, as the name suggests, has an all-carbon shell. In concept, the C4 is a slightly sportier flip-lid helmet. It has a huge visor, both in height and width. And it has plug and play comms.. Everything is pre-installed. You just buy the battery and command module, slot them into the neck roll, and go. The helmet, as it is now, is super quiet, comfortable, well vented, and does everything as you would expect it to. The carbon version is beautiful. The square patterning of the carbon weave is exquisite. This helmet looks amazing and, at just 1,600 gr, it is, for a flip-lid, quite light. Bear in mind that all the comms. stuff is already built in. The only downside of the C4 Pro Carbon is a reduced talking distance on the comms., because the carbon shell blocks the signal a little. The helmets cost £699.99, and all three colourways are on the shelf.

 

 

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Klim Badlands GTX gloves
Klim Badlands GTX gloves

 

Klim Badlands GTX gloves

 

So here’s how it is. We’ve currently got a bit of a bromance thing going on with Klim. Earlier this year, we took on their one-piece, Hardanger suit. We then chose a couple of pairs of gloves, a suit called the Kodiak, some single-layer pants, an amazing mesh-style jacket called the Marrakesh and so on. Bottom line? All their stuff is brilliant. Their gloves are particularly brilliant. They are expensive, but they fit superbly, are comfortable beyond belief, and are built with longevity in mind. So, this week, we’ve taken on a new Klim winter glove called the Badlands. It’s a Gore-Tex glove with Thinsulate for insulation. You get Superfabric-style ceramic panels for abrasion resistance, a gasket in the cuff to stop the rain running into the glove, a double visor wipe, concertina stretch panels for comfort, a fleece lining, etc., etc.. You wouldn’t expect it to be cheap. You would be disappointed if it was. The good news is that we’re not going to disappoint you! Check it out on the website. As ever, our only grumble with Klim is availability. The gloves are in stock now, but for how long that will be the case we don’t know.

 

 

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TCX X-Five Plus GTX boots

 

TCX X-Five Plus GTX boots

 

The Italian company, TCX, makes some great boots. If you’re looking for an affordable boot that you can tour or commute in, their X-Five Plus boot takes a lot of beating. Okay, if you do huge miles, want only the best of everything, and are looking for a boot that’s going to last you ten years or more, we could and would make a case for paying the extra and going for a Daytona, but for the money the X-Five is pretty amazing. It’s made from a full-grain leather. You get counters in the toe and heel, an integrated gear-change pad, an elasticated zip with a leather storm flap, a shank in the sole and so on. But importantly, and impressively for the price, the waterproof lining comes courtesy of Gore-Tex. All this in a boot at this price seems too good to be true, but the UK importer felt this was the perfect boot for the UK market, and so they took a position on it, buying the boot in large quantities, thus putting them in a position to lower the price. Frankly, we cannot argue. It’s a very good boot; it’s tough, comfortable, and comes with a Gore-Tex membrane. It makes us cry to have to sell a boot this good at this kind of price, but so be it.

 

 

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Richa ladies Diana GTX gloves
Richa ladies Diana GTX gloves

 

The Richa ladies Diana GTX glove

 

There's a problem with ladies' winter gloves, and it's to do with the fact that women, by and large, have slimmer hands, and longer and thinner fingers than men. Now this is not a problem with a summer glove; you just have to tailor the gloves differently. But when you add insulating wadding, membranes and liners into a women's glove, you can quite quickly reach a situation where the glove becomes too unwieldy. It's why really heavily insulated, women's winter gloves are often unwearable, whereas wearable winter gloves for women tend not to be particularly warm. Richa's Diana glove very carefully walks that line. The Gore-Tex membrane is bonded to the surface of the glove. This reduces the possibility of wetting out. It also gives the Diana’s extra feel and less bulk. Whilst, For warmth, Richa uses the highest quality Primaloft. The result is a glove that's pretty darned warm, but still nice to ride in. The rest of the spec. is typical Richa. Nyspan textile material on the back of the hand; leather in the palm. Two Velcro adjusters at the wrist. Richa's website states that the knuckle protection on these gloves is by D30, but categorically it is not. Their website also states that these gloves contain Thinsulate, but they don't; they contain Primaloft. This is of no great import. We merely make these observations to avoid confusion. Here at Motolegends we have struggled to find really nice, really warm, women's winter gloves. We think the Dianas are right up with the very best.

 

 

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Subscribe to Motolegends YouTube channel

 

Subscribe to our YouTube channel

 

Back in the early days, four or five years ago, we did do video reviews. But we lost our studio space, and so we stopped doing them. Our problem then became finding the right person to front them up. We weren’t interested in have a slick presenter who had no credibility as a biker, and none of us here really felt confident enough to step in front of the camera. That fella from Revzilla sets the bar pretty high, and so we kind of put our head in the sand. But recently, we came to the view that we do have something to say, and that we do have a different take on motorcycle gear. So we decided we’d give it a go. We’ve been doing our new videos for a few weeks, and if you’ve seen any of them you’ll know that we’re pretty crap. I’m upset that everybody seems taller than me, ( the camera lies, it also adds at least 10 pounds), and frankly our output to date is all a bit amateurville. But we are confident that what we have to say is interesting, and that it will be useful to customers. The problem is that most videos are sales puff, dressed up as reviews. Ours too, I suppose, but we are determined to tell it the way it is. If a thousand pound jacket is great in most respects, but rubbish in others we’re going to tell it like it is. To do otherwise is to let our customers down, and to let ourselves down. Ultimately, if all we do is regurgitate the manufacturers’ blurb, we’ll be letting them down too. Finally, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we’re going to try and have fun with our ‘vlogs’ as I believe the millennials call them. We’ll be releasing one or two new videos a week. Take a look at our recent ones by clicking here. If you think they’re a good way to learn about new products, subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking below.

 

 

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Richa Arctic GTX glove
Richa Arctic GTX glove

 

The Richa Arctic GTX glove

 

The Richa Arctic is a full-on winter glove with a spec. that is more than a match for just about any glove on the market. For warmth, the Arctic is padded with Thinsulate. For waterproofing, there's a Gore-Tex membrane. The construction is a textile/leather mix; leather on the palm for feel, but with a textile back that will absorb less moisture and prevent wetting out. There's a large, soft D30 protector on the main knuckle, with smaller soft protectors on the finger joints. You also get Superfabric on the palm and on the outer edge of the wrist. On the palm, extra layers of leather have been applied for increased abrasion resistance. Extra layers of leather also run down the fronts of the fingers. Concertina stretch panels aid finger articulation; you also get an integrated visor wipe. The gloves fasten with two Velcro straps. This a gorgeously comfortable and cosseting glove that is going to keep you warm, dry and, importantly, well protected.

 

 

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Muc off matt finished detailer

 

The answer to dirty finger-prints on matt helmets

 

A lot of our customers prefer matt black helmets, and indeed rare is the helmet that does not include a matt black version in its line-up. Matt black helmets are mean and moody. They don’t need polishing, and they work on any bike. But, here in the shop, we have a love/hate relationship with all matt helmets because they hold the fingerprints, and are almost impossible to clean properly once they've been touched. Well, a couple of weeks ago, a guy from Muc-Off came to see us, to talk about us offering his range of motorcycle cleaning products. We’re probably going to list them soon, but we were most excited when he told us about a cleaner designed specially to clean matt paintwork. We've tested it, and it works. It’s brilliant. So it’s here and in stock now. If you’ve got a matt painted helmet, a matt painted fuel tank on your bike, or even a matt bicycle, this is a product you want. It costs just £7.99. It’s going to make our lives here in the shop much easier. Same for our customers. If you’ve got a matt-painted helmet, and are fed up with trying to clean it, help is now at hand.

 

 

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Klim Covert balaclava

 

Klim Covert Balaclava

 

Klim is not like other motorcycle clothing companies. They test everything they design to the point of destruction, and when they’ve found points of weakness they go back to the drawing board and redesign it. Their Covert balaclava is a case in point. A balaclava is a relatively simple product, but Klim’s iteration has been slaved over to make it better than anything else out there. A primary component is a fabric called Windstopper that does what it says it does. But there are swathes of elasticated, stretch fabric to make sure that the Covert fits snugly and comfortably. The fabric also contains Coolmax for the effective wicking of moisture from the head. The Covert tucks in to keep it in place and to stop drafts. In the mouth area, holes have been cut to enable you to breathe freely if you want to wear it over the mouth, but you can also wear the front below the mouth by tucking the elasticated material under the chin. This is a serious bit of kit for those who do a lot of riding in the coldest of conditions. There’s nothing out there that will keep your head and neck warmer; and certainly nothing that does it as comfortably.

 

 

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Five WFX Skin winter ladies glove
Five WFX Skin winter ladies glove

 

Five WFX Skin winter ladies gloves

 

Perhaps most manufacturers think that women don't go out on the bike when it's cold, but the fact is that there aren't many proper ladies' winter gloves out there. This glove is made from goatskin with inserts of elasticated Nylon for comfort. There are hard protectors beneath the leather in the knuckle area and on the finger joints. Obviously, it's a waterproof glove, but you also get a high-quality 180 gramme Thinsulate thermal liner for warmth. A panel of Clarino on the palm adds strength and grip to the glove. You also get a TPR slider on the palm. This is a proper winter glove that's properly warm. But it's not horribly bulky and uncomfortable. It's still very much a women's glove.

 

 

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