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Halvarssons Open Day. Saturday 4th May

 

Halvarssons Open Day. Saturday 4th May

We like to think we know a thing or two about Halvarssons’ gear. We’ve got to know the company pretty well over the years. We like the way they go about their business. We like what they produce. And we certainly sell a fair amount of it. But, at times, there’s nothing like hearing it from the horse’s mouth, so on Saturday May 4th, the UK MD, John, and hopefully one of his colleagues from Sweden, will be setting up camp in our warehouse to talk about the new 2019 gear. You might have seen samples and prototypes of this season’s range at the NEC, but nearly all the new gear has now hit the shelves. Halvarssons is always keen to get feedback, so if you want to pass on your views, or get answers to your questions, you won’t get a better opportunity. We’ll have some nosh on offer all day, and a bit of whatever it is that the Swedes drink when they’re not trying to get drunk. Oh, and loads of Dime bars. So put the date in your diary. It should be a fun day.

 

 

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Rokker ladies Speedway boot
Rokker ladies Speedway boot

 

New ladies boot from Rokker

There is often, we would suggest, an inverse relationship between the strength and robustness of a boot and its immediate level of comfort. Some of the best boots we sell are going to need a bit of wearing in. And that’s because they are made from heavier-duty leather, and because they have been created with both longevity and protection very much to the fore. If what you want is comfort from the moment you put a boot on, we have a number of models that meet the brief. But if you want a boot that you will still be wearing in ten years’ time, you may need to adopt the ethos that there’s no gain without pain; at least for a week or two. A Rokker boot is a prime example. Ask anyone who has had a pair for a while, and they will tell you that they are the best, most comfortable boots they have ever worn. But everyone acknowledges that they need to be bedded in. Unfortunately, historically, some people have passed on the Rokkers because they felt they couldn’t wear them out of the shop, and climb straight up a mountain. This new ladies boot from Rokker is unlikely to break the mould, because it’s made from the same leather as the current Urban Racer boot, and it’s made in the same way. The new boot is called the Speedway, and what makes it just a little bit different is the raised heel. Sara, our MD, has been riding in a pair, and the heel does not get in the way of changing gear on the bike. They’re every bit as tough and protective as any Rokker boot. But what’s nice about the Speedways is that they are a tad more lady-like than the Urban Racers. Importantly, they also give a bit more height, so can deliver just that touch of added confidence when you’re manoeuvring the bike. They come in black only. They don’t have a waterproof membrane but Sean, our shop manager, has worn a pair of Urban Racers almost every day for the last two years, and he reckons they’re still amazingly waterproof. And that’s largely because of the way the leather has been tanned. I would, of course, point out that Sean has been wearing the gentlemen’s version! The new ladies Speedway is on the shelf, so come and try a pair on.

 

 

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Rukka Forsair Pro jacket
Rukka Forsair Pro jacket

 

Rukka Forsair Pro jacket just arrived

Last year Rukka came out with a jacket that it called the Forsair and, with the summer we had, it went down really well. Basically, it’s a jacket made from Cordura that is knitted rather than woven. Nearly all motorcycle jackets feature a woven fabric but, by knitting the Cordura, Rukka created a jacket that was as strong as a traditional Cordura jacket, but which flowed almost twice as much air. But it didn’t just flow air in a panel on the chest. It flowed air everywhere. Only on the elbows and shoulders did it flow slightly less air because, in these areas, a double layer of the fabric was used to increase abrasion resistance. Last year, everybody commuting into London over the summer just had to have one. It has also, of course, become the jacket of choice for those going touring, or having adventures, in hotter climates. If there was an issue with the Forsair, and it was rarely a deal breaker, it was that it was quite short and sporty. It would, of course, zip into a Rukka or Halvarssons pant or, if you bought Halvarssons’ ‘Waist Zip’, you could connect the jacket to a pair of jeans. Nevertheless, it didn’t work for everybody, because some people prefer a longer style. A new version, rather unimaginatively called the Forsair Pro Long, has been launched this year. And it is, as the name suggests, a bit longer. In fact, it’s been created largely for those who ride adventure bikes. The principles, of course, are the same. As with its shorter cousin, you get width adjusters on the arms, as well as in the sleeves and on the hem. There are three external pockets, including a large one on the back, and two internal ones. In the elbows and shoulders, the Forsair Long has D3O armour. You obviously get a pocket for an optional back protector. And, as with its shorter cousin, you get a connecting zip. If you’re going somewhere massively hot this year, or if this summer is anything like the one we had last year, the Forsair is what you need. And if you like a longer jacket, it will be the Forsair Pro Long that you need! Finally, it goes without saying, we hope, that the Forsair offers no protection from the rain. If it rains, you’ll want a waterproof outer jacket. Forget the expensive Rukka one; go for the Scott. It’s brilliant. In the UK, the Forsair Pro Long is exclusive to Motolegends.

 

 

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Richa Atlantic glove
Richa Atlantic glove

 

The Richa Atlantic GTX glove

We first heard about this new glove about six months ago when Mr Richa (that’s not his real name) came in to see us to talk about the state of the UK market. After the meeting, he sent us a sample pair which we rode in, and tested, over the winter. It is not the warmest glove ever made, but it was never intended to be. It is, though, comfortable, amazingly waterproof, and more than averagely protective. Now, historically, Richa hasn’t really been a Motolegends kind of brand, but this is a company on the move, and some their latest technical wear really does punch above its weight. The Atlantic GTX has a laminated, Gore-Tex membrane, so it will never wet out. You get D3O on the knuckles, SuperFabric on the palm and on the side of the hand, a touchscreen-sensitive index finger, a visor wipe, reflectors, and accordion stretch panels. This is the kind of spec. you’d expect from Rukka. And that you’d expect to pay a lot more money for. At £119.99, this isn’t a cheap glove but, for what you get, it’s actually a bit of a bargain.

 

 

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Belstaff Tourmaster Pro
Belstaff Mojave Pro
Belstaff Trialmaster Pro

 

2019 Belstaff collection is now here

The new 2019 Belstaff Pure Motorcycle Collection is now on the shelves. We currently have on stock every jacket, glove and boot in every colourway, in every size. The reason that Belstaff has launched a totally new collection is the new CE regulations. There is now a safety standard to which all motorcycle protective wear has to conform. To do this, Belstaff has worked with British Millerain to develop new technical wax cottons. Where this was not possible, Belstaff has reinforced British Millerain’s wax cotton with a Cordura lining. We think Belstaff’s new British owners have done a great job. All the staple styles remain in the collection, but there have been improvements to the range in a number of areas. The troublesome, notoriously unreliable Belstaff zip has been replaced with a much better one from YKK. The fit is less Italian and, in some cases, we even get refinements such as zippable air vents. But, most importantly, the jackets are safer to ride in. Take a look at the website. Come and see us in Guildford if you want to try before you buy. The most surprising element of the new range is that prices have gone up very little. If you always liked Belstaff, you’ll love the new collection. If you were never convinced that Belstaff produced real biking gear, we would say they always did. But now it’s official!

 

 

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TCX Lady Tourer GTX boot

 

The TCX Lady Tourer GTX boot

The Lady Tourer is what we would call a mid-height, touring and commuting boot. It is a boot, we would suggest, that is aimed at the more serious end of the market. If you only go out for a few hours at the weekend, on sunny days only, there are probably better options. The boot is made from a combination of full-grain leather and Cordura. Waterproofing is provided courtesy of a Gore-Tex inner liner. For protection, you get hard counters on the heel, ankles and toes. The boot also has a contoured shin plate. Entry is by means of a full-length zip that is secured with a Velcro flap. Inside the boot an anatomically-shaped footbed ensures a comfortable fit. The touring sole, as TCX calls it, is non slip. The boot is now in stock in all sizes.

 

 

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Rukka Coriace suit now in stock

 

Rukka Coriace two-piece suit now in stock

The Coriace is a rather specialist suit. We wouldn’t normally recommend leather if you ride in all conditions, all year round, but the Coriace is a rare beast. It is a laminated, leather suit, so in theory it should never wet out. This won’t make it the most comfortable suit on the market. It also means that it’s pretty expensive. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, come and see us; it is now in stock. But, so expensive and specialist is it that we won’t be carrying it in all sizes in the shop. Our standard range in the shop will go from size 50 to size 58. If you want to see the suit, come and visit us at any time, but if you want to try a size on that we don’t normally hold, you’ll have to phone us in advance, and we’ll get one in for you. If you'd like to read a comprehensive review, click here.

 

 

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Richa Kodi legging now available in blue

 

Richa ladies Kodi legging now available in blue

Over the last year or two, aramid-lined, motorcycle leggings for ladies have become all the rage. Leggings, of course, are just about as flattering as it gets, and so it makes sense that many women would like to ride in them. There are a few brands out there that do them. The first was an American brand, but the style was soon copied by a company over here. The problem with the leggings from both these companies, however, is that they are immensely thick and heavy. They certainly feel protective, and they are very strong. And in the winter the heavy aramid linings probably add to the appeal because they will help you stay warm. But, frankly, in the summer, they’re not so nice. Resurgence do a legging called the Sara Jane that is much lighter and easier to wear than most. Richa also do a nice pair of leggings that are known as Kodi leggings. In truth, they’re still a little on the heavier side, but they have a great fit, and they come in a wide range of sizes. In the UK, we can go up to a 22, although larger sizes are technically available. They also come in different leg lengths. Most recently, Richa added a blue, jean-like colourway. Order online, or come and see them for yourself in Guildford. Prices start at £134.99.

 

 

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Schuberth C4 Pro test day header

 

Schuberth C4 Pro Test Day. Saturday 4th May

The Schuberth C4, when it was launched, was a good helmet, but it was perhaps not a great helmet, and so it failed to live up to expectations which, given the popularity of the C3, were quite high. Like the Shark Evo-One, when it was first launched, the C4 suffered from a few gremlins. This having been said, there are thousands of motorcyclists out there who love their C4s. But, like Shark, Schuberth has now released an improved, updated version of the helmet. We recently went to the factory in Germany to check it out, and we were impressed with the lengths they had gone to in order to make this the helmet that it should perhaps always have been. You can read a review about the helmet by clicking here. But if you want to see for yourself, and try before you buy, you should come and see us on Saturday May 4th. Schuberth will be here with helmets for you to test ride. It should be a good day, with free nosh and so on. Halvarssons will also be here showcasing their 2019 collection. Buying a new helmet is always fraught with danger. Will it be comfortable on the bike? Will it be quiet enough? We now think that the C4 Pro is right up there. But don’t believe us; take one for a ride.

 

 

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Belstaff Resolve boot

 

The Resolve vintage boot from Belstaff

At times, in the past, Belstaff has tried to pretend that their fashion boots were suitable for motorcycling. But, even though they might have looked the part, they weren’t really up to the job. These days, though, motorcycle boots have to be properly CE approved and, of course, the company’s new Resolve boots are. We like these new Resolve boots a lot. We like the design, and we like the leather. It’s a great boot. The leather itself is a heavy-duty, 1.8mm/2.0mm, full-grain leather that has been ‘tumbled’ to give it a bit of a ‘beaten-up’ appearance. The sole is by Vibram, and the patterning of the leather midsole is exquisite. You get protectors in the ankles, heel and toe. The leather is, like Daytona’s leather, hydrophobic, so it repels moisture. But to make the boot properly waterproof, it has a waterproof membrane. As you would expect, there’s a second layer of leather on the toe for gear changing. There really isn’t a lot not to like about Belstaff’s new boot except, perhaps, the price. Now, we should probably not try to apply value-for-money criteria to Belstaff’s products. For many years, an Aston Martin was just a dressed up Jaguar but, because it was an Aston, people were happy to pay a considerable premium for one! It’s a bit like that with a Belstaff. The Resolve boot is beautiful. It’s stylish, well-made, and has a great spec.. From any other maker, though, this would not be a £325 boot; it would perhaps be a £250 boot. But this is not any old boot; it’s a Belstaff. If you like it and want one, swallow hard and suck it up. If you want something more affordable, there are lots of boots out there that aren’t Belstaffs!

 

 

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New jackets from Furygan

 

New jackets from Furygan

We recently had in a few, new jackets from French brand Furygan. The two that we like the most are made from vintage, buffalo leather that is perforated for a better air flow. The leather is super soft, which means that they fit really well; the ladies’ version is particularly flattering. Of course, both jackets come with all the usual refinements such as removable thermal linings, volume adjusters, internal and external pockets, and so on. Another new jacket for 2019 is called the Kenya Evo. It’s a lightweight, blouson-style jacket very much in the vein of a Harrington jacket. Obviously, it’s armoured, but you don’t get a thermal inner, and there’s no waterproof membrane, although the jacket has received a waterproof treatment. If we have a summer like the one we had last year, this is the kind of jacket you want to be wearing. All these jackets are now in stock. Check out details on the web, or come and see us in Guildford.

 

 

 

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