Red Wing boots built America. A bold statement but largely true. From oil riggers to rail road workers, Red Wing have been making boots in the USA since 1909. Red Wing boots are still made in the same town in Minnesota to this day, a testament to the quality of the boots and skill of the workers.
Although not subject to glossy marketing campaigns as a motorcycle boot, customers have turned up at Urban Rider for years wearing Red Wings whilst out riding. We evaluated the range and chose the Iron Ranger model as a boot ideal for wearing on and off the bike. The Iron Ranger has a tough thick leather exterior, the sole is oil resistant and are made using the Goodyear welt construction which hugely increased the longevity of a boot. A steel shank runs along the sole for protection. The nickel speed hooks for lacing up are a master stroke.
Here at Urban Rider, Will has been using a pair for the last three months on a daily basis. Here is his view.
"My gear gets a beating, I commute 10 miles through London every day on a Ducati Scrambler in all weathers. The Iron Ranger boots have broken in very quickly and like all good leather goods look better each day. I've ridden with them in the rain and whilst not technically waterproof, they were fine. I've worn them walking in Scotland, day-to-day at work and they already feel a part of me. It was fascinating watching them being scanned by X-ray at airport security, the steel shank is substantial! The only improvement would be if it had some protection at the ankle."
The Red Wing Iron Ranger is available currently in Black, Amber and Oxblood both in-store and online. Be sure to check out the worker gloves, also in stock.
RSD riding gear combines quality materials with a great fit. Ever popular, styles don't often go on sale. We have secured the last stocks of the Enzo leather jacket in Black and Mahogany along with the iconic Ronin and Clash jackets in Steel Grey. This is your chance to acquire a top quality riding jacket at a fantastic price, don't miss out.
Picture the scene if you will. You’re cruising down a country road, the towering trees either side of you part like the Red Sea. Animals come out from hiding to observe your majesty, the mighty deer and its fawn, the gentle birds hush their singing to listen to the sweet sounds of your engine. A pack of wolves gathers, you lock eyes with the leader, he nods in respect. As you approach the small country town the mayor rushes the townsfolk into position, this is a big moment for them. You arrive, the place erupts, flowers are thrown into the air, dancing and merriment ensue. But you only have one thing on your mind, it’s been troubling you for the entire ride, has soured the entire day. Why can’t you buy a helmet that has modern, top of the range technical specs while maintaining a classic retro aesthetic? Worry no more.
Shoei have been studying the art of helmets since 1958 and they haven’t wasted a moment. They are dedicated to creating world-class lids across all areas of the motorcycle world and they continue to impress with cutting edge ideas and technology. So, naturally, when Shoei announced the RYD we just had to know more.
In the last few years the world of custom and classic motorcycles has skyrocketed. This is why the Shoei RYD is so exciting: it reaches out to this growing movement, a yearning for reserved simplicity but an eagerness to keep state-of- the-art top quality features. The RYD has got the technical features you’d expect to find on a storm trooper helmet but delivers them in a package that’s subtle, understated and classic. This is where we get technical. Deep breath.
The RYD has a multi-composite fibre shell that maximises shock absorption while maintaining optimum rigidity. The inner shell is also multi layered for the best protection. In layman’s terms, it’ll take a good beating. The RYD is fitted with an EQRS (Emergency Quick Release System) for easy removal of the cheek pads (and thus the helmet) in the event of an emergency and a chin strap with a double-d- ring fastening system which is simple, perfectly adjustable and still the safest locking mechanism you can get.
For comfort the RYD has cut no corners. The inner liner contains luscious and soft padding; it feels like being hugged intimately by a marshmallow man. Try one on when you get a chance and you’ll see what we mean. The helmet also has integrated ear pads that reduce excess noise, ideal for high-speed track days, motorways and whinging cyclists. There are four shell sizes, making sure you always get a snug fit and don’t end up looking like a bobble head. The ventilation on the RYD is impressively effective, keeping the high quality standard of a Shoei and integrating it into a sleek retro design. The lower ventilation allows a dynamic stream of airflow, keeping you cool in the summer and stopping your visor fogging up. Additional inlets in the brow and chin enforce this, keeping you refreshed in the heat of the sun.
The RYD comes equipped with a clear UV protective visor and there’s also an array of additional visors available from gold, smoke and rainbow to Transitions adaptive visors (photochromic) so you can customise your helmet to suit your style. A Pinlock visor is included, Shoei really aren’t pulling any punches here.
Seeing these stats you’d think the Shoei RYD was made for GS riders and weekend racers (no offence intended guys). It isn’t. It’s a beautifully sleek helmet that takes a big and long anticipated step into crossing the bridge between modern and retro.
The RYD is available now at www.urbanrider.co.uk in Tangerine Orange, Matt Blue, Matt Black, Gloss Black, White, Matt Deep Grey and Basalt Grey. The full range of visors include clear, light smoke, dark smoke, blue iridium, silver iridium, red iridium, hi-def yellow and photochromic.
For an in-depth look at the RYD and its features, please watch our video review.
This entry was posted in News on 28th April 2017 by Jasper.
Maintaining a comfortable body temperature when riding is important for concentration as well as enjoyment. Ensuring your core (where your vital organs exist) is warm is the key. If your core temperature drops, blood is concentrated in this area and you will lose dexterity in your limbs and your mental focus. Our buyers guide will help you choose the appropriate base layers for the environment and temperature range you ride in.
For the purposes of this guide we will consider two temperature ranges.
1. 8-15 Centigrade (45-59 Fahrenheit) - Short commutes/rides, mainly urban riding. Autumn in England.
Torso, Legs & Hands - A thermal base layer worn next to the skin is highly effective and comfortable to wear all day. Usually Polyester based, the fabric will wick sweat from the body whilst retaining the heat you generate.
Option 3. A heated jacket. Usually 12V and connected to your bike's battery. Wires extend throughout the jacket converting electrical current into heat. Typically used instead of the removable thermal liner in your jacket. Best for when all else fails!
Hands -When a thermal inner glove isn't enough nor a decent pair of winter gloves it's time to turn to a heated glove. For shorter journeys and low speed riding a 7V battery will suffice which can be charged much like your phone and sits inside the glove. For anything more than a 5 mile commute a 12V glove will be needed which connects to your bike's battery.
Every year Bell helmets release seasonal special edition helmets. Manufactured in extremely limited quantities, these helmets are sure to set you apart and become future collectables. We are bursting with excitement at the new designs available to buy now . Here is the rundown...
The re-release of the Moto 3 by Bell was the most anticipated helmet of 2016. America's most prolific custom builder, Roland Sands, has produced another home run with this limited edition colour way. If you are thinking of snapping up a BMW RnineT G/S this has to be the helmet for you. Shop Now
Chemical Candy have worked with Bell before, their customs bike paint schemes set the global standard. This colour scheme was so popular on the Moto 3 that a limited run are being produced for the Custom 500 open face. Gloss black married with flake just works, good call Bell. Shop Now
4. Bell Riot Open Face Helmet - Various Colours
The Riot is a variant of the Custom 500 open face helmet. Instead of coming with press studs to attach a fixed visor, the Riot has a screw hinge mechanism and comes with a clear flat shield. We expect other shield colours to be available. Gloss Black, Matt Black and Gloss White.
This entry was posted in News on 23rd December 2016 by Jasper.
Due for release mid January 2017 is the new Biltwell Lane Splitter helmet.
Building on the success of the Gringo, the Lane Splitter is a very different design, closer to the 'Stig' style of the Simpson Bandit. The style became famous with Streetfighter custom bikes in the 80s, Biltwell have paid homage and re-invented an iconic look.
The Lane Splitter is both DOT and ECE 22.05 approved and comes in seven colours. The shell is ABS and comes with a flip visor in clear. Different visor finishes will be available.
The Hedon Heroine is British company Hedon's full face helmet. Much anticipated after the success of the Hedonist, the Heroine has been developed from the ground up and comes in two models. The Heroine which is designed to be used with goggles and the Heroine Racer which has a traditional integrated flip up visor.
The shell is a high quality composite consisting of carbon and fibreglass and ECE 22.05 and DOT certified for road use. Not much needs to be said about how stunningly beautiful the helmet is, the trademark leather trim and sumptuous interior have become a Hedon signature.
The Heroine Racer (visor version) will retail at £649. The Heroine (no visor) will be £499. The Heroine Racer will initially come in Gloss Signature Black, Gloss Ash Silver, Matt Black Coal and Gloss Signature White. The Heroine will come in Stable Matt Black, Matt Knight White, Gloss Signature Black and Matt Ash.
Urban Rider will be the first in the UK to have stock in early 2017. For Christmas we are offering the chance to pre-order your helmet and receive a complimentary gift pack consisting of gold ceramic helmet and gift card. Simply exchange the card for your helmet and reserve your place in the queue.
Velomacchi are a small company based in Oregon, USA and headed up by Kevin Murray who has had stints as Design Director of Equipment at North Face and Columbia Sportswear. Expectations have to be high given that pedigree.
The Speedway glove is part of the 'Privateer' collection and is inspired by flat track and racing gloves of the 60s and 70s. Think Kenny Roberts and company. Visually, it's a beautiful glove, the combination of black and tan is timeless. The palm is deerskin, soft and supple and the reinforcements are goat skin. Brass rivets are a stylish way of providing extra protection on the inside of the palm. Rubber dorsal guards are double stitched on which not only enhance the retro aesthetic but act as a visor wipe.
So how good are they? Company Director Will has been trying a pair for the last three months, here is his verdict.
'First impressions the glove looks more expensive than its price tag. It's beautifully detailed and instantly extremely comfortable. Like so many leather goods it is manufactured in Pakistan, hence the very reasonable price point.
The mid-length cuff is great for weather protection. Most of my use has been summer ranging from 20-30 centigrade which it is perfect for. I expect to extend its use with an inner glove and think it will be fine down to 10 degrees.
I rode with the glove for 25 miles a day to work and the leather quickly took to the shape of my hand. 10/10 for comfort. I had concerns that the stitching on the rubber dorsal protectors on the hand might come away slowly but no such problem. The tan leather quickly dirtied up, see the pictures below.
I see so many gloves, I rarely get excited but the Speedway is special. I will be using them as long as the weather stays warm enough!'
Co-owner Will has been using the Rev'it! Ginza Boot over the last 14 months, here is his assessment.
What have you been using the boots for?
I commute across London 8 miles each way in all weathers, I spend all day in them, walking around the office, showroom or workshop. On the weekends I might be out on a ride or doing some DIY. I confess to not being someone who particularly looks after their kit, so any boots I own are in for a tough life.
Why did you choose the Ginza?
I chose the Ginza because of their height, just above the ankle, not too many laces to do up. Also because they don't have a synthetic waterproof membrane but are water resistant due to the natural oil in the leather. Many modern waterproof membranes result in pongy feet if you are planning on spending all day in them. Crucially the Ginza has the tongue gusset sewn in, so water doesn't get past the laced opening. As most of my riding is short journeys the lack of total waterproofing doesn't matter to me, I prefer the breathability and comfort. Stylistically they mimic the shape of a Timberland boot and I like that.
How have they performed?
The good: The boots are instantly extremely comfortable, they broke in only after a week of use and the white sole dirtied up nicely. They genuinely have gotten better looking with age and use. I haven't needed the protection in them but with thermoformed sections front, rear and in the ankle I expect them to do well upto 50mph. Also worthy of noting is that these boots manage to carry this level of protection without feeling cumbersome. The laces are good and strong, a criticism of some of my previous motorcycle boots.
The not so good: The sole on the back is wearing down through the heavy use. I think I will get at most 3 years of use out of these boots, but I think that's acceptable for the price.
Finding a balance between everyday comfort and protection is a dark art. Rev'it! have nailed it with the Ginza. I highly recommend the boots. Some people aren't sure on the colour at first but see the pictures, they look great with a bit of use!
When shopping in the higher echelons of the retail market we are often told that a premium brand’s goods can be justified because they last far longer than those of their more competitively priced rivals. Patek Philippe emplore us to look after their watch “for the next generation”. Our customers often talk of a good Belstaff or Barbour jacket as having lasted a lifetime.
It is increasingly rare to find items built to last like these. Many designers are required to factor in a built-in obsolescence so that their goods last past the statutory warranty but will need replacing every few years, ensuring a regular stream of income for the brand.
Kriega have always approached their products from the opposite perspective. They build the product they want, using the best materials and worry about the details such as pricing later.
Writing this review made me realise I have now been riding over 10 years. When I started, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I spent all my savings in one go on cheap gear. I hated the look of all of it and to make matters worse it didn’t even work and, within no time at all, had fallen apart.
My Kriega R25 rucksack was the first item I purchased after deciding to invest in decent gear.
Kriega provide a 10 year guarantee on all of their products and I can proudly confirm that their goods stand up to this test. I have ridden continuously throughout this 10 year period, using my R25 almost every time I have ridden. It has seen me through my sportsbike phase, my adventure phase, journeyed with me all round Europe and has even come on the ski slopes with me numerous times.
The R25 provides up to 25 litres of storage with straps to compress the main compartment when needed. This has shown to provide enough space for commuting and touring. I usually commute with a 15” laptop bag as well as a pair of trousers and shoes in the main compartment. When I go touring I also take a US20 Drybag mounted at the rear. This gives me room for everything I need for up to 10 days abroad. I’d recommend buying the Harness pocket to accompany the smaller and mid-sized bags in the Kriega range. It’s ideal for storing keys, wallets, passports and other items you might need to access on the go. Plus, it makes you look like you're ready for action, ready to base jump off the next cliff on your motorcycle.
I am not a particularly careful owner. I purchased my BMW R1200 GS purely on the basis that I wouldn’t ever need to bother adjusting a chain again. Similarly, my R25 has received no affection, only respect. Despite me, the bag operates perfectly. There is not one single rip or tear to the outer fabric. The zippers have not broken off, the quad lock system still works perfectly and with ease. The bag doesn’t even look particularly used. In short this bag has sat faithfully on my shoulders and watched several full outfits deteriorate and be replaced through the years, without faltering even slightly. I am starting to feel a little bit sentimental in writing this. Call me strange, but I’m going to go and give my R25 an appreciative nod, I think it’s earned it after all these years.