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As the weather turns windy, Rev'IT are amongst the manufacturers releasing new riding gear.  First up is the evolution of their boot range with the introduction of the 'Mohawk 2', 'Ginza 2' and 'Yukon'.  Rev'IT nailed their urban boot styles first time around so it's great to see them iterate an already strong range.

Rev'IT Yukon Boots - Based on the chassis of the Mohawk but with a luxurious sand suede leather upper.  Water repellent.

Rev'IT Yukon Boots

Rev'IT Mohawk 2 Boots - Beefed up sole and now available in Black and Brown!

Rev'IT Mohawk Boots

Rev'IT Ginza 2 Boots - A staff and customer favourite.  Now in a sumptuous suede leather finish.

Rev'IT Ginza Boots


London is experiencing a mind-boggling increase in muggings and street thefts, and it affects all of us. These crimes have one common denominator: more often than not, the opportunistic culprits use high-powered scooters as their vehicle of choice.

The figures don’t lie: close to 50,000 scooter related crimes were committed last year, which is a staggering 44% rise over the previous period.

This crime surge is slowly gaining some traction in the media and you’ve probably seen some disturbing videos of these crimes, often committed in broad daylight, circulating on social media. However the question remains: are the authorities doing enough to combat these offenses?

William Starritt, Co-Founder – Urban Rider London

“Policing motorcycle and scooter crime has been a low priority for too long. We all pay for it with increased motor insurance premiums due to unprecedented theft rates. Now the effect is being felt by the general public with the rise of scooter related gang crime. The results of this survey show immediate action is required.”

With such a dramatic rise in crime involving scooter riders we wanted to find out if Londoners believe the police are doing enough to tackle the issue. We surveyed over 500 Londoners to find out their thoughts and posed the following question:

With Scooter Gang related crime on the rise, do you feel the Police are doing enough to tackle the problem in London?

The results were clear: the majority (65%) of people don’t feel enough is currently being done.

The age of the respondents was spread relatively evenly, which suggests the issue affects the entire population, no matter the age group:


So what is happening in London?

Modern scooters are agile and powerful enough to prove a perfect inner-city get-away vehicle. Motorcycles are relatively easy to get hold of for these criminals. It is far easier to steal a scooter or motorcycle than it is to steal a car. Many are left virtually unsecured on the streets of London and thieves come with an array of specialized tools including battery-powered angle grinders. Once they’ve made it through any security-measures present it takes little knowhow to get a bike started and if that fails, they’ll just push it off with another scooter to try again somewhere more secluded.

The impact on motorcyclists in London is that motorcycle theft has skyrocketed. This article by the Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group estimates the value of motorcycle theft in the capital during the last financial year to be more than £28,000,000.

The biggest problem is that these criminals know that the police currently have strict limitations when it comes to pursuits. As an example, removing your helmet means that the police are no longer allowed to chase you, and are therefore forced to stop the pursuit due to risk of life.

Charley Boorman, Londoner, motorcyclist and member of We Ride London:

'It's such a shame that we have the terrible scooter theft problem fueling street crime. Scooters and motorbikes are part of the solution in this heavily congested city of London. We all need the authorities to do more.'

What can be done by the authorities?

We think the problem should be attacked at its roots. Obviously every motorcyclist will want his or her bike to be harder to acquire. Riders can do their bit by following basic steps such as locking their bikes and using data tags and trackers to deter theft, but some support from the authorities would not be misplaced.

If you look at the investment cycling has received in London to make the roads safer and encourage more people to commute on bicycles, some would argue that investment in secured parking for motorcycles and initiatives to help prevent theft should be available.

Given the positive impact on congestion that motorcycling has in the city, there’s a clear benefit to be had by encouraging people to ride in London and one of the more obvious encouragements would definitely be increased security.

What is being done?

Despite the claims by the public that the police aren’t doing as much as they could be, the authorities of London have explained that they are aware of the situation and they are responding to it.

New measures include: a revamped Operation Venice to organise action across the 32 London boroughs. The Police claim to have placed extra officers on the streets in order to spot crime as it happens. The police are refusing to give away details about some of the tougher tactics that they have introduced. However, they have explained that new guidelines will allow police officers to take effective and safe action if they come across scooter thieves.


Can you help?

We have a responsibility as members of the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity as it happens. The red flags are all too easy to spot, keep your eyes open and you’ll see one of the following on a nearly daily basis in Central London:

  • Scooters being ridden with no number plates
  • Scooters jumping red lights and ignoring traffic rules
  • Scooters being ridden on the pavement
  • Balaclavas worn by riders even when it’s warm out
  • Scooters being ridden erratically in groups, usually with passengers


Please don’t shy away from notifying the authorities when you see anything resembling the above, simply dial 101 from your phone, it’s free. If the situation is serious and requires immediate action, dial 999.

If we as riders and members of the general public can use our vantage point on the roads to be more vigilant, and with a greater investment from the authorities, we should start to see a positive impact on scooter gang related crime in London.

Let’s keep riding in London positive and safe!

Red Wing Iron Ranger 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.

Red Wing Iron Ranger

"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 Promo

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.

RSD Ronin Leather Jacket Steel - Was £575 Now £287.50 (50% off) RSD Ronin Steel

RSD Clash Leather Jacket Steel - Was £595 Now £297.50 (50% off) RSD Clash Steel

RSD Enzo Leather Jacket Mahogany - Was £430 Now £257.99 (40% off) RSD Enzo Mahogany

RSD Enzo Leather Jacket Black - Was £430 Now £257.99 (40% off) RSD Enzo Black

Shoei RYD Helmet

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.

Shoei RYD Helmets

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.

Shoei RYD colours

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.

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.

2. 0-7 Centigrade (32-44 Fahrenheit) - Mid-Long commutes/rides, touring.  Winter in England.

1. 8-15 Centigrade (45-59 Fahrenheit)

  • Head - Neck tubes / collars are ideal.  Fabrics range from fleece which insulates through to Primaloft which insulates even when wet.  Fabrics are windproof and elasticated.

We recommend:  Holy Freedom Primaloft Tubes (various designs), Holy Freedom Fleece Tubes (various designs), Rev'IT Urbano Windcollar, Rev'IT Irving Windcollar

  • 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.

We recommend:  Tucano Urbano North Pole Top, North Pole Trousers, Polo Thermal Inner Gloves

2. 0-7 Centigrade (32-44 Fahrenheit)

  • Head - A neck tube isn't going to cut it.  Time for a balaclava and one with wind breaking capability as well as thermal insulation.

We recommend:  Knox Cold Killers Hot Hood, Rev'IT Maximus Balaclava.

  • Torso & Legs:  There are a few options that come down to personal preference and the kit you might already own.

Option 1. A Polyester based base layer that has wind breaker panels to keep the wind chill out.  Best if you already have an insulating outer jacket.

We recommend:  Tucano Urbano North Pole Wind Breaker Top, South Pole Wind Breaker Legging

Option 2. A Merino wool base layer to insulate under a mid-layer to keep the wind out.  Great if you have a spring/summer jacket you want to extend the life of.

We recommend:  Knox Dry Inside Jacob Base Layer, Knox Cold Killers Sport Top

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!

We recommend:  Gerbing Heated Jacket Liner

  • 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.

We recommend:  Gerbing XR7 Heated Gloves (7V), Gerbing XR12 Heated Gloves (12V)

 

 

 

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...

1.  Bell Bullitt - Chemical Candy Blue/White

Bell Bullitt Chemical Candy Blue White - Evel Knievel
Evel Knievel Bell

Bell made Evel Knievel's helmets, being American and all!  This design produced in partnership with Chemical Candy pays homage to the great man.  Own a piece of his legacy.  Shop Now

 

2.  Bell Moto 3 - RSD Malibu/White

Bell Moto 3 Helmet RSD Malibu Blue White

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

3.  Bell Custom 500 - Chemical Candy Black/Gold

Bell Custom 500 Chemical Candy Black Gold

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

Bell Riot Open Face Helmet

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.

 

Biltwell Lane Splitter

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.

Shop the Lane Splitter at urbanrider.co.uk

Biltwell Lane Splitter Range Biltwell Lane Splitter White

 

 

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.

Hedon Heroine Racer Helmet

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. 

Hedon Heroine Helmet

 

Hedon Heroine Racer Ash Hedon Heroine Racer Signature Black

Velomacchi Speedway Gloves

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!'

Velomacchi Speedway Gloves Review 1 Velomacchi Speedway Gloves Review 2

 

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