The Pagnol M1 leather jacket is a new item from a new brand. Pagnol Moto are a team that hail from the USofA and are made up of a small group of guys with a wealth of backgound in product design from the motorsports sector. The M1 jacket is the first jacket to be released and has been a success over the pond. With a blend of retro and modern styling the jacket is designed to be both functional and all day comfortable, and a look at these early samples suggests they have succeeded in creating this as well as a jacket that is rather original. Watch our Pagnol M1 leather jacket review for a full run down of the features. We hope to receive stock in Spring 2015 and in the ematime would love to hear your comments and feedback on what you think of the jacket and whether this is something you'd want to see in store.
The Belstaff Esses leather motorcycle gloves are from the new 2015 Pure Motorcycle Collection. They are the only gloves in the range. They feature a full grain nappa leather outer which is also waterproof and breathable. Theya re stylish and comfortable but please note, thy come up very small. Check out the size guide on our website or watch the Belstaff Esses gloves video review for a full run down of the features.
The Premier Trophy Carbon helmet is a new addition to the popular Premier Trophy helmet range offering exposed carbon detailing on the shell of the helmet. There are a range of different carbon fininshes to choose from. Watch our Premier Trophy carbon helmet video review for a full run down of the features.
The Rev'it Regent boots are a mix of leather and suede outer and are waterproof, protective and breathable making them a great option for a city riding boot that can be worn on and off the bike. The boots are in stock now and available with free UK delivery. Watch out Rev'it Regent Boots Video Review for a full run down of the features.
The DMD Racer helmet is a carbon tricomposite retro inspired full face motorcycle helmet. The jaw guard is based on designs from 1970s motocross helmets. Extremely light and comfortable this is a great addition to our helmet line up going into 2015 au Trban Rider. Watch our DMD Racer helmet video review for a full run down of the features.
The Hedon Hannibal Face Mask is made of calfskin leather and features machined brass anti pollution filters. Hedon helmets have designed this to work with their Hedon Hedonist helmets range but it will work with most open face helmets and is a universal fit. Watch our Hedon Hannibal Face Mask video review for a full run down of the features.
Hedon are a brand new helmet company and the Hedon Hedonist helmet is their first offering to the motorcyclke market. Their lead designer has a background working with Ruby helmets - lauded for their quality of finish. The Hedon helmets come in at a far more competitive price point placing them alongisde other leading open face helmet brands. The quality of finish is top notch and the shell is super light being made of a carbon and fibregalss tri composite. Hedon are based in London and we expect big things from them over the coming months. To understand just why we rate this helmet so highly watch our Hedon Hedonist Helmet Video Review for a full run down of the features.
Everyone was a new rider at some point, feeling both excited and nervous is normal! We welcome new riders at our store, everyone has nearly the same questions regarding what kit to buy.
We know there is a huge range out there and you will likely be spending a lump sum on protective gear with little experience to draw upon so allow us to de-mystify the process.
We will try and keep this short and sweet so for more in-depth knowledge browse our gear guides by product type!
Required by law and a priority of your budget, make sure yours is ECE 22.05 approved for your own safety. If in doubt there is a label on the neck strap accompanied by the type of test it passed - J is for open face, P is full face testing. (Some flip helmets will have both J and P as they are certified for use in both the open and closed positions).
Open face helmets have become more popular in recent years due to the wide field of vision provided. Composite materials are now used in their production so they are safer than ever and very lightweight. The one downside? Your chin is exposed in the event of a crash.
Flip front helmets (flip up) are useful as long as they have dual-certification (J and P testing). This means they are safe to ride with in the open and closed face positions. Handy if you ride on a mixture of fast and slow roads where safety and field of view vary as a priority. Downside is they are heavier and often are too wide to fit in underseat storage.
Full face helmets give the most protection as they cover the whole face. They are also a lot quieter and warmer than an open face. Traditionally the shell shapes have narrow openings so a small field of vision, this is changing with more retro styles on the market.
Fit is paramount with helmets, the key measurement is the circumfrence of your head around the top of the ears at the widest point. However this doesn't take into account head shape and not all makes of helmet fit the same.
Second to your helmet, protective riding gloves are the second most important piece of kit. In the event of an accident you will intinctively put your hands out to soften your fall so they should be made of an abrasion resistant material and be double stitched throughout to prevent them tearing. When riding in cold weather your extremities will suffer the most, i.e. your hands! You also use them to control your bike so keeping them warm and dry is VERY important.
There are plenty of glove styles that look like 'casual' gloves but are packed full of features so they can double up for use when not riding.
For winter we recommend using a waterproof glove with a thermal layer which has a leather palm, or as a minimum textile re-inforcements on the palm. Don't get anything too thick as you will lose 'feel' of your controls. Better to buy a separate pair of inner gloves or use handle bar muffs in addition to your gloves. Heated grips are also an option but if you have a 3 mile commute can will take a while to heat up.
For spring/summer riding there are ranges of glove without the thermal layer, some even have perforations for extra breathability. Please don't ride without gloves. Ever.
Being safe, being seen, dry and warm. All things that a good jacket will provide and not at the expense of style, we promise!
All the jackets we sell have CE approved armour that can be removed easily if need be. Elbow protection is a minimum, we recommend shoulder and back if possible. Most jackets use high visibility fabrics in clever ways so you won't look like you've just walked off a building site, unless you're a builder of course! Leather jackets are more geared to motorcycle use and very popular for riding in warmer weather. Leather offers the most abrasion resistance. More common for commuting are textiles such as Nylon, Polywools and Cordura because they are lighter, more breathable and can be laminated with waterproof membranes. Many jackets have detachable linings so you can extend usage through the seasons.
Boots & Shoes
Other than your tyres, the only part of you that will be regularly in contact with the road is your foot... hence we advise wearing boots. We offer a vast range of technical shoes, from brogues though to work wear style. Many you would swear are just normal shoes, however the ranges we sell with have a steel shank in the base of the foot, thermo-formed plastic section in the toe, heel and ankle for protection. Waterproof membranes are common along with anti-slip compounds in the sole.
Roads are often damp, with patches of slippery diesel. You may put your foot on a man hole cover which has little grip. All good reasons to invest in some protective boots.
Trousers / Jeans / Leg Covers
We offer protective jeans which use aramid fibres such as Kevlar to provide abrasion protection in the event of an accident. They also include CE approved knee armour and waterproof versions are available.
The next level down in terms of protection are nylon based over-trousers that have waterproof and thermal layers and a full length ski-style zip. We sell versions such as the Panta Urbis that lack ugly branding!
Many scooter riders opt for a scooter leg cover which attaches to your bike and provides excellent weather resistance. They look a little like blankets but have been a staple item for riders in Italy for many years.
The minimum would be a pair of waterproof over-trousers.
Over time you will likely accumulate many items and gadgets, here are a few to add to your Birthday wish list:
- Thermal neck tube
- Bluetooth headset
- Cushion for your helmet when stored at home
- Backpack with integrated CE approved back protector
If you have any specific queries please call our London store on 0207 736 3811 where one of the staff will be happy to help.
Being visible to other road users is of paramount importance but so many riders choose not to invest in gear designed to aid visibility.
We are often told by customers in-store that traditional high-vis wear is 'un cool' so allow us to introduce products that will keep you safe when commuting without ruining your style!
- Fluorescent Helmets - helmet manufacturers have embraced high visibility paint finishes which have fluorescent pigments. As soon as darkness descends, car headlights will pick out your head bobbing along with ease! Our bestsellers are the Tucano Urbano Elmet Fluo and Momo Fighter Fluo available in various fluorescent colours.
- High-Vis Fold Out Cuffs - Nothing gives away quicker the secret your stylish jacket is actually a technical garment than high-vis patches. Tucano Urbano have solved this issue with fold-out sections on their jackets for high-vis on demand. Genius! This feature can be found on the 4Tempi, Park, Ermes, Carter, 2Cilindri, 4Tempi Ladies and Candela Ladies jackets.
- High-Vis when you need it - We all know high-visibility fabrics exist but they can ruin the style of a jacket. Why not invest in a waterproof high-vis over jacket that folds into a tiny pouch when not needed? The Nano jacket by Tucano Urbano is perfect for this.
- Removable High-Vis - The Ninja backpack is a fantastic product designed specifically for scooter riders. Amongst its features is a detachable high-vis waterproof cover which, when not in use, fits neatly into a pocket.
- Reflective and Hi-Vis Gloves - A rider's extremeties are often the most visible parts to other road users, such as the head and hands. For some time gloves have had reflective fabric or piping details however more recently hi-vis fabrics are being used on gloves such as the Flaming Fluo Glove.