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Getting the balance right between warmth and feel on your winter motorcycle gloves can be hard to perfect. To help you make the best choice for your ride, we've picked our best autumn / winter gloves from our 2019 line up!

Electrically heated motorcycle gloves are usually incredibly bulky affairs that look like Star Trek props. The Racer Forge Urban glove, luckily, is the complete opposite. It is constructed from premium goat leather, which offers excellent abrasion resistance while being soft and supple, thus giving you plenty of feel for the controls of your bike. To the naked eye, the Forge Urban barely looks like a winter glove: It doesn't seem thick enough to see you through the depths of winter.

  • Premium goat hide outer
  • Heats the fingertips, entire length of the fingers and back of the hand
  • Waterproof Polymax membrane
  • Primaloft insulation with fleece liner
  • Up to 6 hours battery life
  • Touch-screen compatible thumb and index fingers
  • CE approved
  • Click HERE to find out more

    The Rev'It! Hydra 2 H2O is an ideal glove for urban riders that persist into the colder days. Its Hydratex membrane will keep you dry while a featherlight 3M Thinsulate G-liner will trap your body heat and keep your fingers from turning into ice cubes. The outside is made from a sturdy goatskin palm combined with an abrasion-resistant PWR|Shell back. The prominent, ergonomic knuckle protector is covered with a heavy rib texture. In our opinion, this is one of the better looking cold weather gloves out there. Perfect for when you've had to put away your summer gloves but aren't ready for bulky depths-of-winter gauntlets just yet!

  • Waterproof and breathable Hydratex Z-liner
  • Protective temperfoam on fingers and palm
  • 3M Thinsulate G and polar fleece liner
  • Touch screen compatible
  • Visor wiper panel
  • CE approved
  • Click HERE to find out more

    The Gerbing XR electric heated gloves are the perfect winter glove for riders who refuse to put their bike into hibernation and ride all year round. The XR is a mid-length cuffed glove and is quite a bit shorter than Gerbing's usual gauntlet-style offering. This means the gloves are a lot less bulky and will play nice with the cuffs on your jacket. They have Gerbing's new and improved Microwire Pro technology built in, heating the back of the hand, back of the fingers and fingertips, keeping your hands delightfully toasty even in the most frigid of temperatures.

  • Powered by your bike's battery (12V)
  • Heats the fingertip, entire length of the finger and back of the hand
  • 3 heat settings
  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable Hipora liner
  • Touch-screen compatible index fingers
  • CE Approved
  • Click HERE to find out more

    The Barone is a full goat leather glove with a synthetic sheepskin inner. The palm has been given a microfibre lining to improve dexterity and feel for your bike's controls. Sporting a synthetic fur lining and breathable waterproof inner membrane, this glove is truly designed for the winter commuter. The gloves are also touchscreen compatible and meet the EN 13594:2015-CE safety standards for motorcycle gloves. This is achieved in part through the soft D3O armour insert located on the palm. An extra long cuff ensures that adequate wind protection is in place. A thing we don't often say about winter gloves is that they look good, but the Barone is one stylish looking number! Brass hardware and a YKK zip contrast the matt black goat hide and look pretty damn smart.

  • 100% soft goat leather
  • Synthetic sheepskin lining
  • Hydroscud: Fully waterproof and breathable inner membrane
  • Hard ABS inserts on knuckles
  • Touchscreen compatible gloves
  • CE approved
  • Click HERE to find out more

    The Hand Armour Zero 3 MKII are highly capable and protective winter gloves from Knox. There's not many glove manufacturers that carry the pedigree Knox does and their gloves are widely recognised as the best on the market. The Zero 3 is no exception: it has Knox's market-leading Micro-Lock impact protection on the knuckle, back of the fingers, wrist and underneath the solid scaphoid sliders. The fit is very comfortable and the velcro wrist tab can simply be pulled away to tighten the glove around the wrist. Underneath the protective outer layer, Knox implemented a waterproof yet breathable membrane backed up by a Primaloft liner offering supreme insulation.

  • Goat- and cowhide outer
  • Waterproof & breathable membrane
  • Primaloft insulating liner
  • Knox low profile scaphoid protectors on the palm
  • Micro-lock impact absorbing protection on the knuckle, back of the fingers, wrist and underneath the solid scaphoid sliders
  • Pull-to-tighten velcro wrist tab
  • CE approved
  • Click HERE to find out more

    The Biltwell Belden glove are the American brand's most protective glove yet, and that has gotten them the coveted European CE rating. Their sturdy and protective features notwithstanding, Biltwell have managed to give them a sleek, low-key aesthetic. The floating PVC knuckle protector keeps you safe from impact without impeding on dexterity. Underneath the soft yet sturdy leather outer layer a wind- and water-resistant thermal barrier keeps the elements at bay. The inside of the glove sports a soft, moisture-wicking fleece lycra liner. The Belden is an ideal glove for those chilly days when it's too cold to be riding in outright summer gloves but your bulky winter mitts are complete overkill.

  • Sturdy black leather exterior construction
  • Ergonomic, floating knuckle protector
  • Wind and water- resistant barrier
  • Moisture wicking fleece liner
  • Elastic velcro wrist tab for a snug fit
  • CE approved
  • Click HERE to find out more

    Couldn't find what you were looking for?

    Click HERE to view our full range of winter gloves!



    With temperatures on a steady decline and rainy rides turning into the norm rather than the exception, it is time to put your summer riding jacket into hibernation and get something a little more up to the task at hand. We have selected our Top 5 winter jackets for 2019.
    Scroll to the end of the list to view our bonus 6th jacket!

    The Merlin Edale is constructed from Cotec, a brand new fabric developed by famous Scottish mill Halley Stevensons. Cotec is a modern interpretation of traditional waxed cotton, with better breathability, easier maintenance and, most importantly, vastly superior abrasion resistance. CE Level AA rated with D3O armour.

  • Three quarter length riding jacket
  • Cotec highly abrasion resistant 8oz fabric
  • Waterproof, breathable Reissa Active membrane
  • Full body removable Outlast temperature regulating liner
  • D3O CE Level 1 shoulder and elbow armour included
  • Pocket for optional D3O back protector
  • Waterproof, wind-stopping flap covering sturdy main zip
  • Variety of outer and inner pockets
  • CE Level AA approved garment
  • Click HERE to find out more about this product!

    Rev'It! took its bestselling Stealth summer jacket / hoodie and created the Stealth 2, a versatile all-year-round jacket ideally suited for the style-conscious urban rider. Nobody will know you are wearing a motorcycle jacket (hence the name) but rest assured, the Stealth 2 is a capable and protective piece of kit that will do the job when on the bike!

  • Black 3L Cordura denim outer layer
  • PWR|Shield abrasion-resistant panels
  • Laminated Hydratex membrane, waterproof & breathable
  • Detachable thermal gilet with high collar
  • Seesmart CE Level 1 shoulder and elbow armour
  • CE Level A approved garment
  • Click HERE to find out more about this product!

    Tucano Urbano might have gotten a bit playful with the name, but the Pol-Ice is a serious bit of kit. Based on Tucano's best-selling summer jacket, the Pol, the Pol-Ice still looks like a classy short-cut jacket with a hint of vintage, but Tucano Urbano have turned the Pol into an extremely versatile jacket that will serve you well all year round.

  • Four seasons short cut jacket
  • Hydroscud - breathable Polamide exterior - windproof, waterproof & breathable membrane - taped seams
  • Detachable sleeved lining with polyester thermal padding and elastic cuffs
  • CE approved Level 1 elbow and shoulder armour included
  • Reflactive system - small reflective panels that can be folded away
  • Elasticated windproof wrist cuffs
  • CE Level A approved garment
  • Click HERE to find out more about this product!

    John Doe's Technical Jacket, is exactly what it says on the tin. Not only is this a great looking jacket, but with its 1-1.1mm thick Bovine leather outer layer and a 100% DuPont™ Kevlar® liner, you can rest assured, that not only will you look the part in this jacket, you'll be doing it without having to compromise on your own safety. Its detachable thermal liner will allow you to ride off into the colder months and its waterproof liner membrane will keep you on the road throughout the wetter ones too!

  • 1-1.1mm thick bovine leather
  • 100% DuPont™ Kevlar® liner
  • Cotton inner lining for comfort and breathability
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Removable thermal liner
  • Click HERE to find out more about this product!

    The Trialmaster Pro is the new and improved version of Belstaff's most iconic style. This three quarter length, belted jacket design with the signature four front pockets is the epitome of classic British motorcycle clothing. At first glance, this jacket hasn't changed in decades and has maintained its timeless design. However, look a little closer and the Trialmaster Pro has got an impressive specifications list under the bonnet.

  • 10oz Waxed Cotton three quarter length jacket in black
  • Cordura panels in impact areas for added abrasion resistance
  • Removable low profile D3O CE Level 1 armour in shoulders and elbows
  • Waterproof and breathable Miporex membrane
  • Removable quilted 150gr body warmer liner
  • Reinforcement patches on elbow and shoulders
  • Four waterproof flap and snap patch pockets
  • CE Level A approved garment
  • Click HERE to find out more about this product!

    Our bonus number 6 jacket is the newly released heated jacket from Gerbing. Turn any of your jackets in a warm and cosy piece of heaven on a bike this winter!
    Wear a single layer underneath and put your favourite motorcycle jacket on top and you'll be good to go, even on the most frigid days. This jacket is powered by your bike's battery: the included fused battery lead is easily hooked up and will permanently stay on your bike. When you're ready to go, simply plug in the temperature controller and you'll be toasty in a matter of seconds, with no fear of ever running out of juice as long as your engine is running!

  • Heated Jacket Liner powered by your vehicle's battery
  • Heating pads on chest, back, collar and sleeves
  • 4 level heat settings
  • Compressible, water-repellent, Thinsulate soft shell insulation
  • Fused battery connector cable included (95cm long)
  • Lifetime warranty on heating elements
  • Compatible with 12v bike batteries
  • Click HERE to find out more about this product!

    Couldn't find what you were looking for?

    Click HERE to view our full range of jackets!



    In the past few years the motorcycle world has embraced the abrasion resistant motorcycle jeans and a slew of innovations in the field have meant that the humble riding denim is now coming very close to the protective properties of leather trousers, with the added benefit of allowing you to park the bike and walk around without looking like you're geared up to go win the Moto GP. A pair of riding denims fully lined with an aramid (usually Kevlar) can get mighty hot though. With a summer like the one we're having, you're going to want something a little more lightweight. Have a look at our selection of riding trousers that will keep you safe without roasting you on a sunny day.

    Resurgence Warrior

    The Resurgence Warrior is the perfect motorcycle jeans for the everyday rider. The warrior jean is equipped with a waist-to-shin Lite version of the PEKEV anti-abrasion liner that is used in the rest of the Resurgence collection, making it thinner, more breathable and more comfortable to wear. Considering PEKEV is twice as strong as Kevlar, that's still a whole lot of protection for your nether regions. Don't just take our word for it though: these jeans have passed and exceeded the CE level 1 abrasion test. They've got your ass covered should you come off the bike.

    The Warrior jean utilises a technical denim outer layer called Promodal, making it light, soft and comfortable due to the stretch in the denim. It also means these jeans remain cool on the hottest days. Resurgence have even included an anti-bacterial agent, so the filthy amongst you don't need to wash their jeans as often. £139, armour optional.



    Pando Moto Steel Black

    The latest development in riding denims is the use of Dyneema: a lightweight fibre with impressive abrasion-resistant properties that can be woven into the fabric. This means manufacturers can now produce protective riding jeans in a single layer construction without adding the bulk, weight and warmth of an added aramid fibre liner.

    The first single layer jean in this line-up is the Pando Moto Steel. Pando Moto is a European brand, founded in 2011, that embraces the single layer Dyneema philosophy and introduces the Steel Black: a slim fit pair of jeans made of stretch denim interwoven (55%) with Dyneema. This results in a 6.5sec slide time in accordance with EN17092. Impact protection is provided by Knox CE Level 1 knee armour and there are pockets for optional hip armour. These impressive stats are backed up by the fact that the Steel Black is a stylish, comfortable, slim fit jean that you can happily walk around in all day without overheating. Contrary to what the name might suggest, the Steels aren't actually Black. They're a very, very dark navy. Works for us! £330, knee armour included.


    Knox Dalton

    Another brand to produce a single layer jean is Knox. The Knox Dalton combines absolute top of the range components to create a stylish, comfortable jean. It is constructed out of high performance 13.7oz Dyneema stretch denim, offering outstanding abrasion resistance. Impact protection is provided in the shape of Knox's very own Micro-Lock armour in the hips and knees, indubitably some of the most advanced motorcycle armour available today. The result is a tough as nails motorcycle trouser that because of its single layer & stretchy design is also one of the most comfortable ones we've ever tried. One of our favourite features are the invisible external zips on the side of the knees, allowing you to easily remove or insert the knee armour. Anyone who has ever walked around in protective jeans knows how uncomfortable the knee armour can get when off the bike, so being able to just remove it and re-insert it in a matter of seconds is awesome.  The Dalton's fit is between slim and skinny. £280, knee and hip armour included.

    Ladies version also available: check out the Knox Dakota


    Rokker Rokkertech

    Picture: Charlie of The Hairpin Journal

    Third and last of the single layer abrasion resistant jeans in this list is the Rokkertech. From the get-go Rokker has been impressing us with their state-of-the-art products. When it comes to safety and durability, they took their range to the next level and designed their take on a Dyneema-based riding jean. These jeans are constructed from ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene (UHMWPE, because that rolls off the tongue a little better...) with fibres twice the strength of steel. The cotton is woven around these UHMWPE cores, meaning Rokker managed to cram a whole lot of abrasion resistance in a single-layered jean. The Rokkertech jeans are lighter, more comfortable and still stronger than most comparable protective jeans on the market. Making them an ideal fit for all-day use, even after you park the bike. Pockets for armour are of course incorporated in the design. £349, armour optional


    Uglybros Motorpool

    The Motorpool is UglyBROS' most popular trouser and it's easy to see why. The combination of the elastic shirring on the knees and lower back panels, the cargo flap pockets and external knee armour pockets make for a striking design that stands out from the vast range of motorcycle trousers on offer today. The Motorpool is constructed from sturdy 11oz stretched denim and has pockets for the included Powertector CE-approved knee & hip protectors. The pockets for the knee armour are on the outside so the armour is easily inserted or removed. Perfect for when you get off the bike and decide you'll want to wear your Motorpool for the rest of the day. With a pair of trousers this good-looking we wouldn't hold it against you. They are nowhere near as abrasion resistant as the other jeans in this list, but will protect you from impact while riding through the city or exploring your favourite countryside roads. £319, knee and hip armour included

    Kevlar-lined version also available: check out the Motorpool-K



    Remember in March, when it was snowing? Seems like a distant memory now, with the sun continuing to flex its muscles. It's prime riding season, although it can get uncomfortably hot on the bike. We notice fellow riders cruising along without protective jackets or boots, but we've seen enough crashes to wholeheartedly disagree and dig out our favourite summer jacket. Nothing makes us cringe as much as seeing someone riding without gloves, though. No matter what speed you're going at, you're going to instinctively put your hands down. When they meet the tarmac, guess who wins the battle... Have a look at our favourite summer riding gloves of 2018, they'll keep your hands safe without roasting them, so you can make the most of this incredible summer.

    Goldtop Viceroy

    Goldtop's Viceroy gloves are the brand's most elaborate and protective short cuff glove. The palm of the glove is unlined, while the back of the hand has a beautifully soft silk layer underneath the leather. This combination gives you excellent dexterity, but avoids your hand sticking to the glove on a hotter day.

    The fingers and palm are padded and reinforced. The knuckle protector is "floating", offering an extremely comfortable yet protective fit, no matter whether your hand is closed or open. The wrap-around velcro strap holds the glove securely in place. Available in black, brown or tan. £59.99



    RSD Rourke

    The RSD Rourke is a short-cuffed summer glove with classic styling and heaps of character. It is constructed from sturdy cowhide leather and the fit is spot on, making for an extremely comfortable glove. That doesn't mean the Rourke will let you down when it comes to protection: it has reinforced padding on the fingers, palm, side and back of the hand and a velcro wrist tab ensures it stays put when the going gets tough. The leather is perforated to allow airflow on those sun-soaked summery rides. Available in black or brown. £75


    Fuel Rodeo

    Fuel Motorcycles is a Spanish bespoke motorcycle shop that has been impressing us with their gear range. That trend continues with the excellent Fuel Rodeo Perforated gloves. Constructed from a weathered tan cowhide with a brown suede overlay on the knuckle and palm. These gloves certainly look the part, but it's not just about the looks: the Rodeo has an integrated PVC knuckle protector and anatomically contoured suede palm panels for abrasion resistance. Accordeon stitching on the fingers makes for added flexibility. The leather is perforated throughout the back of the hand for excellent airflow. £80



    78 Motor Co Stingray

    The 78 Motor Co Stingray is an undeniably handsome glove with a seriously sturdy construction. 78MC use the softest natural aniline leathers and the glove is put together using non intrusive inner stitching which provides clean lines on the outside and a high level of wearer comfort. All critical joints are double stitched and the thumb joint is even more reinforced with a triple stitch. The palm received an additional layer of leather in the same ribbed design you'll find on their Sprint and Speed gloves. The leather is ribbed and gusseted on the back of the hand and the fingers for added flexibility and the poly satin lining makes for a very comfortable glove. Every pair has been designed to sit close to the hand yet allow fluid motion with enough protection should the going get tough. £85



    Tucano Urbano Gig Pro

    Tucano Urbano's Gig Pro gloves are an upgraded version of Tucano's best-selling Gig glove: a classic summer glove with a distinctively classic style. Tucano have stayed true to that style and the Gig Pro has a lot of technical features hidden underneath its classy exterior. The outer layer is constructed from strong yet delightfully supple goat leather. The knuckles and palm have soft D3O inserts for excellent impact absorption. On the fingers you'll find gusseted panels to maintain optimal dexterity. Strong polyamide panels between the fingers provide a welcome amount of airflow. Available in black or brown. £69.98


    We're halfway through July 2018 and this summer has already been one to remember. Temperatures have been record-breaking and we've happily been racking up the miles on our bikes. While all of this sunshine is more than welcome, things can get a little hot and sweaty, especially when riding in an urban setting. It's very tempting to skimp on protection and hop on the bike in a t-shirt, but sadly the tarmac doesn't get much more forgiving when the weather is nice and even a low-speed spill could abruptly end your two-wheeled fun for the summer. Here are the 5 jackets we'd recommend for sunny rides!

    Rev'It! Vigor

    The Rev'It! Vigor is the ideal jacket for the hottest of days. It is constructed using a combination of mesh and 600D polyester, ensuring maximum airflow without compromising on abrasion resistance. Shoulder and elbow armour is included and there is a pocket for the optional Seesoft back protector. £130

    Also available as a ladies jacket.

    Belstaff Ariel

    The Belstaff Ariel jacket offers simple detailing, allowing the fit and classic styling to take centre stage.  This is a jacket that works brilliantly as an on / off the bike number.  Made from 8oz waxed cotton this jacket feels sufficiently robust around town and on casual days out riding but is lightweight enough to stop you from slowly melting away. In our opinion this is the ideal jacket if you already have something for the miserable weather and want something for those sun kissed rides that live long in the memory. £425.

    Richa Harrier

    The Richa Harrier is not a summer jacket. Until you remove the thermal liner, that is, at which point this classically styled leather motorcycle jacket with modern safety features shows its true versatility. The Richa Harrier is a dark brown jacket. A very, very dark brown jacket. It verges on black, with a brownish tint to the weathered finish. The leather is strong yet supple cowhide with a weathered finish and is backed up with CE approved armour in the shoulders and elbows. It is light enough to not give you heatstroke but at a price of £229.99, you still get a whole lot of jacket!

    Fuel Downtown

    The Downtown embodies the classic denim jacket, reimagined for riding by Fuel Motorcycles. It is constructed from high quality 12.5oz denim, which is backed up by a para aramid abrasion resistant layer. The outside is waxed for durability and water resistance. It comes equipped with a full set (elbow, shoulder ànd back) of CE Approved Level 2 armour, which is a rarity and huge added bonus. £320

    Richa Diesel

    The Richa Diesel merges two of motorcycling's favourite materials: leather and denim. The sleeves of the Diesel are constructed from high quality buffalo hide. The body is denim, but not your average denim: Richa utilises a strong Cordura denim which has 4 times more abrasion resistance. The elbows and shoulders are protected by CE-certified armour, and there is a pocket for an optional back protector. The best part about it? We have it on offer for a mere £99.



    2017 has seen an influx of Street Cross helmets through the doors at Urban Rider.  Street Cross isn't a thing.  It's a term we just made up to write this article but it more or less describes what's going on here.  The iconic 70s off road helmet styles have been redesigned with modern spec to meet the needs of a fast growing segment in the urban riding market.  A number of helmet manufacturers were quick to notice that the motorcycle brands' R&D departments have been focusing on the scrambler model at recent launches.  I for one have been seduced by the Ducati Desert Sled and am loving every minute of it.  Its DNA is based on the kind of bike Steve McQueen raced round the Mojave Desert but updated to provide a degree of comfort and practicality for day to day road riding.  And so is the case with the recent helmet releases from Premier, Bell and DMD which all follow this trend.  They have looked to the past to create their various offerings - subdued retro MX styling combined with the robust features you'd expect from a street focused helmet.  It's Motocross styling for street riding - Street Cross.  An open face feel with full face protection and the kind of looks that have a little bit of an edge over a standard full face. The Street Cross style certainly appeals to me.  To my mind this kind of helmet fits perfectly with the bike I'm riding and I look to wear one whenever the weather allows.

    Nexx have been a bit slower to join in the fun and, whether intentional or not, this has proven something of a luxury for the brand; allowing them to reflect on feedback from the other models currently on the market.  Nexx have certainly done their research and they have made it clear that they have considered their rivals' offerings in designing the new Nexx XG200 range, which naturally they believe to be the best of the bunch.

    As a brand Nexx have built a reputation in producing helmets with great quality at competitive price points. Coming towards 2018, Nexx have followed the lead of the bike brands and have focused their efforts into expanding their range of helmets for riders of the Modern Classic persuasion. They haven't just dipped their toe in either, the XG200 will be available in no less than 18 colour ways from the end of November 2017, as well as a wide range of associated accessories such as peaks, masks and goggles.

    The XG200 will be available in 2 shells and sizes from XS through to 2XL.  Nexx have made it clear they want this to be both the most technical and the best value helmet of this type on the market.  The shell is a composite of carbon, kevlar and fibreglass, labelled as 'X.Matrix' by Nexx and weighs in at 1200gr which makes it a whisker lighter than its rivals.  The helmets start at £269 in plain colours, which, in those colour ways at least, makes it the best in terms of value.  The fit is typically intermediate-oval which means its a more or less universal fit and the sizing fits true to size too, making things easy across the board.  The helmets are DOT, ECE and even NBR (the Brazilian standard!) approved meaning they can be used just about everywhere.  Nexx have developed the profile of the shell to allow a slightly wider aperture for better peripheral vision without sacrificing on the retro lines of the shell's form.  The lining is removable, washable and quick drying and there are gaps in the ear padding to allow glasses or intercom units to be fitted without discomfort.

    Looks are subjective of course but in the XG200 I feel like Nexx have managed to perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the Street Cross style.  Little details like the rounded vents on the chin guard give this helmet such a timeless look. Urban Rider will be the first in the UK with stock of the new Nexx XG200 range, landing early November 2017. Keep and eye out for our forthcoming video review where we'll get you up close and personal with one of the best new products from this riding season. Find the entire range here.

    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.

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