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Barbour Vintage Leather Jacket

Posted on November 6, 2010 by Scott in Review. 5 comments

There’s some things in life you can skimp on; like Valentine’s Day cards, maps, hair cuts, your mother-in-laws xmas presents, and then there’s leather jackets. The good ones should last forever, like these Barbour Vintage Leather Jackets – you can almost smell the adventure. They come ‘new’ with a broken-in vintage look, so you don’t have to look like ‘that guy’ who just bought a leather jacket. Plus there’s loads of functions you’d expect from a Barbour jacket; like button storm flap, adjustable waist belt and loads of pockets for much needed storage. With a genuine leather outer they also have a lining made with wool tartan and a polyamide quilted drip strip (sounds impressive). Still reading? Then you can buy one at the Barbour Store – your son will thank you for it… one day.


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Long-term review: 2009 Alpinestars SP-1 leather gloves

Posted on September 27, 2010 by Andrew in Review. 7 comments


Review and photos by Andrew Jones (AKA Pamberjack)

I’ve had these gloves for a little over a year now, and I thought it’d be a perfect time to write a little piece on how they are holding up. Hope you like it.

Initial impressions were good. They seemed very well made which instilled confidence as to their toughness and durability. Style-wise they are obviously targeted towards more of the “sport” end of the market. I got these black and white ones, as the all-black ones I had originally planned to purchase weren’t available in my size. The white does add a little to the track day feel, but I’d be more than happy wearing either style on any bike made since the seventies.


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The Great Frog London

Posted on September 20, 2010 by Scott in Other, Review. 16 comments

Who doesn’t like a skull? Iconic London jeweller The Great Frog have created a new Biker Skull ring. The Great Frog aren’t new to skull rings, they claim to have created them. Now in its 37th year they have made jewellery for many rockers, bikers and those on the “edge of the mainstream”. They also have designed original pieces for Metallica, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Slash – just to name a few. Great Frog caused a stir a few years ago with this graphic tv ad which was quickly banned, but generated loads of free publcity. Check out the new Great Frog Blog to see more from these bespoke jewellers. [Photos by Mads Perch]


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Product Review: Draggin Jeans ‘Slix’

Posted on August 20, 2010 by Andrew in Review. 11 comments

If you care about your backside and you ride bikes, you’ll no doubt have encountered a similar issue to me in regards to what you wear while riding. I wear jeans most days, but I quickly realised that if I were to come off at a decent speed they’d be about as much help as a set of superfluous genitalia in protecting me from the cheese-grater-world-of-pain that is yr average patch of bitumen.


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Or Glory – 21st Century Rockers

Posted on August 16, 2010 by Scott in Café Racer, Review. 3 comments

A few years ago renowned German photographer Horst A. Friedrichs released a stunning book on Mods called I’m One: 21st Century Mods. Thanks to Friedrichs amazing photography, the book quickly became an international best-seller. Now he has recently launched the Rocker version, titled Or Glory – 21st Century Rockers. The book features ton-up boys and Rockers from around the world – and of course many classic café racers. For a hard cover book of this calibre we were pleasantly surprised to discover it retails for a reasonable $23 on Amazon. [Spotted on Southsiders MC]


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The Vincent in the Barn

Posted on August 11, 2010 by Scott in Other, Review. 3 comments

Every motorbike enthusiast dreams of finding that rare one-of-a-kind motorcycle in the possession of some old guy who just wants someone to “take good care of her”. ‘The Vincent in the Barn’ is an engaging collection of 40 stories about rare motorcycles being discovered or purchased in remarkable circumstances. Written by well-known automotive author & journalist Tom Cotter – who also regularly writes for Road & Track magazine. The book features nearly every brand of bike imaginable, from Ducati’s in basements, to abandoned Vincent’s in sheds, Harley-Davidsons in barns, Triumph’s rusting in garages, a Matchless in Russia, Moto Guzzi’s, Suzuki’s, Yamaha’s, Honda’s, BSA’s, Gillera’s, Parilla’s and MV Augusta’s. These are true-life stories that all have one thing in in common – they make you want to go on a road trip searching for these hidden treasures. You can easily find the book at Motorbooks.com, but finding that priceless motorcycle may be a little harder.


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Chequered Flag Wax Jacket

Posted on July 20, 2010 by Scott in Other, Review. 1 Comment

I’ve always loved supporting smaller companies that sell quality gear and also have a passion for what they do. Chequered Flag are just this, a small English company with a passion for motorcycles. They have recently released a wax cotton jacket and this is what their press release says: ‘Our Deluxe Traditional wax cotton motorcycle jacket is made using heavy duty twelve ounce black wax cotton. This jacket draws its inspiration from the traditional wax jackets used in a bygone era. Using modern technology to improve the production & quality of a true classic we have produced a timeless piece of motorcycling history attire. We used traditional techniques and genuine wax cotton oil skin fabric to produce the original technical garment’. You can view the full product features and purchase the jacket on the Chequered Flag website.


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2010 Davida ‘Ninety Two’ Helmet

Posted on July 7, 2010 by Scott in Other, Review. 1 Comment

It’s great to see a retro styled small shell helmet with safety features. English company Davida have just released this new lightweight classic open face helmet. Weighing just over 1100g it’s called the Davida ‘Ninety Two’ and is a small–profile helmet similar to those from the 70’s. Like all of Davida’s products it’s been manufactured to the highest quality and carries a British Safety Standard certification. It’s safe because it’s made with a fiberglass composite shell reinforced with Kevlar, a polystyrene shock absorption liner with additional protection around the ears and a detachable washable fabric interior lining. Check out the Davida dealer map to find your nearest stockist. [Photo by Ben Part]


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Belstaff Gear

Posted on July 4, 2010 by Scott in Other, Review. 6 comments

To be honest, I don’t really care if loads of celebrities wear Belstaff clothing. The fact is, they make some of the highest quality motorcycle/fashion gear on the market. The downside is, they usually come with a higher price tag as well. But as the saying goes “you get what you pay for” and this is the type of gear you can hand down to your children years later:

1. Brad Jacket – The perfect spring time jacket, medium-length American-style anorak. Made from brown high-quality leather and nice details like a strap at the tab collar and four applied pockets.

2. Belstaff Messenger Bag – Vintage looking bag in olive crinkled cotton, messenger style with flap-pockets.

3. Blackbrown Stonemaster Boots – Dark-brown leather biker boots, laced up above the ankle – flat, comfortable, robust and hand sewn. These boots have Belstaff’s superior quality written all over them.

You can buy Belstaff gear directly from their online store or through Urban Rider in London. In Australia you can now buy them at Deus.


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Vanson Triton Jacket

Posted on April 20, 2010 by Scott in Other, Review. 8 comments

Vanson have been around for donkey’s years (over 30 years) and hold the distinction of being the largest motorcycle leather manufacturer in the United States. This outstanding Vanson ‘Triton’ Jacket is obviously named after the British classic Cafe Racer that combines the engine of a Triumph and the featherbed frame of a Norton to create the ulimate motorcycle. But the jacket also has a Scottish influence, with the Scott’s claiming to have invented waxed cotton canvas and also Royal Stewart tartan which forms the lining of this first-class jacket. Here’s what Vanson say about their jacket “From the first second that you put this jacket on, you’ll feel the quality of its components and manufacturing. The heavyweight waxwear fabric has a solid heft and a great waxy drape. The snaps and zippers are substantial and work smoothly. Vanson is respected worldwide for the strength of their jackets and this one is no exception. You’ll appreciate it more year after year as it ages and gains more character”. To see more pics or to buy one of these old school jackets visit the Epaulet Shop. [A note to Vanson if you happen to read this, please redesign your website].


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