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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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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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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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.
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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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Triumph has released this beautiful new leather jacket. Well, parts of it are new. It’s made from 1mm antique leather, antique zips and snaps. Thankfully the safety features aren’t antique. It’s packed full of modern safety features, like shoulder and elbow CE approved Knox armour with a pocket for a back protector. Major seams are also double impact stitched for additional protection. So if you are looking for a classic motorcycle jacket from yesteryear and can’t bring yourself to spend thousands on the Belstaff Brad this could be the perfect option. You can buy these from your local Triumph dealer.
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These Nexx helmets are so sweet. I am really diggin the Vintage X60 Range. They even have an ATR shell! I know what you are thinking… what the fark is an ATR shell? My thoughts exactly. ATR stands for Advanced Thermo Resin. Ahhh, of course. Anyway they are state of the art helmets with classic styling. And for those denim freaks that want a helmet to match your 501’s. They have that as well…
Harolds gear in Japan make some great vintage looking jackets and gloves. Theres more on their website if you like what you see. I love their tag line on the website “The goods always belong to vintage spirit”..It doesn’t really make sense but I understand it. Deus stock their leather gloves as well.
This is a pretty cool jacket. Pays homage to the classic movie Easy Rider. Schott NYC make quality gear so this should be no exception. Not sure if they deliver it worldwide but at $590 its not bad. It doesn’t have the american flag on the back like the one in the movie which i believe is a good thing… millions of americans would probably disagree with me.
Now i thought i better post something other than a SR400. I feel like i have been too bias. I love the W650. It looks like a british bike and the japanese manufacturer Kawasaki don’t deny they copied some early british bikes. They are proud of what they created. Why wouldnt they be… Its an awesome looking machine and a great start to a cafe racer.
The Kawasaki W650 is designed to resemble British motorcycles of the early 1960’s. The styling is particularly based on the Triumph Bonneville. However, while British twin-cylinder motorcycles of the period had pushrod engines, the W650 is distinctive in having an shaft-driven overhead camshaft similar to those used on single-cylinder motorcycles from Ducati and Velocette.Heres a couple of pics to get you excited. I particularly love the b&W pic…