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Vintage Motorcycle Jackets

Three months ago, Chris and I put our heads together and created the first in this series of Silodrome Selections. The subject we chose was motorcycle jackets and it featured the likes of Icon and Roland Sands. The feature was immensely popular, and as we chatted to people in the comments and via …

Motorcycles

Motorcycle Jackets

The gear you choose to wear whilst riding says a lot about you. Our squidly counterparts on GSX-Rs will invariably cloak themselves in patently absurd Power Ranger suits bearing countless corporate logos, splashes of fluorescent color not seen since the mid-1980s, and large knee sliders that are …

Leather Jackets

Five of the Best Classic Motorcycle Boots

Not too many months ago, a friend of mine went into a corner carrying far too much speed on his 796 Monster. He hit a square kerb toes-forward, while wearing nothing but a pair of running shoes. It wasn’t pretty. He snapped four of his toes and left them pointing backwards with only his pinky toe …

Shoes

Full face helmets

If you ride a motorcycle, you’ll know there’s discord between full-face and open-face advocates. Proponents of full-face lids disavow anything that doesn’t provide complete protection, and often quote studies like the 1981 Hurt Report—which suggested that 34% of motorcycle accidents involve an …

Helmets

Motorcycle Jeans

Wearing standard jeans on a motorcycle often sounds like an excellent idea to new riders: Denim is generally seen as being a hard-wearing fabric that can handle almost anything we throw at it. But most riders don’t realise that coming off a bike at 60mph is the equivalent of holding an 18-foot wide …

Clothing

Motorcycle Gloves

I’ve often heard it said that when a person comes off a motorcycle, the first part of their body to hit the ground is a knee, followed by the hands. Putting our hands out is a natural defence mechanism we’ve all been using since childhood—but when we fell over as kids, we weren’t flying over hard, …

Text Messaging

Textile Motorcycle Jackets

There are many upsides to living in warmer climates. You get the sunshine, the barbecues and 365 days of riding weather each year. But there’s a downside to this toasty hedonism: it’s often too hot to wear full protective gear. Many people ride in a T-shirt and a 3/4 helmet as opposed to an …

Clothing

Motorcycle Backpacks

Motorcycles have an almost spiritual allure. When you’re in the saddle hammering down the tarmac, the world and all its worries disappear in the rear vision mirror. But this freedom comes at a price, and one of the largest inconveniences is the lack of a trunk—or boot, if you speak proper English. …

Motorcycle Armor

The exoskeletons enjoyed by insects and crustaceans have a big advantage over our endoskeletons. In the event of an impact, they distribute force over a greater surface area and reduce the damage sustained in any one location.<p>If that sounds like the sort of thing you’d like to have strapped over …

Off-roading