Classic Look for the Weise Brunel Leather Motorcycle Jacket

No matter what changes, there are some constants in motorcycling. And one of those is the need for a decent leather jacket with works when you’re riding – and in the pub. The new Weise Brunel leather motorcycle jacket seems to offer a decent attempt at both jobs for a reasonable £239.99.

2017 Weise Brunel Leather Motorcycle Jacket
The Weise Brunel Jacket

The full-grain cowhide has been waxed to resist moisture and dry more quickly than untreated leather. Which will be handy if you’re caught in the rain. Or someone spills their pint on you.

And it’s been designed and cut in a retro style, with leather overlay on the shoulders and elbows. The cuffs feature zip-fastening and there are adjustable tabs at the bottom of the jacket, secured by poppers. There’s also an 8-inch connecting zip for Weise trousers. And the only Weise branding is pretty subtle on the front of the jacket.

2017 Weise Brunel Leather Motorcycle Jacket Rear Cream

The classic look does contain modern protection. The Brunel has level 2 CE-approved protectors at the shoulders and elbows, and comes complete with a CE-approved Level 1 back protector. And by using flexible Elastofoam, the armour is low profile and curves to fit in a comfortable way. Although that might mean it’s less effective for elbowing the crowds aside when last orders has been called.

2017 Weise Brunel Leather Motorcycle Jacket Front Orange

The Weise Brunel leather motorcycle jacket features the traditional three pockets on the outside. And also zipped internal pockets. The colours available are the Black/Cream, Black/Orange and Black/Red.

2017 Weise Brunel Leather Motorcycle Jacket Front Red

Sizes are from 40″ to 50″ chests. We’ll presume that’s blokes only for the time being. And all the Weise range is covered by a two-year no-quibble warranty, which is pretty decent. If you want something to get you through the rare summer months in reasonable style the Weise Brunel leather motorcycle jacket seems worth considering. And it’s decent enough value at £239.99. Which should leave you some cash for petrol and non-alcholic refreshment.

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New Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket Comes With Over-Trousers

Ever had to peel off soggy jeans after a rainstorm? It was dry and sunny when you left. But then the rain came and now you’re wearing soaked denim leggings. And your legs have turned blue from a combination of the cold and colours running. Well, the new Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket comes with over-trousers in a large rear pocket to prevent that happening again.

2017 Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket comes with overtrousers built in
The Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket carries lightweight over-trousers in a large rear pocket

The over-trousers aren’t going to get you through a track day. But they will keep you snug and dry if you get caught out by a shower. So while Weise may call it a touring jacket, we’d say it’s as good for short trips and commuting, without having to carry a backpack full of spare kit. Especially when armoured jeans have become more and more popular.

The W-Tex trousers have a full polyester lining, with an elasticated waist and Velcro ankle pull tabs. So they’re easy to wear and should be comfortable.

The Weise W-Tex waterproof jeans come with the Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket

The Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket itself is your standard all-weather motorcycle jacket. It has a waterproof and breathable drop liner, plus a full-length popper and Velcro storm flap over a YKK zip to keep your top half dry.

Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket
The Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket in Black/Stone

There’s a removable 120-gram thermal quilted liner to cope with changing temperatures. And large two-way zipped vents at the cuffs, shoulders and on the back to let cool air in when you need it.

The shell of the Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket is made from tough 600 denier material. And there’s removable Knox Micro-Lock CE-approved armour at the shoulders, elbows and back.

2017 Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket with Over-Trousers Black
The Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket in Black

To help you be seen, there is reflective detailing on the arms and back. And you can adjust the collar, waist and torso to get the right fit. The Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket has the large rear pocket for storing your handy over-trousers, and also has four large external pockets and two smaller hand warmer pockets.

2017 Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket with Over-Trousers Back

The Weise W-Tex Touring Jacket with the W-Tex waterproof jeans included will cost £289.99 and comes in Black (sizes M-5XL) and Black/Stone (sizes M-3XL).

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Funky Graphics for the Duchinni D501 Garage Helmets

Fancy a budget open-faced helmet with some funky graphics? The Duchinni D501 Garage helmets could be right up your street. Apparently, the D501 has been a big seller, and deserved a bit of an update for 2017.

Tell me your inner Evel Kneivel isn’t awoken by the Blue and Red metallic star design. Even if you’re buying it to ride your scooter to work up the A2 every morning.

Duchinni D501 Garage Helmet Blue Red Metallic
The Duchinni D501 Garage open-face helmet

The retro paint is supposed to have the flavour of the swinging Sixties. But it looks more Seventies to us (To be fair, I was still in nappies at the end of that decade). If you happen to have a Fantic Chopper, then it’s definitely the one to go for.

If you fancy a slightly more subtle approach, then the Duchinni D501 Garage range does include two modern matt paint designs for urban riders. So you should get less glances at the lights if you’re shy and retiring. Although the Black/Orange still stands out, the Black/Green has a more camo feel.

Duchinni D501 Garage Black Green Back Duchinni D501 Garage Black Green Front Duchinni D501 Garage Black Orange Back Duchinni D501 Garage Black Orange Front

And while the designs may have the retro feel of metal flake custom, you do get modern specifications. And for the price, they’re pretty good. In addition to the ABS shell, you get traditional-looking stitched trim and a goggle-strap at the back.

The textile lining is removable and washable, and there’s the practical internal sun visor which can be raised and lowered with the left hand. The chin strap is the usual seat-belt style quick-release job, and the Duchinni D501 Garage range are all ECE2205 approved for legal use in the UK and most of Europe.

If you fancy looking a bit flash on a budget, the Duchinni D501 Garage is available in sizes XS-XL and costs just £59.99 for the Black/Green and Black/Orange versions. The Blue/Red metallic D501 is £69.99. All you need now is a candy-apple red metallic custom Monkey Bike, and you’re all set.

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IR X RM Outback Motorcycle Shoes – Ridgemont Outfitters & Iron Resin

The IR X RM Outback motorcycle shoes are an interesting collaboration between two South California clothing companies. Ridgemont Outfitters has produced boots and shoes for a while, while Iron and Resin sell a range of clothing for motorcyclists, skaters, and surfers. So now they’ve teamed up to produce something that looks good and works well for bikers.

IR X RM Outback Motorcycle Shoes Ridgemont Outfitters and Iron Resin
The IR X RM Motorcycle Shoes

The result is the IR X RM Outback, which features genuine Horween full-grain leather sourced from their Chicago tannery. The main upper uses 2.5mm thick pieces in the construction, along with a super soft and durable oiled suede collar.

In terms of practicality, the toe cap has been extended compared to normal Ridgemont boots to give protection from gear shift levers. And they’ve done the same on both boots to accomodate anyone with their shifter on the right side, for instance, vintage British bikes.

On the bottom is a Vari-flex Bi Fit lasting board, which apparently has been stiffened from the heel to the middle of the foot in case you still have to deal with a kickstart. But the front is flexible enough for walking.

There’s more protection with an internal nylon malleolus protector hidden in the suede collar to help look after your ankles, and a thermal plastic heel counter.

IR X RM Outback Motorcycle Shoes Ridegmont Outfitters Iron Resin Diagram
A photo of the IR X RM Outback motorcycle shoes. With some words and lines on it

So here’s where it gets even more interesting. The existing Ridgemont line are reasonably priced for both the UK and US. But the companies have decided to test the demand for the new IR X RM Outback motorcycle shoes by running a Kickstarter campaign.

If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s actually not bike-related. It’s what’s known as a ‘crowdfunding’ site, where interested backers can invest in a future product in advance, and usually get something extra for their support. Each project has a limited time to reach a set goal, and if it succeeds, they get your money, make the products and ship them to you. If they don’t reach the goal, then you don’t pay.

There is a slight caveat to that, as you’re investing in a project rather than pre-ordering a product, and some risks are involved. But basically, you can invest and get a pair of shoes in your choice of Black or Brown Horween leather for $165, which is 45% off the planned normal retail price of $295. And $200 gets you a pair of shoes, a T-shirt and a leather key chain. The estimated delivery is June 2017.

If you interested, the Iron and Resin by Ridgemont Outback Riding Shoes Campaign aims to hit $60,000, and ends on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. Each of the discount packages is limited to the first 100 or 200 backers. The IR X RM Outback Motorcycle Shoe will be produced in US mens sizes 5-12 with half size increments, and also a size 13, in a medium width. T-Shirts are in sizes XS-XXL.

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New Weise Outlast Houston Motorcycle Jacket

If you’re looking for an armoured, waterproof, textile motorcycle jacket, it’s worth checking out the new Weise Outlast Houston, which is new for 2017.

Outlast material was originally developed for NASA to assist astronauts. It does this by absorbing, storing and releasing heat when needed. Essentially it’s a load of capsules inside your clothing which change from solid to liquid and back again depending on the temperature. So while you won’t expect to encounter the sub-zero conditions of space, or the sudden sensation of being in direct sunlight in a vacuum, it should help in changeable conditions on your commute to work.

The Weise Outlast Houston textile motorcycle jacket
The Weise Outlast Houston textile motorcycle jacket

In addition to the Outlast lining, you also get vents on the arms, chest and back for those times when the weather gets warmer.

The Weise Outlast Houston also has a tough, tear-resistant rip-stop outer with a waterproof and breathable lining. And to stop the rain getting in is a YKK central zip, plus a popper and Velcro storm flap.

Weise Outlast Houston Back Weise Outlast Houston Front

You get CE-approved armour at the shoulders, elbows and back. Plus there are a number of pockets both inside and outside the jacket, including a large map pocket at the back.

Weise Outlast Houston Modelled

The Weise Outlast Houston motorcycle jacket is available in sizes Small-5XL in Black and Medium-3XL in Black/Stone, with a 2 year ‘no-quibble’ guarantee for £159.99.

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