Nelson-Rigg waterproof Aston rain suit

Aston rain suit claims 100% waterproof

The best motorcycle rain suit is one that is not only waterproof, but also easy to put on and take off at the side of the road without having to remove your boots. One-piece rain suits can often be the most most waterproof, but they can be a nuisance to put on and take off. …

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Karen Curley Bathurst Circuit in Helite airbag vest

Reader reviews Helite airbag vest

Rider Karen Curley of Canberra recently sent us photos of her wearing a Helite airbag vest at Mount Panorama Circuit on a ride with my fellow FRoCers (Female Riders of Canberra). She won the Helite airbag safety vest earlier this year in a Motorbike Writer competition to launch the safety product via our new online shop. “As …

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Macna Traction jacket

Macna motorcycle gear arrives

Motorcycle riding jackets, pants and gloves from European company Macna is now being imported to Australia by Link International. The company has been making riding gear since 1991 and features a range of jackets, pants, gloves, safety protectors and casual wear for all riding styles. However, Link International will only import men’s and women’s jackets, …

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Ixon Zephyr jacket

Ixon Zephyr a year-round jacket

The new Ixon Zephyr HP textile men’s motorcycle jacket is claimed to be a three-in-one versatile jacket for year-round riding in all conditions. The textile shell allows air to flow through thanks to the fixed ventilation grids on the top of the back and zippered vents on the chest and forearm. It also has a …

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Pakistan leather gear

Pakistan leather gets a second chance

We panned a leather jacket we received from Pakistan in August 2016 and warned riders against buying cheap motorcycle goods over the internet. Read our scathing report here. However, another Pakistan motorcycle leather goods company then got in touch with us and pleaded to give the country’s goods a second chance. They also said they …

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Blackbird motorcycle jacket review

There is no such thing as an all-season motorcycle jacket. You either have a winter jacket or a summer jacket. All else is a compromise. And if you really want to be realistic, you also need a jacket for the in-between spring/autumn (fall) seasons when it’s warm during the day and cool in the mornings. …

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Belinda McPhee in fur-collar leather motorcycle jackets

Motorcycle jackets for the fashion-conscious

Motorcycle jackets don’t have to make you look like you’ve just set the fastest lap at Phillip Island or ridden around the world with Charley Boorman. Blackbird Motorcycle Wear makes fashionable motorcycle jackets that offer all the abrasion and crash protection for the road, but can still be worn to a fancy restaurant. It’s the brainchild …

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Should you jump start a dead bike? Helstons Wall mesh summer jacket

Helstons for luxurious riding gear

When it comes time to spoil yourself with a bit of luxury and high-quality comfortable motorcycle riding gear, we recommend sampling French manufacturer Helstons. Some time ago I went searching for a pair of winter leather gloves that kept the cold out and didn’t leave me feeling like I was wearing boxing gloves. Helstons were …

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Saint store in Melbourne denim clothingSaint store in Melbourne denim clothing

Saint denim opens first store

Melbourne denim riding gear company Saint, which has developed a six-second single-layer denim, has now opened a flagship store in Melbourne. Saint began as an online store 18 months ago and has now opened a store at 154 Johnston St, Fitzroy.  Their “Unbreakable” range of riding jeans, jackets and gloves is made from a special blend …

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