Fedora Lounge Motorcyclists: Safe Gear with a Vintage Vibe

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by Edward, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    Wanted some new boots but not the power ranger type. Found an Italian brand TCX which was stocked locally & came away with a pair. Reinforced where you’d want, nice and light & a Waterproof lining.

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  2. Herresbach

    Herresbach Familiar Face

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  3. barnabus

    barnabus Practically Family

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    As far as lids go, as well as an ultra modern race spec AGV, and my recent none-more-retro Gringo, I've got a DMD Seventy Five. Like this:

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    Which is reminiscent of the old Bell Moto 3, but the DMD is a carbon/Kevlar composite and much safer than it looks. Worn with goggles or sunnies it's terrific. You can't ride fast in it though, obv.
     
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  4. barnabus

    barnabus Practically Family

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    And @Edward, this is my Speedwear. Worn over just a shirt in these pictures, it's plenty spacious as the sizing is absurdly generous. This is a Small and ample for layering on my 39" chest.

    I've also replaced the supplied chunky armour inserts with some low profile Resurgence D3O Ghost pieces.
     

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  5. barnabus

    barnabus Practically Family

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    Me too, but my twofold solution was a pair of Falco Kaspar boots;

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    And a pair of Merlin Clan boots;

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    Yes, I have too much gear.
     
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  6. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Looks great!

    TCX make nice retro boots. There's also a German company called Kochmann who do quite a wide ranged of boots that don't quite look like Robocop's, but yet aree up to 'modern' protection standards. They do a couple of trad engineer boots, even an entirely traditional looking cowboy boot you'd never know was a bike boot. I'm quite tempted by these:

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    https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.s...Boot/SubProducts/Kochmann-Commander-Boot-0007

    The Kochmann Commander. I would prefer the zip was a chunkier, chrome zip much more in keeping with the obvious Aviakit / Kett / GoldTop design influences. That, and a front ankle strap - which would make them very close to a Lewis Westway, at half the price. I am still tempted on the basis that the zip could always be replaced at a later stage, and they *are* half the price of the Lewis boots... The lack of elastication and velcro isa very big part of how attractive this design is.

    The Kochmann Worker is also gorgeous; if they did these in a shiny russet, i'd have already jumped on a pair in all likelihood....

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    https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.s...SubProducts/Kochmann-Worker-Outdoor-Boot-0007

    Great to see how the form is following function. Usedto be not so many years ago that you could either be stylish or safe with bike gear. All changed now.... I guess it was inevitable when the retro look in bikes themselves got big enough, and with the rise of brands like Mutt attracting new riders.
     
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  7. barnabus

    barnabus Practically Family

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    Oh @Edward you horror!

    Those worker boots are fantastic! And lovely in brown too:

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  8. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I know, isn't that heel and sole shape beautiful? I have too many black boots right now, but if they came in a polishable chestnut-tan or oxblood, I'd already be trying to figure out how to avoid a telling off from a Higher Power for having ordered them before clearing out old boots! If the quality is up to what I've seen from the brand in the past, these would be a fantastic buy purely as a pair of boots, let alone as motorcycle gear.
     
  9. davyjones007

    davyjones007 One of the Regulars

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    I have wanted a pair of these since 2010 when I bought my first Triumph Thruxton. They have a few more styles now and the price seems pretty good.
    https://gasolinaboots.com
     
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  10. bn1966

    bn1966 Call Me a Cab

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    Like their ‘El Tigre’ boot
     
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  11. barnabus

    barnabus Practically Family

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    I've bought another jacket, just for riding, that again fits this thread I think. It's a Merlin Lichfield in oxblood, which I got as clearance stock for a fraction of the original price. It came with a full set of level 2 armour inserts and I'm delighted with it.

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    The only problem is that it clashes with the green on my bike. Hmm.
     
  12. Herresbach

    Herresbach Familiar Face

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    Just bought a Schwabenleder Solitude Cafe Racer jacket which is unfortunately not produced anymore but there are sometimes one or two in the bay.
    Schwabenleder is a well known custom racetracksuit manufacturer in Germany.
    The jacket is made from heavy 'cognac brown' vegetable tanned buffalo hide and provides level 2 armour (CE EN 1621-2) in the back, shoulders and ellbows. I‘m going to install a zip in the back of the jacket so that I can connect it to all kinds of leather or kevlar denim pants.
    There will be a proper review once I‘ve tested it on and off the bike.
     
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  13. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    Always been curious about those rear-zip arrangements. I get the intent in the design, though what I wonder is how easy on/off they are when taking the jacket off in a cafe stop or whatever...
     
  14. Herresbach

    Herresbach Familiar Face

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    taking the jacket off is no problem, you just lift the jacket hem, grab for the zipper in your back and unzip the jacket from your trousers.
    zipping them together is also not that big of a deal it just doesn't look as elegant when you're trying to connect zipper and band with your hands on your back while turning your head in the most silly way to get a look at it and it takes you at least two tries.
    But I've got a BMW leather jacket with BMW leather pants that solve the problem. the zipper goes all around the waistband so you can connect zipper and band in front of your body while looking at it. easy as pie
     
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